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North Coast Trad - Saturday Lunchtimes Live in the Park

Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart, Derry/ Londonderry, BT55 7HU
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Saturday Lunchtimes at Flowerfield Park promise a musical experience like no other! Enjoy free live gigs on the terrace, where top local performers will serenade you in the beautiful surroundings of Flowerfield Park. Grab your picnic essentials and bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun and relaxation.

Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Irish music with a captivating performance by three acclaimed musicians and tutors from North Coast Trad. Experience the mastery of Sorcha Meehan on fiddle, Martin Meehan on flute, and Steven Iveson on guitar.

Sorcha Meehan

Sorcha Meehan, is an established traditional musician who has been playing for over twenty-five years on fiddle in a professional capacity. Sorcha moved to Belfast in the late 90s and became an established figure in the city's trad scene, both playing and teaching professionally. 'Belfast in the 90s was as vibrant for trad as it is now. I was lucky enough to play with the likes of Dónal O'Connor, Darragh Murphy, Ruadhrai O'Kane, Barry Kerr and Brendan O'Hare on a weekly basis.'

Over the years she has featured in festivals such as; Ennis Tradfest, Belfast School of Traditional Music, Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Soma Festival, William Kennedy Piping Festival, An Both, Keady Fair, Keady Flute Festival, The World Irish dancing Festival, to name a few.

In 2016, Sorcha produced a book of original compositions Ceol Sídroma, featuring Martin Meehan, Paul Meehan, Patrick Meehan, Dónal O'Connor and Síle Ní Mhuirí. Her tunes are being taught by prolific fiddle players, such as Bríd Harper, Rachel McGarrity and Kate McSherry.

Most recently, Bríd Harper and Tony O'Connell recorded one of her compositions, The Lapetus Reel, on their new album Uaine. Her most recent project, Fiddle Monologues, written and performed by Sorcha, is a high energy one woman play mapping the journey of a violin through time and the female characters who possessed it. The play focuses on women and music and their development. The piece is entertaining with moments of poignancy, vulnerability, humour and reflection.

Martin Meehan

Martin, born in 1977, hails from Manchester. Both Angela Durkan and Michael McGoldrick taught him as a young child and had a profound effect on his future development as a musician. His music at this early stage became further enhanced by an eclectic bunch of players such as Brian Finnegan and Niall Vallely, who are renowned for pushing the boundaries in Irish traditional music with their progressive approach.

He has performed all over the world both in a solo and group capacity, appearing on radio and television and has featured in a myriad of festivals. Acts he has collaborated with are; Liam Ó Maonlaí, Arty McGlynn, Seamie O'Dowd, Dónal O'Connor, Bothy Band Tribute Band, Future Trad Collective, North Cregg, Tim Edey, Bríd Harper, Niall Hanna and AtFirst Light.

Martin Meehan has recorded two solo albums to date, Three's Company and The Fox's Lament. Like every good story, these albums convey both emotional highs and lows. Featuring solid earthy timbre, multi-layering and the blending of flutes, the albums reveal Martin's outstanding musicality and uniqueness. Accompanying musicians are intertwined so intimately, it is as though they are all drawing inspiration from the same source; a feat not easily achieved for a solo album. The Fox's Lament embodies the living tradition which is constant, vibrant and rooted so firmly in the heart of this County Armagh flute player.

Steve Iveson

Hailing from Coleraine, Steven moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2004 to study on a degree course in Jazz and Popular Music. He graduated from the course with First Class honours, and subsequently returned to Northern Ireland, where he maintains a busy teaching and performing schedule.

In recent years, he has performed and recorded albums with many acclaimed artists, notably Kate Rusby, with whom Steven performed in Hyde Park to an audience of over 58,000 people, and also Damien O'Kane, working as a core band member on Areas of High Traffic, which was nominated for the 'BBC Folk Album of the Year' award. Stevens guitar playing has been praised in major national music publications such as Guitar Techniques and Guitarist magazines." His ability to mix modern and traditional accompaniment makes for a very exciting and vibrant player. 

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