Ulster-Scots concert at Cullybackey college

Milltown accordion band. Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Milltown accordion band. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Milltown Accordion Band have announced details of their upcoming evening Ulster-Scots culture.

The annual event, which has proved to be hugely popular, will take place in Cullybackey College on Saturday, October 24 at 7.45pm and will feature a superb array of local Ulster-Scots talent. Milltown will perform along with Ballywillan Flute Band, Seven Towers Pipe Band, James & Ross Christie and Aaron McLean.

Band member Jimmy Thompson will act as compere for the evening.

As one of the best-known local accordion bands, Milltown will perform a selection of 4-part music to showcase their wide-ranging repertoire, including sacred selections and a variety of Scottish marches.

Ballywillan Flute Band, from the Portrush area, was founded in 1884. Initially a 1st flute band, part music was introduced after the War years. The band can regularly be seen parading or performing throughout the province with their unique blend of flute music.

Seven Towers Pipe Band have a long and distinguished history within the Ballymena area. Under their last Pipe Major, David Reid, the band rose steadily through the ranks to achieve Grade 1 status. An excellent variety of piping tunes will be on display for those people who enjoy pipe music.

James and Ross Christie are no strangers to the Cullybackey area with their wide knowledge of traditional Ulster-Scots music. Both men are very capable musicians and play many different instruments.

Aaron McLean is part of the world-class Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band drum corps and is sure to treat the audience to an excellent performance of drumming skills.

The evening promises to be a great night of music and traditional Ulster-Scots craic.

Admission is £6 which is payable at the door. A raffle will also be held in aid of band funds.

Other upcoming events organised by Milltown Accordion Band will be an Old Time Gospel Singalong Night in Third Presbyterian Church, Portglenone on Saturday, November 21 at 7.45pm and a Gospel Concert in Cullybackey College on Saturday, March 19 at 7.45pm. Everyone is welcome at all events.