Rathfriland ready for Family Fun and Cultural Event


Rathfriland Square will be buzzing on Wednesday 11 July from 7- 9.30pm thanks to a fantastic FREE family fun and culture event filled with music, games, crazy cartoon characters and fabulous face painters.

The focal point of the event will be the Cultural Stage which will play host to a multitude of musical talent including Bearnagh, a superb seven-piece folk group performing a selection of Scottish and Ulster-Scots tunes and songs. Drawing its members from across Armagh, Down and Antrim, the group are named after a mountain in the Mournes, which is actually visible, even at a distance, from the houses of all five founding members.

Lead by instrumentalist Alan MacPherson, a member of the 11 times World Champion Pipe band, Field Marshal Montgomery, the rest of the members are top class in their field of music and have toured internationally with many groups, bands, touring shows and orchestras, with numerous Ulster, All Ireland, Scottish, British, European and World Championship titles to their names.

Carrickfergus & District Fife & Drum Group, a five piece group consisting of two Fifes, two Lambeg Drums, plus a Rattley ( long drum), will also deliver the courses and examinations for the Ulster -Scots Agency Certificates in Lambeg and Fifing along with local Lambeg player Andrew Bickerstaff.

Well-known group ‘Cup a Joe’ are sure to get the crowds going with their infectious Bluegrass tunes. The family group made up of brothers Reuben and Benjamin Agnew and their sister Tabitha have performed across the UK, Europe and the US to ecstatic audiences.

Magwere, an eight-piece ensemble fronted by singer, and Djembe drummer, Wilson Magwere, who is originally from Zimbabwe, is a collective of international musicians who conjure up a toe-tapping, hip slapping, body moving, one of a kind sound. Wilson, along with two backing singers will get you on your feet with their energetic singing and moves, along with the accompaniment of bass, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drums.

Premier competition and show dancers from the Johnston School of Highland Dance and the Finnard Dancers will add to the colour and spectacle of the event.  Compere for the evening will be Q Radio DJ Gareth Stewart.

This free cultural celebration is an opportunity for family and friends to come together and enjoy a wonderful night of music, song, laughter and fun. Everyone welcome!

The event is supported the council’s Good Relations Action Plan funded by the Executive Office and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.