Cross Cultural Music, Song & Dance on the banks of the Bann.
  • Gig'n The Bann

    Gig'n The Bann
    ********** Please keep checking back as the 2017 programme will be released shortly. Meanwhile enjoy browsing the website to give you a flavour of the top class programme of events that the festival has produced in previous years!!! **********

    Welcome to this years festival. We have a great range of music, song and dance for you this year again.

    Check out our programme for the full list of events.
  • Thursday

    Thursday 14th September
    *** The 2017 programme will be released shortly ***
    5K Run'n the Bann / Walk'n the Bann - 7pm
    Run Registration:  1st Portglenone Presbyterian Church Hall, Main Street, 6pm to 6.45pm
    Walk Registration:  Church Of Ireland Hall, Main Street, 6pm to 6.45pm
    All proceeds from this event will go to support the work of Northern Ireland Assistance Dogs (NIAD)
  • Friday

    Friday 15th September

    Wild Duck Inn, Riverside Suite Adm: £10
    Whistlin' Donkeys

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  • Saturday

    Saturday 16th September
    *** The 2017 programme will be released shortly ***
    Celtic Thistle - Solo Piping Competition
    - Men's Shed, 11am to 2pm

    Pipe'n The Bann - The Marina, 1pm to 5pm

    CD Launch - Strung - 3 Sixteen Coffee Shop, 2pm

    Family Fun Day, Playing Fields, Townhill Road, 2-5pm

    Main Concert, Wild Duck Riverside Suite, 8.30pm

  • Sunday

    Sunday 17th September
    *** The 2017 programme will be released shortly ***

    Praise'n the Bann - Bank Square, 6.30pm
    Ann O'Brien Tribute Stage - Wild Duck Riverside Suite, 7.30pm
     - Contribution to Music Awards:
          George Boyd


Latest News

Gig'n the Bann 2017 - dates confirmed!!!

13 Jan 2017
Don't forget to add the dates for this year's festival to your diaries - 14th to 17th September. ...
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Run'n the Bann 5k Results

9 Sep 2016
Pos Time Cat Num Name Club 1 16:34 MO 70 Aaron Woodman Pace Running Club 2 16:51 ...
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Welcome from the festival chairperson

8 Sep 2016
Welcome to the Gig’n the Bann 2016. This is the 17th year of the cross-community Festival in the historic and beautiful village of Portglenone on the Banks of the Lower Bann. The aim of the committee is to provide ...
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Fantastic line up in the festival seisiun trail

8 Sep 2016
We are very grateful to the Wild Duck, Crosskeys Inn and Greenlough Bar for supporting the festival. Please support them and enjoy the superb talents of the finest traditional musicians and singers who have travelled to the...
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Gig'n the Bann committee and friends - Live on BBC Radio Ulster!

8 Sep 2016
Many thanks to Lynette Fay for having a few of the Gig'n the Bann committee and friends live on BBC Radio Ulster last Friday to play a few tunes and chat to Lynette about the festival. ...
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Register for the 5k run

30 Aug 2016
The attached form can be completed in advance and brought along with you on Thursday 8th September. Look forward to seeing everyone! ...
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Presentation of the Festival Painting

20 Aug 2016
  The 2016 festival painting entitled 'Evening Bann' by award winning local Kilrea artist, Conor Larkin was taken from an original picture by local photographer, Sharon Gibson.  Conor has been producin...
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Thanks to e-Cabs for their support for the festival

20 Aug 2016
Thanks to e-Cabs for their support for the festival. If you require transport during the festival weekend please give them a call....
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Bannvale Credit Union Sponsorship

17 Aug 2016
Many Thanks to the Bannvale Credit Union for their very generous sponsorship of £500. Pictured accepting the cheque on behalf of the committee is the festival secretary, Siobhan McCormack. ...
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Tickets available to purchase!

20 Jul 2016
Tickets now available to purchase from 'All Occasions' and 'Moments' in Portglenone! Friday 9th September - The Logues, Misspent Youth Saturday 10th September - Goitse, Réalta Sunday 11th September - Mary Black, L...
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In the heart of Co. Antrim nestled between the major towns of Ballymena and Magherafelt lies the village of Portglenone. The village rests along the banks of the River Bann, which has been immortalised by countless artists and writers down through the years.
It is here in this idyllic setting that the 18th "Gig’n The Bann” Cross Community Music and Dance Festival will take place from the 14th - 17th September 2017. This festival is quickly becoming one of the major events on the Summer Festival Calendar having built a reputation for offering a most impressive line-up of top performers spanning Traditional, Scottish and Folk Music circles.
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