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

    Gig'n The Bann

    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

    5K Run'n the Bann / Walk'n the Bann - 7pm
    Registration:  1st Portglenone Presbyterian Church Hall, Main Street, 5pm to 6.45pm
    All proceeds from this event will go to support the work of Northern Ireland Assistance Dogs (NIAD)
     

    Singing Session sponsored by Crosskeys Meats - The Crosskeys Inn, 8.30pm

  • Friday

    Friday 15th September
    Art Exhibition by Vincent McAllister - Mallard Suite, Wild Duck Inn, 6pm - 9pm     Adm: Free

    Concert  
    Wild Duck Inn, Riverside Suite Adm: £10
    Whistlin' Donkeys
    Séis
     
    Traditional Music Session - The Crosskeys Inn, 9.30pm and The Wild Duck, 10.30pm

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  • Saturday

    Saturday 16th September
    Art Exhibition by Vincent McAllister - Mallard Suite, Wild Duck Inn, 12noon - 7pm     Adm: Free

    Pipe'n The Bann - Bank Square, 1.30pm to 5pm

    CD Launch - Strung - Church of Ireland, 2pm

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

    Bodhran workshop for teacher and students - Men's Shed, 3pm to 5pm

    Main Concert, Wild Duck Riverside Suite, 8.30pm
  • Sunday

    Sunday 17th September
    Art Exhibition by Vincent McAllister - Mallard Suite, Wild Duck Inn, 12noon - 7pm     Adm: Free

    Family Fun organised by Partytime Events - Bank Square, 12noon to 5pm

    Praise'n the Bann - Bank Square, 6.30pm
     
    Ann O'Brien Tribute Stage - Wild Duck Riverside Suite, 7.30pm
     - Contribution to Music Awards:
    Jim Lynn
    Joe Lowry (Posthumous award)
          
    Concert:
    Northbound
    The Sands Family
         
    Traditional Music Session - Greenlough Bar at 3pm


Latest News

Session trail singers and musicians

14 Sep 2017
So talented - the amazing singers and musicians who are travelling to the festival from near and far for the session trail....
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Official festival session trail

14 Sep 2017
A fantastic line up of musicians and singers who are travelling to the festival from near and far! ...
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Welcome from the festival Chairperson

14 Sep 2017
Welcome Folks, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you all to the 18th year of the Gig’n the Bann Festival.  I would like to thank you all for your support and I assure you it is an honour for us to welc...
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Bannside Pharmacy Sponsorship

13 Sep 2017
Sincere thanks to the Bannside Pharmacy for their very generous sponsorship of £500. Pictured receiving the cheque from Eoghan O'Brien on behalf of the committee is Geraldine Donnelly, festival treasurer....
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Bannvale Credit Union sponsorship

13 Sep 2017
Sincere thanks to the Bannvale Credit Union for their very generous sponsorship of £450. Pictured receiving the cheque from John on behalf of the committee is Siobhan McCormack, festival secretary....
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5K Run and Walk Registration forms

10 Sep 2017
The attached form(s) can be completed in advance and brought along with you on Thursday 14th September. Look forward to seeing everyone! ...
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Gig'n the Bann committee

10 Sep 2017
Pictured are the committee getting into the spirit of the festival as they make final preparations for the 18th Gig'n the Bann, 14th - 17th September. ...
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Celtic Thistle - Solo Piping Competition cancelled

10 Sep 2017
Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the festival committee the 'Celtic Thistle - Solo Piping Competition' has been cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause. However you...
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Tickets on Sale!

9 Sep 2017
We have three fantastic concerts over the festival weekend - make sure to obtain your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be purchased from the following shops in Portglenone: All Occa...
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Bodhrán workshop for teachers and students

8 Sep 2017
A Bodhrán workshop for teachers and students will take place on Saturday 16th September from 3pm to 5pm in the Men's Shed. Please register in advance using the attached form. ...
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Welcome

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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Main Sponsors
  • Oranmore Guesthouse and Tea Rooms
  • Bannvale Credit Union
  • Bannside Pharmacy
  • Community Relations Council
  • Enkalon Foundation

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