Welcome from the festival chairperson
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 a programme of quality entertainment and this year we have exceeded our own high standards with a weekend of top quality music and entertainment for you to enjoy.
Along with our own extensive programme of events over the long weekend, this year the committee have teamed up with one of Northern Ireland's leading musical events, the Draperstown Busking Festival to bring you Busk’n the Bann, a busking competition which will take place in various locations throughout the village over the weekend. There will be a great package on offer to the overall winner and runner up prizes. Therefore, it is not to be missed! We are excited to see what talent it will bring to our future festival listings.
This year is the first year since we began this festival in 2000 that all the artists on the main stage over the weekend are appearing for the first time at the festival, which goes to show that Traditional Irish and Ulster-Scots music is on a good footing throughout the island and further afield.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors for their continuing support, without them it would be impossible to bring the event to you. We would also like to thank the team at the Wild Duck for the use of their wonderful venue and also a thank you to all the spectators for coming to Portglenone to be part of the festival.
So sit back and enjoy the friendship and hospitality of the people of Portglenone and surrounding areas.
Until we meet,
Yours sincerely on behalf of the Committee,
Chairperson of Gig’n the Bann.