Paul Brady to perform at this year's SOMA Festival in Castlewellan

Paul Brady will perform at Castlewellan's SOMA Festival on July 18
Paul Brady will perform at Castlewellan's SOMA Festival on July 18

FOLK and pop veteran Paul Brady is to take to the stage in Castlewellan later this month as part of the annual SOMA Festival. The Strabane singer-songwriter will perform at St Malachy's Church in the Co Down town on Wednesday July 18.

“Last time I was in Castlewellan back in 2002, it was a hugely enjoyable night for me. I'm really looking forward to coming back," Brady said.

Brady cut his teeth in traditional Irish music and was a member of groundbreaking 70s trad band Planxty, but has since created his own unique folk/pop style. He has a string of impressive songwriting credits, with Tina Turner and Cher being just two of the artists to have benefited from his talents, and he numbers Bob Dylan and Bonnie Raitt among his fans.

Taking place from July 18-22, SOMA comprises concerts, workshops, art exhibitions, storytelling, poetry, a health and wellbeing fair and family events in Castlewellan.

Festival Director Tiona McSherry said: “Once again this year we have an impressive line-up of local and national acts set to take to the stages across the town. We’re delighted to be welcoming the amazing Paul Brady to the festival along with a variety of other free events.”

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