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Complete guide to.... 7 Hills Blues Fest

7 Hills Blues Fest is taking place this weekend! 50 talented musicians and bands will gather in Armagh for another unmissable event not in its 9th year. We have everything you need to know about all that is happening throughout this jam-packed  weekend.

STREET FOOD MARKET @ SHAMBLES YARD

FRI 9 AUG | 12NOON – 3.00PM

Straight from the producer, shoppers can purchase some of Armagh’s finest grown ingredients in the historic Shambles Yard. With street food, ice cream

and great music from the talented students and tutors from MD Rafferty Music School… where else would you want to be?

ARMAGH BLUES GIN FESTIVAL @ ULURU BAR & GRILL

FRI 9 AUG | 5.00PM – 8.00PM

Tickets | £20.00 – can be purchased in The Wine Store or Uluru Bar & Grill

If you fancy kicking off your ‘Blues’ weekend with a gin come along to the first ‘Armagh Blues Gin Festival’ organised by local award winning restaurant, Uluru Bar & Grill. With over 16 of Ireland’s finest distillers showcasing their gins, you get to sample them and you won’t be left disappointed. This evening offers you the perfect opportunity to ‘try before you buy’!

WALKING HISTORY TOURS OF THE PALACE DEMESNE

SAT 10 AUG | 1.00PM | 2.00PM | 3.00PM

History Tours will take place in the impressive Primate’s Palace, formerly the home of Archbishop of the Church of Ireland from 1770 until the 1970s. These tours will tell you the story of the Palace, the Demesne and how the history and architecture of Armagh was influenced by Archbishop Richard Robinson.

FILM SCREENING ‘RAY’ @ THE MARKET PLACE THEATRE

SAT 10 AUG | 8.00PM | £4.00

Dir: Taylor Hackford 2004 | 146 mins | Certificate 15 RAY| Oscar-winning biopic of the legendary blues, soul and jazz musician. Even though he had lost his sight as a young boy and grew up in a segregated, racist society, Ray Charles [Jamie Foxx] is determined to follow his love of music and begins a successful tour of the American south. Through difficult times he never loses his love of music, eventually becoming a Grammy Award winning icon and one of the most popular musicians of the twentieth century. Warning: Contains some strong language and simulated drug use.

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MUSIC WORKSHOPS @ THE SHAMBLES YARD

SUN 11 AUG | 1.30PM | 2.30PM | 3.30PM

Whilst parents sit back and enjoy good food, great craic and blistering summer blues their budding young blues stars (aged 7+ years*), will be given an opportunity to pick up an instrument and play with the talented musicians and school students from MD Rafferty Music School at the blues jam session.

*Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult

ARMAGH CITY ‘BLUES SPECIAL’ WALKING TOUR

SUN 11 AUG | 2.30PM | £10.00 | £9.00 (CONC)

The Armagh City Walking Tour will begin at the Visitor Information Centre at 2.30pm. You will be treated to a 90-minute guided walk through the atmospheric streets of Armagh, the narrative will be a mixture of historical and current facts on this city peppered with humorous stories and information on notable buildings. After walking up an appetite the tour will culminate with a ‘Blues Burger’ and a taste of local hand crafted Armagh apple juice. This is an opportunity not to be missed so book yourself on this fun filled tour which will end at the BBQ n’ Blues at the Shambles yard to listen to some blistering summer blues.

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VENUES | TIMES | ACTS

For more information on 7 Hills Blues Fest visit 7hillsblues.com