L to R: Mark Graham, Allie Bradley, Paul Tully and Warren Attwell.
We’ve just announced a special addition to this week’s Music City Roots. As part of our exchange with the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival (and in synch with St. Patrick’s Day) four of Ireland’s finest musicians will appear in the round in the middle of this week’s show. We’ll take a break from our regular format to feature acoustic performances from Paul Tully, Mark Graham, Warren Atwell and Allie Bradley. They’ve all been hand-picked to represent Belfast in this annual visit between sister cities, now in its eleventh year.
Mark Graham is an eclectically minded artist from Lisburn, Northern Ireland who has also spent time in Australia and the U.S. He says “if its sounds good to the ear, it’s an influence.”
Paul Tully was a guest on our Roots show at the Empire this month. The Strabane, Northern Ireland native brought the house down with his passionate delivery.
For a note on Belfast artist Allie Bradley, let’s hear from our Empire guest emcee Ralph McLean, roots music champion at BBC Radio Ulster: “Blessed with a voice that can wrap itself around soul and pop with equal ease, Bradley has been building a solid reputation on the live circuit for the last couple of years.”
And Warren Attwell from the N. Irish city of Richhill, tends to the pop side of things, having been influenced by Michael Jackson, Sting and John Mayer. He’s working with the producer of Snow Patrol on a big splash debut album for release this year.
The Belfast writers are already on the ground in Nashville doing radio and preparing for a big show at the Bluebird Café before they join us for a special set on this Wednesday, March 18. Thanks again to Colin Magee, Panarts and United Airlines for making this exchange possible.