Monday, 28 February 2011


Our new live entertainment area, Buskers' Den, launches this Sunday at the Retro Rooms Show and our Entertainment Manager Rosie Moore aka Della Storm has lined up some wonderful talent for our enjoyment. Here's what Rosie has to say about the musicians who will be performing.

Tracy Dempsey will be crooning an eclectic mix of songs about love, loss and hope. From Elliot Smith to Adele via Jacques Brel and Mazzy Star, she'll soothe weary hearts and still fevered minds. Stop by, chill out, and feel free to hum along.

Ellen Turley and Geoff Hatt have been musical comrades for many a year, and this Sunday they will be delighting the audience with a medley of old and new songs in two part harmony accompanied by the sweet sounds of the ukulele.

Mike Donaghy will be Della's co-host at Retro Rooms. An exceptional musician, songwriter and teacher, his guitar playing rrrrocks!

Robyn Farah is our exotic South African songbird and is involved in all sorts of sound work, from interactive music installations to editing music for film. She is now delving herself into the realms of performance and song. Robyn's greatest joys are friends, family and the wonders of music/sound and she has the richest life she could possibly hope for. Robyn is also the creative hand behind Flours Bakery.

Paul Olphert will be accompanying Robyn Farah on guitar. Paul has performed at the Queens Festival, the V festival and Glastonbury Festival and has played supporting many popular groups including Snow Patrol, Razorlight, Maximo Park and The View.

Amanda Agnew is a singer songwriter who plays many instruments including guitar, mandolin, banjo and glockenspiel! She will be accompanied by her brother on guitar and hopes her folk/acoustic music will make us feel happy and uplifted.

Steve McCann fuses folk, blues and jazz in the manner of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn whilst bringing his own twist. And don't we just love a good twist!

Andy John Bradford has been writing songs for over 30 years. His blend of music has a feel of poetry mixed with strong melody. His style has been compared with the likes of Bob Dylan to Old Cat Stevens. He has written for many around the world and has even had a spot of gold in certain countries!

And of course Della herself will be hosting the Buskers' Den where she will be performing a mix of retro songs from the 60’s and 70’s as well as a few of her own. Rosie describes Della as 'a bit of a chameleon and describes her music as rocky pop with a bite'.

You can catch all this talent at the Retro Rooms Show which takes place on Sunday 6th March at the Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast from 11am - 4.30pm.

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