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Singer-songwriters from NI to perform in Nashville venue that launched the career of Taylor Swift

Tuesday 4th February 2020 at 1pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Pictured (L-R) is Reuben Agnew, Emma Horan and Donal Scullion. Image: Pictured (L-R) is Reuben Agnew, Emma Horan and Donal Scullion.

Following their performances at this year’s Panarts Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, 11-13 March, three of Northern Ireland’s finest emerging singer-songwriters, Emma Horan, Donal Scullion and Reuben Agnew, will perform in Nashville, Tennessee, supported by Panarts and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The three musicians will perform on St Patrick’s Day in the Bluebird Café, widely known to singer-songwriters as thee place to play and famous for launching the recording careers of Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks, among many others. During their time in Nashville, the musicians will also have the opportunity to network with music industry professionals, and spend time fine-tuning their song writing skills with Grammy Award winning tutors at Belmont University. 

Panarts Belfast Nashville Festival Director, Colin Magee, commented,

“As well as offering performances of long established artists, the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival aims to offer opportunities to break new talent from Northern Ireland and showcase them on an international stage in the USA to develop their careers.  I’m hugely excited and proud to showcase the three artists going to Nashville this year where I know they will be well received by the famously discerning Nashville audiences”.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland commented,

“The Panarts Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival not only celebrates the art of song writing and brings international talent to Belfast, but it also offers an important platform to showcase and develop the skills of our younger, emerging artists.  To perform at the Bluebird Café in Nashville is an experience that few forget and I wish all the songwriters every success in Music City.”

Catch the three artists closer to home at the Panarts Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, which takes place at the Ramada Hotel, Talbot Street Belfast and Empire Music Hall, 11-13 March.  This remarkable three-day festival celebrates the art of song writing and features a series of concerts, song writing workshops with Grammy Award winning writers Liz Rose, Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, as-well as the Song Writer of the Year 2020 competition.  For details on all events visit,


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