September 3, 2008

Festival Should Be Some Craic With Sister Act

THE McBeth Sisters, who came so close to winning the Sounds Like Summer Music Festival, have just been announced as special guests to play the prestigious Johnny Crampsie Music Festival on September 6.

The hugely talented duo, who not only won over the judges but a packed Alley Theatre in the final of Sounds Like Summer, are delighted to be involved in the Strabane celebration.

"After the final, playing in the Johnny Crampsie Festival will be another great honour," said Christina McBeth, who will be appearing with her sister at the Alley on September 6, along with local outfit, CRAIC.

CRAIC, the North West traditional music group, have so far been delighted with the response concerning the resurrected Johnny Crampsie music festival which takes place on Friday and Saturday, September 5-6 at the Alley Theatre, Strabane.

"The festival in previous years has been an amazing success, and we are delighted even after a seven year absence to see the passion for the festival remains in the North West," stated Mark Diver, public relations officer for CRAIC.

Named in honour of the legendary Strabane fiddle player Johnny Crampsie, this resurrected festival favourite will provide a mix of professional brilliance from the world renowned Teada, performing on September 5 at 8pm, followed by the talent and enthusiasm of local traditional musicians from CRAIC on September 6.

"I have never met a group of musicians with so much passion and talent than the musicians from CRAIC," said Nathan Flatman, marketing officer at the Alley Theatre.

"The festival features Teada, one of the world's best traditional Irish music group, who have played in major festivals across the world to thousands of people.

"The following night will have CRAIC on stage, a great opportunity for a dedicated local music group who have done so much to promote traditional music within the area. The group will be performing some of their best loved material, which I know will delight their many North West fans. With the news that the McBeth sisters are appearing on stage, and with events host Ian Coulter, I hope the local community take the opportunity to catch one, if not both shows, as this will be a truly inspirational music festival."

Sean O'Neill, chairman of CRAIC said: "This is a revamped version of the much acclaimed Johnny Crampsie Traditional Music Weekend which ended in 2001 having achieved its objectives in raising awareness of traditional music scene and raising the standard of traditional music in the Strabane area."

For further information or to book tickets, contact the Alley Theatre on 028 7138 4444 or book online at

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