Two exciting music gigs lined up

Ben Glover.
Ben Glover.

Portstewart’s Flowerfield Arts Centre is to play host to two exciting musical talents.

First up is Glenarm-born singer/songwriter Ben Glover who will take to the stage at Flowerfield later this month.

Ivan Ilic.

Ivan Ilic.

The gig on Thursday, March 30 is part of his Emigrant tour – the same title Glover has chosen for his new album.

And it’s easy to see where he draws his inspiration: Irish-born but now based in Nashville, Glover’s world is split in two with an ocean in between.

Co-produced along with Neilson Hubbard, the album features six traditional folk songs and four original compositions (including co-writes with Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier, and Tony Kerr) as he addresses the universal theme and personal challenge of immigration.

“Over the past couple of years, I have been going through the process of getting my U.S. Green Card, so the reality of immigration was very present in my world,” Glover said.

The Flowerfield event will showcase songs from the new album, including the title track which Glover started writing while on a rural writing retreat in Ireland.

Tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.co.uk or through Flowerfield Arts Centre. Please contact 028 7083 1400.

APRIL

Critically acclaimed classical pianist, Ivan Ilić, is bringing his stark, gently mournful but spellbindingly sensual performance to Flowerfield for a matinee performance on Sunday, April 2.

One of classical music’s most talented and intelligent personalities, Ivan began music studies at the age of just 6.

He holds degrees in music and mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and studied at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, where he took a Premier Prix in piano performance.

The matinee performance, which begins at 2pm, will feature Beethoven: Variations on a March by Dressler; Sonata in F-Sharp major (“A Thérèse”), OP. 78; Hadyn: Symphony No 44 in E minor “Sorrow” transcribed for solo piano; Chopin: 3 Nocturnes; Preludes Op. 45; 3 Waltzes; 3 Etudes.

Tickets from www.eventbrite.co.uk or through Flowerfield on 028 7083 1400.