A tasty line-up

Star names on the bill as Soma Fes­ti­val de­liv­ers tunes and fab food

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - TRAVEL -

The Soma Fes­ti­val, which takes place in Castlewellan and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, from Wed­nes­day un­til next Sun­day, is big­ger and bet­ter than ever, with spe­cial guests such as singer/song­writ­ers, Lisa Han­ni­gan, and Eddi Reader and dou­ble plat­inum sell­ing artist De­clan O Rourke set to take part.

Soma means ‘Food of the Gods’ and this year mu­sic is a core theme of the fes­ti­val.

The Open­ing Con­cert on Wed­nes­day stars Eddi Reader of Fair­ground At­trac­tion fame and Donal Lunny, god­fa­ther of Ir­ish tra­di­tion and founder of the Bothy Band, Planxty and Mov­ing Hearts.

Soma also brings you a fan­tas­tic the­atri­cal evening in­spired by Ire­land’s ‘Wine Geese’ on Fri­day. Su­san Boyle has built up a great rep­u­ta­tion for her amaz­ing show, com­bin­ing wine tast­ing and theatre. This hour-long one-woman per­for­mance at The Foun­tain Bar fuses in­ter­ac­tive wine tast­ing with sto­ry­telling in a warm in­ti­mate set­ting. .

On the fi­nal day of the fes­ti­val The Dublin Gospel Choir will be per­form­ing. Ver­sa­tile, pro­fes­sional, pas­sion­ate and vi­brant they up­lift and en­er­gise with pow­er­ful voices and rich har­monies whether they are per­form­ing STEL­LAR: as a small en­sem­ble group or full, 40-piece choir. The pro­gramme has been ex­tended to in­clude a larger Body and Soul event, the Soma Taste Ex­pe­ri­ence and also a num­ber of work­shops in­clud­ing creative writ­ing, mu­sic and art­work; a new lan­guage school, guided walks to places of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est, and at Feile Spraoi big and lit­tle kids can en­joy story-telling, art and face paint­ing. Dur­ing Soma Body and Soul, you can ex­pe­ri­ence well-be­ing talks and ac­tiv­i­ties such as The Sound Heal­ing Spa, Sound Bath Re­lax­ation Ses­sions, Yoga Drum Cir­cle Laugh­ter, and Yoga Med­i­ta­tion Thai Chi Stress.

The Soma Taste Ex­pe­ri­ence cel­e­brates North­ern Ire­land Year of Food and Drink 2016 by of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of be­spoke foods and lo­cal craft beers and live mu­sic over the fes­ti­val.

Why not ex­tend your stay? A wide range of ex­cel­lent ac­com­mo­da­tion is avail­able across the area rang­ing from lux­u­ri­ous ho­tels, to B&Bs and self-cater­ing op­tions. Check out dis­cov­er­north­ernire­land.com.

De­clan O’Rourke, Lisa Han­ni­gan and Eddi Reader will per­form at The Soma Fes­ti­val

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