Songwriter Anthony Toner and poet Maria McManus launch new Northern Lights online autumn programme

Songwriter Anthony Toner makes a welcome return – albeit a virtual one – to Flowerfield Arts Centre for a free ‘filmed live at home’ concert which will be broadcast as part of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Arts Service Northern Lights series.

Special guest for the performance on Thursday 17th September will be celebrated poet Maria McManus, who will read some of her acclaimed works alongside Anthony’s songs.

One of Northern Ireland’s most lauded songwriters, Anthony has built a strong following here and in Scotland over the past ten years, with a string of well-received albums and a strong touring schedule. 

His live performances are noted for their engaging and insightful between-song stories, as well as his well-crafted lyrics and fluid fingerstyle guitar playing.

Expect a selection of Anthony Toner favourites, including Sailortown, The Road to Fivemiletown and Well Well Well, alongside a selection or two from his recently-released album of cover songs, Ghost Notes, Vol. 1.

Enniskillen-born Maria McManus now lives in Belfast, and is the author of four collections of poems, the most recent of which is Available Light. She is also a mentor for the Poetry Society, and is the driving force behind the Poetry Jukebox, a wonderful free-standing speaker loaded with poems available to hear at the touch of a button.

You can watch Anthony and Maria from the comfort of your home when the recorded performances are broadcast on both Flowerfield Arts Centre and Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre’s Facebook pages and YouTube accounts on September 17th at 8pm.

This is the first of the Autumn Northern Lights series, and will be followed by a live concert by LORE on October 8th, Ten x 9 Live Storytelling on October 30th and writer Bernie McGill in conversation with Jessica Bates, with music by Hannah McPhillimy on November 19th.

​The Northern Lights series is free for everyone to enjoy.

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