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Offers valid from 1st June - 31st August 2014. For more details call (028) 3751 8888

7 Hills Blues Fest: Chicago's Finest, Dave Specter Blues Band

Sunday 10th August

Doors Open 8pm

Tickets £12 (On sale from Monday 9th June) Available from Armagh City Hotel Reception, Tel: 028 3751 8888

Live at the Armagh City Hotel for one night only you are promised a Spectacular night full of blistering summer blues with the internationally renowned Dave Specter’s Blues Band all the way from Chicago, in their historic first ever appearance in Ireland.

The show will be opened by Armagh’s finest, CrowBar Blues who are fronted by the 7 Hills Blues Festival founder, Simon Smith.


Dave Specter’s Blues Band

Dave Specter

Blues Guitarist, Bandleader and Producer, Dave Specter has earned an international reputation as one of the premier talents on the Chicago blues scene. Since 1985 he has performed at top Chicago and US nightclubs, festivals and concert halls in addition to international festival and concert appearances across the globe.

Before forming his own band in 1989, Dave toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe behind such blues greats as Son Seals, The Legendary Blues Band, Hubert Sumlin, Sam Lay and Steve Freund. He has also performed with such blues and jazz artists as Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Jimmy Johnson, Brother Jack McDuff, Snooky Pryor, Kim Wilson, Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Earl, Pinetop Perkins and Sunnyland Slim. Specter has played and produced over 35 CDs and DVDs and is featured on compilation CDs with artists such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Junior Wells and Muddy Waters.

Among Specter’s critically acclaimed recordings, his 1991 release BLUEBIRD BLUES reached the #1 spot on both the Living Blues national radio charts and the Tower Records blues charts. Specter has been interviewed on NPR and BBC radio, featured on ABC TV’s Good Morning America, WTTW’s Wild Chicago and Chicago Tonight. He’s been featured in publications such as Downbeat, Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and a 5 time Critic’s Choice in The Chicago Reader.


Brother John Kattke: vocals/keyboards

John has played and toured with the bands of Otis Rush and Buddy Guy - and performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, The Black Crowes, George Benson and Koko Taylor. 

Harlan Terson: bass guitar

Harlan has played, toured and recorded with the bands of Lonnie Brooks, Otis Rush, Tad Robinson and dozens more. A fixture on the Chicago blues scene for nearly 40 years.

Marty Binder: drums

Marty has played, toured and recorded with the bands of Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Albert Collins, Coco Montoya and dozens more. He is considered one of the most in-demand drummers on the Chicago blues scene.

CrowBar Blues

Crowbar Blues strive to recreate the dirty blues sound of acts like ZZ Top, Rory Gallagher, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jonny Winters. Their EP "Trouble set to music" has been well received by hot press magazine with a quote from Jackie Haden "they do exactly what you would expect only far more subtlety than established Irish blues combos."  Crowbar Blues front man Simon Smith is the founder of Armagh City’s 7 Hills Blues Fest.

7 Hills Blues Fest: Cider & Beer Festival

Sunday 10th August

As part of this years 7 Hills Blues Fest celebrations we're bringing the best local beer & cider brewers along with some fantastic international brands together for our Beer & Cider Festival.

Vintage In The City – Shopping Extravaganza

Sunday 10th August, 12 – 4:30pm

The fair will house a variety of vintage dealers and creative local designers featuring a wonderful selection of vintage clothing, jewellery, accessories, delightful homewares, up-cycled furniture, quirky handcrafts, unique gifts as well as an array of the most scrumptious home baked sweet treats.

It’s the place to pick up something old/new and fabulously stylish that will bring joy to you and your home!

A cave of riches to grab a bargain and appreciate the styles and items of yesteryear as well as today’s quirky handcrafts and new bespoke creations.

A fashionable shopping experience filled with nostalgic glamour not to be missed!

Door Tax: £2

Phil Coulter in Concert

Thursday 9th October


Doors Open 7pm. Show Commences 8pm

Tickets £22.50 (Unreserved Seating) Available to purchase from Hotel Reception Tel: 028 3751 8888.

Christy Moore In Concert

Friday 19th September

Don't miss your opportunity to see Musical legend, Christy Moore in concert right here at the Armagh City Hotel.  An unforgettable night is guaranteed with the man who has been named Ireland's greatest living musician.

Show from 8pm

Tickets £35 per person

Book tickets from Ticketmaster here or call reception on (028) 3751 8888

Film Premier: 2 Late

Saturday 27th September

A fantastic film written, produced & performed by Armagh locals, Gary Wales, Phil McAleavey & Adam McAffrey. The film covers topics on the problems facing young people in todays society, including bullying. A fantastic project with all proceeds going to charity.

Screening 1: 3pm |  Screening2: 5pm |  Screening 3 (main event): 7pm | Screening 4: 9pm

Tickets are £6 per person and can be purchased from reception from 1st July. For more information on the film visit the website here

Patrick O'Sullivan Dancing Weekend

23rd - 26th October

Patrick O’Sullivan’s October Dancing Weekend: 23rd 24th 25th & 26th October 2014

4 Nights of Great Entertainment -Total Cost per person sharing: £295 (€355)

The Package Includes:

·         4 Nights B&B, 4 Evening Meals

·         Admission to all entertainment

·         Leisure Centre, available on request

·         Sightseeing tour of Armagh City


Optional Day Trips Available

·         Titanic Centre Belfast

·         Guided Tour of Derry Walls

·         Shopping Trip to Banbridge Shopping Outlet

For collection points and booking details contact Clona Coaches on 023 8855057 ROI / 00353 23 885 5057 NI

Weekend Ticket Available (Entertainment Only) £40

Nightly Ticket: £12

Hailing from Ballingeary Co Cork, Patrick O’Sullivan is an accomplished accordion player and plays several nights a week in many venues across the country.  This will be his second tour to the Orchard County having brought several coach loads last August for his inaugural Summer Dancing Weekend. 

For all enquiries, please contact hotel reception on 028 3751 8888 or email:

Irish Country Sound Northern Ireland Entertainment Awards

Monday 10th November

The Irish Farmers Journal launched its first ever Northern Ireland Country Music Awards at the Balmoral Show on Thursday 15th May. The awards night will take place in the Armagh City Hotel on Monday, 10 November 2014 and country music fans can look forward to a spectacular night of entertainment with 22 top country music acts performing on the night.

The event, in partnership with The Phil Mack Country Show (Sky Channel 191) and the Armagh City Hotel, is expected to attract a sell-out audience of 1400 people and will be streamed live to a worldwide audience.

Tickets for the awards night will go on sale from 31 May from the Armagh City Hotel Reception.

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