The legendary G Sessions are returning to Draperstown after a three-year hiatus - this time in its own venue - with a fitting headliner featuring a protegee of Glasgowbury’s own making in indie-folk four-piece Orchid Collective.
Inspired by the festival, the G Sessions were monthly music showcases that ran from 2004 until 2013 at the former Cellar Bar in the town.
It will be like coming home for Shea Tohill, from Magherafelt, for whom Glasgowbury provided the catalyst to turn his passion for music into a career.
Not only was he coached as a teenager by the Rural Key Sessions, he has always found encouragement from Glasgowbury founders Paddy and Stella, and when he is at home he helps teach other youngsters how to play guitar at the cornstore.
It seems fitting then that he would return to play the venue as the iconic music showcase returns to his home place and just as his new band is picking up the pace with touring and recording.
Orchid Collective are lead vocalist and guitarist David O’Shea from Co Meath, Tohill from Magherafelt on lead guitar, bassist Hugh O’Neill from Co Sligo, and Dubliner Brian Roony on drums.
Their sound is alternative indie-folk, with distinct vocal harmonies and layers of reverbed guitars, that fans of Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow and Bon Iver are sure to enjoy.
“We made a big point of four-point harmonies in our band, and then writing it. Dave comes in with folk ideas and acoustic guitar, I add the spacey, ambient U2esque guitar sound,” Tohill explained.
“We spend a lot of time working out different harmony parts, it’s a big thing for us but it usually comes pretty naturally now. Everybody kind of knows what to sing.
“The Cornstore is really cool, it has a really good PA, good sound, good people, and a good room –it’s great and I look forward to playing there.”
Also playing at the first G Sessions in the Cornstore Loft is Lisburn native Michael Mormecha of Mojo Fury fame.
He will be bringing his alt-pop sounds from his debut album ‘LOFi LiFE’, which was released in May.
The gig is bring your own alcohol, strictly no glass. Tickets are £7 and available now online or from the Cornstore.