One of the highlights of the music festival will be the gala concert in the newly restored and re-opened Portaferry's Portico Arts venue. A special concert on Saturday 18th June at 8pm from the combined talents of ‘Brian Kennedy and McPeake’ two acts of world class renown and a real coup for the organising committee to have such high class performance at this our first Portaferry Sails and Sounds tickets are available from Ticketmaster. There will be music throughout the town over the whole weekend, every pub will have live music available and the sailing club will be a hub for the traditional musicians from all over Co Down and the crews of the Regatta.
"Brian maintains that ‘music is the language of emotion,’ and after all his years working with Van Morrison he prizes the live gig above all else. Seeing and hearing is the only way to experience this national treasure of a man. 25 years later and Brian is only getting started. Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter and highly regarded radio/television presenter, Doctor of Letters from University of Ulster, a published author not surprisingly for a lyricist of his calibre. 'Essential Collection' CD - 32 brand new recordings from the past and present including a duet with Boy George."
"McPEAKE’s music maintains an anchor in the past generations of the iconic McPeake Family but sets off into a new territory. McPEAKE’s unique blend of indie, folk, and Irish music attracts widely diverse audiences that might not otherwise commingle. Young and old are drawn in by McPEAKE’s live performances, from heart pumping instrumentals tostirring lyrics through to their cover of The Beatles ‘Norwegian Wood’ – nodding to the The McPeake Family’s connection to The Beatles in the 1960s."