It was indeed a ‘Music Sandwich’ tonight, Culture Night 2013, at The Sandwich Company Derry! Culture Night is a unique night in the Irish calendar where you can experience the myriad of cultural possibilities your city has to offer for free, with performances taking place nationwide. And Derry was NO exception. Throughout the city various events were organised and it was impossible to get to all, so Bedlam, The Sandwich Company and Guildhall Square had to suffice for me!

Bedlam was a hive of activity, with music and crafts throughout the building. Spinning, knitting, psychic readings, literature and song were prevalent at every corner. There was even a delightful little coffee shop serving a variety of snacks. Little Acorns Bookstore offered (as always) a wide selection of reading material and a new display of old typewriters. Advice was on hand from proprietor Jenni on all forms of literature.

At The Sandwich Company music was very much alive and between bites of a toasted sandwich and sipping a mocha, one was entertained by the fabulous Ursula and Co. with Deirdre on the keyboard. The audience was taken back in time with such songs as ‘Smile’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘Cry me a River’. We were transported back to another era entirely. The magical voice of Ursula McHugh left everyone wanting to hear more. Roy Arbuckle followed Ursula and again entertained the listening audience. His own song, written some years ago when he lived in Canada had everyone in laughter, informing us that ‘Canadian girls know how to HUG’!! A sandwich will never be the same at The Sandwich Company again!

Guildhall Square was alight with fire as Tribal Fire & Tribal Beat dazzled and amazed the crowd with great fire finesse!

The city was alive with culture tonight and only serves to heighten the 2013 status of European City of Culture!