The Brontë Music Club
The Brontë Music Club is a unique venue, run by Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in partnership with Andy Peters of Frontier Promotions. The Club, standing within the townland of Drumballyroney, is nestled deep in the rolling countryside
of County Down, a mile south of Rathfriland-on-the-Hill and eight miles north of Banbridge, and has as its backdrop the beautiful and famous Mountains of Mourne. Formed in March 2005, the Club, with the former church as its home, has made major progress since its relatively humble beginnings, now counting itself among the very best live venues on the island of Ireland.
Built in 1760, the now deconsecrated church and adjoining schoolhouse, where Patrick Brontë (whose original surname is likely to have been “Prunty”), the patriarch of the world famous literary family, once taught,
were restored by Banbridge District Council for use as an interpretative centre and dedicated to the life of the Brontë Family.
Since its inception as a concert venue, the place its many regulars now call “the Brontë”, has hosted numerous artists, both international and local, within its intimate surroundings. Artists of the calibre of Blue Rodeo, Eliza Gilkyson, Gretchen Peters, Kevin Welch,
Kieran Kane, The Believers, Kimmie Rhodes, Gretchen Peters, Bill Mallonee (Vigilantes of Love), J D Souther, Stewboss, Brian Houston, Bap Kennedy - the list goes on and on, have all graced the stage here. The original pews, thankfully now beautifully upholstered for comfort, have been retained for accommodating up to 80 guests. The auditorium, which is acoustically perfect, boasts a magnificent granite centre aisle, solid stone walls and high ceiling, from which three giant circular black candelabras are suspended from sturdy metal chains, add to the overall character of the venue. Its setting has both delighted and astonished all the performers who have performed here. Following each show artists mingle happily with the crowd, content to chat to all, sign CDs/tickets or have photos taken.
This is an exclusive small venue where there is also the opportunity to forge acquaintances with both artists and fellow regulars.
If you haven’t yet been to the Brontë, make an effort to come along soon. You certainly won't regret it, especially to enjoy your second, third or subsequent gigs! It is very addictive!
See you there!