The Brontë Music Club
is a unique venue run by Banbridge District Council in association with Andy Peters of Frontier Promotions. Formed in March 2005 the Club has made major progress since its relatively humble beginnings.
Located in the townland of Drumballyroney, the former church is set deep in the rolling countryside
of County Down. The townland lies a mile south of Rathfriland-on-the-hill and 8 miles north of Banbridge,
with a backdrop of the beautiful Mountains of Mourne.
Built in 1760, the now deconsecrated church and adjoining schoolhouse, where Patrick Bronte once taught,
have been restored by Banbridge District Council for use as an interpretative centre, dedicated to the life
of the Bronte Family.
Since its inception, the place the regulars now call “the Brontë”, has hosted many artists both international and local within its intimate surroundings. Artists of the stature of Blue Rodeo, Eliza Gilkyson, Kevin Welch,
Kieran Kane, The Believers, Kimmie Rhodes, Gretchen Peters, Bill Mallonee (Vigilantes of Love), J D Souther, Stewboss, Brian Houston, Bap Kennedy and the list goes on, have all graced the stage here. The pew seating arrangements have even been retained for effect and can accommodate approximately 80 people.
The auditorium which boasts acoustic perfection, a magnificent granite centre aisle, solid stone walls and high ceiling, from which three giant circular black candelabras are suspended from sturdy metal chains all add to the overall character of the venue. Its setting has both delighted and astonished all the performers who have graced the stage 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 artists and fellow regulars.
If you haven’t yet been to the Brontë, make it your resolution for 2009.
You won't regret it!