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The main stage


We are delighted to have the fantastic Ryan Vail headlining the ‘Main’ Stage on the Friday night this year accompanied by the Arco String Quartet.

In 2017 Ryan developed a live A/V show that debuted at the Output music conference festival in Belfast and will be debuting phase 2 of his A/V LED show at Moira Calling in September. Ryan has supported many international live acts such as Nils Frahm, Jamie XX, Jon Hopkins, Tycho, David Kitt, Boxcutter, Todd Terje, Phil Kieran, Luke Vibert and Orbital.



Members of The Ulster Orchestra, husband and wife team Richard and Clare Hadwen formed Arco String Quartet 14 years ago.


Arco String Quartet is renowned for pushing the boundaries of string tradition with a contemporary and unique take on classical music. Specialising in the arrangement and performance of all music genres, particularly rock and pop. Their very own string arrangements, as well as collaborations with other leading Irish composers and arrangers has led to them recording and performing with many exciting artists.


They enjoy a varied schedule, dividing their time between the recording studio and the concert platform, as well as performing at private events.


Recent highlights include Foy Vance’s “Joy of Nothing” and “Live at Bangor Abbey” albums, Duke Special “Under The Dark Cloth” tour, Villagers “Awayland” album, Beoga “Before We Change Our Mind” album, David C Clements “The Longest Day In History” album, SOAK “Before We Forgot How To Dream” album and in concert with Bookends (the stunning musical tribute to Simon and Garfunkel)


Also the Quartet were delighted to have recorded Brian Irvine’s short film score “Peter Lilly and the Nose” which won the Audience Favourite Award at the Capital Irish Film Festival, Washington, USA.

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