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Hear Ulster-Scots music at its best in The Castle Session, in Lurgan.

The session at Brownlow House is a one-hour celebration featuring local artists and invited guests from Canada and Scotland.

The show is hosted by Lurgan musician and Ulster-Scots ambassador Mark Wilson.

It was recorded at Lurgan Castle where the artists spent two days producing special arrangements for the show.

The Castle Session, which involves top Ulster Scots musicians is to be broadcast this weekend.

Recorded at Lurgan Castle otherwise known as Brownlow House, it will be shown on Sunday, 10 January, on BBC Two Northern Ireland at 10pm.

Performers include piper Andy Carlisle.

Originally from Ballygowan, Andy is now director of piping at Carnegie Mellon University in Philadelphia. A champion Highland bagpiper, he is also a renowned lowland piper.

He leads the house band which provides backing for other artists which include fiddle players Diane McCullough and Emma Smith from Ballymena and singer Rachel McLeister from Cullybackey.

Also joining Andy on stage is Killyleagh’s Richard Parkes, pipe major of multi-world-champion pipe band, Field Marshal Montgomery.

Those musicians from foreign shores include Madison Violet, a Canadian folk music duo composed of singer-songwriters Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac, and Scotland’s Ailie Roberston, a traditional harpist recognised for her unique fusion of Scottish, Irish and contemporary styles.

Also appearing are We Banjo 3, a band from Galway who play music with old-time American and bluegrass influences which has its roots in the traditional tunes brought down the Appalachian Trail in America by the Ulster-Scots.