Music Sundays at Downhill

Enjoy some local musical talent in Mussenden Temple to accompany your Sunday afternoon walk.

Close up of Mussenden Temple

Come and join us on the following dates to listen to the talented artists we have playing at downhill

8 July
Caitríona Lagan - Banjo/Mandolin

15 July
Ross Johnston and Jordan Orr - 2 guitarists playing alternative folk

22 July
Abbie Patterson and Zara Leese - piano / cello / guitar 2 musicians playing acoustic folk

29 July
Erin Smith and Kerry Scott - Piano and flute 2 musicians playing a variety of traditional / folk and solos

26 August
Antonia Boorman - singer and guitarist playing Jazz  / swing

Find out what the musicians have to say about themselves:


Caitríona Lagan
Caitríona is the current under 12 County Derry Banjo champion and under 12 Mandolin Champion.


Ross Johnston and Jordan Orr
Who we are: We are Ross Johnston and Jordan Orr - We call ourselves Many a Son. We are an Acoustic Alternative-Folk Duo. 

What we play: Ross does lead vocals and rhythm guitar, I do lead guitar and backing vocals. 

Background: We have both lived in the North Coast our whole lives and we have our story as Many a Son rooted in it: 

Founded on the beach of Castlerock with old guitars and early ideas of songwriting. Over the years ideas developed and music came a long way. 

Today, Many a Son are an ambient acoustic duo from Northern Ireland's North Coast crafting melodies and lyrics from hidden stories about inspiring landscapes. 

Our music blends elements from the heart of folk, technical guitar leads and complementing rhythms.

 'The Blue', our first ever EP, has its foundations in it and all the stories to do with the sea. Not only were we inspired by the North Coast but we recorded it here too from a family home overlooking the ocean. 

This is just a beginning for us but we are doing our best to be involved locally and playing at home first - the pre-release party for our EP was held in a local coffee shop and another coffee shop is stocking our CDs, we are so thankful for the friends and support we have locally. 

Hidden within the lyrics of ‘The Blue’ are hints to local areas. Stepping Stones was all written walking Castlerock beach in the mist and Lion’s Refuge is actually greatly allegorical of the Downhill Demesne! Fisher’s Song is written to give the impression of being out at sea and Prodigal is inspired by the many areas of untouched beauty of our coastline.

Background to us as people: When we are not spending our time on music - 

Ross is a soon to be 4th year medical student who is working in a local coffee shop in the meantime. He has an avid wanderlust and rather than thinking about travelling he actually does it. 

I on the other-hand graduated in theology last year and have an interest in exploring fulltime ministry, have been working part time in a local shoe shop for the past 6 years and have been in a relationship for the past 4 years with hopefully many more to come.


Abbie Patterson and Zara Lesse
The set will be by Myself on piano, cello and vocals and my friend Zara Lesse on guitar and vocals.

We are both from Coleraine and we often play music together in church and in our own sessions. 

I study music at Queens university and play the piano and cello (as I have said). I grew up in a very musical family and my granda, who lives in Castlerock, created in me a love for traditional and folk music, and folk songs will be making an appearance in our set. I have often played music at weddings and different charity events, as well as playing the piano in my church. 

Zara is a very passionate musician and talented guitarist and vocalist who also was brought up in a musical family. She is currently doing her a levels in Loreto College and is hoping to study music at university. She is also very involved in playing at church and also singing as part of her job in a charity house. 

Our set will be acoustic covers of a variety songs, from the classics, to pop, to folk songs. We hope it will be an enjoyable and peaceful sound for those out enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Downhill.


Erin Smith (flute) Kerry Scott (keyboard)
Erin is currently completing her MA in Flute Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, London. Kerry is the keyboard player of The Driftwood Trio and The Rhythm Rascals, as well as the organist at Castlerock Presbyterian Church. They will be performing a selection of easy-listening and contemporary classical music.


Antonia Boorman and Jasmine Gardener

I’m Antonia. 20 years old. Originally from Portrush (currently working as a barista at Ground!). I’m a student. Home for the summer. 

I go to Minerva Schools at KGI, pursuing a Cognitive Neuroscience degree. Minerva offers an innovative undergraduate program that combines four years of world travel to 7 different global cities with rigorous, interdisciplinary study. Together with a diverse group of intellectually curious, international students, you will prepare for success in the dynamic, global future. Acceptance rate of 1.9%.

I specialise in singing Jazz and Musical Theatre. I was an avid performer with local musical theatre groups in the area such as Ballywillian Drama Group, staring in Whistle Down the Wind, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Rent, Footloose and many more. As part of my travels, I’ve used the opportunity to perform all over the world. I’ve been a Jazz singer from the US to China, in San Francisco, Shanghai, Seoul and Hyderabad, India.

My name is Jasmine Gardiner, I am 18 years old and have just completed my A Levels at Dominican College Portstewart. I having been singing and playing the piano since I was six years old obtaining my grade 7 in piano with distinction, my grade 8 classical singing with distinction and achieving my diploma in musical theatre. I am a fan of all styles of music however I specialise in contemporary pop and jazz when it comes to playing piano and singing.

I also am deeply invested in musical theatre. Next year I am moving to London to begin my training at the American Musical Theatre Academy to achieve my dream of performing on the West End. I have had many vast and amazing experiences as a singer. As a solo artist I have performed in the Grand Opera House Belfast, Belfast City Hall, Riverside Theatre Coleraine and my personal favourite the SSE Arena in Belfast I hope you enjoy my set.