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Across The Line Features Sullivan & Gold Live Gig

Sullivan & Gold drops in at the Atlantic Sessions, Coleraine

"This weekend, the stunning North coast is host to The Atlantic Sessions Music Festival. The final day of the festival sees a multitude of live music performances across the three Ports.

Sunday afternoon in the quaint town of Portballintrae, Sullivan and Gold (aka Ben Robinson and Adam Montgomery) play at the Bayview Hotel, the Atlantic ocean as a backdrop.

As the gentle vocal and piano chords of first song "Jigsaws" are performed the tone is set for the afternoon. The audience are immediately attentive, willingly finishing conversations to listen.

Ben switches from keyboard to bass for "Changing", a stirring song with reflective lyrics. As you look out to the open sky and ocean beyond, it’s hard not to connect to the song being performed. Adam and Ben interact with us humorously between songs. They describe the inspiration of "Don’t Stand In Line", the personal connection of the song reflected with smiles exchanged between the duo. Right now all eyes are on them as children and diners from the adjoining restaurant listen intently to the powerful yet contained vocals and gentle music.

After a break they return with new song "Guatemala", a song combining their love-song style with political empathy. It’s clear the break hasn’t lost the audience’s connection. Ben’s leading vocals are complemented perfectly with Adam’s harmonies delivering intelligent, descriptive lyrics. Their rapport with each other is reflected in their performance, perfectly in sync, a strong bond clear with the banter and humour they bring.

The pace changes with a more upbeat, assertive delivery of "Forget Myself" and "People Talk", with its storytelling, expressional lyrics. A final performance of Run Faster, the audience invited to sing along ends the Sunday afternoon session beautifully.

Stacy Fitzpatrick