Northern Ireland

Ash hit tops BBC Radio Ulster Great Northern Songbook poll

Presenters and performers at the event in the Ulster Hall
Image caption Presenters and performers who were at the event in the Ulster Hall on Tuesday

The Ash top 10 chart hit Shining Light was the most voted for song at BBC Radio Ulster's Great Northern Songbook - 150 Years Of The Ulster Hall event.

Tuesday night's concert saw 10 Northern Ireland artists join the Ulster Orchestra to perform a local composition as voted for by the public, as well as their own choice of song.

The Great Northern Songbook was devised to both celebrate Northern Ireland music and the Ulster Hall in Belfast.

The 10 most voted for tracks from a shortlist of 32 songs were performed at the concert.

Tim Wheeler of Ash said he was "dumbfounded and very surprised" at Shining Light topping the poll.

"Just looking at the shortlist, there are so many incredible songs," he added.

"Shining Light is 10 years old now so it's great to know it's still in people's minds.

"And it's the 20th anniversary of Ash this year, so that makes it all the more special."

The remaining nine most voted songs, in no particular order, were Van Morrison's Madame George; Alternative Ulster by Stiff Little Fingers; Hill Of Thieves by Cara Dillon; Freewheel by Duke Special; The Island by Paul Brady; Teenage Kicks by The Undertones; Days Of Pearly Spencer by David McWilliams; Big Time by Rudi; and Tonight We Fly by Divine Comedy.

Acts who performed at the Ulster Hall on Tuesday, included The Answer, Bronagh Gallagher, Ciaran Gribbin, Brian Kennedy, Cara Dillon, General Fiasco, Katharine Philippa, And So I Watch You From Afar.

The Great Northern Songbook - 150 Years Of The Ulster Hall was broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster and will be screened on BBC Northern Ireland later in the year.