“Shining Light” tops recent poll of Northern Irish songs

Ash’s 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.

Last night’s concert at the Ulster Hall 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, "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."

Thanks to anyone who voted, it meant I got to hear it blasted by The Answer and the Ulster Orchestra at the Ulster Hall (last night). Great honour!