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Orphan Brigade – Heart Of The Cave

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In November 2015, I reviewed the Orphan Brigade’s first album, ‘Soundtrack To A Ghost Story’. It was exceptional, an enchanting creative cauldron. It gave me chills. But oh my, Orphan Brigade, what sweet sorcery is this!? The follow-up offering surpasses all expectations. Whatever alchemy is at work, they have spun a precious outcome. Fourteen artists […]

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Hilden Beer and Music Festival

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Sunday is family day at the Hilden Beer & Music Festival. It’s a Bank Holiday eve and there are fine vibes about this beautiful place. On the edge of Lisburn, tucked away like a secret treasure trove, is Ireland’s oldest independent brewery. There are tours and tastings all year round, but since 1984 the family-owned […]

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Eleanor McEvoy – The Thomas Moore Project

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Eleanor McEvoy’s fourteenth album took courage. Not many artists would feel confident and comfortable enough in their own skin and abilities to take both the best and lesser known songs of an Irish icon and make them uniquely her own – but that’s what she’s done. She’s a gutsy, feisty type though, determined to make […]

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Foy Vance live in Belfast

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It is customary at the end of a large open air gig for the audience to break into rapturous applause and cheers, for the artist to come back on stage to soak up the adulation. But what happened at Custom House Square at the end of the night was on another level. It has become […]

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Anthony Toner – Ink

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Three little letters, one small word – ‘Ink;. Anthony Toner’s seventh album says it all – a perfectly formed collection of personal memoir, reminiscences from a time of innocence and confidences. ‘Ink’ is a rare beauty. Childhood, youth, truth, growing pains, grown up games, love, loss, rejection, nostalgia, reflection – life’s entire emotional spectrum squeezed […]

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