Author Archives: Damian McNairney

Interview with Lera Lynn

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Lera Lynn is an American singer-songwriter, best known for appearing in, and writing the soundtrack for season two of ‘True Detective’ starring Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. Lynn has also released three full-length albums and an EP. Her new record, ‘Plays Well With Others’ is a duet album with a difference. Eight of the nine […]

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Ben Glover live in Belfast

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The Black Box, Belfast 1st June 2018 It’s fair to say quite a few people had high expectations for this Ben Glover gig. Riding on the back of the best album of his career, and excellent reviews of his recent solo gigs, a full-house at the Black Box were anticipating a stellar night. Well, the […]

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Ana Egge – White Tiger

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When you come across an artist like Ana Egge that you haven’t heard before, the test of whether you really like them or not is if you’re interested enough to pursue their back catalogue. Well, I have delved into quite a few of her previous nine albums and have been rewarded with the discovery of […]

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Courtney Marie Andrews live in Dublin

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Whelan’s, Dublin 20th April 2018 Since I first saw Courtney Marie Andrews on tour in August 2017, I have been singing the praises of the young singer/songwriter from Arizona to anyone who would listen. So, accompanied by a few new converts, I made the trip down to Dublin with a little trepidation. Would she fulfill […]

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May Your Kindness Remain

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Courtney Marie Andrews’ ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ is an album that arrives at a time when the talk around us is of wars and building walls to keep people out. Courtney sings and asks, but does not preach, for a gentler time of understanding and consideration of the other person’s view. And she sings with […]

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Dean Owens – Southern Wind

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‘Southern Wind’ sees Dean Owens widen his musical palette with a more fuller band sound than on his previous albums and for the most part it works. Opener ‘Last Song’ starts the album with a pace and lilt that promises much. Title track ‘Southern Wind’ is another strong addition to Owens’ cannon of haunting and […]

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The Mavericks live in Belfast

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The Limelight, Belfast Tuesday 6th February 2018 It’s impossible to categorise The Mavericks’ music. I thought I had them pegged as a crossover country/Latin dance band but that does such a disservice to one of the finest live bands I have seen perform in a long time. There is so much more to them. They […]

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The Orphan Brigade live in Belfast

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The Duncairn Centre, Belfast 3rd February 2018 So, Saturday night in a church listening to stories of war, tragedy and killings, indescribable loss, fruitless searches for love, ghosts and earthquakes. May not sound like a great night out! But, actually, when the storytellers are The Orphan Brigade, and the church is the beautifully renovated Duncairn […]

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Interview with Steph Cameron

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Steph Cameron is currently touring Europe to promote her second Album ‘Daybreak Over Jackson Street’, which follows on from her Polaris listed ‘Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady’. Not too many support acts get an encore but that’s what happened to Steph at the Malojian Gig in the Duncairn Centre. We talked to the Canadian singer/songwriter before the […]

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