Author Archives: Damian McNairney

Undress – The Felice Brothers

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The Felice Brothers return to the recording studio after a three year sabbatical with ‘Undress’, and it just might be their best since the self-titled album of 2008. There’s a pronounced shift in the subject matter of the songs here. The short stories of life in the Catskill Mountains have been replaced by larger themes. […]

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Ian Prowse – Here I lie

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Ian Prowse has been producing quality albums for the last 30 years or so. Whether under the Pele moniker, Amsterdam, or his own name, you are guaranteed intelligent, hook-laden classic pop, sometimes with a bit of history attached, and always with a committed political stance. ‘Here I Lie’ ticks all the boxes, and it’s terrific! […]

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Glen Hansard live in Derry

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St Columb’s Hall, Derry13th April 2019 Is there is a better live performer in terms of sheer energy, musicality and emotion currently treading the boards at the minute than Glen Hansard? After this Performance in Derry, I would strongly suggest not. The second night in the old St. Columb’s Hall saw another capacity crowd, captivated […]

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Gratitude

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Finally can see it. I’ve landed on the ground. Look at all the peace I’ve found. Lighter in the mornings, I appreciate the sound of birds out in the garden now. Having wrestled with his demons over the last few years, the first lyrics on his new album see Benjamin Francis Leftwich, sounding re-energised, and […]

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Interview with Eddi Reader

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FT: The new album ‘Cavalier’ is a much fuller sounding album with a bigger band than the last couple. How did that come about? ER: The last couple of albums, ‘Vagabond’ and ‘Love Is The Way’, were recorded in a much smaller environment, and they are beautiful, but this time I kinda wanted drums and […]

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich live in Belfast

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Empire Music Hall, Belfast24th March 2019 Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a frequent visitor to these parts and has attracted a full house of his growing base of fans. Bursting on to the scene in 2011 with the much loved ‘Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm’, his upward trajectory stalled somewhat, with his taking some time out […]

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Vonda Shepard/Sharon Corr live in Belfast

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The Empire Music Hall, Belfast13th March 2019 At first glance, this looks a strange double bill; Vonda Shepard perhaps best-known for providing the best selling soundtrack to popular TV Series Ally McBeal and Sharon Corr of the crossover pop, trad-influenced Irish band. The two begin the show together with a neat version of The Four […]

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Lucy Rose – No Words Left

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Lucy Rose’s fourth album takes up where her stark but beautiful ‘Something’s Changing’ left off. Gone are the breezy pop folk songs of the early releases, and replaced by stripped back to the bone meditations on life and the living. Having made her name with jaunty yet quite personal songs like ‘Shiver’ and ‘Night Bus’, […]

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Suzanne Jarvie – In The Clear

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Two weeks ago I hadn’t heard of this singer-songwriter from Toronto. Now, she is on repeat play constantly having audibly devoured this album, and tracking down its inspiring predecessor, ‘Spiral Road’. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been so taken by a “new” voice, but Suzanne Jarvie possesses an instrument of rare beauty. Hints […]

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