Author Archives: Damian McNairney

Eric Bibb live in Belfast

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Grand Opera House, Belfast 30th October 2018 Eric Bibb is a blues legend and tonight he proved why. Within the salubrious surround of Belfast’s Grand Opera House, he delivered a master class in a whole spectrum of blues. From beautifully paced laments to full head-down work outs, it was all on display tonight. Over five […]

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Joan Armatrading Live in Belfast

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The Ulster Hall, Belfast 29th October 2018 There’s been a trend among artists of a certain vintage in the last few years. A gig is divided into two sets, the first will consist of their most famous album played in its entirety in track order, and the second set will be a greatest hits selection, […]

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Nerina Pallot live in Belfast

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Black Box, Belfast 24th October 2018 It’s been ten years since Nerina Pallot last played Belfast. A lot has changed since that time but quality and talent remain constants. Pallot has had an up and down ride as an artist. Tipped by many to be the next big thing by many on the basis of her […]

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Emily Barker live in Belfast

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The Sunflower Bar, Belfast 19th October 2018 This is the first gig I’ve been to, where the act whose name is on the ticket, actually collects the ticket as you enter the venue. Belfast’s Sunflower Bar is an intimate setting and Emily’s presence at the door creates a homely atmosphere, where everyone is made to […]

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Jeremy Nail – Live Oak

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To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Jeremy Nail before this album and it’s predecessor landed at my door. However, since then, I’ve been playing it a lot. It’s a calm meditative album, born out of a time of great personal distress and hurt. While hugely impressive in its own right, Nail’s backstory is necessary […]

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Annie Oakley – Words We Mean

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Into a market already blessed with female vocal groups of the standard of First Aid Kit and The Staves, the Oklahoma based trio Annie Oakley launch their first album, the exceedingly likeable ‘Words We Mean’. The band, made up of sisters Sophia and Grace Babb on guitar and vocals, and Nia Personette adding harmonies and […]

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Interview with Dawn Landes

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Ahead of her only Irish concert of her current tour, we caught up with Dawn Landes for a chat about her new Nashville-inspired record ‘Meet Me At The River’. FT: Hi Dawn. Thanks for taking the time to talk to Folk and Tumble. DL: You’re welcome! FT: Your new album is an unashamed country album and […]

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Interview with Gretchen Peters

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After her recent sell out concert, Gretchen Peters was gracious enough to spend some time with Folk and Tumble and have a chat about her career, songwriting and her fans. FT: Fantastic gig in the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. A standing ovation is always good. You seem to really enjoy playing in Ireland. GP: Oh yeah, […]

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13 Rivers – Richard Thompson

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’13 Rivers’ is Richard Thompson’s 19th solo album; his 40th if you include releases with Fairport Convention, Linda Thompson, and various others. It may be among the most rock sounding record he has produced in that stellar oeuvre of work. It’s a bare-bones approach. Most tracks feature the solid rhythm section of Taras Prodaniuk on […]

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