Author Archives: Damian McNairney

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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Eddi Reader live in Belfast

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Ulster Hall, Belfast24th February 2019 Have you ever been to a gig and just smiled from start to finish? Well for close to two hours that’s what I did. Eddi Reader’s good-humoured effervescence, Scottish wit, and enchanting voice lit up the Ulster Hall with an evening of sublime musicianship, sweet songs and a lot of […]

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Interview with Willy Vlautin

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Ahead of his recent appearance in Belfast with The Delines I sat down with Willy Vlautin for a chat and began by asking him how lead singer of the band Amy Boone was recovering after a severe traffic accident in 2016. WV: She’s a battler. She’s good enough to travel, she can walk upstairs. She […]

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Interview with Andy Irvine

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FT: You’re known for your travels, and there can’t be too many spots in the world you haven’t been to. Many artists complain about life on the road, but you seem to thrive on it. Why so? AI: I’ve always been excited by travel. When I was about 13 I started collecting maps and planning […]

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The Delines live in Belfast

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Out To Lunch FestivalThe Black Box, BelfastSaturday 26th January 2019 The Delines played one of their first ever gigs at the Real Music Club in The Errigle Inn, Belfast back in June 2014. It was a stunning night of music lead by emotion and a new direction in Americana. A band that played country soul, and […]

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Teddy Thompson live in Belfast

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Out To Lunch FestivalBlack Box, BelfastFriday 25th January 2019 When the programme for the always excellent Out To Lunch festival was announced, one of the most hotly anticipated on the list was the return of Teddy Thompson. Although a frequent visitor to these shores, Thompson hasn’t played Belfast since May 2016, and the Black Box […]

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Buffalo Blood – Buffalo Blood

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Buffalo Blood may be a new name on the music scene, but they are made up of a group of well respected and loved musicians; comprising of three quarters of The Orphan Brigade (Neilson Hubbard, Joshua Britt and Audrey Spillman), along with renowned Scottish singer Dean Owens. The album was recorded in New Mexico, and […]

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Interview with Teddy Thompson

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Ahead of his appearance at The Out To Lunch Festival we caught up with Teddy Thompson for a chat about family, paper maché and pop music. FT: The last time you played in Belfast it was with Kelly Jones touring the excellent ‘Little Windows’ album. What can the Out To Lunch Festival crowd expect this […]

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Interview with Courtney Marie Andrews

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FT – With your new album Kindness, is a central feature of this album, it’s a human quality, surprisingly not celebrated that much in popular culture. I can think of two songs with ‘Kindness’ in the title- Glen Campbell’s, “Try a little Kindness” and Richard Thompson’s, ‘The hand of Kindness’, I’m sure there are others. […]

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