Author Archives: Damian McNairney

Courtney Marie Andrews in Bangor

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Open House Festival Space Theatre, Bangor 30th August 2017 Twelve months ago, few outside the United States would have heard of Courtney Marie Andrews. Now, on the back of a beautiful new album, ‘Honest Life’, and a scintillating turn on ‘Later with Jools Holland’, she is the hottest ticket at this year’s Open House Festival. […]

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Danny and the Champs – Brilliant Light

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Release Date: 30th June 2017 Label: Loose Records This is the sixth studio album for Danny and the Champions of the World and comes on the back of the highly lauded ‘What Kind Of Love’, which was a critical and fan favourite. ‘Brilliant Light’ continues that rich run of form. Ambitious in scope and size, […]

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Chuck Prophet live in Belfast

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The Real Music Club at The Errigle Inn, Belfast 26th July 2017 You know what you are going to get at a chuck Prophet gig; a no nonsense, good time, vaudeville rock show. Tonight, the Californian and his band, The Mission Express are on top form. Chuck Prophet has asked the ever-helpful Real Music Club […]

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Heather Lynn Horton – Don’t Mess With Mrs Murphy

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Heather Lynn Horton is a singer, songwriter, fiddle player and one-half of folk rock band The Westies; the other half being her husband Michael McDermott. This album ‘Don’t Mess With Mrs Murphy’ may not result in her name being better known as a solo artist. That is not to say it is a bad record. […]

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Little Steven live in Dublin

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Vicar Street, Dublin Thursday 22nd June 2017 Surprisingly, the Vicar Street venue was still selling tickets at the door as Dublin welcomed the return of Little Steven. It was his first show in the city as a solo artist for over 25 years. And what a return! Backed by a group of no less than […]

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Robert Cray live at CQAF

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Festival Marquee – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast Thursday 27th April 2017 The first night of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Robert Cray is the headline act in the new improved Festival Marquee in Custom House Square. Good choice as more than 700 fans and music aficionados pack the tent for an evening of mellifluous […]

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Alejandro Escovedo live in Belfast

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The Errigle Inn, Belfast 13th April 2017 Let’s cut to the chase. It’s only April and I am calling this the gig of the year! I saw Alejandro Escovedo play in Whelan’s, Dublin five years ago, and had high expectations based on that show. These expectations were exceeded by some measure in a gig that […]

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Colin Hay live in Belfast

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31st March 2017 The Limelight 2, Belfast Best known as the lead singer/writer in an Aussie supergroup of the 80s, Colin Hay played to a packed Limelight 2 crowd on a wet Friday night and left them laughing just as much as whistling his tunes on their way home. Were he not such a talented […]

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The Saw Doctors live at The Ulster Hall

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Thursday 16th March 2017 The Ulster Hall, Belfast What to do of a St Patrick’s day eve in Belfast? Well, one of the better options was The Saw Doctors gig in the Ulster Hall. For two solid and joy filled hours the six piece band from Tuam belted out hit after hit. The evening began […]

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