Author Archives: Damian McNairney

Interview with Emily Barker

Folk and Tumble

During her recent Irish tour, Folk and Tumble had the chance to sit down for a chat with Emily Barker in Belfast’s Sunflower Pub. FT: You’ve taken in quite a few Irish dates this tour, how has it been going? EB: It’s been good. Dublin was brilliant. It’s a little hard to get people out […]

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Courtney Marie Andrews live in Belfast

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The Black Box, Belfast. 2nd December 2018 Courtney Marie Andrews will be a huge star. In a world where success is judged by the size of the video screens on either side of massive stages, Courtney exudes class with little more than a guitar or a keyboard with songs that already have the feel of […]

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Interview with Ralph McTell

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Ralph McTell is a frequent visitor to Irish shores. He first played Belfast back in 1968 and continued to play even during the worst years of The Troubles when the north became a ghostland for most touring artists and bands. I asked Ralph about one particular gig in Belfast – possibly 1976 at the time […]

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Ian Prowse live In Belfast

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The American Bar, Belfast 9th November 2018 This is Ian Prowse’s first headline gig in Belfast, and judging by the huge reaction, it certainly won’t be his last. For one night only, The American Bar in Sailortown, became The Liverpool Bar, Liverpudlian accents abounding. It seems the only Belfast voices audible were from the bar […]

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Ralph McTell Live in Belfast

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The Ulster Hall, Belfast 3rd November 2018 Ralph McTell’s love of Ireland, his affection for the city of Belfast in particular, is well documented. His first trip here was in 1968, and he continued to return and play in the city throughout the worst of the troubles. Tonight’s concert in The Ulster Hall had an […]

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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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