Author Archives: Damian McNairney

Colin Hay – Fierce Mercy

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Colin Hay is best known as lead vocalist for mega-selling 80s Aussie band Men At Work. Following a number of hit singles – ‘Who Can It Be Now’, ‘Down Under’, the band broke up, and Colin set out on his own as a successful singer/songwriter. His work has been featured in several Hollywood films and […]

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The Mastersons at the Real Music Club

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The Errigle Inn, Belfast Thursday 9th February 2017 Marital harmony at the Real Music Club The Mastersons are welcome return visitors to the Real Music Club at the Errigle Inn and have built a solid audience amongst local fans of Americana/alternative country. Man and wife since 2009, they both had put albums out individually before […]

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry in Belfast

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The Ulster Hall, Belfast 29th January 2017 Two guitars, two voices, one fantastic concert. Ostensibly this tour was to promote their album ‘Shine A Light’. However, given the current highly charged political climate, it was always going to be so much more than this. The album itself is a collection of thematically linked songs recorded […]

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Sara Watkins live at the Real Music Club

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Real Music Club at The Errigle, Belfast 3rd November 2016 Sara Watkins is no stranger to these shores and has played on a number of occasions for The Real Music Club. Last January she played for a captive audience with Aoife O’Donavan and Sarah Jarosz in the “I’m with her” collective and there were a […]

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The 4 Of Us live in Belfast

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The Lyric Theatre, Belfast 6th November 2016 Rivalling ‘The Blue Nile’ in terms of their recorded produce, the latest album ‘Sugar Island’ is only the sixth they have produced in 27 years. The 4 of us, now reduced to a duo of the brothers Murphy; Brendan and Declan, (should they be renamed Yous Two?), played […]

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Steve Forbert live in Belfast

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Real Music Club, The Errigle Inn, Belfast 25th October 2016 Steve Forbert returned to Belfast under the auspices of The Real Music Club for an entertaining evening to a less than capacity, but loyal following in the Errigle Inn. Armed with a single guitar, numerous harmonicas, a two by four piece of wood on the […]

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Nick Lowe at EastSide Arts

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20th August 2016 Willowfield Church, Belfast There was a time, when the thought of Nick ‘Basher’ Lowe, the doyen of 70s pub rock, playing solo acoustic in a place normally reserved for prayer, would have been laughable. But on Saturday night in Willowfield Church, East Belfast, that’s exactly what we got. And it worked. Beautifully. […]

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Andy Fairweather Low at Eastside Arts

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The Black Box, Belfast Thursday 11th August 2016 Andy Fairweather Low reminded the 200 plus crowd at the beginning of his gig in the Black Box that he had been in “the Business” for 50 years! In that time he has had hits in the 60s with Amen Corner, been something of a teen idol […]

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Jeff Finlin – Life After Death

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Interesting character, Jeff Finlin. Singer, songwriter, drummer, producer, poet, yoga enthusiast. He has been producing funny, insightful, melodic albums under his own name since 1991, and this release attempts to house 20 of his best efforts under one roof. Seven of his nine studio albums are represented in the “Essential” album. Half the tracks come […]

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