Author Archives: Damian McNairney

Kieran Goss and Annie Kinsella live in Belfast

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The Lyric Theatre, Belfast9th June 2019 The big question arising out of tonight’s gig, is why it took 24 years for this pair to record an album together? Kieran Goss, long regarded as one of Irish folk’s brightest stars and songwriters, and his wife Annie Kinsella, a consummate voice in her right and one-time member […]

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Interview with Alejandro Escovedo

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FT:  Your music covers a spectrum of styles and I imagine influences, who did you listen to, and who influenced you as a writer? AE:  It’s so funny too, even within myself I struggle sometimes , I think all the bands that I loved and followed, bands like The Count Five, The Midnighters, Solomon Burke, […]

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Fairport Convention live in Belfast

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Lyric Theatre, Belfast27th May 2019 I suspect there are many in the audience on a Sunday night in the lush settings of the Lyric Theatre, who went along partly as a nostalgia trip. Fairport Convention is one of the seminal groups in folk. Their historical significance in the genre is secured and revered. With a […]

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Alejandro Escovedo live in Belfast

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Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival5th May 2019 Over the past 45 years, Alejandro Escovedo, has been constantly reinventing himself; punk, balladeer, rocker, country singer, playwright, street poet and chronicler of our times, Tonight we get it all in an exhilarating show lasting 2 hours and more. There is a style and grace about the man and […]

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Undress – The Felice Brothers

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The Felice Brothers return to the recording studio after a three year sabbatical with ‘Undress’, and it just might be their best since the self-titled album of 2008. There’s a pronounced shift in the subject matter of the songs here. The short stories of life in the Catskill Mountains have been replaced by larger themes. […]

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Ian Prowse – Here I lie

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Ian Prowse has been producing quality albums for the last 30 years or so. Whether under the Pele moniker, Amsterdam, or his own name, you are guaranteed intelligent, hook-laden classic pop, sometimes with a bit of history attached, and always with a committed political stance. ‘Here I Lie’ ticks all the boxes, and it’s terrific! […]

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Glen Hansard live in Derry

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St Columb’s Hall, Derry13th April 2019 Is there is a better live performer in terms of sheer energy, musicality and emotion currently treading the boards at the minute than Glen Hansard? After this Performance in Derry, I would strongly suggest not. The second night in the old St. Columb’s Hall saw another capacity crowd, captivated […]

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Gratitude

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Finally can see it. I’ve landed on the ground. Look at all the peace I’ve found. Lighter in the mornings, I appreciate the sound of birds out in the garden now. Having wrestled with his demons over the last few years, the first lyrics on his new album see Benjamin Francis Leftwich, sounding re-energised, and […]

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Interview with Eddi Reader

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FT: The new album ‘Cavalier’ is a much fuller sounding album with a bigger band than the last couple. How did that come about? ER: The last couple of albums, ‘Vagabond’ and ‘Love Is The Way’, were recorded in a much smaller environment, and they are beautiful, but this time I kinda wanted drums and […]

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