Author Archives: Damian McNairney

Martin Stephenson and the Daintees live in Belfast

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Out To Lunch FestivalBlack Box, Belfast11th January 2020 Almost three years to the day since his last appearance in Belfast, Martin Stephenson returned to the Black Box and enchanted a packed crowd with two hours of banter, craic, stories and great, great music. Those who say there are no characters left in music, obviously haven’t […]

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Mary Black – Orchestrated

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Mary Black has long been one of the finest interpreters of contemporary song on this island. Indeed her past catalogue is a delightful mix of styles and writers that has garnered huge accolades and a worldwide fan base.  Her new album, sees her take some fan favorites, and some deeper cuts from her 14 studio […]

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Interview with Wallis Bird

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FT:  You’re from quite a musical family? Was there any other career route in mind at any time for you, but music? WB:  Yeah my family adores music! We were all involved with music in one way or another, DJing, booking, choirs, live bands, avid collectors and so forth. I always was led by music […]

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Lloyd Cole live in Belfast

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The Belfast Empire4th November 2019 Lloyd causes a bit of a commotion. A gig of two halves really. A doubled-denimed Lloyd Cole took to the stage on his own, only to be instantly besieged by a particularly inebriated woman desperate to reminisce about a conversation she had had with him in Guilford 15 years ago. Lloyd advised […]

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David Latto – Show Me How To Feel

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David Latto has been making records since 2010. In 2016, he sensed he had hit a wall. The music he was making at the time didn’t ring true for him so he walked away from the business for two years. However, when the muse is strong, it’s hard to fight, and hence we have this […]

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Dori Freeman – Every Single Star

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Anyone who was lucky enough to have caught Dori Freeman’s support slot for Teddy Thompson earlier this year, at the always excellent Out to Lunch Festival will have expected this album to be good. Just how good, might surprise even those fortunate aficionados. At times, it’s reminiscent of classic country voices of the past. Patsy […]

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Jake Clemons live in Belfast

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The Belfast Empire. 10th October 2019 Jake Clemons is obviously best known as a member of the E-Street Band and a nephew of “The Big Man” Clarence Clemons. A smattering of ‘Born in the USA’ and ‘Wrecking Ball’ T-shirts suggest a sample of the crowd are here because of that Springsteen connection. But Jake has […]

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Sofia Talvik – Paws of a Bear

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Sofia Talvik has been making records since 2005 but is a new artist to this reviewer and a most welcome discovery. From the wonderful cover art, title, and smooth clear sounds within, this is Scandi Music at it’s best. At times it’s reminiscent of fellow Swedish act First Aid Kit, however the music is more […]

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Ralph McTell – Hill of Beans

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This is Ralph’s first album of original material in almost 10 years, and it’s great to have him back. Not that he has been idle in that time with two collaborative records with his old friend Wizz Jones, instrumental collection, ‘Sofa Noodling’, and a number of compilations. But this is eleven songs of what Ralph […]

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