Author Archives: Damian McNairney

13 Rivers – Richard Thompson

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’13 Rivers’ is Richard Thompson’s 19th solo album; his 40th if you include releases with Fairport Convention, Linda Thompson, and various others. It may be among the most rock sounding record he has produced in that stellar oeuvre of work. It’s a bare-bones approach. Most tracks feature the solid rhythm section of Taras Prodaniuk on […]

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Gretchen Peters live in Belfast

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Lyric Theatre, Belfast Sunday 9th September 2018 Lit by a single spotlight, Gretchen Peters picks a soft refrain as she sings the haunting ‘Arguing With Ghosts’. The song examines the ageing process and one’s own sense of mortality. It sets the scene for a night of impeccably played music, challenging ideas, and a little hope […]

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Passenger and Lucy Rose live in Belfast

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The Ulster Hall, Belfast 2nd September 2018 This is Passenger’s (aka Mike Rosenberg) first gig in Belfast in two years and on the back of his new release ‘Runaway’, the Ulster Hall is full with an expectant 1,500 of his fans. Support on the night is supplied by Lucy Rose. Lucy has played Belfast several […]

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Joan As Policewoman live in Belfast

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The Black Box, Belfast Tuesday 14th August 2018 Joan As Policewoman (AKA Joan Wasser) arrives in Belfast touring the best album of her career, her sixth, ‘Damn Devotion’. Not surprisingly, a lot of the material tonight comes from that record. Her music remains a mixture of soul, rock, and jazz. Tonight it’s very much her […]

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Richard Thompson live in Belfast

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The Empire Music Hall, Belfast 15th August 2018 Richard Thompson is variously regarded as the godfather of English folk-rock, one of the best acoustic and electric guitarists in the world, and the writer of some classic songs in any genre. When news came of an intimate gig in The Empire Music Hall in Belfast, many […]

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Hothouse Flowers live in Belfast

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Eastside Arts Festival Big Top Thursday 9th August 2018 Thirty years after their best-selling album, ‘People’, Hothouse Flowers are still packing audiences in. Tonight, they put on quite a show in the Big Top at CS Lewis Square, Belfast as part of the Eastside Arts Festival. Support was from local songwriter Michael Kerr, accompanied on […]

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Interview with Richard Thompson

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World-renowned songwriter, singer, and guitarist Richard Thompson will play a short run of summer shows across UK and Ireland. These special preview dates come ahead of an extensive UK tour in October and November 2018 as he promotes forthcoming record ’13 Rivers’. On 15th August 2018, Richard Thompson plays the Belfast Empire Music Hall. We […]

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Interview with David Corley

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David Corley released his first album, ‘Available Light’ in 2015 at the age of 53 to great acclaim. The album was a huge critical success, however, during the European tour to promote the album, Corley suffered a near-fatal heart attack on stage in Groningen, Netherlands. After surgery and a long period of recuperation, he began […]

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Rodney Crowell – live in Portaferry

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The Portico, Portaferry 28th July 2018 Rodney Crowell is rightly regarded as country music royalty. A two-time Grammy winner, recipient of six Americana Music awards, member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, his work has been covered by numerous music legends including Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Van Morrison, Bob Seger, and Willie […]

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