Author Archives: Damian McNairney

Little Steven live in Dublin

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Vicar Street, Dublin Thursday 22nd June 2017 Surprisingly, the Vicar Street venue was still selling tickets at the door as Dublin welcomed the return of Little Steven. It was his first show in the city as a solo artist for over 25 years. And what a return! Backed by a group of no less than […]

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Robert Cray live at CQAF

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Festival Marquee – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast Thursday 27th April 2017 The first night of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Robert Cray is the headline act in the new improved Festival Marquee in Custom House Square. Good choice as more than 700 fans and music aficionados pack the tent for an evening of mellifluous […]

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Alejandro Escovedo live in Belfast

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The Errigle Inn, Belfast 13th April 2017 Let’s cut to the chase. It’s only April and I am calling this the gig of the year! I saw Alejandro Escovedo play in Whelan’s, Dublin five years ago, and had high expectations based on that show. These expectations were exceeded by some measure in a gig that […]

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Colin Hay live in Belfast

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31st March 2017 The Limelight 2, Belfast Best known as the lead singer/writer in an Aussie supergroup of the 80s, Colin Hay played to a packed Limelight 2 crowd on a wet Friday night and left them laughing just as much as whistling his tunes on their way home. Were he not such a talented […]

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The Saw Doctors live at The Ulster Hall

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Thursday 16th March 2017 The Ulster Hall, Belfast What to do of a St Patrick’s day eve in Belfast? Well, one of the better options was The Saw Doctors gig in the Ulster Hall. For two solid and joy filled hours the six piece band from Tuam belted out hit after hit. The evening began […]

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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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