Author Archives: Damian McNairney

May Your Kindness Remain

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Courtney Marie Andrews’ ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ is an album that arrives at a time when the talk around us is of wars and building walls to keep people out. Courtney sings and asks, but does not preach, for a gentler time of understanding and consideration of the other person’s view. And she sings with […]

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Dean Owens – Southern Wind

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‘Southern Wind’ sees Dean Owens widen his musical palette with a more fuller band sound than on his previous albums and for the most part it works. Opener ‘Last Song’ starts the album with a pace and lilt that promises much. Title track ‘Southern Wind’ is another strong addition to Owens’ cannon of haunting and […]

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The Mavericks live in Belfast

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The Limelight, Belfast Tuesday 6th February 2018 It’s impossible to categorise The Mavericks’ music. I thought I had them pegged as a crossover country/Latin dance band but that does such a disservice to one of the finest live bands I have seen perform in a long time. There is so much more to them. They […]

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The Orphan Brigade live in Belfast

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The Duncairn Centre, Belfast 3rd February 2018 So, Saturday night in a church listening to stories of war, tragedy and killings, indescribable loss, fruitless searches for love, ghosts and earthquakes. May not sound like a great night out! But, actually, when the storytellers are The Orphan Brigade, and the church is the beautifully renovated Duncairn […]

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Interview with Steph Cameron

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Steph Cameron is currently touring Europe to promote her second Album ‘Daybreak Over Jackson Street’, which follows on from her Polaris listed ‘Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady’. Not too many support acts get an encore but that’s what happened to Steph at the Malojian Gig in the Duncairn Centre. We talked to the Canadian singer/songwriter before the […]

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Malojian live in Belfast

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Duncairn Centre Friday 26th January 2018 The Duncairn Centre situated just off the Antrim Road in North Belfast is fast gaining a reputation as a beautiful venue featuring a variety of great acts. Upstairs, the music venue is reminiscent of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, and tonight, the audience was treated to a magical […]

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Glen Hansard live in Belfast

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Ulster Hall, Belfast 15th December 2017 Speaking to others before this gig in The Ulster Hall, the general consensus was that Glen Hansard doesn’t do normal gigs, they are all special. As a first time observer, I retained a certain skepticism to this view. Yet after two and a half hours of uplifting, lilting melodies […]

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Martyn Joseph live in Belfast

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Fitzroy Church, Belfast Thursday 16th November 2017 Martyn has been coming to Belfast for 35 years and this show was his favourite. It’s hard to say what made it so special, but it was special. He’s a seasoned entertainer with a huge back catalogue of sterling material to draw from and an ever-loyal posse of […]

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Ryan Adams live in Belfast

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Ulster Hall, Belfast 8th September 2017 One never really knows what you’ll get at a Ryan Adams gig. The man is considered a little bit too rock ‘n’ roll to be country and a little too alt-country to be rock ‘n’ roll. Perhaps that’s part of the appeal to his legion of fans but tonight […]

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