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Na Leanai – Branching Out

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This is the second and first fully developed album from this Co. Down Folk group. It demonstrates significant development by them since their self-titled work of two years ago. Na Leanai is made up of five cousins; Eimear Kane, Sorcha Turnbull, and sisters Ryanne Sands, Fra Sands and Moya Sands. The Sands surname is a […]

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Altan live in Belfast

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30th Anniversary Celebration at Féile an Phobail, Clonard Monastery 1st August 2017 You get around reviewing Altan gigs. Two years ago I saw the band in the Stormont Hotel as part of the Eastside Arts Festival. A very different setting this time, the beautifully refurbished Clonard Monastery. A lovely venue and a big turnout for […]

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Anthony Toner – Ink Record Launch

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Lyric Theatre, Belfast Sunday 23rd April 2017 It’s a fair way from playing in the garden of Belfast’s Rotterdam Bar to selling out a Sunday night in the Lyric. So after mingling and sipping expensive wine, we are shown into the auditorium. My first thoughts are that it’s a big stage to fill. A couple […]

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John Prine live in The Ulster Hall

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The Ulster Hall Belfast, 11th April 2017 What do you want to be when you grow up? An old person. I made it. One of the insightful lines spoken by Mr. Prine between songs. A sold out Ulster Hall, was JP denied the use of the Waterfront by the World Irish Dancing Championships? Visions of […]

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Matt McGinn with Na Leanai

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No Alibis Bookstore, Belfast 15th December 2016 A generous man is Mr McGinn. He gets his own show in No Alibis after several joint shows and immediately arranges to share the gig with Na Leanai. Most readers will know Matt’s backstory. A very talented singer songwriter who has been on the scene in Belfast and […]

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Sarah Jarosz – Undercurrent

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Sugar Hill Records Four Albums, several Grammy nominations, and a recent Honours Degree from a Music Conservatory… All that and more by your twenty-fifth year. Not bad going. I first heard Sarah Jarosz a number of years back playing blinding fiddle on the ‘Trans Atlantic’ television programme. She has played live in Belfast, on at […]

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Kate Rusby live in Belfast

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Grand Opera House Sunday 30 October 2016 I don’t have any answers, only songs. It’s a big stage and a big venue to fill, but Ms Rusby managed to reduce it to an intimate Sunday night gig. Touring around the launch of her new ‘Life In A Paper Boat’ album Kate brought her voice and a […]

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John Prine – For Better Or Worse

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Bob, Laughing Lenny and JP, it’s hard to keep the young talent down, isn’t it? ‘For Better Or Worse’, a new studio album, a collection of classic country songs written or made popular by artists such as Hank Williams, George Jones, Ernest Tubbs, Buck Owens. Recorded here as duets with a selection of female artists […]

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Dana Masters’ ‘Crossing Lines’ Launch

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14th April 2016 The MAC, Belfast A sold out show of soulful jazz and blues. A sold out show and a buzz of anticipation in the foyer pre-show. The gig was in the big room, I would think it holds up to three or four hundred. Nice dark setting; only drawback is that reviewers cannot […]

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