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Imelda May live in Belfast

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Waterfront Hall, Belfast 20th December 2017 A speedy return to the city and venue, last played here May of this year. Nice work having the sold-out signs up a couple of weeks ago. Imelda May is at least one Ms May whose popularity hasn’t declined over the last year. A short warm-up set from Mick […]

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Cara Dillon live in Belfast

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Ulster Hall, Belfast Sunday 17th December 2017 “It’s coming on Christmas”, Joni Mitchell once said. Cara Dillon brought her ‘Upon A Winter’s Night’ show to Belfast at the end of a fourteen-night tour. It’s a Christmas show as was clear even upon entering the hall. The stage was set with four white Christmas trees, a […]

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Cara Dillon – Wanderer

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You can take the woman out of Dungiven but… Wanderer is the most recent offering in the now substantial catalogue and career of Cara Dillon. Overall it’s a very fine piece of work, great singing, sparse but very effective musical accompaniment, clean clear production and understated but suitable presentation. Cara chooses to sing ten songs, […]

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Paul Brady live at the Ulster Hall

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The Ulster Hall, Belfast Thursday 23rd November 2017 As Bob Dylan once allegedly advised, Paul Brady is one of those artists worth getting out of bed for… Paul Brady and his five-piece band played a ripping show to an almost full Ulster Hall on a cold Belfast November evening. Looking relaxed, confident, and appearing to […]

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Malojian live at The Strand

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Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Thursday 19th October 2017 Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home. Weird, like one big happy mushroom trip. Here is how it ran. The venue is great, the Strand Arts Centre has reimagined itself from independent cinema to an art house with both movies and a variety of music and performances. Nice […]

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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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