Author Archives: Julie Williams-Nash

Ken Pomeroy – Hallways

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Ken Pomeroy is full of surprises. The fifteen-year-old from Oklahoma has been writing songs and singing since she was nine as if it was the most natural thing in the world. She sounds like it’s the most natural thing in the world. There is no hint of precocity whatsoever. She just has the gift! She’s […]

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Martha L Healy – Keep The Flame Alight

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Americana with a Celtic twist sums up the new album from Scottish singer-songwriter Martha L Healy. Following on from 2014’s

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John Smith – Hummingbird

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It’s over five years since I first saw John Smith. It was one of those intimate, perfect Saturday afternoon gigs in The Rabbit Rooms, Bangor. I recall it clearly – such was the impact his voice and musicianship had on the assembled souls, such was his banter that filled the gaps. His sixth album, Hummingbird […]

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The Art of Pretending to Swim – Villagers

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News of Villagers new album has been trickling out for a while. A few videos were released in recent weeks. First, the seminal ‘A Trick Of The Light’, then for ‘Fool’. Bound to generate a buzz, these Bob Gallagher directed works of art teased and taunted, pleased and prodded, and were guaranteed a response. They […]

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Stranded – Anthony Toner and Frank Ormsby

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Hallucinations, death, disease, Elvis, Maggie May, cinema, nostalgia… just some of the eclectic themes gleaned at The Strand Arts Centre, Belfast on a stifling, sweaty Friday night. And it was funny. Very funny in fact. More entertaining than could have been anticipated. Here was one of Northern Ireland’s most popular songwriters Anthony Toner with one […]

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River Whyless – Kindness, A Rebel

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River Whyless didn’t set out to make a political album. It just turned out that way. Well, sort of. Mixed in with the perplexed commentary, is the routine remedies of surviving the banality of life on the road – too many parties, getting high, drunk, laid – as in the opening trippy track ‘All Of […]

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Oxlip – Wolves! Cried the Maid

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The beauty of ‘Wolves! Cried the Maid’, the new album by Oxlip, is that it’s impossible to pin down. It doesn’t neatly fall under any genre or banner. There is no neat pigeon-hole. That is precisely what, in essence, makes it an artistic masterpiece. Oxlip is Jayne Trimble, a singer-songwriter originally from Coney Island in […]

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The Equatorial Group – Apricity

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I wasn’t familiar with the word ‘Apricity’ so I looked it up. It’s an archaic term that didn’t quite manage to make its way in to into the mainstream English tongue. But, according to Merriam Webster’s list of ‘Rare and Wonderful Wintertime Words’, it means the warmth of the sun in winter. That’s when it […]

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Ben Glover – Shorebound

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May the fourth, it’ll be with you… Ben Glover’s latest album ‘Shorebound’ is a force of musical nature, a sabre of both light and dark. Full of contrast, it is the yin and yang of everyman, the full spectrum from the darker themes of ‘Catbird Seat’ (featuring Mary Gauthier) and ‘Dancing With The Beast’ (featuring […]

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