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Beth Nielsen Chapman live in Belfast

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The Waterfront Hall, Belfast 3rd April 2018 It was a rainy night in Belfast, the tail end of the Easter break. The faithful fans of Beth Nielsen Chapman had braved the elements to worship at The Waterfront. The night before, she’d played the Portico in Portaferry. They were told they had to finish on time […]

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The Kiss of Light – Frank Ormsby and Anthony Toner

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Like all the best stories, it starts once upon a time. In a bookshop named No Alibis on Belfast’s Botanic Avenue, an introduction was made. Two men, both masters of their art – a generation apart – shook hands. Words of admiration were exchanged and an embryonic friendship formed. It was the younger man, the […]

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Beth Nielsen Chapman – Hearts of Glass

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In her recent interview for Folk and Tumble, Beth Nielsen Chapman described her new album ‘Hearts of Glass’ as “songs about vulnerability and strength”. That’s about as close a summary in five words as it’s possible to get. This collection spans the full spectrum of emotion – from the upbeat, celebratory opening tune ‘Come To […]

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Interview with Beth Nielsen Chapman

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Songs about vulnerability and strength. That’s how Beth Nielsen Chapman describes her new album ‘Hearts of Glass’. She plays the Portico in Portaferry, Co. Down on 2nd April and The Waterfront Hall, Belfast on 3rd April. We asked about her latest album and how it felt to be inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. […]

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The Lost Brothers live in Belfast

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The Lost Brothers were feeling the love at Belfast’s Black Box on Valentine’s Day. They’ve played Belfast many times throughout their ten years together but this is a special night, says Dublin man Oisin Leech. They’re not really brothers – that’s just a moniker – but they clearly have a unique connection. Mark McCausland, the […]

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The Lost Brothers – Halfway Towards A Healing

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What I love about The Lost Brothers is how their songs often seem quite placid on the surface. Then one realises just how depth-charged they truly are. Paul Muldoon I have an unwritten rule that I need to listen to an album all the way through six times before I can even begin to pull […]

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Edelle McMahon – Adventures in Narcissism

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Hallowe’en 2017: It’s just turned dark and spooky outside and I’m listening to ‘A Haunting’. It’s the excellent opening track of Edelle McMahon’s imaginatively titled album ‘Adventures in Narcissism’. There is indeed a haunting quality in this with gritty, scornful lyrics” Like a punch in the gut. Like a mouthful of blood. Grimace hard not […]

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Andy White at the Errigle

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Melbourne may be Andy White’s adopted home but Belfast is in his blood. The globe-trotting troubadour is back on home ground for one night only – where the perfect fit is the Real Music Club’s regular Thursday venue, upstairs at the Errigle Inn. It really is something of a homecoming gig. On stage, White recalls […]

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Ben Glover at No Alibis

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Contemporary management speak takes me to the fair – that cold, remote lingo that reduces us to economic units and maybe if worthy, key stakeholders. That sort of thing. The irony does not go amiss at No Alibis, with a wry twist, an old style pavement blackboard announces: “Recreational Literature Dispensary” – this way. Tonight, […]

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