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Belinda O’Hooley – Inversions

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You may not have heard of Belinda O’Hooley before but she’s one half of O’Hooley and Tidow with her wife Heidi Tidow. Together, they are described by The Guardian as “exceptional songwriters” and their song ‘Gentleman Jack’ is the closing theme tune for Sally Wainwright’s latest BBC/HBO drama series of the same name. O’Hooley has […]

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Anna Tivel – The Question

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Anna Tivel’s new album ‘The Question’ leaves you wondering, pondering, from the everyday things to the big questions. Anna Tivel is an observer. She has an artist’s eye. She seeps in everything her eye beholds, without judgement. It just is. She has the enhanced sensitivity of all the senses. Her voice is beautiful. I am […]

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The Orphan Brigade – live in Belfast

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Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast30th March 2019 Beneath the gothic eaves of an old stone church is the ideal atmospheric venue for the Orphan Brigade’s Belfast gig. The spiritual, the bizarre, the divine and the dark are themes explored in their repertoire to date – so where better than a deconsecrated sacred space to raise the […]

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Things to Burn – Clara Baker

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Portland songwriter Clara Baker teamed up with avant-folk experimentalist producer Shane Leonard to record her new album ‘Things to Burn’ in a little house in Wisconsin. That stripped back, bare, bold authenticity shines out. Along with two stellar roots musicians, Courtney Hartman (Della Mae) and Zachariah Hickman (Josh Ritter, Ray Lamontagne), Baker recorded the album […]

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International Women’s Day 2019

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It would be remiss of us to let International Women’s Day pass by without a shout out to all the talented women that Northern Ireland has in its midst. The last decade in particular has seen an explosion of fantastic female musicians of all ages and genres make their mark. It really is exceptional and […]

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Our Lady of the Wind and Rain – Anthony Toner

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Well, well, well… would you believe this is Anthony Toner’s ninth album of original material? He’s come a long way from 2009’s ‘The Duke of Oklahoma and Other Stories’, yet that’s just ten years ago. He’s chalked up practically an album a year, a reflection of just how prolific a songwriter he is. Each album […]

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Wilfie Gilbert – Miner’s Gold

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Wilfie Gilbert must be one of the most under-exposed, self-effacing legends of the Northern Ireland music scene. You could say he’s a musician whose time has come, with the release on 1st March 2019 of ‘Miner’s Gold’ – his first full collection of ten outstanding original songs. First off though – that voice! We need […]

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Kalyn Fay – Good Company

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It took a little while for this to grow on me, but I grew to feel a warm affection for its simplicity, melodies and honesty. Kalyn Fay’s voice is pure and her lyrical sentiments steeped in a stark integrity. An aching emptiness is echoed in the gentle opening track ‘Good Company’ – she’s just looking […]

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Ken Haddock – One Night In Willowfield

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The title of Ken Haddock’s ‘One Night In Willowfield’ caught my immediate attention. I lived for ten years in a place called Willowfield. That’s over 3650 nights but this record is all about just one. The Willowfield in question here is Willowfield Church on Belfast’s Woodstock Road. A very special live recording was made of this one-off […]

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