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We Sat Back… – Chris Cleverly

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It’s no coincidence that the new album by Chris Cleverly is released the day after World Mental Health Day. It’s the fundamental message throughout ‘We Sat Back and Watched It Unfold’ – a reminder that there is a new tomorrow, and everything will be ok. He knows. He’s been there. This album is a personal […]

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Human – Kitt Philippa

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I first heard Kitt Philippa some years ago in St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. A slight, solitary figure, shoulders hunched towards piano keys, but what happened next was akin to a spiritual experience. Stripped back, soul bared, a congregation captured body and soul. It was a performance that left you raw, simultaneously elevated yet feeling […]

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Orphan Brigade live in Belfast

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The Orphan Brigade have been touring England and Scotland these past few weeks, but this is the first of two ‘homecoming’ gigs for Glenarm’s Ben Glover. The Nashville-based trio that forms the core group of the Orphan Brigade – Ben Glover, Neilson Hubbard, and Joshua Britt – are joined on stage this evening by Colm […]

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Wookalily album launch – Ulster Sports Club

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It wouldn’t be a Wookalily album launch it it wasn’t touched by creative flair and imagination. The Ulster Sports Club is the perfect place with its peculiar retro-esque honesty and certain charm. Each table is themed to a song from the new album ‘Everything is Normal – Except the Little Things Inside My Head’. I […]

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The Muscle Shoals Sessions – Amanda St. John

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What does County Antrim’s Amanda St. John have in common with the Rolling Stones, the Osmonds, Wilson Pickett, Candi Staton, Etta James and Aretha Franklin? They’ve all recorded at the legendary FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios. For the Glenariff woman, this is huge! The FAME Studios of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is known across America […]

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Everything is Normal… – Wookalily

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The Wonderful new album from Wookalily is out on 6th October 2019. You may search the world over but you’ll never find another Wookalily. The all-female, multi-instrumentalist band from in and around Belfast has worked immense magic and mastery to pull together – often in difficult and demanding circumstances – their second full album. ‘Everything […]

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Aidan O’Rourke – 365: Volume 2

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This is an immersive experience – the brainchild of multi-award winning fiddler, composer and producer Aidan O’Rourke (Lau). It’s the follow up to 2018’s sold out ‘365: Volume 1’, based on the imaginative, compelling artistic journey of Scottish writer James Robertson and his 365 Stories. It goes something like this: In 2013, Robertson – one […]

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The Orphan Brigade – To the Edge of the World

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Any fans of John Prine out there? Then here is the news. The Orphan Brigade has scored a coup – as the legendary singer songwriter makes a guest appearance on the new album! ‘To the Edge of the World’ is the third outstanding album from the creative musical collective that comprises The Orphan Brigade. With […]

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Laganfest live at the Sunflower

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One day of the finest acoustic sets from two dozen of the best musicians and artists from in and around Belfast – Langanfest showcased the length, breadth and width of the accomplished and the talented. All in one day – Saturday 7th September, all under one roof – The Sunflower, Belfast. It was a much […]

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