Author Archives: Julie Williams-Nash

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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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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