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Villagers live in Belfast

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Empire Music Hall, Belfast10th December 2018 It’s been a good year for Conor O’Brien and Villagers. One of the best albums to come out of Ireland in 2018 was ‘The Art of Pretending to Swim’. On Spotify alone there were 47 million streams by nine million fans, clocking up two million hours in 65 countries. […]

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Dylan Walshe – All Manner of Ways

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‘All Manner Of Ways’ is the new album from Dublin-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Dylan Walshe. Christy Moore holds him in high esteem. He recently opened for Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmmasters. Guests on the album include James Fearnsley of The Pogues, and Andy Gibson of Hank Williams III – indicators that he is swiftly curating […]

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Claire Roche – From Then To The Here And Now

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There has been a revival in recent years of harp music. In fact, there is now a National Harp Day, with special recitals and gigs the length and breadth of Ireland. Who’d have known there was such a thing. The harp, you could say, is making a comeback. Hark herewith, a beautiful double album of […]

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Villiers and the Villains live at Crumlin Road Gaol

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Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast 4th November 2018 Not many look forward to going to jail but I couldn’t wait to spend a night on the tiles with Villiers and the Villains live at “The Crum”. This harmony between moniker and venue, you couldn’t make it up. One is legendary for all the wrong reasons, the […]

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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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