Author Archives: Paul McAnallen

Darrell Scott live in Belfast

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One of the many great things about the Belfast Nashville Festival is that you can often find yourself within feet of some of the very best artists from the world of Americana. The first time I had heard Darrell Scott play was on the magnificent Transatlantic Sessions on RTE when he played the haunting ‘You’ll […]

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Bap Kennedy – Reckless Heart

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It’s impossible to listen to his last recording, ‘Reckless Heart’, without thinking of Bap Kennedy’s sad passing in November last year. It sits along side a body of work as a great legacy to his songwriting and story-telling ability. To my shame, I had only seen him play live once n 1993 in Hammersmith, where […]

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The 4 Of Us – Sugar Island

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Songs usually mean a whole lot more to the listener if they mean something to the writer to begin with. ‘Sugar Island’, the latest recording from the Murphy Brothers AKA The 4 of Us, is a musical tribute to growing up in the North in the 1970s – specifically growing up in Newry, hometown to […]

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The Avett Brothers – True Sadness

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… an unhelpful amount of cultural journalism is dedicated to attacking works of art that critics deem substandard. Though this may be a diverting spectator sport, it has little to do with the more useful mission of trying to unite a short-time and suffering audience with works that would be of genuine benefit to them. […]

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A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

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Sturgill Simpson is the new look Outlaw on the run… Label: Atlantic Records Release Date: 15th April 2016 There was a point in his career when Sturgill Simpson was holding the baton for all the Outlaws who went before him. People like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard… On those continual references to Jennings, Simpson says: […]

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Patty Griffin live in Belfast

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Award winning songwriter performs at Out To Lunch 2016… 18th January 2016 The Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast Just before Patty Griffin and her band arrived on stage at the Black Box, it was announced that the artist did not want any pictures taken during the performance that night. A bit ominous and maybe like […]

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Lindi Ortega live at the Belfast Empire

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Canadian country doesn’t do subtle… 16th January 2016 The Empire Music Hall, Botanic Avenue, Belfast I have always believed that we get the media and politicians we deserve and if that’s true then Canada must be one of the coolest countries in the world right now. Their Prime Minster stands a handsome 6’2”, has been […]

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Sturgill Simpson live in The Limelight

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Turtles, Drugs, Religion and everything else… 12th January 2016 The Limelight, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast He has been variously described as the poster boy for “authentic country” and a “cosmic cowboy”. He may be both, or somewhere in between but It’s easy to see why journalists and critics label Sturgill Simpson like this. Simpson is often […]

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The Coronas live at The Ulster Hall

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In an era where music is so easily bought and discarded, and consumers have such a short attention span, it’s important to remember that The Coronas have three double-platinum records under their belt, have been on the undercard of Timberlake and McCartney gigs and usually sell out everywhere they play. Tonight was no different and […]

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