Category Archive: Live

The Saw Doctors live at The Ulster Hall

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Thursday 16th March 2017 The Ulster Hall, Belfast What to do of a St Patrick’s day eve in Belfast? Well, one of the better options was The Saw Doctors gig in the Ulster Hall. For two solid and joy filled hours the six piece band from Tuam belted out hit after hit. The evening began […]

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich in Belfast

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Tuesday 7th March 2017 The Limelight 2, Belfast In recent months, much has been made of the emphatic return of Benjamin Francis Leftwich. He’s back after a rocky few years following the death of his father and his 2016 record ‘After The Rain’ was the perfect response. Opening acts The Howl and The Hum and […]

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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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Postmodern Jukebox live in Belfast

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When you write about music, it’s easy to try and come across all unnecessary and trendy. It’s simple to take a pop at pop, to discredit the voices on The Voice and yearn for the good ol’ days before autotune and viral videos. That’s all become so easy in the clickbait millennium, that it’s harder […]

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The Mastersons at the Real Music Club

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The Errigle Inn, Belfast Thursday 9th February 2017 Marital harmony at the Real Music Club The Mastersons are welcome return visitors to the Real Music Club at the Errigle Inn and have built a solid audience amongst local fans of Americana/alternative country. Man and wife since 2009, they both had put albums out individually before […]

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry in Belfast

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The Ulster Hall, Belfast 29th January 2017 Two guitars, two voices, one fantastic concert. Ostensibly this tour was to promote their album ‘Shine A Light’. However, given the current highly charged political climate, it was always going to be so much more than this. The album itself is a collection of thematically linked songs recorded […]

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The Dodge Brothers live in Black Box

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Out To Lunch Festival: The Black Box, Belfast 7th January 2017 Belfast’s Black Box is a rather luxurious yet cosy venue. Black walls, black floor, black bar, black stage. It’s black as far as the eye can see, which ain’t too far as you can imagine. A million miles from Memphis. Far from the spit […]

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Matt McGinn with Na Leanai

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No Alibis Bookstore, Belfast 15th December 2016 A generous man is Mr McGinn. He gets his own show in No Alibis after several joint shows and immediately arranges to share the gig with Na Leanai. Most readers will know Matt’s backstory. A very talented singer songwriter who has been on the scene in Belfast and […]

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Andy White at the Errigle

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Melbourne may be Andy White’s adopted home but Belfast is in his blood. The globe-trotting troubadour is back on home ground for one night only – where the perfect fit is the Real Music Club’s regular Thursday venue, upstairs at the Errigle Inn. It really is something of a homecoming gig. On stage, White recalls […]

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Red Hot Chilli Pipers live in Belfast

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SSE Arena, Belfast 3rd December 2016 Photos by Gerry McNally Photography We’ve never lowered ourselves on Folk and Tumble to tossing out that trite Satchmo quote about folk music. You know the one; “All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.” Well, it’s bang in the middle of Christmas […]

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