Category Archive: Live

The Beach Boys live in Belfast

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By now, most fans of The Beach Boys have undoubtedly heard that famous “Brian, I’m a genius too” bootleg. Well since she put me down I’ve been out doin’ in my head… Whether Murry Wilson was the genius he thought, there’s little doubt that Brian Wilson was. That’s not to say the other members of […]

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Ben Glover live in Belfast

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The Black Box, Belfast 1st June 2018 It’s fair to say quite a few people had high expectations for this Ben Glover gig. Riding on the back of the best album of his career, and excellent reviews of his recent solo gigs, a full-house at the Black Box were anticipating a stellar night. Well, the […]

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Ciaran Lavery live in Liverpool

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The Buyer’s Club, Liverpool 29th April 2018 Aghagallon’s own Ciaran Lavery needs no introduction to Irish readers, but on a sunny spring Sunday in Liverpool he is a new prospect. That said, with Liverpool’s Harvest Sun Promotions running the show he’s in good company. With Scott Matthews, Lord Huron, Shonen Knife and Grant Lee Phillips […]

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

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With a history spanning over 150 years, The Ulster Hall on Belfast’s Bedford Street has seen its share of remarkable moments. Mick Jagger strutted the stage, tattooed punks pogoed, the somber strains of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ first graced a live stage, and legendary acts like Rory Gallagher and Van Morrison aired the blues. […]

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Courtney Marie Andrews live in Dublin

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Whelan’s, Dublin 20th April 2018 Since I first saw Courtney Marie Andrews on tour in August 2017, I have been singing the praises of the young singer/songwriter from Arizona to anyone who would listen. So, accompanied by a few new converts, I made the trip down to Dublin with a little trepidation. Would she fulfill […]

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Frank Turner live in Belfast

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The Limelight, Belfast 18th April 2018 He’s been a mainstay on the folk-punk circuit for around fifteen years now but Frank Turner still plays every show with the intensity of some newcomer in a barroom with twenty fans. He keeps a note of show numbers. It’s well into the 2000s by now and gives shoutouts […]

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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 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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Red Hot Chilli Pipers live in Belfast

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We caught up with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers in December 2016 on their last visit to the SSE Arena and fourteen months later they are as bright, colourful and playful as ever. As usual, their high energy Bagrock performance consists of classic rock tunes intertwined with intricate highland jigs and reels. Raucous versions of […]

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The Mavericks live in Belfast

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The Limelight, Belfast Tuesday 6th February 2018 It’s impossible to categorise The Mavericks’ music. I thought I had them pegged as a crossover country/Latin dance band but that does such a disservice to one of the finest live bands I have seen perform in a long time. There is so much more to them. They […]

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