Category Archive: Live

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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The Orphan Brigade live in Belfast

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The Duncairn Centre, Belfast 3rd February 2018 So, Saturday night in a church listening to stories of war, tragedy and killings, indescribable loss, fruitless searches for love, ghosts and earthquakes. May not sound like a great night out! But, actually, when the storytellers are The Orphan Brigade, and the church is the beautifully renovated Duncairn […]

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The Lost Brothers live in Liverpool

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Leaf Café, Liverpool Friday 2nd February 2018 Liverpool’s Leaf Cafe is a haven away from the shops, takeaways, lunatics and the sheer madness of Concert Square a mere street away. On a Friday night, Concert Square and its surrounds of the Ropeworks are reminiscent of a battlefield after a particularly nasty incursion. Hordes of hen […]

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Hayes Carll live in Belfast

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Sometimes, a friend with a good ear for a tune will recommend an artist. Occasionally another artist you admire will recommend an artist. In advance of Hayes Carll’s show at Belfast’s Out To Lunch Festival with the Real Music Club, the recommendations came thick and fast. This was the show on everyone’s lips. Hayes Carll […]

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Malojian live in Belfast

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Duncairn Centre Friday 26th January 2018 The Duncairn Centre situated just off the Antrim Road in North Belfast is fast gaining a reputation as a beautiful venue featuring a variety of great acts. Upstairs, the music venue is reminiscent of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, and tonight, the audience was treated to a magical […]

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Dave Arcari live in Belfast

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Out To Lunch Festival Black Box, Belfast 20th January 2018 There are many kinds of blues dating back many decades. There’s Memphis blues, Delta blues, hill country blues, and Hokum blues. And there’s Dave Arcari. He’s introduced to the Out To Lunch Festival stage as a “National Guitar Madman”, and with said guitar glinting in […]

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Imelda May live in Belfast

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Waterfront Hall, Belfast 20th December 2017 A speedy return to the city and venue, last played here May of this year. Nice work having the sold-out signs up a couple of weeks ago. Imelda May is at least one Ms May whose popularity hasn’t declined over the last year. A short warm-up set from Mick […]

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Cara Dillon live in Belfast

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Ulster Hall, Belfast Sunday 17th December 2017 “It’s coming on Christmas”, Joni Mitchell once said. Cara Dillon brought her ‘Upon A Winter’s Night’ show to Belfast at the end of a fourteen-night tour. It’s a Christmas show as was clear even upon entering the hall. The stage was set with four white Christmas trees, a […]

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