Category Archive: Live

Emily Barker live at CQAF

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I’ve come to in the chilled air of a darkened room on one of Belfast’s sunnier days. It’s not quite a gasping awakening with a needle in the arm; the stuff of Irving Welsh novels. But it’s a wake up nonetheless. A shot of new music and a needle in the Memphis groove of the […]

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Robert Cray live at CQAF

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Festival Marquee – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast Thursday 27th April 2017 The first night of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Robert Cray is the headline act in the new improved Festival Marquee in Custom House Square. Good choice as more than 700 fans and music aficionados pack the tent for an evening of mellifluous […]

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Anthony Toner – Ink Record Launch

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Lyric Theatre, Belfast Sunday 23rd April 2017 It’s a fair way from playing in the garden of Belfast’s Rotterdam Bar to selling out a Sunday night in the Lyric. So after mingling and sipping expensive wine, we are shown into the auditorium. My first thoughts are that it’s a big stage to fill. A couple […]

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John Prine live in The Ulster Hall

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The Ulster Hall Belfast, 11th April 2017 What do you want to be when you grow up? An old person. I made it. One of the insightful lines spoken by Mr. Prine between songs. A sold out Ulster Hall, was JP denied the use of the Waterfront by the World Irish Dancing Championships? Visions of […]

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Alejandro Escovedo live in Belfast

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The Errigle Inn, Belfast 13th April 2017 Let’s cut to the chase. It’s only April and I am calling this the gig of the year! I saw Alejandro Escovedo play in Whelan’s, Dublin five years ago, and had high expectations based on that show. These expectations were exceeded by some measure in a gig that […]

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Rumours Retold at Ards Guitar Festival

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Queen’s Hall, Newtownards 7th April 2017 It’s hard to believe that 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Fleetwood Mac’s legendary ‘Rumours’. The songs are timeless and have become famous the world over thanks to constant radio play and TV’s Formula One coverage. Tonight finds us in the comfortable surroundings of the Queen’s […]

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Colin Hay live in Belfast

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31st March 2017 The Limelight 2, Belfast Best known as the lead singer/writer in an Aussie supergroup of the 80s, Colin Hay played to a packed Limelight 2 crowd on a wet Friday night and left them laughing just as much as whistling his tunes on their way home. Were he not such a talented […]

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Eleanor McEvoy live in Belfast

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Eleanor McEvoy is no stranger to Belfast, but this is her first time playing the Cathedral Quarter’s Black Box venue. She always draws a good crowd in the city and despite the warm, sunny weather and the fact it’s Mother’s Day, tonight is no exception. Opening with the non-conformist ‘I Want To Look Like Me’ […]

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Ben Glover live in Belfast

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24th March 2017 The Black Box, Belfast There’s a certain something in the air when Ben Glover makes a return to Northern Ireland’s shores from his base in Nashville, Tennessee. Perhaps too, there’s something in the water; a subtle blend of wheat, hops, and yeast. Something to cure the ails of the week with a […]

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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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