Category Archive: Live

Altan live in Belfast

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30th Anniversary Celebration at Féile an Phobail, Clonard Monastery 1st August 2017 You get around reviewing Altan gigs. Two years ago I saw the band in the Stormont Hotel as part of the Eastside Arts Festival. A very different setting this time, the beautifully refurbished Clonard Monastery. A lovely venue and a big turnout for […]

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Sunflowerfest 2017 in Review

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The final weekend of July 2017 was the weekend everything got wet underfoot and went awry. Andres Gutierrez had a slip in the shower and canceled his fight against Belfast’s Carl Frampton. Heavy rain across the UK led to the calling off of a few festivals. There were no such problems over at Sunflowerfest’s “Parallel […]

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Chuck Prophet live in Belfast

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The Real Music Club at The Errigle Inn, Belfast 26th July 2017 You know what you are going to get at a chuck Prophet gig; a no nonsense, good time, vaudeville rock show. Tonight, the Californian and his band, The Mission Express are on top form. Chuck Prophet has asked the ever-helpful Real Music Club […]

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Little Steven live in Dublin

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Vicar Street, Dublin Thursday 22nd June 2017 Surprisingly, the Vicar Street venue was still selling tickets at the door as Dublin welcomed the return of Little Steven. It was his first show in the city as a solo artist for over 25 years. And what a return! Backed by a group of no less than […]

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Arcade Fire live at Belsonic

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It’s now summer in Belfast. The grey skies and muggy weather may not give much away but the festivals have begun. It’s time for outdoor beers, good company, and great music. First on our radar for 2017 was Arcade Fire at Belsonic’s new Ormeau Park venue. The park feels like a step up from last […]

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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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