Category Archive: Live

Courtney Marie Andrews live in Belfast

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The Black Box, Belfast. 2nd December 2018 Courtney Marie Andrews will be a huge star. In a world where success is judged by the size of the video screens on either side of massive stages, Courtney exudes class with little more than a guitar or a keyboard with songs that already have the feel of […]

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Ian Prowse live In Belfast

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The American Bar, Belfast 9th November 2018 This is Ian Prowse’s first headline gig in Belfast, and judging by the huge reaction, it certainly won’t be his last. For one night only, The American Bar in Sailortown, became The Liverpool Bar, Liverpudlian accents abounding. It seems the only Belfast voices audible were from the bar […]

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Villiers and the Villains live at Crumlin Road Gaol

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Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast 4th November 2018 Not many look forward to going to jail but I couldn’t wait to spend a night on the tiles with Villiers and the Villains live at “The Crum”. This harmony between moniker and venue, you couldn’t make it up. One is legendary for all the wrong reasons, the […]

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Ralph McTell Live in Belfast

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The Ulster Hall, Belfast 3rd November 2018 Ralph McTell’s love of Ireland, his affection for the city of Belfast in particular, is well documented. His first trip here was in 1968, and he continued to return and play in the city throughout the worst of the troubles. Tonight’s concert in The Ulster Hall had an […]

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Eric Bibb live in Belfast

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Grand Opera House, Belfast 30th October 2018 Eric Bibb is a blues legend and tonight he proved why. Within the salubrious surround of Belfast’s Grand Opera House, he delivered a master class in a whole spectrum of blues. From beautifully paced laments to full head-down work outs, it was all on display tonight. Over five […]

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Joan Armatrading Live in Belfast

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The Ulster Hall, Belfast 29th October 2018 There’s been a trend among artists of a certain vintage in the last few years. A gig is divided into two sets, the first will consist of their most famous album played in its entirety in track order, and the second set will be a greatest hits selection, […]

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Nerina Pallot live in Belfast

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Black Box, Belfast 24th October 2018 It’s been ten years since Nerina Pallot last played Belfast. A lot has changed since that time but quality and talent remain constants. Pallot has had an up and down ride as an artist. Tipped by many to be the next big thing by many on the basis of her […]

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Emily Barker live in Belfast

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The Sunflower Bar, Belfast 19th October 2018 This is the first gig I’ve been to, where the act whose name is on the ticket, actually collects the ticket as you enter the venue. Belfast’s Sunflower Bar is an intimate setting and Emily’s presence at the door creates a homely atmosphere, where everyone is made to […]

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Shawn Jones live in Newcastle

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The Tap Room, Newcastle, Co. Down Saturday 22nd September 2018 Evidently, Shawn Jones had already made a solid reputation for himself in Ireland before I’d ever heard of him. The Californian has played variously in Ireland 29 times – most recently at the Dunfanaghey Jazz and Blues Festival – and that familiarity with his surroundings […]

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Gretchen Peters live in Belfast

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Lyric Theatre, Belfast Sunday 9th September 2018 Lit by a single spotlight, Gretchen Peters picks a soft refrain as she sings the haunting ‘Arguing With Ghosts’. The song examines the ageing process and one’s own sense of mortality. It sets the scene for a night of impeccably played music, challenging ideas, and a little hope […]

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