Category Archive: Playlists

Aretha Franklin live at The Fillmore West

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I thought long and hard about writing a tribute to the Queen of Soul and then I thought why rehash all the same stuff that everyone else is writing about? The best tribute to Aretha Franklin is the rich musical history that she has left behind her and it speaks about her incredible talent so much […]

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The Will of The People

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With politicians about to go off on their summer holidays and storm clouds gathering over the United Kingdom and Europe anticipating the threat of a no deal Brexit, we keep hearing a lot from people claiming to be champions for the “will of the people” in the media. Isn’t it ironic that the very people […]

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Leo’s 50th Anniversary

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There’s nothing like getting ready for a few days away with some great music to look forward to. We’re packing our bags and setting our satellite navigation for the tiny village of Crolly in County Donegal to join in the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Leo’s Tavern. With Headline acts such as Donovan, Hazel O’Connor, Moya […]

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Hilden Beer and Music Festival 2017

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This year sees Hilden Beer and Music festival celebrate their 35th anniversary and to celebrate they’ve put on their biggest line up ever. 25th through to 27th August will see the return of the highly popular festival with a massive line up of music that’s guaranteed to get your foot tapping as you sample some […]

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Eastside Arts 2017

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With the summer festival season in full swing, we thought we’d take a look to see what musical delights our friends in Eastside Arts are offering for your enjoyment this year. The infectious and uplifting sound of the Belfast Community Gospel Choir will make a welcome return to the festival having previously played support to […]

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United States of Americana

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To mark American Independence Day, we thought it might be fun to trawl those fifty states to find some tunes. The music of America has always drawn on global influences brought into the nation from Europe, Africa, and beyond. While these tracks may not be what you might call Americana, country, folk, or even be […]

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St Patrick’s Day 2017

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It’s a holiday now associated with partying, parading, and downing pints of stout. St Patrick’s Day of old was a religious festival celebrated throughout Ireland to honour its patron saint. The music and art of Ireland has long been admired across the globe and from old traditional ballads to modern songs of the working man, […]

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We Shall Overcome

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From the days of the dustbowl blues, carried on through wars and waste, folk music has been the voice of the hard-working man and woman through the years. Down the decades we’ve heard the rallying cries of the cotton-pickers, machine workers, farmhands, and the downtrodden. Some have been oppressed by religion, by sex, by race […]

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Alternative Xmas Tunes

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Sometimes it feels like we’ve been listening to Xmas music forever.  Since early November shops have been blasting out the commercial “Best of Xmas” hits to all and sundry and now that December’s short dark days are upon us the disk jockeys on the wireless aren’t exactly inspiring with their playlists either. As we finally get around […]

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Playlist: Covering The King

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Those of us who were around in 1977, undoubtedly remember where they were when they heard the news that The King was dead. I was a glimmer in my parents’ eyes, they were in a caravan on the Donegal coast. That’s how big a deal Elvis Presley was. I know the story of where my […]

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