Deep Dark Woods - CQAF 2108

Review: The Deep Dark Woods – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast

Canadian-based five-piece, The Deep Dark Woods have been ploughing an unusual alt-country/alt-Americana/folk furrow since around 2005. Their last album was 2017’s Yarrow and it was a record full of dark and brooding tunes that could be described as more than … Continue reading Review: The Deep Dark Woods – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast

The Blasters - CQAF 2018

Review: The Blasters – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast

The Blasters have been around since the late 70’s/early 80’s, originating out of Downey, California. They were central to the LA late punk and post-punk scene, soaked up some rockabilly influences and have at least one foot in the blues … Continue reading Review: The Blasters – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast

London African Gospel Choir - CQAF 2018

Review: London African Gospel Choir – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast

The London African Gospel Choir was founded to help promote the gospel among London’s African community with the aim of taking African interpretations of gospel music to a wider audience. Their London-based shows of Paul Simon’s Graceland album sell out … Continue reading Review: London African Gospel Choir – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast

Review: Martin Simpson, Clive Carroll and John Tracey – Ards International Guitar Festival

Sitting in Newtownards’ Queens Hall and having to write a review of three amazing guitarists, I feel like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. The room is packed with guitar fans who obviously know their stuff and who are … Continue reading Review: Martin Simpson, Clive Carroll and John Tracey – Ards International Guitar Festival

Jarrod Dickenson - Belnash 2018

Review: Jarrod Dickenson – Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival

Tonight marked the closing concert of the 14th Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, after five days and over thirty concerts, and featured Jarrod Dickenson who could pretty accurately be described as a favourite son of the festival. Originally from Waco, Texas … Continue reading Review: Jarrod Dickenson – Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival

Review: Ashley Campbell – Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Clayton Hotel Belfast

Now in it’s 14th year, the Panarts Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival has a knack of attracting big-name and interesting acts to play in Belfast. Now stationed squarely in the Clayton Hotel, the festival spreads across a number of floors and … Continue reading Review: Ashley Campbell – Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Clayton Hotel Belfast

Review: Jesse Dayton with special guests The Sabrejets – Real Music Club, Belfast

Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Glen Campbell. That’s a County Music Hall of Fame right there and all of them have turned to Jesse Dayton to provide guitar at some stage during his career. Dig a … Continue reading Review: Jesse Dayton with special guests The Sabrejets – Real Music Club, Belfast

Brady, Scott, O'Rourke - Clayton Hotel, Belfast - March 2017

Review: Paul Brady, Darrell Scott, and Declan O’Rourke – Clayton Hotel, Belfast

The “In The Round” format is much beloved by the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival; three musicians trading songs and stories, taking turns to play, joining in with the accompaniment.   Earlier in the evening, we were treated to Kimmie Rhodes, … Continue reading Review: Paul Brady, Darrell Scott, and Declan O’Rourke – Clayton Hotel, Belfast