Review: Davy Watson & The Ulster Orchestra – Ulster Hall, Belfast

The Ulster Orchestra’s On Your Doorstep series has been breaking new ground in terms of collaborations with local artists from a variety of genres. Tonight is a one-of-a-kind concert; Rhythm and Blues Meets the Ulster Orchestra with Belfast’s Davy Watson … Continue reading Review: Davy Watson & The Ulster Orchestra – Ulster Hall, Belfast

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Roundup Review: Sunflowerfest 2018 – Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough

Outdoor music festivals are hostages to the weather and Sunflowerfest 2018 proved this. Saturday was almost disastrous; Sunday was almost idyllic. Saturday was awful, meteorologically speaking. The rain and gale-force winds started just before the Belfast Ukulele Jam took to the … Continue reading Roundup Review: Sunflowerfest 2018 – Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough

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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

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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