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Author: Pauline Bonner

Writer for Gigging NI. My tastes are varied; began listening to the folksy standards of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and indie favourites like The Cure and The Smiths, all of which permeated my formative years in the 80s. My first gig was Prince in Cork in 1990. The 90’s also included The Trip to Tip in ’91 & ’92, and gigs by Van Morrison, David Byrne, The Verve, Counting Crows, John Prine, Morrissey, Chris Smither and many more. The noughties brought James Taylor, Squeeze, New York Dolls, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie amongst others; though a highlight was an opportunity to see lifelong hero David Bowie on his final tour, Reality in 2003. This decade I’ve had the chance to see everything from Erasure, Johnny Marr and They Might be Giants to Thirty Seconds to Mars, Aslan, Crosby and Nash, Georgie Fame, Paolo Nutini, John Grant. Latterly there's been a pretty serious obsession with Rufus Wainwright, and the Wainwrights in general to be honest. In the last few years, I’ve also been enjoying a lot more of our home grown talent, with the likes of Duke Special, Brian Kennedy, VerseChorusVerse, The Bonnevilles, Tony Villiers and the Villains, The Hardchargers, and The Four of Us – so I guess you could say no common thread to speak of!

Chris Smither is a musician’s musician; he is esteemed by guitarists, singers

Top class live music, Saturday afternoon pints the week before Christmas, and

For approaching thirty years, Newry rock-pop artists The 4 of Us have

Saturday night and The Bonnevilles returned to Bogan’s of Omagh, this time

Blue lights and screams heralded the arrival of Manchester’s finest, Johnny Marr, onto the

It is official! The Skylite Room in Warrenpoint has been voted as

On meeting up with The Hardchargers’ Lonesome Chris Todd earlier this month I

Unfortunately, whatever offertory was made to the weather gods on Friday, was

Listening to Barra Best and Frank Mitchell earlier in the week, I

I never had the privilege of knowing Gary “Bapper” Morris, but listening

On Friday night The Bonnevilles played one of Mandela Hall’s final gigs,

It was day two of Holywood Harmony Live festival and the weather

Georgie Fame is cool! There’s no other way to say it. At

After several months of rain, grey skies and below par temperatures, Sunday

Eilidh (pronounced I-Lee) Patterson is a singer/songwriter from Derry, N. Ireland.  In

At the risk of self-indulgence, I'll begin with the briefest of anecdotes.

"Behold, a hummingbird" Stuart Bailie. A concise summation of Naomi Hamilton aka Jealous

Hailing from Derry, singer-songwriter Paddy Nash is renowned on the live music circuit

Perhaps Northern Ireland's smiliest artist, an evening in the company of Matt

Fans of The 4 of Us will know that when you go

Now in its fourteenth year, the Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival is something