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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

Mary Gautier - CQAF 2018

Review: Mary Gauthier – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival are reknowned for their impeccable taste and I always look forward to seeing their programme launch in April to see what gigs and comedy I can go and soak up. This years programme doesn’t disappoint, with … Continue reading Review: Mary Gauthier – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast

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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

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Review: The Go! Team & The Correspondents – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast

Its just gone 8.30, the sun has dared to show its face in Belfast, and the public are taking their time to make their way to the giant tent sitting in Custom House Square that serves as the Marquee for … Continue reading Review: The Go! Team & The Correspondents – 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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Sunflowerfest announces new lineup for 2018

Sunflowerfest 2018 ‘One Earth’ 27th-29th July 2018 Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough Tickets & camping available from here. Just announced: The Sugarhill Gang | Fontaines D.C. | Courtesans |Get Down Edits | Joshua Burnside | Reeps One |RSAG | Step Drum and Bass | DREAMING OF JUPITER | Elder Druid | Electric Octopus | Nephilim |Orlaith & Mollie | Runabay | Ryan McMurtry music |Slow Place Like Home | Syrag | The Ocelots |THEMM Continue reading Sunflowerfest announces new lineup for 2018

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Ryan McMullan to headline Singer Songwriter Sunday at Harmony Live

THE Sunday night lineup at Harmony Live 18 has been announced with Northern Ireland singer songwriter Ryan McMullan in the headlining slot. He’ll be supported by Joshua Burnside, Michael Kerr and Rebekah Fitch in Holywood, County Down as part of the three-day packed weekend of music … Continue reading Ryan McMullan to headline Singer Songwriter Sunday at Harmony Live

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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

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Review: The Hardchargers – Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival

Thanks to Belfast Saturday night traffic, I managed to miss The Hardchargers’ opening number tonight, which I’m told was Muddy Waters’ “Can’t Be Satisfied”. While sorry to have missed that classic, in the next ninety odd minutes there was no … Continue reading Review: The Hardchargers – Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival

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Review: Matt McGinn – Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival

Now in its fourteenth year, the Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival is something of an institution and this year’s line-up is impressive. Billed as “5 Days, 30 Concerts and 120 Songwriters”, and all within Belfast’s Clayton Hotel, this is my kind … Continue reading Review: Matt McGinn – 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