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

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

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

Go Team - CQAF 2018

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

Martha Wainright - Redeemer Central - Open House Festival, Belfast

Review: Martha Wainwright – Redeemer Central, Belfast

Hailing from a large family of musicians, French-Canadian songstress Martha Wainwright is something of a stand-out talent in the world of folk rock. Her main connection to the NI music scene is her duet ‘Set Fire to the Third Bar’ … Continue reading Review: Martha Wainwright – Redeemer Central, Belfast

“Northern Lights” featuring Ben Glover, Matt McGinn and Malojian

At 3pm on this Sunday afternoon three dark dressed figures, Ben Glover, Matt McGinn and Stevie Scullion AKA Malojian, wander up on to the stage through the crowd at a sold out Black Box for the “Northern Lights” show presented … Continue reading “Northern Lights” featuring Ben Glover, Matt McGinn and Malojian

Live Review: Dr John Cooper Clarke Gave Up Heroin For This …

The Bard of Salford was in Belfast again the other night. This time, John Cooper Clarke was in the big Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival tent with the stars on the ceiling. “That just puts the lie to astronomy” he told … Continue reading Live Review: Dr John Cooper Clarke Gave Up Heroin For This …