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Bird & Bramble: Cover Gigs – Can you play the Gambler?

Cover gigs have become the backbone of our local music industry. Without these regular, mostly well-paid, jobs, local musicians would struggle to make ends meet. If musicians can’t sustain themselves financially, how in hell are they going to be able…

March 29, 2018

Influences Mixtape: Beauty Sleep

One of the shining lights in Northern Irish music in recent years, Beauty Sleep have put out a consistently fabulous collection of singles since their inception. Released last month, ‘The Feeling Back’ came ready to reminisce with its dual vocals and…

March 25, 2018

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Bird & Bramble: No Phones

Jack White’s team recently released some information prior to an upcoming show which stated that audience members would not be allowed to use their phones during the show. Phones would be locked away in Yondr pouch (which the person would…

February 25, 2018

Saint Sapphire Influences

Influences Mixtape: Saint Sapphire

Certainly the most rock of our influences mixtapes to date, Belfast’s Saint Sapphire are fond of a dirty rock sound underneath Samuel Morgan’s often snarled vocal delivery. Their propensity of riffs and punk demeanour is again realised on newly released ‘Pretty…

February 11, 2018

Playlist: Output Belfast 2017

One of the biggest events of the Northern Irish music calendar, Output Belfast returns again this year on Thursday 8th February. After talks, panels and a conference during the day, the evening schedule consists of showcase shows dotted around Belfast’s Cathedral…

February 1, 2018

Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2017

Northern Irish Songs Of The Year 2017: Part 2 (25 – 1)

So you’re here for the grand conclusion and great sum up of 2017. Frist we suggest you read and listen to 50 – 26 first and perhaps the opinions of the key players in the music industry here. Ok with…

January 8, 2018

Outsourced Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2017

Outsourced: Top Northern Irish Songs Of 2017

Whether you are a regular or a casual visitor to Chordblossom we hope our passion for local music comes across loud and clear. Thankfully it isn’t just us that are passionate about Northern Irish music, there are a wide variety…

January 3, 2018

Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2017

Northern Irish Songs Of The Year 2017: Part 1 (50 – 26)

End of year lists can prove to be divisive for a variety of reasons but we feel it is important to highlight and champion the best music released over the course of 2017. It has been another busy and productive…

January 1, 2018

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Bird & Bramble: Early Doors…

While scrolling through the never-ending negativity that is Facebook in 2017, I fell upon a post (see full post here) written by local DJ JORDAN in relation to The Menagerie in Belfast. The post was a call for people to…

December 17, 2017

Who We Are: Girls Rock School NI 2017

Words by Shannon Delores O’Neill Established in March 2016, Girls Rock School Northern Ireland was the very first collective of its kind in the whole of Ireland, north and south. Since then, there is now a Girls Rock! Dublin; with…

December 6, 2017

Influences Mixtape: The Tragedy of Dr. Hannigan

The musical love child of two fine Northern Irish musicians, The Tragedy of Dr. Hannigan introduced themselves with a bang and a wallop earlier this year before dropping a debut album ‘Fawkes Ache’ in October and by all accounts, a ripping…

November 23, 2017

Preview: Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017

There is no shortage of great music being released by musicians and bands from across Northern Ireland and that is evident in the list of shortlisted albums for the Northern Ireland Music Prize. Amongst the twelve albums shortlisted there’s well…

November 8, 2017

Influences Mixtape: MMODE

While brother and sister pairing Lucy and Thomas Gaffney are no strangers to the music world, their latest musical adventure MMODE has only been around for the blink of an eye. Launching themselves with first single ‘Waiting in the Desert’, the…

October 26, 2017

Influences Mixtape: Reevah

Hailing from Derry, Reevah may have only released a small handful of tracks to the world in the past year, but what she has released in that time has been of the highest quality. The chilled atmosphere of first single ‘Daydreamer’ was…

September 26, 2017

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Bird & Bramble: When You’ve Made It

It’s a funny thing making it. The destination in your mind, the seal of approval, it’s so vague. I mean how do you know when you’ve ‘made it’? Does someone tell you? Is there a party and the cake reads…

September 19, 2017