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The Crawling Metal Days 2017 On Stage

Tour Diary: The Crawling – Metal Days

THE INVITATION The Crawling have been fortunate enough to play some very cool festivals over the last few years, and 2017 has added Metal Days to our CV. Special thanks to Simon Hall from Bloodstock, as he selected us following…

August 13, 2017

Aislinn Logan influences inspirations

Influences & Inspirations: Aislinn Logan

Northern Irish raised, London based Aislinn Logan has impressed in her short career to date. Logan’s knock out vocals are often paired with acoustic guitars and electronic elements such as on latest release ‘So Loud / Dance With Demons’. We asked the…

August 9, 2017

Rews - Glastonbury 2017 - Photo by Mick Rees

Tour Diary: Rews – Glastonbury 2017

So for the second year in a row, we found out we were fortunate enough to be playing Glastonbury! Last year was our debut on the Glastonbury scene, with three gigs in some of the smaller venues over three days…

August 6, 2017

bird and bramble logo - grab it...it's yours

Bird & Bramble: Grab it…it’s yours

It’s about 5 years ago this month that I first had my face near a microphone. Five years… In one way it feels like only yesterday that I sat with my no-name, no-brand guitar and wobbly lip and sang three…

July 30, 2017

Susie Blue Glastonbury

Tour Diary: Susie Blue – Glastonbury

So to start with, WE PLAYED FRICKING GLASTONBURY!! I still haven’t wrapped my head around it, after around a year as a band we’ve played most musicians dream gig. It was a complete honour to play the Bread and Roses…

July 23, 2017

silences band photo 2017

Tour Diary: Silences – Glastonbury

Silences have long been tipped as one of the next big bands to come from Northern Ireland. Their penchant for releasing exquisite and engaging new music is undiminished and it was no surprise that they managed to secure themselves several…

July 3, 2017

bird and bramble logo - in conversation the kids are alright

Bird & Bramble: The Kids Are Alright

You may know Amy Joyce and Stefanie Campbell as the minds between local gig promoters 3for3, but the pair have much more lofty ambitions. The 3for3 gigs will continue but the formation of Bird & Bramble is a statement of…

June 28, 2017

Influences & Inspirations: Brand New Friend

Hailing from the North Coast, high-flyers Brand New Friend are having quite the time of it. Just last month the band were on stage at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull. The four piece have had accelerated success, with the…

June 14, 2017

Influences & Inspirations: Lauren Bird

Hailing from the musical hotbed of Strabane, Lauren Bird recently celebrated the release of her debut album, ‘The Inbetween’. No stranger to us at Chordblossom, the songwriter who won our Kickstart competition in 2015, impressing us with her personal, heartfelt songs. ‘The Inbetween’…

May 30, 2017

Singles Club – April 2017

Spring is here – it must be, the Glenshane Pass is almost passable. In a few days I will be even older than I am now, and I feel sure that one of these days Rob (CB head honcho) will…

May 3, 2017

Empty Lungs Influences Inspirations

Influences & Inspirations: Empty Lungs

Northern Ireland’s music scene contains plenty of short lived bands and projects, falling at the wayside due to personal circumstances, rocky relationships and far too often the difficulty of breaking through. Active since 2011, Belfast trio Empty Lungs are one of…

April 13, 2017

Singles Club – February 2017

February may be the shortest month but my column inches remain the same and, if anything, I have as much cracking content to fit in as ever. I guess the issues to note this month are:- 1. How high the…

March 2, 2017

Influences & Inspirations: Owen Denvir

It is becoming increasingly harder to avoid Owen Denvir these days. On the back of his inventive cover videos, he has received plenty of coverage from the likes of ITV, the Belfast Telegraph plus a TV appearance on Ireland’s Six…

February 8, 2017

Singles Club – January 2017

Happy New Year to you all. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I thought I’d at least make one relating to my wee column. My resolution was to clear the decks of all the music submitted to me…

February 7, 2017

Five Years: A Reflection

Five Years: A Reflection

Today marks a special day for us as we celebrate our fifth birthday. It was on 1st February 2012 that Chordblossom first went live I don’t think anyone imagined that we would have accomplished so much or even still be…

February 1, 2017