Category : Music Reviews

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Aidan Logan – Turbulence

Belfast song writer Aidan Logan made a name for himself last year when he was selected by Panarts Festival to spend time in Nashville singing and writing in some of the countries most iconic locations such as The Blue Bird…

October 18, 2017

And So I Watch You From Afar

And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering

Just a few days until the hugely anticipated release of And So I Watch You From Afar’s fifth studio LP The Endless Shimmering. Building 9 tracks over 9 days in snowbound Pawtucket, Rhode Island, four of Ireland’s most-acclaimed post-rockers return…

October 15, 2017

Trucker Diablo – Fighting For Everything

I am not surprised, and you will not be surprised to read, that Trucker Diablo have released another good album, to follow the three before it, two of which I have reviewed for CB and rightly gave them the Al…

October 12, 2017

Darren Doherty

Darren Doherty – What You Do

Strabane singer songwriter/Northern Light frontman Darren Doherty earlier this year released one song a week, which have now been pieced together for his solo debut “What You Do”. One listen to opener ‘Tiny Steps’ and the listener can be left…

October 9, 2017

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Pat Dam Smyth – Goodbye Berlin

Goodbye Berlin by Pat Dam Smyth showcases both strength and vulnerability; yet rather as dichotomy it comes together in yin and yang balance. Erudite, but still accessible. Smyth’s sound follows melodic trends set by artists such as Father John Misty,…

October 8, 2017

Culture Night Belfast – 22nd September 2017

Culture Night Belfast returns for its ninth year of making Belfast look and feel like the capital city that it is. Firstly, heading to Buoy Park, the boys of No Oil Paintings kicked off the day at 3pm. With a new…

September 26, 2017

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Overoth – The Forgotten Tome

With 2017 seeing vast swathes of the world going to hell in a handbasket, it can seem like nothing good will come of this tumultuous year. Happily that’s entirely not true, as Northern Ireland has seen some sterling music coming…

September 20, 2017

Echo Raptors – Turn Into One

One of my favourite quotes about music comes for legendary producer Dr Dre, who once told a then-aspiring Eminem that, when in the song writing process you must “work hard to get it, and TWICE as hard to maintain it”,…

September 18, 2017

Aidan Logan – 14th September 2017

Aidan Logan EP launch with support from Kaz Hawkins, Lauren Bird & Ben Cutler Thursday 14th September 2017 – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Belfast songwriter Aidan Logan really made a name for himself earlier this year, being selected as one of…

September 18, 2017

No Oil Paintings

No Oil Paintings – Too Close To The Sun

  Too Close To The Sun has something which belongs to a movie like Into the Wild or Captain Fantastic. The general tone and the choice of instruments class the band in a genre between folk and country music. The…

September 17, 2017

Moira Calling 2017

Food trucks, families and unpredictable Northern Irish weather. Moira Calling festival returns for a second year. And the kids at Moira march to the beat of their own drum… literally, with a band of samba playing youngsters greeting me on…

September 12, 2017

RMCK

RMCK – RMCK

Whatever perceptions of banjo-related music you have are swiftly about to change. Long associated with that “duelling” scene in Deliverance and perhaps every stereotype of country music imaginable, Belfast outfit RMCK’s self-titled E.P. beats those caricatures into a musical pulp…

September 11, 2017

Empty Lungs Band Photo by Carrie Davenport

Empty Lungs – Don’t Get It

Empty Lungs are the Kings of Punk in our Northern Irish bubble but that hasn’t stopped them conquering mainland UK, Europe and North America as they live and breathe in a perpetual state of touring. Their most recent release, a three…

September 10, 2017

Parapa Palace

Parapa Palace – Subterrane

Recorded in Belfast’s Half Bap Studios, ‘Subterrane’ is the sophomore EP from County Down quartet Parapa Palace. Kicking things off we have lead single ‘Before the Dark Times’, a dark and gloomy track complete with spoken word verse and stand-out…

August 30, 2017

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Lauren Bird – The Inbetween

Normally she has a ukulele in her hand and a monologue at the ready. You may know her as the Strabane writer of ‘Goodbye, Good Luck‘, a song about stepping away from unrequited feelings. Now Lauren Bird has an album…

August 29, 2017