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Aaron Cunningham

Chordblossom writer & live reviews editor. History graduate. I love music in its various forms and that's led me here. Enjoying promoting the scene and discovering great new music every day while doing it.

Stream: Gaze is Ghost – Selkie Skin

While artists no doubt benefit from greater exposure and a regular cycle of gigging and new music, an air of mystery is no bad thing. For Gaze is Ghost elusiveness permeates not only her music but the aura around it. She…

February 19, 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

Introducing: #94 – Dolbro Dan

Name: Dolbro Dan Hometown: Bangor Genre: Folk ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your Artist Name Really ‘Dolbro’ Dan? Talk about making a stick for your back. I dreamt it up – complete with typo – when I was a naive, young…

February 8, 2018

Brand New Friend Spectrum

Watch: Brand New Friend – Girl

With January now firmly in the rear view mirror, the new music and announcements are coming thick and fast. The latest comes everyone’s new favourites Brand New Friend. The North Coast/Belfast four piece have come a long way in a couple…

February 6, 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

Stream: The Wood Burning Savages – Purple Heart

At what point can we start calling The Wood Burning Savages NI music veterans? The Derry born band have been causing a ruckus since 2013, longer than most in the country, but can still without fail set pulses racing. And now…

January 31, 2018

Wynona Bleach

Watch: Wynona Bleach – Eyes Burning

Belfast rock band R51 have begun 2018 with a fresh start. The five piece followed some cryptic messages with the news that R51 is no more and taking its place is Wynona Bleach. We have always had problems with R51, it was…

January 24, 2018

Watch: Malojian – Beard Song

Released back in October, and the follow-up to the intriguing Steve Albini recording ‘This is Nowhere’, Malojian‘s fourth album saw Stevie Scullion move forward with a different approach. ‘Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home’ recruited a different host of musicians…

January 23, 2018

Watch: Benjamin Hamilton – First Light

Belfast songwriter Benjamin Hamilton only embarked on the career of a solo songwriter a relatively short time ago, with the first music of this new endeavour released a mere few months ago. Perhaps better known for his time with Northern Irish…

January 15, 2018

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

Interview: Whale Talk

Born out of a dream, long time friends Freyja Bourke and Betsy Bailie conspired to form Whale Talk. Performing heartfelt songs spawned at a younger age, the duo are gearing up for the release of only their second single ‘Fingertips’….

November 23, 2017

Stream: Scratch My Progress, Vol. 6

The Oh Yeah Music Centre, recently celebrating its tenth year, has been a hotbed for talent development throughout its history. A huge part of that has been its Scratch My Progress programme, offering extensive advice and tools to artists lucky enough…

November 15, 2017

Interview: ROE

Few stars in the Northern Irish music scene are burning as brightly as ROE right now.  One of the most exciting emerging talents of the last year, 18 year old Roisin Donald has already made a big name for herself. Every…

November 15, 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