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Aaron Cunningham

Deputy editor. A latecomer to Northern Irish music, I've been making up for it for most of my twenties.


Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2019: 50 – 26

With the passing of another year, the two major events of Spotify Wrapped and Christmas both fading in memory, it’s time for another end of year list and a look back at the best music 2019 had to offer us….

January 6, 2020

Careerist – Weird Hill

Careerist have taken their time to get here. Despite earning a reputation as one of the most exciting talents in Belfast under the Hot Cops moniker, they took some away. After the best part of a year, they returned and…

December 19, 2019

Watch: Arborist – Taxi

Songwriter Mark McCambridge and his musical outfit Arborist have just released the first single from their upcoming second album, the stunning ‘Taxi‘. The first taste of the follow-up to 2015’s Home Burial, ‘Taxi’ is an welcome surprise. A spoken-word track…

November 24, 2019

Joel Harkin - Photo by Conor Kerr Photography

Premiere: Joel Harkin – Thought I’d Go Home

Following the release of his new single ‘Thought I’d Go Home‘, alternative ambient folk artist Joel Harkin has dropped a new video into our laps for a first look. ‘Thought I’d Go Home’ was released as part of the Scratch My…

November 13, 2019

Atlantic Sessions 2019 kick off soon

The North Coast’s Atlantic Sessions return for an incredible 11th year this month, with a busy schedule of events. A full programme of shows will run all weekend from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th November. As always with Atlantic Sessions, it’s the…

November 4, 2019

Stream: Scratch My Progress Vol 8

The Oh Yeah unveiled the latest fruits of their Scratch My Progress talent development scheme last week with a new four track release. Volume 8 features new songs from Cloakroom Q., Joel Harkin, Sasha Samara and Conor Marcus. First on the release is South Down eclectic…

November 3, 2019

Premiere: Civil Simian – Bramble

The eclectic collective that is Civil Simian have returned with their first new music in the best part of two years. The new single, out today, certainly suggests time well spent. We’re bringing you the first look at the accompanying video…

November 1, 2019

Stream: Tommy Jag – Level 1

One of the fresher sounds in Belfast and Northern Ireland at the moment is coming straight from the impressive guitar playing of Tommy Jag. The third release from a budding retro-inspired repertoire is ‘Level 1‘. The man behind the Tommy Jag moniker…

October 23, 2019

Reevah Older Now

Watch: Reevah – Older Now

Derry artist Reevah’s song writing continues to mature with latest single ‘Older Now’. Where once there were home-written, innocent songs with a beautiful voice, now there is a sense of progression, both personal and musically, that is reflected in the…

October 15, 2019

Sound of Belfast 2019 announced

The ten day music festival Sound of Belfast is returning for its sixth year from 1st – 10th November with perhaps its most diverse range of events yet. While Sound of Belfast has never been short of live shows, this year’s schedule…

October 3, 2019

Influences Mixtape: Strange New Places

Strange New Places have worked their way into a popular position in the music world of Belfast. The five-piece first came to prominence through the Oh Yeah’s Scratch My Progress program, with 2019 being their stand out year to a date. A…

September 25, 2019

Watch: Careerist – Slasher

Casting aside the name that’s got them this far, the band formerly known as Hot Cops returned last month with a new single to adorn their new identity. Now proudly named Careerist, this is their latest track ‘Slasher‘. ‘Slasher’ features…

September 18, 2019

Stendhal Festival 2019

Aaron CunninghamArriving on Friday to the sounds of Son of the Hound wafting over the campsite, I’m in time to witness Joel Harkin‘s first set of the weekend on Quiet Arch’s Air Stage. As always the juxtaposition of cheery banter with sad,…

August 22, 2019

snow patrol sse december 2018 conor kerr

Snow Patrol to receive Oh Yeah Legend Award

Hot on the heels of the longlists for this year’s Northern Ireland Music Prize being released, the recipient of the next Oh Yeah Legend Award was announced this week. The winners of the special award this year will be none other than…

August 20, 2019

Stream: Eilís – Breathe

We’ve followed young singer-songwriter Eilís since coming across her in our Kickstart competition. She’s showcased her music live in gigs around Northern Ireland, but now the mid-Ulster based artist has finally released her debut single ‘Breathe‘. Drawing from various strands…

August 19, 2019