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Ben Magee

Live Editor. I enjoy writing. Mostly because I like working hard and not getting paid for it.

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Premiere: Owen Lamont – ‘You’

Melding acoustic harmonies, soulful melodies and folk/bluegrass compositions, the sound Irish artist Owen Lamont is deeply rooted in singer-songwriter tradition. Having shared the stage with the likes of legendary alt rock group Focus, blues legend Henry Mccullough, and Devon Sproule…

May 28, 2020

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Stream: Conor Scott – Overthinking

Continuing the rich tradition of singer-songwriters that has established itself in Northern Ireland – see Don Vance and rising star Ryan McMullan for examples – Conor Scott looks to kick off the decade by tapping into this zeitgeist. His newest,…

May 15, 2020

Modern Rome

Premiere: Modern Rome – At My Worst

Alt-rock quartet Modern Rome return from an extended hiatus with their newest track, the orchestral ‘At My Worst‘ – a soaring number that exceeds the sum of its parts. Calling back to the college rock sound’s of the 90’s, Modern…

May 14, 2020

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Stream: Sheerbuzz – Darkside

It was in 2019 when indie/alt-rockers Sheerbuzz exploded onto Ireland’s circuit with their debut ‘Old Town River’. A cult success (not that they would have you believe that, given their desire to poke fun at their platform whenever possible), their…

April 17, 2020

Premiere: Paper Tigers – Flames

We go again. The omniscient presence of the virus on everyone’s lips has done little to sway the flood of new music to emerge from our shores, rather it appears to have increased it. Par exemple, we bring you the…

March 25, 2020

Stream: Conchúr White – Bikini Crops

It’s been quite the debut for Conchúr White. Following a string of shows opening for indie-folk icons Villagers, White has quietly assembled one of the most enthralling young discographies in recent history. His latest, ‘Bikini Crops‘, sees a full-blown investment…

February 29, 2020

Happy Out – Is, Was, Wasn’t

Much has been made of this post-rock trio from Letterkenny. A popular spawning point for some of Irelands most underrated underground acts (see Sheerbuzz), the latest act to ride the wave anti-establishment post-genrefication is Happy Out. With a cult following spurred…

February 23, 2020

Stream: ROE – Look Who’s On TV.

It seems to be that time again, when your favourite NI music blog’s corROEspondent (sue me) delves back into the colourful whirlpool of the fast-rising alt-pop singer. Following a few quiet months, ROE returns with another in her repertoire of…

February 23, 2020

Watch: Arborist – Here Comes The Devil

It’s been no short journey for indie-folk outfit Arborist. Their last album, Home Burial, was nominated for ‘Best Album’ at the NI Music Prize (check it out if you haven’t – ‘Twisted Arrow‘ is one of the all-time underappreciated NI…

February 18, 2020

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Kitt Philippa – Human

Its been six years since singer-songwriter Kitt Philippa announced themselves in Belfast. For many, it’s been a long six years of anticipation, in hopes of a debut album to arrive. But when themes such as theirs are considered – the relationship between…

December 28, 2019

Premiere: Party Fears – Money

“We’re told to shout fire. Every girl knows when not to take a shower” – the firey manifesto of art-pop/garage rock duo Party Fears rings out clear in their newest release ‘Money‘. The two-piece has always walked the fine line…

December 12, 2019

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Premiere: Alice LA – Kiss To These Riffs

The independent musician boom in the North continues to bear fruit for the local scene, with artists breaking from the typical alt/indie rock mould in pursuit of new, fearless musical directions. One such artist is songstress Alice LA, whose brand…

December 3, 2019

Watch: Jordan Adetunji – Questions

We’ve hardly been quiet about how excited we are as a publication about the fledgeling hip-hop landscape developing in Northern Ireland. As such, it only makes sense that we examine the latest release from the scene objectively biggest face. Multi-faceted…

November 9, 2019

Problem Patterns

Odd Morris, Mob Wife & Problem Patterns – 8 November 2019

Whoever was writing stage directions for tonight clearly knew their audience. The newly formed Visceral Promotions scored a coup in securing the hotly tipped post-punkers Odd Morris from Dublin, and as night closed in a murky, wild darkness enveloped Belfast’s…

November 9, 2019

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MOMENTUM: David Gilmore – Elixir

Here at Chordblossom, we are committed to covering the latest and best in Northern Irish music. This week, we are dedicating our coverage to the growing grass-roots Hip Hop and Rap movement occurring in NI. From groups such as Mabfield…

October 10, 2019