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Robert Brown

Editor of Chordblossom. Local music aficionado. Amateur League Footballer. Long Distance Runner

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No Fixed Abode #1

While we love to focus our attention on musicians and bands from Northern Ireland, we receive submissions from all over the world. Our new No Fixed Abode feature will shine a light on some of these other artists. Sinful City…

May 26, 2020

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Chordblossom X Help Musicians BIG Quiz

The creative arts sector in Northern Ireland is one of the many sectors currently struggling with the Coronavirus fallout. Help Musicians recently launched their Coronavirus Hardship Fund and we thought it would only be right that we try and raise…

April 18, 2020

On The Rise 2020

2020: On The Rise

Ones to watch lists can sometimes be a flawed endeavour as there are undoubtedly artists and bands who will breakout but for most their road to genuine success will have taken years and years. Our One The Rise list for…

January 28, 2020


Premiere: Vivamagnolia – Queen of the Rodeo

‘Queen of the Rodeo‘ marks the start of a new musical journey for Patrick J. Hodgen under the moniker Vivamagnolia. Released through Quiet Arch this Friday, and premiered here, the songwriter’s debut is likely to hit the spot for those…

November 26, 2019

Output Belfast

Applications to Showcase at Output Belfast 2020 Open

Every year Belfast hosts the largest music conference in Ireland and alongside of host of invaluable talks, panels and discussions, the evening features over 40 bands/artists showcasing their live shows. These evening showcases are curated by a multitude of movers…

October 28, 2019

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Watch: Amy Montgomery – Season of the Witch

Dark and brooding is the perfect description for the latest release by Co Antrim native Amy Montgomery. Not an original number this time but a hypnotic and edgy like cover of Donovan’s Season of the Witch. While the chanting could…

September 26, 2019

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Omonoko Win Kickstart 2019

In arguably what has been our highest quality year for entries, we are a little saddened to have to just select one overall winner for our Kickstart competition. After over a week and a half of deliberations our judging panel…

July 1, 2019

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Kickstart 2019 Finalists

We had real difficulty in narrowing down the initial entries for Kickstart this year and our panellists all felt the same trying to choose our finalists. As a result, we ended up with five finalists rather than our usual four….

June 19, 2019

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Kickstart 2019 Shortlist

With over eighty entries to the 2019 edition of our Kickstart competition, it was always going to be very difficult to narrow them down to a shortlist of twenty. Our team of contributors spent hours last week listening to a…

June 11, 2019

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Chordblossom Presents: Kickstart 2019

We hope the phrase better late than never will come to mind as we announce Kickstart 2019. For a variety of reasons we toyed with the idea of putting the Kickstart programme on hold for a year. However, after much…

May 20, 2019

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Ward Park Free Announced

Snow Patrol complete the trilogy of live gigs in Ward Park, Bangor this weekend with a huge bill of local talent. They will be joined by the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Ash, Foy Vance to name but a…

May 19, 2019

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Interview: Phil Taggart

From initially playing bass in Colenso Parade to his current occupation as Radio One’s new music expert, label owner and gig promoter, there can be few better placed to offer up advice to budding musicians than Phil Taggart. Thankfully the…

May 5, 2019

Stendhal 2019

Stendhal 2019 To Feature Basement Jaxx & Hot House Flowers

It is festival announcement time and with both Sunflowerfest and Moira Calling taking a break, the pressure was on Stendhal to deliver a worthy line-up. As usual the organisers don’t disappoint with Stendhal 2019 to feature a headline set from…

April 2, 2019

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Introducing: #100 – Many a Son

Name: Many a Son Formed: Summer 2017 Hometown: Castlerock Genre: Alt-Folk Line-Up: Ross Johnston (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) & Jordan Orr (Lead guitar, backing vocals) ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your band name We wanted a…

March 28, 2019

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Rebekah Fitch – live at The MAC – 5th March 2019

There are few local artists brave enough to book a 350 capacity venue for a headline show but then Rebekah Fitch hasn’t gotten to where she is now by playing it safe. Over the last few years, the songwriter has…

March 7, 2019