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Robert Brown

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

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Watch: Brand New Friend – Mediocre At Best

There is a real pleasure in supporting a group of musicians at the beginning of their careers and watching them develop into a band that everyone is talking about. Rather smugly on our part, we are talking about the seemingly unstoppable, Brand…

March 22, 2017

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New Gigs Announced For Custom House Square

Custom House Square has hosted a wide range of musical events over the years most notably Belsonic’s summer gigs. With Belsonic moving to a bigger site in Ormeau Park, there was room for a new series of gigs to take…

March 21, 2017

Kickstart 2017 Finalists

Kickstart 2017 Finalists

This has undoubtedly been one of the strongest shortlists that our Kickstart competition has ever produced. This was reinforced by all the positive feedback from our panel of independent judges. After a tough week of deliberation the panel has settled…

March 13, 2017

Kickstart 2017 Shortlist

Kickstart 2017 Shortlist

This is always our favourite time of year at Chordblossom HQ. Our Kickstart competition always throws light on artists we weren’t aware of before and every year we make some fantastic new discoveries. Over 100 bands and musicians entered our competition…

March 6, 2017

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Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival 2017

The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival returns from Wednesday 1st March 2017 and culminates on Sunday 5th March 2017. As ever, it is a packed programme of events for all. The programme is dominated by a series of live music events, with…

February 26, 2017

Brilliant Corner 2017

Brilliant Corners Celebrates 5 Years

Local promoters, Moving On Music have been around since 1995 and have consistently put on a range of jazz, folk, roots, traditional, classical and “other” music events around Northern Ireland. One of their success stories is the highly regarded Brilliant Corners…

February 21, 2017

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Chordblossom Presents Kickstart 2017

We are pleased to announce that our highly anticipated competition for local bands and musicians across Northern Ireland is returning for 2017. As usual, we will be offering the eventual winner of the competition, the opportunity to “kickstart” their year…

February 6, 2017

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A Musical Celebration Of Stevie Martin

In memory of Derry musician Stevie Martin, the Nerve Centre will be hosting a musical celebration in his honour. On Saturday 4th March 2017, a host of this country’s finest musicians will take to the stage to celebrate his life and also…

February 5, 2017

AVA Festival

AVA Festival Makes Welcome Return For 2017

After another successful year AVA Festival returns to the confines of T13 Belfast for its first full weekend outing. Set to take place on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June 2017, this will be its most ambitious undertaking yet. For…

February 5, 2017

Sunflowerfest 2017

Applications Open For Artists To Play Sunflowerfest 2017

It wouldn’t be festival season in Northern Ireland without the Hillsborough based, Sunflowerfest. Set across three days it usually merges a wealth of Irish talent with some bigger name acts from across the sea for a brilliant family friendly event….

February 5, 2017

Five Years: A Reflection

Five Years: A Reflection

Today marks a special day for us as we celebrate our fifth birthday. It was on 1st February 2012 that Chordblossom first went live I don’t think anyone imagined that we would have accomplished so much or even still be…

February 1, 2017

Bulleit Bourbon Battle Of the Bands

Bulleit Bourbon Battle Of The Bands

The Pavilion Bar in Belfast are once again hosting a competition for bands and musicians to win big. Titled the ‘Bulleit Bourbon Battle Of The Bands‘, the grand prize is a whopping £1,000 in cash which would go a long…

January 2, 2017

Outsourced: Top Northern Irish Songs of 2016

Outsourced: Top Northern Irish Songs Of 2016

We published our list of favourite songs released by Northern Irish musicians quite recently but thought it would be wise to get some external thoughts. As a result, we asked several movers and shakers within the local music scene for…

December 31, 2016

Top 25 Northern Irish Songs of 2016

Top 25 Northern Irish Songs of 2016

Every year we think it would be lovely to put together a list of our thoughts on the best tracks released by musicians and bands from Northern Ireland. While it is indeed lots of fun rediscovering old favourites and enjoying…

December 26, 2016

12 Songs of Christmas Via Northern Ireland

12 Songs of Christmas Via Northern Ireland

Christmas is looming and we thought we would try our best this year not to be too scrooge like. With a jolly hurrah, we thought a festive round up was appropriate. We have brought together a selection of tracks, some…

December 22, 2016