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Robert Brown

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

kickstart 2018 shortlist

Kickstart 2018 Shortlist

With over eighty entries to the 2018 edition of our Kickstart competition, it was always going to be mightily difficult to narrow them down to just ten. Our team of contributors spent hours this week listening to a myriad of…

April 23, 2018

Kickstart 2018 feature

Chordblossom Presents: Kickstart 2018

We are announcing a little later than normal but we are delighted to confirm the return of our Kickstart competition for 2018. As ever our focus is on giving bands and musicians from across Northern Ireland a platform by which…

April 2, 2018

chase the river

Premiere: Chase The River – Infinite Worlds

Chase the River is the project that keeps Belfast native Stuart Lunn a busy man. Over the years has been heavily focused on releasing acoustic driven folk songs. His previous album Recycle Your Regrets was completed following a successful crowdfunding…

March 30, 2018

Snow Patrol 2018 Photo by Simon Lipman

Watch: Snow Patrol – Don’t Give In

Seven years after the release of their Fallen Empires album and five years since their last live show and Snow Patrol are ready to reveal new some new music and a few live shows to boot. ‘Don’t Give In‘ is…

March 22, 2018

ferals band photo

Stream: Ferals – Brendan Rodgers

A confession of sorts to begin, this isn’t the first time we have heard this track. During our Kickstart competition last year, we got to hear the demo version and we heard enough to look forward to a fully fleshed…

March 20, 2018

paper/boy photo by betsy bailie

Stream: Paper/Boy – Guerilla Therapy

Derry continues to be a breeding ground for great music from these shores and based on their debut release it looks like we can definitely tag Paper/Boy as ones to watch. Their first release ‘Guerilla Therapy’ is a broody affair,…

March 20, 2018

Jealous Of The Birds Signs To Atlantic Records

The ambition for many musicians is to sign a record deal with a major label and one of our own has managed to accomplish that this week. Naomi Hamilton and her manager Declan Legge flew to New York to sign…

February 28, 2018

Girls Rock School NI Launch Easter Camp

The ever growing Girls Rock School NI are hosting an Easter Rock camp for girls aged between 11 and 14. The camp will run between Wednesday 4th and Friday 6th April in the Oh Yeah Music Centre. The cost to…

February 25, 2018

Midtown Sounds photo

Midtown Sounds coming to Ballymena

Belfast and to a lesser extent Derry tend to be the main focus when it comes to the music scene here in Northern Ireland. It is always therefore a delight to see other towns pushing their own local talent to…

February 19, 2018

Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week Gigs Announced For 2018

One of the worrying trends across not just Northern Ireland but the whole of the UK and Ireland is the closure of music venues. Without these small grass roots venues many bands and musicians wouldn’t have been able to develop…

January 23, 2018

Output 2018 Evening Showcases Announced

The Output music conference and industry showcase event has become a permanent fixture of the music calendar in Northern Ireland. Output 2018 will take place on Thursday 8 February and the conference will feature a wide range of talks and…

January 9, 2018

Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2017

Northern Irish Songs Of The Year 2017: Part 2 (25 – 1)

So you’re here for the grand conclusion and great sum up of 2017. Frist we suggest you read and listen to 50 – 26 first and perhaps the opinions of the key players in the music industry here. Ok with…

January 8, 2018

Outsourced Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2017

Outsourced: Top Northern Irish Songs Of 2017

Whether you are a regular or a casual visitor to Chordblossom we hope our passion for local music comes across loud and clear. Thankfully it isn’t just us that are passionate about Northern Irish music, there are a wide variety…

January 3, 2018

Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2017

Northern Irish Songs Of The Year 2017: Part 1 (50 – 26)

End of year lists can prove to be divisive for a variety of reasons but we feel it is important to highlight and champion the best music released over the course of 2017. It has been another busy and productive…

January 1, 2018

music mind matters

Help Musicians Launch Support Helpline

In 2016 the Music and Depression campaign revealed their recent study showed that people working in the music industry are three times more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and other mental health related problems. Music charity Help Musicians are…

December 11, 2017