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Robert Brown

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

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Introducing: #96 – MoonMen

Name: MoonMen Formed: 2018 Hometown: Derry Genre: Alternative Rock Line-up: Sean – Vocals | Aaron – Drums | Conall – Guitar/Vox | Shane – Bass ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your band name A MoonMan by…

June 15, 2018

DIY Festival ‘Coaster’ Announced For July

This July the inaugural outing of Coaster takes place in the seaside town of Portrush. Put together by CATALAN!‘s Ewen Friers, the DIY event is billed as a celebration of all that is good about local music. A music festival…

June 10, 2018

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Introducing: #95 – Ex-Isles

Name: Ex-Isles Formed: 2017 Hometown: Belfast Genre: Dark Swoon Line-up: Pete Devlin – Vocals/Guitar | James Joys – Piano ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your band name It grew out of what our lyrics were addressing,…

June 8, 2018

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Smorgasbord Takes Over Voodoo This June

Smorgasbord is the brain child of the multi-talented Steven Donnelly, a fixture in the local music scene for many years. His latest endeavour Rackus Rattus Promo have curated an eclectic mix of artists to play Smorgasbord, an inaugural series of events…

May 31, 2018

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Sunflowerfest Returns For 2018 with One Earth Theme

It is hard to believe that we are fast approaching festival season yet again. With our thoughts turning to summer, it is the job of festival organisers to entice us with stellar line-ups and other features to get us to…

May 21, 2018

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Pale Lanterns Crowned Winners Of Kickstart 2018

On Saturday evening at Foundry in Belfast our Kickstart competition came to a close for yet another year. We were treated to brilliant sets from our finalists SX-70, Pale Lanterns, Gemma Bradley and Paper/Boy with each doing their best to impress…

May 16, 2018

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Kickstart 2018 Finalists Revealed

Our esteemed panel of judges have had a busy week narrowing down the ten shortlisted artists for this years Kickstart competition. As we alluded to before the quality of the entries this year was exceptional but after much deliberation, we…

May 2, 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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