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Michael Barbour

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Beoga – Carousel

Not quite an album, but more than an EP, Carousel marks Beoga’s first release since 2016’s Before We Change Our Mind. Although Beoga have been touring and recording for what seems like ages, they picked up a lot of new…

July 7, 2020

Matt McIvor - Photo by Joanne McIvor

Stream: Matt McIvor – Start

There’s a lot of people within the local music scene who will know Matt McIvor, if not by name then by sight. Usually found studiously tweaking knobs on a mixing desk at gigs or pumping out the music at Belfast…

June 12, 2020

The Skallions

The Skallions – Skallion Battalion

Stuck in the house with no end in sight, spending days on endless work video conferences and e-mails, losing track of which day it is. Welcome, my friends, to another week of Covid-19 lockdown. But, as they say, every cloud…

May 5, 2020

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Malojian – Humm

Commeth the hour, commeth the man. What a time for a new Malojian album to drop. Long in the gestation, sudden in the release, Stephen Scullion has been working on this little gem since 2019’s tour with Grandaddy’s Jason Lyttle….

April 28, 2020

Matt McGinn - Atlantic Sessions 2019 - Photo by Jonah Gardner

Matt McGinn – Lessons Of War

It was in the Black Box in April 2018 that Matt McGinn debuted some of the music and ideas that would eventually become Lessons of War, alongside a “making of” documentary directed by local film maker Colm Laverty. Full of…

March 8, 2020

Tough Enough To Care - Photography by Micheal Barbour - 27/2/20

Tough Enough To Care – 27th February 2020

An intimate venue, a worthy cause and six of the best home-grown acts around? What’s not to love about the Tough Enough To Care fundraiser in The Accidental Theatre? Tough Enough To Care is a relatively new charity set up…

March 1, 2020

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Amanda St John – The Muscle Shoals Sessions

It’s no small enterprise to self-fund an album, let alone record said album in the venerable FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Home to Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Jerry Reed, Etta James, Wilson Pickett (among others) at various stages, that…

February 23, 2020

Stream: Vale – Virtual Reality

Vale may well be one of Belfast’s best kept secrets, hailing from the Greater Shankill area of Belfast. They are playing in some good company at the moment, having recently supported the likes of Lurgan’s finest, The Bonnevilles, and up-…

November 27, 2019


Watch: Rews – Birdsong

NI native Shauna Tohill goes full-on Anna Calvi for the new release from the infectiously fun indie rock outfit Rews. With strong hints of power-chord thrash bands like the Foo Fighters, ‘Birdsong‘ is the band’s first new material in just…

November 27, 2019

Matt McGinn - Atlantic Sessions 2019 - Photo by Jonah Gardner

Stream: Matt McGinn feat Ciara O’Neill – Bubblegum

Ubiquitous Hilltown musician Matt McGinn teams up with local singer Ciara O’Neill for ‘Bubblegum‘, a taster track from McGinn’s forthcoming album release ‘Lessons of War’. The song takes it’s inspiration from the tweeted teenage diary entries of Bronagh McAtasney (@nornirongirl1981)…

November 27, 2019

Ronan McSorley EP launch – 26th July 2019

The highlight of a day-long songwriting workshop run by Panarts, Ronan McSorley launched his first EP I Am Not Free, and what a piece of work it is. I had the chance to hear the EP a couple of days…

July 29, 2019

Stream: Sam Wickens – Cliffside

Bangor based singer songwriter Sam Wickens is a relatively young man but he has already covered a lot of ground, musically speaking. A Chordblossom Kickstart finalist in 2017 he was picked up in 2018 to appear on Sky Arts Unsigned…

January 30, 2019

Watch: Party Fears – Sun King II

Single number two from the Berlin band’s forthcoming EP Just Friends is an energetic and in-your-face track which the band have worked on and re-worked since 2016. Party Fears‘ ‘Sun King II’ is full of vitriol about our complacency at world…

January 27, 2019

The Mad Dalton album launch – 14/06/2018

Photos from The Mad Dalton’s debut album launch in Black Box, Belfast. Support from Lauren Bird and Giraffe Stairs. Photos by 2nd Shooter. Generated by Facebook Photo Fetcher 2

June 19, 2018

Brand New Friend – Seatbelts For Aeroplanes Album Launch

Photos of brand new friend as they launched their debut album ‘Seatbelts for Aeroplanes’ in the Black Box. Support from Hunkpapa and Hot Cops. Photos by Michael Barbour at 2nd Shooter. Generated by Facebook Photo Fetcher 2

April 29, 2018