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Al Gilmore

Newish member of CB staff. I am a 'veteren' of over 20 years singing/writing with various bands. A Rocker at heart (pick any sub-genre of Rock and I'll like it) I have found my tastes broadening as I get older. My aim as regards writing for CB is not to further my own ends, more a case of doing my bit to give our terrific local music scene the coverage it deserves, and perhaps give the benefit of my years of experience.

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Brigid O’Neill – ‘Touchstone’ Album Launch

Brigid O’Neill & Band – ‘Touchstone’ album launch with support from Bruce Joseph McClements. Thursday 14th September 2017 – The Black Box, Belfast Album launches are unique occasions. Sometimes they can fall flat but often they are an absolute highlight,…

November 1, 2017

Blackwater Conspiracy – ‘Shootin’ The Breeze’

Thanks to my enforced sabbatical from writing this Summer, I have had ‘Shootin the Breeze’ by Tyrone’s Blackwater Conspiracy for a couple of months now. This has been a blessing during a period where I was not feeling particularly blessed…

October 19, 2017

Trucker Diablo – Fighting For Everything

I am not surprised, and you will not be surprised to read, that Trucker Diablo have released another good album, to follow the three before it, two of which I have reviewed for CB and rightly gave them the Al…

October 12, 2017

Chris Keys – 10th June 2017

Chris Keys ‘Life In Motion’ album launch with support from Chris Molloy & Brigid O’Neill Saturday 9th June 2017 – Black Box, Belfast The first thing I look for as I walk into any venue is how full it is….

June 26, 2017

Baleful Creed

Baleful Creed – Seismic Shifter

Local Metallers Baleful Creed have been around for a good few years now and while they perhaps have never been considered top of the food chain of local Metal bands, they are a welcome addition to any local Metal bill. That’s…

June 6, 2017

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Civil Simian – Ouroboric

Our Wee Country is full of talented individuals and good bands. We know this and we all have our favourites for whatever reason. But whether we admit it or not, we know that a lot of local bands are heavily…

May 15, 2017

Singles Club – April 2017

Spring is here – it must be, the Glenshane Pass is almost passable. In a few days I will be even older than I am now, and I feel sure that one of these days Rob (CB head honcho) will…

May 3, 2017

Singles Club – March 2017

Seems like no time since I was sitting here putting together last month’s column (that’s cos you’re always late – Ed) but here I am again with another bumper crop of local (and slightly further afield) talent. So what is…

April 9, 2017

Singles Club – February 2017

February may be the shortest month but my column inches remain the same and, if anything, I have as much cracking content to fit in as ever. I guess the issues to note this month are:- 1. How high the…

March 2, 2017

Singles Club – January 2017

Happy New Year to you all. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I thought I’d at least make one relating to my wee column. My resolution was to clear the decks of all the music submitted to me…

February 7, 2017

Trucker Diablo

Interview: Trucker Diablo

For my money, Trucker Diablo is one of our wee country’s best acts. Ruggedly, defiantly even, self-sufficient The Big Truck endures (or keeps rollin’) while other acts fall by the wayside. Put Trucker beside any of its contemporaries from around the globe and…

January 19, 2017

‘Rock’ Singles Club – November 2016

Having indulged myself by using the word ‘smorgasbord’ repeatedly in the October issue of Singles Club, I thought to myself ‘how much more self-indulgent could I be with my column?’ Then it came to me, I had to go from the myriad…

December 4, 2016

Trucker Diablo

Trucker Diablo Launch 2nd Pledge Campaign

Lurgan loudness merchants, Trucker Diablo, threatened to go away a couple of years ago and then, whaddya know, came back swinging with their strongest album to date – ‘Rise Above The Noise’ – thanks, in financial terms anyway, to the…

November 20, 2016

The Answer

The Answer – ‘Solas’

It’s a long time since 2006 and The Answer‘s acclaimed debut album, ‘Rise’. The Co Down hard rockers received plenty of plaudits back then, especially from the specialized Rock press, and were tipped for great things. Has that promise been…

November 17, 2016

Singles Club – October 2016

This month’s Singles Club is brought to you in conjunction with the word ‘smorgasbord’. A Scandinavian word literally meaning a buffet meal featuring many types of open sandwiches and horse’s douffers , smorgasbord now refers to anything which has a variety…

November 10, 2016