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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.

Kevin Rotherham – ‘New York Love’

Derry native, Kevin Rotherham, has certainly put the miles in since leaving the Maiden City, where he had played with bands like the Paperjays. He has toured Northern Europe and the U.S. as a singer songwriter, honing his craft and…

June 15, 2015

HOW – ‘This Is A Raid’

If there is one advantage to growing old, and the Lord knows there are precious few, it is that you become free of any peer pressure regarding music – you can like what you like and you don’t have to…

June 14, 2015

Civil Simian – ‘Believe’

Belfast’s Civil Simian have been around in one form or another since 2010, although some of  you, including myself – as I once shared a bill with them, will know them better as Urban Scarecrow. Membership changes and a slight…

May 24, 2015

Lo Mejor – ‘Lo Mejor’ EP

I was at the Diamond Rock Club (no, I don’t live there) a few weeks back, principally to see 80’s ‘pub rockers’ The Quireboys finish their acoustic tour (they were great by the way). But before they went on, Neil…

May 21, 2015

The Rising – ‘Coming Home’

Belfast’s The Rising have lived up to their name. Their list of achievements is very impressive for a relatively short lifespan. The single, ‘Still Coming Home To You’ was my introduction to the band (see my review here) and I…

May 19, 2015

Doppler – ‘Railroad’

While we here at Chordblossom (rightly) focus on Nor’n Ir’n bands, because they deserve to be focused on, we are open to giving an ear to bands from south of the border. So, when a band is named as Irish…

May 7, 2015

We, The Oceanographers – ‘Same Old Story’ b/w ‘The Ocean’

  ..or to give it its official title ‘A Single by We, the Oceanographers’, is the debut release by the Dundalk-based lofi popsters, who clearly didn’t go to the ‘Make your band name short ‘n’ snappy’ school of thought. And well,…

April 19, 2015

Blazefest V – Empire Music Hall

  Blazefest V – Selene, Irontown Diehards, Donum Dei, Xerosun, Conjuring Fate, Screaming Eagles, Sinocence & Maverick. Venue: Empire Music Hall, 21st March 2015 Reviewed by Melanie Brehaut & Al Gilmore Photography by MetalplanetBelfast.com Of all the rock and metal…

April 9, 2015

Denzil A.K.A. – ‘Knocks’

Cards on the table, me ‘n’ Punk never really got on – not back when I was growing up and the first flush of bands came through, not when the ‘post-Punk’ generation came along in the late ’70’s/early ’80’s and…

March 30, 2015

Midnight Transmission – Face The Sun

Let’s get the elephant in the room dealt with right from the start. Midnight Transmission, as the Belfast-based 4 piece admits, have definite Grunge overtones. Overtones is maybe a slight understatement. Sitting somewhere in between Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and…

March 26, 2015

R51 – ‘Pillow Talk’ E.P.

They will tell you ‘Rock is dead’. They will tell you ‘guitar music is dead’. They will tell you ‘there is no such thing as new music, merely old music recycled’. Who are they? Well, the industry itself seems more interested…

March 24, 2015

Chris Keys – ‘I’ll Be Home’

If there was a prize for persistence, Chris Keys should be writing his  acceptance speech. But, he’s content to let his music do the talking. And why shouldn’t he, when he has already amassed such a fine body of work, and…

March 17, 2015

Trucker Diablo – Diamond Rock Club – 7th March, 2015

  Trucker Diablo ‘Rise Above The Noise’ Album Launch w/support from Gasoline Outlaws Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill – Saturday 7th March 2015. Photography by Sinead McGoldrick York Last year I had the sad duty of reviewing what at that time…

March 16, 2015

Ryan McMullan – ‘Holding Me Down’

  I say this a lot; so much so it can even sound blase to my own ears. But this little country of ours is bursting full of talent of so many genres that I am almost literally pummeled with…

March 11, 2015

All Of Your Ruins – ‘Into Oblivion’

  The debate about whether technology makes it easier or harder for bands to get noticed these days, is one that shows no sign of abating. I tend to err on the ‘harder’ side of the argument because the internet…

March 2, 2015