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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.

Selene – ‘Blood’

Derry’s Selene are not a new band to me or to Chordblossom. We have been charting their progress over the past 12 months. I reviewed their previous single ‘Still Dreaming’ (here) back in November which was lifted from their E.P. ‘Paradise…

February 17, 2015

Maverick & Gasoline Outlaws – 17 January 2015

Maverick supported by Gasoline Outlaws Saturday 17th January 2015 – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill. We music lovers will often have friends who are into the same music as us; maybe that is even what brought us together in the first place. No…

January 29, 2015

Chris Madden – ‘Crazy Bars & Fast Cars’

  Still a young man, mid-Ulsterman, Chris Madden is a veteran of the local pubs n clubs where he and his brother, Michael, play lengthy sets of original songs and carefully chosen covers with vim and verve. He’s trying to…

January 29, 2015

Picture The Sound – ‘Our Little Dream’

  I am going to declare an interest here. I have known Picture The Sound for quite some time. I am from the same neck of the woods  (Ballymoney area) as some of the band and I have shared a stage with…

January 22, 2015

The Bayonettes – ‘A Small Step To Greater Heights’

  It’s always nice when a band writes its own review simply by the song title. I am a little tardy to say the least getting this fine slab of anthemic Pop/Rock reviewed; my apologies to the lads for that….

January 13, 2015

Venus Effect – ‘Take It Easy’

  Any band trying to make a name for itself has to prove several things, but for me the most important is proving that they can write good songs. Of course, what makes a ‘good song’ is subjective, but you…

December 18, 2014

Kris D. Marsden – ‘Dear Dad’

  Local singer-songwriter, Kris D. Marsden,  is making quite a name for himself, and rightly so, off the back of his debut ‘Neverending Loop’ E.P. released in February this year. And you can hear why within a few short bars…

December 7, 2014

Silver’s Got Strings – ‘If Heaven’s Full’

I’m gonna say the obvious band name to get it out of the way. Mumford & Sons. There. Done it. I am sure local boys Silver’s Got Strings will either be proud or sick to death (or maybe both simultaneously)…

November 25, 2014

How – ‘John’ w/ Claudia Clendinning

  That ‘John’ was released in August and we are now in November means I am a bit of a Johnny-come-lately (see what I did there?) as far as How is concerned. I’ll try to make up for that as best as…

November 17, 2014

Nasa Assassin – 1st November 2014

  Nasa Assassin with support from Conjuring Fate Saturday 1st November 2014 – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill. Review by Al Gilmore. Photos by Colin Price If you aren’t into Heavy Rock music, you  may think that every night at a Rock club is ‘dress…

November 12, 2014

Silent Party – ‘Remember Your Strategies’

We make no apologies here at CB for focusing on bands from Northern Ireland and the Republic. We figure someone has to speak up for these bands and the undoubted quality we have here on this island which is often…

November 5, 2014

Tiny Vinyls – ‘Black Eyes’

  Hailing from Dublin and approaching their second anniversary, 5 piece Alt Rock band, Tiny Vinyls are releasing their second single ‘Black Eyes’, a follow-up to ‘Hide In The Shadows’. They seem to be one of those bands who like to…

October 29, 2014

Darren Hill – ‘Wasted Life’ b/w ‘Bait, Spear & Match’

  Darren Hill is a new name to Northern Ireland’s lively music scene. Still a young man, it’s clear to me he is that point where he is finding out who and what he is; how to use the myriad influences…

October 21, 2014

Toska – ‘Polyforms’ (ft. Aran Glover)

  Belfast trio, Toska, formed from the wreckage of Annapurna in May of this year, which explains how they could get a single written and recorded in such a short space of time. I’m not too familiar with Annapurna’s material but…

October 8, 2014

Million Dollar Reload – 20th September 2014

  Million Dollar Reload with support from St. Hellfire. Saturday 20th September, 2014 – The Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill. It’s not one of the bigger crowds tonight at the local mecca for all things hard and heavy, which is no reflection on the bands on…

September 30, 2014