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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.

Ciara O’Neill – ‘Dead, Black’

  Co. Armagh’s Ciara O’Neill is no newbie to the N.I. scene, having played all over Ireland and mainland U.K. now for 8 years as part of various acts. But now Ciara has decided to go it alone and  has…

March 25, 2014

Blazefest IV – Empire Music Hall, Belfast

Blazefest: Stormzone, with Worldsend, Sandstone, Baleful Creed, Altus, Rebels By Nature, Donum Dei & Lipstik Lizards Empire Music Hall, Belfast – Saturday 8th March, 2014 For the uninitiated, Blazefest is a charity festival now in its fourth year. It is the…

March 17, 2014

Jonny Reid – ‘You Lit a Light’

Portaferry man, Jonny Reid, is making quite a name for himself, what with prestigious support slots to the likes of Nanci Griffiths as well as appearances on most of the high profile local festivals, including this week’s Belfast Nashville Festival….

March 4, 2014

R51 – ‘Slowhound’

For my money R51 are one of the real ‘hopes for the future’ of local music: Hell, UK music. Really. For ones still so young they have an amazing self-confidence in what they are doing, and no matter what style…

February 27, 2014

Nasa Assassin – Area 69

Regular readers will know I tend to wax lyrical about the amount of talent to be found in our wee country. I make no apologies for this. For me, as someone who’s been about a wee while and seen various…

February 21, 2014

VENUS EFFECT – ‘Into the Fire’

Belfast three-piece Alt-Rockers, Venus Effect, don’t take themselves too seriously, which is a refreshing change from the self-hype and self-absorption we sometimes have to wade through when dealing with band submissions. To quote their own Facebook blurb:- “Stevie writes the songs…

February 18, 2014

Trucker Diablo – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill 8th February 2014

Trucker Diablo supported by Nasa Assassin The Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill, on Saturday, 8th February, 2014 From the outside looking in, being in a band looks like a blast. And, it is true, it can be. From that first practice,…

February 13, 2014

The Answer – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill, 25th January, 2014

The Answer with support from Screaming Eagles Saturday 25th January 2014 – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill The Province’s biggest Rock band playing a warm up show in an intimate, sweaty club is a gig that was too good to miss….

February 5, 2014

Foreign Affairs – Houston

Pop/Punk….hmmmm. Ok, I will set aside the view I have that the phrase is somewhat of a contradiction in terms. I will also set aside my view that if Punk meant anything it was a D.I.Y. ethos which stripped away…

February 5, 2014

Ajenda – ‘Hatred & Greed’

  It’s as simple as this: Last year Ajenda released their debut album ‘Unrecognisable’ and it is as good an album as you will hear within their genre of  radio-friendly Rock. Honestly, it is. It’s not about liking an album…

January 30, 2014

Million $ Reload – As Real As It Gets

Back when Rock music ruled the roost 20-30 years ago, a live album was an expected release from any self-respecting Rock Band. Indeed, some of the best Rock albums of all time were live albums, and some band’s best album…

January 20, 2014

STORMZONE at the Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill, 28/12/13

Stormzone with support from Maverick Saturday 28th December 2013 – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill It’s hard to avoid that ‘end-of-year reflection’ as I take my place at another packed gig at the Diamond Rock Club. I am going to witness…

January 10, 2014

The Late Twos – ‘Never Mind’

  There can often be a beauty in simplicity, but also what may seem simple can, in fact, be tricky. If writing catchy, instant Indie Pop was simple, surely everyone would be doing it and the charts awash with it?…

December 10, 2013

Levity Breaks – ‘Broken Hands’

  After all these years, and after god knows how many songs sent to me by local bands, I shouldn’t be amazed by the breadth, depth and quality of the music coming out from O.W.C. And yet, this song blew…

December 3, 2013

Screaming Eagles – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul’

  Screaming Eagles are seriously hot property right now, having just won through to the Hard Rock Hell Festival in Wales, by winning the Glasgow heat of the prestigious Highway to Hell battle of the bands. This is just reward…

November 11, 2013