Category : Features

Influences Mixtape: Beauty Sleep

One of the shining lights in Northern Irish music in recent years, Beauty Sleep have put out a consistently fabulous collection of singles since their inception. Released last month, ‘The Feeling Back’ came ready to reminisce with its dual vocals and…

March 25, 2018

Interview: Sarah McBriar – AVA Festival

Sarah McBriar, the founder of AVA Festival sat down with us as part of our Women in Music week and AVA Festival London to talk about how the electronic music industry is changing for women, how women can get involved…

March 8, 2018

Women in Music: Inspired By

To mark International Women’s Day, we have dedicated the week to celebrating and shining a spotlight on the women of Northern Ireland music. We asked seven female artists from Northern Ireland to talk about the women in music who have…

March 8, 2018

Interview: Stephenie Dickey – Drakonis

Stephenie Dickey is not your typical musician. A personal trainer, professional body builder and bassist from black metallers Drakonis, she takes the old-fashioned notion of what ‘being a woman’ is meant to be and turns it on its head –…

March 6, 2018

Interview: Edelle McMahon

Belfast singer-songwriter, Edelle McMahon is one of the many talented women in Northern Ireland making a name for herself in the music industry. Like many an industry, music too can seem like a man’s game. All too often women must…

March 6, 2018

Interview: Maggie Devlin – Party Fears

Maggie Devlin, half of the Berlin-based indie group, Party Fears (along with drummer Eilis Frawley) talks to us about the fear of creation, women with guitars jammed between their thighs, the journey from Cookstown to Berlin and a possible sponsorship…

March 4, 2018

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Bird & Bramble: No Phones

Jack White’s team recently released some information prior to an upcoming show which stated that audience members would not be allowed to use their phones during the show. Phones would be locked away in Yondr pouch (which the person would…

February 25, 2018

Chris Molloy and the Zang

Interview: Chris Molloy and the Zang

Chris Molloy is known for his passion for photography and acoustic guitar which was perfectly captured on the last EP two year ago. But in late 2017 he decided to create something new, something fresh and something that we will…

February 13, 2018

Saint Sapphire Influences

Influences Mixtape: Saint Sapphire

Certainly the most rock of our influences mixtapes to date, Belfast’s Saint Sapphire are fond of a dirty rock sound underneath Samuel Morgan’s often snarled vocal delivery. Their propensity of riffs and punk demeanour is again realised on newly released ‘Pretty…

February 11, 2018

Introducing: #94 – Dolbro Dan

Name: Dolbro Dan Hometown: Bangor Genre: Folk ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your Artist Name Really ‘Dolbro’ Dan? Talk about making a stick for your back. I dreamt it up – complete with typo – when I was a naive, young…

February 8, 2018

Playlist: Output Belfast 2017

One of the biggest events of the Northern Irish music calendar, Output Belfast returns again this year on Thursday 8th February. After talks, panels and a conference during the day, the evening schedule consists of showcase shows dotted around Belfast’s Cathedral…

February 1, 2018

Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2017

Northern Irish Songs Of The Year 2017: Part 2 (25 – 1)

So you’re here for the grand conclusion and great sum up of 2017. Frist we suggest you read and listen to 50 – 26 first and perhaps the opinions of the key players in the music industry here. Ok with…

January 8, 2018

Outsourced Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2017

Outsourced: Top Northern Irish Songs Of 2017

Whether you are a regular or a casual visitor to Chordblossom we hope our passion for local music comes across loud and clear. Thankfully it isn’t just us that are passionate about Northern Irish music, there are a wide variety…

January 3, 2018

Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2017

Northern Irish Songs Of The Year 2017: Part 1 (50 – 26)

End of year lists can prove to be divisive for a variety of reasons but we feel it is important to highlight and champion the best music released over the course of 2017. It has been another busy and productive…

January 1, 2018

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Bird & Bramble: Early Doors…

While scrolling through the never-ending negativity that is Facebook in 2017, I fell upon a post (see full post here) written by local DJ JORDAN in relation to The Menagerie in Belfast. The post was a call for people to…

December 17, 2017