Entroducing... the Mulholland Organ

Hip-hop pioneer to play Ulster Hall pipe organ

Trans Belfast organisers have confirmed that Josh Davis, the US producer better known as DJ Shadow, will play the Ulster Hall's Mulholland Organ at his first show in the city for ten years. On the festival website, Trans stated:

'Yes, you heard it right. DJ Shadow will be playing the Mulholland Grand Organ in the Ulster Hall, one of the oldest examples of a functioning classic English pipe organ, at his show on Sunday evening. The idea was first suggested to DJ Shadow when Rigsy was interviewing him for BBC Across the Line.'

Festival organiser Adam Turkington said that bringing DJ Shadow back to Belfast was simply a dream booking:  '(DJ) Shadow in particular, just invented a new art form as far as I'm concerned, just a genius.'

His first full-length album, Endtroducing..., was released in late 1996 to immense critical acclaim in the UK and America, including the now classic track 'Organ Donor', (listen to snippet in player above).

The Ulster Hall's own organ donor was the wealthy industrialist and former Lord Mayor of Belfast Andrew Mulholland, who gave the fantastic instrument built by William Hill & Son to the hall after it officially opened in the 1860s.

DJ Shadow makes his return to Belfast this Sunday to perform live as part of the Trans Belfast festival at the Ulster Hall on 4 July.

Eddie Mullan