• Pound Music Club

    Pound Music Club

    The spirit of the Belfast institution lives on in the lungs of Kenny McDowell, whose voice still enraptures a faithful following after 50 years

  • Choral

    City of Derry International Choral Festival

    New Festival Chorus reaffirms the city's musical status in a pitch perfect opening gala performance

  • Conor McAteer

    I Was An Astronaut

    Derry singer-songwriter Conor McAteer takes a giant leap forward in a controlled and cohesive fourth album bursting with love in all its forms

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    The Wild Swan

    Recorded in Nashville and rich in variety, the third album from Foy Vance isn't just his finest yet, it bears all the markings of a contemporary classic

  • Neil Young and Promise of the Real

    Neil Young

    He's taken half a century to get here, but backed by Promise of the Real the Canadian is still the hurricane force of old, and shows no signs of quitting

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    The Devil is a Songbird

    Ports' long-awaited debut album is one to fall into and appreciate in full, placing them amongst the modern masters of sophisticated and heart-breaking alt rock

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    The Zombies

    It's the time of the season as the sixties pop survivors kick off the summer festival calendar under the twinkling lights at CQAF

  • Two Door Main

    Two Door Cinema Club

    There's no sign of new songs, but under the tongue-in-cheek guise of a tribute act the Bangor boys make a long-awaited reconnection with their roots

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    The Sessions

    Beatlemania returns to Belfast as the Fab Four's kaleidoscopic catalogue comes to life in a joyous re-staging of their Abbey Road exploits

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    Transatlantic Sessions

    The revolving folk ensemble leave little to be desired in a showcase proving them to be the crown jewel of the first Derry International Irish Music Festival

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    Food and Folksong

    Award-winning chef Emmett McCourt brings out the forward-thinking flavours of Derry's new music festival in a night where the menu matches the performances

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    Martin Byrne's instrumental score for the harrowing Prime Cut theatre production stands strong even when removed from its dramatic visual context

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    For all their waning studio powers, Bono and his merry band still hit the mark on a politically poignant return to Belfast

  • Beat Root

    Beat Root

    Robyn G Shiels and Richard Dawson turn folk on its head as Moving On Music's weekend takeover at the Crescent Arts Centre concludes

  • Matthew Whiteside

    Matthew Whiteside - Dichroic Light

    Melding chamber aesthetics with electronic minimalism, the Lisburn-born composer's debut strikes a rewarding balance of abstract subtlety and melodic power

  • Kathrynn Stott

    Kathryn Stott & Martin Roscoe

    Seventh annual Walled City Music Festival off to a thunderous start with two of the UK's finest pianists at University of Ulster Magee's Great Hall

  • Kablammo

    Ash - Kablammo!

    By no means a perfect comeback, but there is much to admire about Downpatrick's most famous sons' 'back to basics' first album in almost a decade

  • Donal Scullion

    Donal Scullion

    Though sonically on point, the folk singer's debut album is a game of two halves with middling lyricism revealing little of the artist himself

  • Duke Special, Look Out Machines!

    Look Out Machines!

    Duke Special goes electro on captivating new studio album, his most personal to date, propelled by synths and marked by a romantic, optimistic lyricism

  • David Bowie

    Lunch With Bowie

    Writers and musicians pay tribute to the divisive, chameleonic rock icon at the Ulster Hall's latest Literary Lunchtime event. 'He was the human equivalent of a Google search'

  • Disquiet


    Therapy? release 'a sequel of sorts' to 1994's seminal Troublegum, a fearsome album that deals with addiction, ageing and expectation with typical vigour

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    Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival

    Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, featuring trumpeter Linley Hamilton, get into the swing of things at the Crescent Arts Centre – find out what else is happening over the coming days

  • Van Morrison

    Duets: Re-working the Catalogue

    Van Morrison celebrates his 70th birthday with a committed, joyous collection of vocal collaborations featuring Michael Buble, Bobby Womack and a whole lot of soul

  • Soak

    BBC St Patrick's Day Concert

    Ulster Orchestra support Soak, Paul Brady, Duke Special and a host of others as BBC Northern Ireland prerecord a Waterfront Hall concert to be broadcast on March 17

  • Cara Dillon

    Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival

    Trevor Hodgett attends three gigs at the Empire and Holiday Inn as Cara Dillon, Foy Vance, Ken Haddock and others share stages with America's finest

  • The Killer Instinct

    The Killer Instinct

    Featuring former members of legendary rock group Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders produce a hard rock album that is derivative but essential listening for any fan of the genre

  • Soak / Duke Special

    Soak and Duke Special at McGrory's

    Young starlet from Derry supports established artist from Belfast as guitar meets piano in a battle of the solo performers

  • The Fureys

    The Fureys

    Celtic roots music aristocracy attract tourists from across Europe to Belfast's Waterfront Hall for a rousing evening of laments and reels

  • Goons


    The remnants of Fighting With Fire and LaFaro incorporate synths in new supergroup but ultimately stay true to their alt-rock roots

  • Paddy Nash and Paul Casey

    Homegrown '15

    A wealth of Derry's finest acts perform in the Millennium Forum in tangible legacy from City of Culture 2013

  • Christine Bovill


    Christine Bovill's emotional tribute to the famous French chanteuse leaves the Black Box in tears

  • Niamh McGlinchey

    The country singer entertains at Out To Lunch

  • By Any Means

    Two of Northern Ireland's most promising metal acts get the New Year under way at Voodoo in Belfast

  • The Lost Brothers

    Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech channel the finest songwriters in Derry

  • Lit Up Inside

    Van Morrison launches a book of his lyrics in London joined by Michael Longley, Edna O'Brien and Ian Rankin

  • NI Music Prize

    Robyn G Shiels scoops album of the year, while alt-metal icons Therapy? perform Troublegum

  • SOAK

    Derry's finest returns home after a year in the spotlight

  • Lost Domain

    Ash frontman Tim Wheeler produces a cathartic solo album following his father's battle with dementia

  • The Gloaming

    Trad supergroup play out the 2014 Belfast Festival at Queen's with support from Hannah McPhillimy

  • Remembering Gerry

    A host of musicians indebted to the late Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Anderson perform in Belfast

  • Black Stone Cherry

    American purveyors of backwoods rock chug their way through an impressive set at Mandela Hall

  • Trio Rafale

    Swiss three-piece conjure the spirit of their classical forebears in a buoyant performance at Queen's

  • Beoga

    Virtuoso trad group are supported by emerging act Cúig in Belfast

  • Dillon & Tyminski

    One of Ireland's finest vocalists is supported by American bluegrass legend at the Waterfront Hall

  • Southpaw Niños

    Mick McCullagh's trad debut features songwriting worthy of The Waterboys

  • Ó Raghallaigh & Trueman

    Composers conjure hypnotic soundscapes in north Belfast

  • Barry Douglas

    Jenny Cathcart takes a trip down memory lane at Fermanagh Live thanks to the virtuoso pianist

  • First Aid Kit

    Swedish sister act show themselves to be shining lights of the nu-folk scene at Mandela Hall

  • Planted

    New Trad quintet Moxie release an uplifting debut album on jazz drummer David Lyttle's Lyte Records

  • Sestina

    The innovative vocal ensemble welcome theorbo player Paula Chateauneuf to the Ulster Museum


    Race With The Tide

    PØRTS release three offcuts from their forthcoming debut album which suggest greater things to come

  • A Sense of Wonder

    Biographer David Burke attempts to define Van Morrison

  • Little Matador

    Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly performs a cathartic hard rock support set at Belsonic

  • Love's As Warm As Tears

    Ulster Youth Choir commemorate the outbreak of the First World War

  • Romeo & Juliet

    Ulster Youth Orchestra perform music from Provofiev's great ballet and more at the Ulster Hall

  • July '14

    Andrew Lemon rounds up the latest releases from Boxcutter, Sister Ghost and TOSKA

  • Rhythm Nation

    Ulster Youth Training Choir gain valuable live performance experience at Craigavon Civic Centre

  • Albatross

    Andrew Farmer and Sons of Caliber ride the alt-folk wave with a debut album of highs and lows

  • Arborist

    Mark McCambridge continues to impress with rich tunes and a hard-earned earthy croon

  • Walled City Music Festival

    Founders Cathal Breslin and Sabrina Hu lead the opening concert in Derry~Londonderry