LET'S get down to it, boppers: it's high time we checked in with atmospheric alt-rockers Ferals, not least because the Belfast-based band have their debut EP coming out very shortly and have booked a launch gig to prove it.
Today New Pagans – The 343, Belfast Modern Rome, Lauren Bird, The Fugues – The American Bar, Belfast Wookalily – Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Glen Hansard – St Columb’s Hall, Derry Matt McGinn Band, Eilidh Patterson – Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena Saturday April 13 True Tides – Voodoo, Belfast Amanda St John & Friends – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Ben Heffernan – The Sunflower, Belfast Glen Hansard – St Columb’s Hall, Derry Eric Bell Trio, Electric Vultures – Atlantic Bar, Portrush New Pagans – Hop House, Bangor, 2pm Jealous of The Birds – Hop House, Bangor, 4pm Malojian – Bending Sound Records, Bangor, 5.
SOMETIMES it's hard to be a woman but it's harder to be a woman who sacrifices her long-cherished dreams of fame for her children in director Tom Harper's uplifting drama of creative strife and self-empowerment.
1. When did you think about a career in writing and what were your first steps into it? I’ve always thought of myself as a writer but never actually wrote anything until I arrived in Portland, Oregon for a new job in 2005.
GLENARIFF singer-songwriter, Amanda St John, is musing over the fortuitous, sometimes tortuous, twists and turns of her career thus far when she casually throws in a recent experience in Washington DC – where she made a new fan in President Donald Trump.
STEPHEN Rea has just finished a six-week run of Belfast playwright David Ireland’s intense Cyprus Avenue, in the Royal Court Theatre in London, and is struggling to find his usual pitch and rich vocal tone.
WHILE A Bump Along The Way might be grounded in familiar dramatic territory with its storyline about an unplanned pregnancy putting strain on the relationship between a teenager and her mother, Scottish director Shelly Love's Derry-set film adds a novel role-reversal twist to proceedings: this time, it's the wayward middle-aged parent who's expecting unexpectedly, much to the mortification of her straight-laced daughter.
Today The Toasters – The Palm House, Belfast Fears, Steven Henry – The 343, Belfast Afterlight, Conjecture 42, A 1,000 Days Gone etc – The Pavilion, Belfast Saturday April 6 Ye Vagabonds – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Cute Is What We Aim For, Saywecanfly, Dream Awake – The Palm House, Belfast Touts – Culturlann, Derry Jizzy Pearl, Steve Pearce – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill Villa In France, Sleeping Outside, blxxd etc – The Atlantic, Portrush Monday April 8 Problem Patterns, Buí, Gender Chores – McHugh’s, Belfast Tuesday April 9 Ingested, Zombified, Congenital Abnormalities – Voodoo, Belfast Wednesday April 10 King Cedar, Kippysmuse, La Fours – Oh Yeah, Belfast Thursday April 11 Nick Oliveri, New Valley Wolves, Mosmo Strange – Voodoo, Belfast Bear’s Den – The Limelight, Belfast Joby Fox, Ursula Burns – Trouble Songs, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn Friday April 12 New Pagans – The 343, Belfast Wookalily – Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Glen Hansard – St Columb’s Hall, Derry Saturday April 13 True Tides – Voodoo, Belfast Amanda St John & Friends – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Ben Heffernan – The Sunflower, Belfast Glen Hansard – St Columb's Hall, Derry Eric Bell Trio, Electric Vultures – Atlantic Bar, Portrush Tuesday April 16 Bronagh Broderick – The Sunflower, Belfast Wednesday April 17 Billy Lockett – The Limelight 2, Belfast Valium, Red House, The Fake Flirtations – Voodoo, Belfast Thursday April 18 Dead Witches, Conjurer, Bailer etc – Crypt of The Riff Vol 3, Voodoo, Belfast The Tony Strickland Quartet, Jack Reid – McHugh's, Belfast Friday April 19 Dean Friedman – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Hudson Taylor – Sandinos, Derry Saturday April 20 Gavin James – The Ulster Hall, Belfast An Orchestral Rendition of Dr Dre: 2001 – The Limelight, Belfast Tom Speight – Voodoo, Belfast Sonja Sleator, Glass Wings, Ethan Hanna etc – The Pavilion, Belfast Mike Tramp, Philip McCarroll – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill Wednesday April 24 Bowling For Soup – The Limelight, Belfast Thursday April 25 Robert Sarazin Blake, Junior Johnson – The Sunflower, Belfast Friday April 26 Paul McKenna Band – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Kneecap – Sandinos, Derry .