IF YOU have an interest in traditional music, whether it is playing or just listening and enjoying the lift in the spirits that it gives you, then keep July 27 – August 2 as free as you can because the Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music has metamorphosed into the Belfast Tradfest, a bigger and better manifestation of all that is good in one of our cultural treasures.
Today Echo & The Bunnymen – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Marquee, Belfast Jason Lytle, Malojian – First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary St, Belfast Kitt Philippa – Upstairs, The MAC, Belfast Pete Doherty – The Limelight, Belfast Lisa O’Neill – The Black Box, Belfast The Gold Tips – The Duke of York, Belfast Lowkey – Oh Yeah, Belfast Asomvel, RBOTN, Stereo Nasty – Voodoo, Belfast Hello Casanova – The American, Belfast Marc Almond – Millennium Forum, Derry Reevah, Sonja Sleator, Ethan Hanna – Sandinos, Derry Linley Hamilton Quartet – Island Arts Centre, Lisburn Saturday May 4 Spiritualized – CQAF Marquee, Belfast Dick Valentine (Electric Six) – Katy’s, Belfast Mary Coughlan – The Black Box, Belfast, 2pm Barb Jungr – The Black Box, Belfast, 7.
1. When did you think about a career in music and what were your first steps into it? My sister learned guitar at school and when she sang, I would sing harmony to her without knowing that that was what I was doing.
BERNARD MacLaverty is pondering the wearisome effects of old age with good humour – a hallmark in much of his award-winning fiction on which he will reflect afresh at the opening of the 20th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival this evening.
TONIGHT marks the Belfast debut of the new-look Teenage Fanclub, reconfigured in the wake of the recent departure of bassist and songwriter Gerry Love and already forging ahead with the next stage of a career that stretches right back to 1989.
ACCLAIMED Scottish writer and film producer Kevin Toolis has teamed up with Donegal folk trio The Henry Girls and Kerry singer Pauline Scanlon for a unique show inspired by the Irish wake tradition that's being staged in Belfast this weekend as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.