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Trad/roots: Úna Monaghan on traditional music, tech and Naíscoil Bhreandáin

WHAT do you get when you mix the traditional Irish harp, electronics, astrophysics and the Irish-medium nursery school Naíscoil Bhreandáin? The answer is Úna Monaghan, the Belfast musician and sound engineer who has just been presented with the inaugural Liam O’Flynn Award by the Irish Arts Council, funding designed to help individual traditional artists create new works, encourage unique artistic collaborations and innovations and to entice future generations to enjoy and practice the traditional arts.

Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

David Roy
Today UB40 – SSE Arena, Belfast Rotten Sound, Strangle Wire, Scimitar etc – The Palm House, Belfast Red House, The Fake Flirtations, Matt McCrum Band etc – The Empire, Belfast Daoirí Farrell – Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick Reevah, Sonja Sleator – Babushka Kitchen Cafe, Portrush Saturday March 23 Slomatics, 7.

Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

David Roy
Today Pocket Billiards, United Bottles, The Skallions etc – The Empire, Belfast Sister Ghost, Gemma Bradley, Girls Rock School NI Grads – Oh Yeah, Belfast Grainne Duffy – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orchestra – The Black Box, Belfast Sarah McQuaid – Maldron Hotel, Belfast, 6.

Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

David Roy
Today Jack Lukeman – The Empire, Belfast Ex-Isles – Strand Arts Centre, Belfast The Rising, Mary McGrath, Emma Wallace – The Belfast Barge Spinn – Oh Yeah, Belfast Casavettes, Fox Colony, Gender Chores – The 343, Belfast Valeras, Cherym – Bennigans, Derry

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