In August of this year, I spoke to one of Ireland’s greatest musicians, the incomparable Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin about what was then his upcoming concert at the First Presbyterian Church in Rosemary Street as part of Féile an Droichead.
"I'LL HAVE to pick a few Northern Ireland-specific people to thank who have probably made more of an outstanding contribution to music than I have," explains Gary Lightbody of his plans for 'saying a few words' when he receives an award for his Outstanding Contribution to Music tonight.
Today Above & Beyond – Telegraph Building, Belfast Ian Prowse, Nasher Nash – The American Bar, Belfast Blue Whale, Girl, Steve Davis etc – The Menagerie, Belfast Aaron Shanley, Edelle McMahon – Stranded, Strand Arts Centre, Belfast The Fake Flirtations, Alder, Paul and The Meanie etc – Volume Control, Oh Yeah, Belfast The Chris Slade Timeline – The Limelight 2, Belfast Mugged By A Ghost, Rachel Rane, Afterlight etc – The Pavilion, Belfast Tony Wright – Chapter and Verse (ChorusVerse), Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick Christy Dignam & Joe Jewell – Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen Saturday November 10 Declan O’Rourke – The MAC, Belfast Roe, The Wood Burning Savages, Son of the Hound etc – Native Music Mart, 12pm to 5pm Amidships, Jealous of The Birds, Brash Isaac etc – The Midnight Organ Fight Revisited, Oh Yeah, Belfast Modern Rome, Bui – The Sunflower, Belfast Scream Blue Murmur, One Night in Babylon – Accidental Theatre, Belfast Tony Wright – Chapter and Verse (Chorus Verse), Riverside Theatre, Coleraine Sunday November 11 Catalan, Hot Cops, Hiva Oa etc – Rude Health, The Limelight 2, Belfast Threatin, Iceage, Braid – The Empire, Belfast Obie Trice, Swifty McVay – Skylite Room, Warrenpoint Monday November 12 Slaves, The Murder Capital, Lady Bird – The Limelight, Belfast Tuesday November 13 Deacon Blue – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Billy Harrison – Irish Linen, Oh Yeah, Belfast Deadmau5 – Telegraph Building, Belfast Moscow Death Brigade, Towers – Voodoo, Belfast Wednesday November 14 David McCann, Ethan Hanna, Sister Ghost (solo) – Accidental Theatre, Belfast Ferals, Dena Anuksa, Alice LA etc – Oh Yeah, Belfast Thursday November 15 Kurt Vile & The Violators, Meg Baird, Mary Lattimore – The Limelight, Belfast Brand New Friend, Ciaran Lavery, Hannah Peel etc – NI Music Prize, The Ulster Hall, Belfast The Crawling, Conjuring Fate, Disconnect etc – The Empire, Belfast Vokxen, Reevah, Ingloom etc – 39 Gordon Street, Belfast Paddy Nash, Paul Casey – Portrush Yacht Club, 8pm Eamon McNamee – The Deerstalker, Portrush, 8pm Bowana – The Quay's, Portrush, 10pm The Grooverobbers – Portstewart Arms, 10pm Michael Cunningham – Kiwi's Brew Bar, Portrush, 10pm Errol Walsh – The Anchor, Portstewart, 10:30pm .
HE DESCRIBES his songs as "fresh air to an unhealed wound" and, certainly, when audiences hear Declan O'Rourke's "extraordinary true tales" in the Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine, they seem to feel a kind of medicinal pain.
HE USED to boast long, wild, corkscrew curls but today Roger Daltrey's short grey hair is more conservative than chaotic – though with his black T-shirt and jeans combo, and sunglasses with smoky blue lenses (which he wears indoors), there's still an air of ageing rock star about him.
1. When did you think about a career in music broadcasting and what were your first steps into it? I fell into it by complete accident while I was a student at university (music at Queen's University).