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Labouring on: Ali Campbell on the 'real' UB40

AT THE height of their fame, UB40 topped charts across the globe as they sold more than 70 million records worldwide, cementing their position as Britain's biggest reggae band.

Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

David Roy
Today Electric Six – The Limelight 2, Belfast Duke Special – The Empire, Belfast The BBC Radiophonic Workshop at 60 Years – Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast Saturday February 24 Paul Draper (ex-Mansun) – The Limelight 2, Belfast Rebekah Fitch, Nathan O’Regan – The Barge, Belfast Allan Taylor, La Neanai – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast So Much For The Sun, Cursed Sun, Oracle etc – Alexander’s Bar, Lisburn Tuesday February 27 Nils Frahm – The Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast Wednesday February 28 The Temperance Movement – The Empire, Belfast Thursday March 1 Wyvern Lingo – McHugh’s, Belfast Friday March 2 Hue & Cry – The Empire, Belfast King Kong Company – The Limelight 2, Belfast Gnarkats – Asissi Animal Sanctuary benefit, McHugh's, Belfast Join Me In The Pines – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Mist – The Limelight, Belfast Saturday March 3 Skid Row, Toseland – The Limelight, Belfast The Stranglers, Therapy? – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Mick Flannery, LemonCello – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Blue Whale – The Black Box, Belfast Cherym, Mosmo Strange – Bennigan's, Derry Eliza & Martin Carthy – Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy Sunday March 4 Ronnie Greer Organ Band, Jim Mullen – The Black Box, Belfast Tuesday March 6 Sister Ghost, Roe, Fox Colony etc – Bar Sub, QUBSU, Belfast Wednesday March 7 Chris Difford (Squeeze) – The Empire, Belfast Listener, Levi The Poet, Born Only Yesterday etc – Voodoo, Belfast Catherine McGrath – Oh Yeah, Belfast Saturday March 10 Bob Log III – Voodoo, Belfast Moxie – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Paper/Boy, Wasps, Sleeping Outside – The Nerve Centre, Derry Sunday March 11 Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather, Empty Lungs – The Limelight, Belfast Tuesday March 13 The Wombats – The Limelight 2, Belfast Niall Horan, Julia Michaels – SSE Arena, Belfast Thursday March 15 Stereophonics – SSE Arena, Belfast Hak Baker – The Limelight 2, Belfast Friday March 16 The Selecter, The Beat – Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast Saturday March 17 Steven Wilson – The Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast Digital, Chill & Nephilim, Bad Operator & Sully etc – Oh Yeah, Belfast .

Don't miss: Nils Frahm in Belfast

David Roy
RENOWNED pianist and composer Nils Frahm brings his All Melody tour to Belfast on Tuesday night, courtesy of local promoters Strange Victory.

Peter Corry on channelling Celtic influences

Joanne Sweeney
PETER Corry is back doing what he does best, entertaining audiences with his smooth as butter vocals – but this time he's channelling Celtic influences with ballads from the Scottish and Irish isles.

Who dares wins: Electric Six's Dick Valentine on 13th album and Irish gigs

David Roy
Electric Six postponed their annual November Euro tour last year due to the birth of frontman Dick Valentine's second child: However, now that the madcap Detroit-bred rock outfit are finally on their way to Ireland, David Roy got Dick on the blower to talk about the tour for their 13th album How Dare You

Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

David Roy
Saturday February 17 Jake Bugg – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Trucker Diablo, Gasoline Outlaws – Skylite Room, Warrenpoint Sunday February 18 Eddi Reader – The Lyric, Belfast Into The Ark, Sam Wickens – The MAC, Belfast Thursday February 22 Fredo – The Limelight 2, Belfast, 7pm Friday February 23 Electric Six – The Limelight 2, Belfast Duke Special – The Empire, Belfast The BBC Radiophonic Workshop at 60 Years – Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast Saturday February 24 Paul Draper (ex-Mansun) – The Limelight 2, Belfast Rebekah Fitch, Nathan O’Regan – The Barge, Belfast Allan Taylor, La Neanai – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast So Much For The Sun, Cursed Sun, Oracle etc – Alexander’s Bar, Lisburn Tuesday February 27 Nils Frahm – The Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast Wednesday February 28 The Temperance Movement – The Empire, Belfast Thursday March 1 Wyvern Lingo – McHugh’s, Belfast Friday March 2 Hue & Cry – The Empire, Belfast King Kong Company – The Limelight 2, Belfast Gnarkats – Asissi Animal Sanctuary benefit, McHugh's, Belfast Join Me In The Pines – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Mist – The Limelight, Belfast Saturday March 3 Skid Row, Toseland – The Limelight, Belfast The Stranglers, Therapy? – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Mick Flannery, LemonCello – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Blue Whale – The Black Box, Belfast Cherym, Mosmo Strange – Bennigan's, Derry Eliza & Martin Carthy – Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy Sunday March 4 Ronnie Greer Organ Band, Jim Mullen – The Black Box, Belfast Tuesday March 6 Sister Ghost, Roe, Fox Colony etc – Bar Sub, QUBSU, Belfast Wednesday March 7 Chris Difford (Squeeze) – The Empire, Belfast Listener, Levi The Poet, Born Only Yesterday etc – Voodoo, Belfast Catherine McGrath – Oh Yeah, Belfast Saturday March 10 Bob Log III – Voodoo, Belfast Moxie – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Paper/Boy, Wasps, Sleeping Outside – The Nerve Centre, Derry Sunday March 11 Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather, Empty Lungs – The Limelight, Belfast Tuesday March 13 The Wombats – The Limelight 2, Belfast Niall Horan, Julia Michaels – SSE Arena, Belfast Thursday March 15 Stereophonics – SSE Arena, Belfast .

Special event: The Blindboy Podcast in Belfast

David Roy
RUBBERBANDITS man Blindboy Boatclub is currently celebrating 17 weeks at the top of the Irish iTunes podcast chart with The Blindboy Podcast, which had its first ever live recording at Duncairn Arts Centre in Belfast last Saturday.

Read this: I, Sideman by Jackie McAuley

David Roy
IT TOOK me a while to get around to ex-Them organist Jackie McAuley's new rock memoir I, Sideman (sorry again, Jackie) but once I did pick up the Co Derry muso's compelling account of being a multi-instrumental hired gun during the musical explosion of the 1960s and 70s, it was hard to put it down again.

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