JOHN Dwyer is the guitarist, singer and main-man in acclaimed cult US psyche/garage/punk/rock/pop unit Oh Sees, also known as The Oh Sees and indeed Thee Oh Sees (and sometimes, when operating in a quieter/weirder mode, OCS), who return to Ireland next week for shows in Dublin and Belfast on the tour for their excellent latest LP, Smote Reverser.
"WE'RE not rocket science, we're rock and roll": so says Donita from the mighty L7, everyone's favourite recently reanimated LA grunge rockers who released Scatter The Rats – their first album for 20 years – last week.
Today Daddy Long Legs, Protex, The Sabrejets – The Black Box, Belfast Unloved – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Marquee, Belfast Glasshouse Ensemble – Glasshouse Ensemble play Sufjan Stevens, Rosemary Street First Presbyterian Church, Belfast The Eskies – McHugh's, Belfast Queen Bonobo, Comrade Hat – Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry The Breath – Nerve Centre, Derry Simone Felice – Studio 1A Theatre, Bangor Saturday May 11 Horslips (Devlin, Lockhart, Fean), Pat McManus Band – Horslips Con 2019, CQAF Marquee, Belfast Jamie Lawson – The Ulster Hall, Belast David C Clements, Reevah, Sam Wickens etc – Jeff Buckley Revisited, Oh Yeah, Belfast Say Sue Me – McHugh's, Belfast My Darling Clementine – The Black Box, Belfast (2pm) A Certain Ratio – The Black Box, Belfast (9pm) Hold Fire, DYAD, Aeons etc – The Pavilion, Belfast Room For Rebellion, Jenna Daley, Natural Numbers etc – The Menagerie, Belfast Sunday May 12 Yola – CQAF Marquee, Belfast Horslips (Devlin, Lockhart, Fean), Paddy Goodwin & The Holy Ghosts – CQAF Marquee, Belfast Junior Johnson Band – Folsom Prison Blues: A Tribute to Johnny Cash, The Black Box, Belfast (2pm) Tuesday May 14 Olly Murs – SSE Arena, Belfast Wednesday May 15 Alex Lahey – The Empire, Belfast Shawn James – Voodoo, Belfast Thursday May 16 The Nude Party – The Empire, Belfast Rebekah Fitch – The Black Box, Belfast Steven McKnight, Diamir, Swall Monkey etc – The Pavilion, Belfast Friday May 17 Viagra Boys – McHugh's, Belfast Francis McIlduff – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Robocobra Quartet, Meltybrains? – The Black Box, Belfast Belwood, Flashpoint, Dugout etc – The Speakeasy, Belfast Strength NIA – Bennigans, Derry Saturday May 18 Maverick, Wild Heat – The Limelight 2, Belfast Bry, Dave Giles – Oh Yeah, Belfast Aslan – Nerve Centre, Derry Gas Hands, Happy Out, Fierce Pit Bosses – Bennigans, Derry The 4 of Us – Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen John Blek, Ken Haddock, Wilfie Gilbert – Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena Sunday May 19 The Waterboys – Millennium Forum, Derry Monday May 20 The Waterboys – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Thee Oh Sees – The Limelight, Belfast Tuesday May 21 Alice In Chains – Telegraph Building, Belfast .
THIS is a bumper month for Waterboys fans in the north: not only are Mike Scott and co releasing their 13th studio album, Where The Action Is, audiences in Derry and Belfast will be among the first people to hear the new songs performed live alongside favourites plucked from across the band's back catalogue.
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.
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.