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Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

David Roy
Today The Proclaimers – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Snow Patrol, Ryan McMullan, Sam Fender – SSE Arena, Belfast The Bonnevilles, Conor Keys, Ruairi Woods – Foundry, Belfast Ten Ton Slug, Nomadic Rituals, Elder Druid etc – Crypt of The Riff II, Voodoo, Belfast Villiers & The Villains – The Black Box, Belfast Vokxen, Reevah – The Menagerie, Belfast Saturday December 8 Duke Special, Vinny Peculiar – The Elmwood Hall, Belfast Snow Patrol, Ryan McMullan, Sam Fender – SSE Arena, Belfast John Spillane – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Cursed Sun, Skypilot, Erosion – The Limelight 2, Belfast, 5pm Jon Collin, Conor McAuley & Kevin McCullagh etc – Lawrence Street Workshops, Belfast Blood, John Deery – The Sandwich Co, Derry Lost Avenue, Mosmo Strange, Fierce Pit Bosses – Bennigans, Derry Sunday December 9 The Coronas – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Monday December 10 Villagers, Kitt Philippa – The Empire, Belfast Tuesday December 11 Runabay, Ethan Hanna, Matt Helders O'Reilly etc – 39 Gordon Street, Belfast Wednesday December 12 Maria Doyle Kennedy – The Black Box, Belfast Wynonna Bleach – The Duke of York, Belfast Connor Hutcheon, Kevin Young & VerseChorusVerse – Accidental Theatre, Belfast The Murder Capital – Voodoo, Belfast Thursday December 13 AMY, B-Side, Pearl Natasha etc – Volume Control, Oh Yeah, Belfast Saint Sapphire, Mosa, The Fake Flirtations – The Empire, Belfast The Murder Capital, Just Mustard – Sandinos, Derry Altan – Strule Arts Centre, Omagh Friday December 14 Mortiis, Drakonis, Oracle – The Palm House, Belfast GBH, Buck Eejit, Confrontation Time – Voodoo, Belfast Anthony Toner – Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Mick Flannery, Brigid Mae Power – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast The Lost Brothers – Strule Arts Centre, Omagh Saturday December 15 Gin Palace, The Fake Flirtations, Red House – Voodoo, Belfast Sinocence, Lock Horns, A Little Bitter – The Limelight 2, Belfast, 5pm In Memory of Robert Holmes – The Menagerie, Belfast Stayne, Pearl Natasha, Cara Quinn etc – Roisin's, Derry Grainne Duffy – Market Place Theatre, Armagh Sunday December 16 Flogging Molly, Skinny Lister – The Limelight, Belfast Tuesday December 18 Ryan McMullan – The Black Box, Belfast .

Album reviews: The Carpenters get RPO treatment, Clean Bandit, LP, Night Flight

Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra WHO knew all we needed to heal our hurting hearts at the end of this somewhat dire year was the music of the Carpenters reworked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra? Upon listening to these new reworkings, it's almost baffling to think the US duo's original music was not recorded this way.