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Ulster Orchestra launch new season

THE Ulster Orchestra's new season will kick off in September, bringing a diverse range of concerts to The Ulster Hall and Waterfront Hall in Belfast as well as regional venues.

Omagh's own musical Angel, Donna Taggart

Gail Bell
WITH a worldwide fan base, hit albums, a song-gone-viral, sell-out gigs and a 'working cruise' around Florida with musician Phil Coulter on the not-too-distant horizon, Co Tyrone 'Celtic Lady' Donna Taggart could be forgiven for darting – occasionally – into celebrity diva land.

US rapper Nelly to play Belfast and Dublin

Nikki McKeown
Nelly Irish dates MULTI-PLATINUM and Grammy award winning rap star Nelly will be treating Irish fans to dates in Dublin and Belfast later this year.

Essential festival: Celtronic in Derry reaches climax

Nikki McKeown
Celtronic's climax DERRY’S dance and electronic music festival Celtronic continues tonight at The Nerve Centre, with Detroit legend Carl Craig joined by DFA records and LCD Soundsystem collaborator Sh!t Robot plus DJ sets local talents Jika Jika, Bekuz and Flux.

Album reviews: new releases rated

BAIO - MAN OF THE WORLD VAMPIRE Weekend bassist Chris Baio's second solo album Man Of The World is a mixture of heady synths, Bowie-esque vocals and electronically experimental tracks that work their way into your soul, each one dotted with pleasingly produced euphoria.

Essential festival: Our Backyard 2017, Lurgan, July 1

David Roy
NOW in its third year, Lurgan's Our Back Yard music festival seems to be going from strength to strength despite the obvious disadvantage of being based in one of the north's notorious cultural black spots.

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