INSTILLING a love of music is the aim of piano teachers the length and breath of Ireland and in his latest film, Co Laois documentary maker Ken Wardrop gives an insight into the difficulties, humour, wisdom and joy of learning piano.
Today Mandy Bingham & Graham Bingham – American Bar, Belfast Joshua Burnside – Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Little Hours – The Limelight 2, Belfast Lisa Canny, Larks, Reevah – The Empire, Belfast Hit The B Button, Romeo Indigo Romeo, Public House – The Pavilion, Belfast Anthony Toner – EastSide Visitor Centre, Belfast Myles Manley, Neptune M – Bennigan's, Derry Purple Disco Machine – Nerve Centre, Derry Malojian – Ranfurly House, Dungannon Brand New Friend – Kiwi's, Portrush Saturday April 28 The Alarm – The Limelight 2, Belfast Brand New Friend, Hunkpapa, Hot Cops – The Black Box, Belfast LemonCello – No Alibis, Belfast Bruno Major – The Empire, Belfast Saint Sister – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Tethers, Mosa, Search Party etc – Foundry, Belfast Blackwater Conspiracy – The Atlantic, Portrush Martin Rafferty & The Northern City Lights – Northern Bar, Armagh Monday April 30 The Obsessed – Bar Sub, QUBSU, Belfast Of Mice & Men, Wage War, Sylar – Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast Wednesday May 2 Alpha Male Tea Party, Bosco Ramos, Bicurious etc – The Empire, Belfast Dani, Hex Hue, Peter J McCauley – The Accidental Theatre Book Bar, Shaftsbury Square, Belfast Tom Harte, Martin Connon – The Sunflower, Belfast Rosborough – Sandino's, Derry Thursday May 3 The London African Gospel Choir perform Graceland – CQAF Marquee, Belfast Seamus Fogarty, Arborist – McHugh's, Belfast Barrence Whitfield & The Savages – The Black Box, Belfast Sarah McQuaid – The Sunflower, Belfast Mosmo Strange, Munky, Part Time Pilots – The Empire, Belfast Roseborough – Duke of York, Belfast Mares of Diomedes, Nomadic Rituals, Wardomized etc – Warzone Centre Belfast Snowpoet – Bennigans, Derry Friday May 4 Ryan McMullan – The Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast Scooter – Telegraph Building, Belfast Asian Dub Foundation – La Haine live soundtrack, The Black Box, Belfast The Go! Team, The Correspondents – CQAF Marquee, Belfast Oh Pep! – The Sunflower, Belfast Kaz Hawkins & Sam York – The Playhouse, Derry Mary Gauthier – Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart Albert Lee – Market Place Theatre, Armagh Saturday May 5 Peggy Seeger book talk – The Black Box, Belfast, 2pm Peter Perrett – The Black Box, Belfast, 8pm .
BBC Music's Biggest Weekend Fringe will bring 10 days of live broadcasts, music panels/workshops, special events and yet more live gigs to Belfast from Friday May 18 to Thursday May 24 in the run-up to the Biggest Weekend itself on May 25 and 26.
1. When did you think about a career in music and what were your first steps into it? I wanted to be a rock star pretty early on in my childhood, but never took the idea of making a career in the music industry seriously until I left university.
Alison Moyet The Other Live Collection IF YOU were ever in doubt that Alison Moyet has a beautiful voice, her latest live album will make it very clear: she really, truly is the proud owner of some stunning vocals.
BLUESFEST Dublin has just added two massive acts to the annual music event which returns to the 3Arena in October: Led Zeppelin man Robert Plant will bring his Sensational Space Shifters to town on Sunday October 28, while Belfast's own Van Morrison is also confirmed for a show at the festival on the same date.
AS SOME of you will doubtless already be aware, tomorrow is Record Store Day – the annual frantic scramble where music enthusiasts are encouraged to shell out extortionate amounts of money on one-off seven-inch singles and coloured vinyl LPs.