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Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

David Roy
Today Conor Scott – The Sunflower, Belfast Andy White – The American, Belfast The Unholy Gospel Band, Both Barrels Betty, Drew Hamill Band etc – The Liggers Ball, Kellys, Portrush Saturday December 28 Joshua Burnside, Jarlath Henderson – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Daithi – Voodoo, Belfast The Skallions – The Glassworks, Derry Sunday December 29 Acoustic Dan – The Black Box, Belfast Tuesday December 31 The Bonnevilles, Swall Monkey, The Peculiar etc – The Errigle, Belfast The Vibes, Amy Montgomery, The Skallions etc – Suited & Booted, The Empire, Belfast Space Dimension Controller, Phil Kieran – Voodoo, Belfast Friday January 3 Dea Matrona – The Black Box, Belfast, 1pm Ryan Robson-Bluer – Oh Yeah, Belfast Cup O'Joe – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Saturday January 4 Nine Below Zero – The Black Box, Belfast The Utopia Strong – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Tuesday January 7 Gary Edward Jones – Something About Simon, The Black Box, Belfast Thursday January 9 King Creeper, Anto & The Echoes, The Caged Hearts etc – The Empire, Belfast Friday January 10 Paco Pena – The MAC, Belfast Glasshouse – Bowie's Berlin Trilogy, The Black Box, Belfast Saturday January 11 And So I Watch You From Afar – Jettison, The MAC, Belfast Blue Rose Code, Malojian – The Black Box, Belfast, 2pm Martin Stephenson & The Daintees – The Black Box, Belfast David Keenan – The Empire, Belfast Rixe, United Bottles, Takers & Users, The Jollars – Oh Yeah, Belfast Rhys Lewis – The Glassworks, Derry Sunday January 12 David Lyttle, Joseph Leighton – The Black Box, Belfast Friday January 17 Elder Druid, Slomatics, Nomadic Rituals etc – Voodoo, Belfast Snow Patrol – The Limelight, Belfast Portico Quartet – The Black Box, Belfast Happy Out – Nerve Centre, Derry Saturday January 18 Badly Drawn Boy – The Black Box, Belfast Altan – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Saint Sapphire – The Speakeasy, Belfast Rachael Boyd, Junk Drawer, Conor Mason – Figure 8 by Elliott Smith, Oh Yeah, Belfast Sunday January 19 The Darkling Air – The Black Box, Belfast, 2pm Tuesday January 21 Petrol Girls, Sister Ghost – McHugh's, Belfast Ryan Bingham – The Black Box, Belfast .

Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

David Roy
Today Hermitage Green – The Limelight 2, Belfast Valium – The Sunflower, Belfast Gin Palace, Red House, True Kolours etc – The Empire, Belfast Sleeping Outside – The Atlantic, Portrush Saturday December 21 The Outcasts, Nineteeneightyfour, The Dead Ritons – The Black Box, Belfast Waylander – Voodoo, Belfast John Corabi, Dea Matrona, Davy K – The Limelight 2, Belfast Sugarwolf, Cherym, Fast Thursday – Nerve Centre, Derry Jackmaster, Stephen Porter – St Columb's Hall, Derry Hermitage Green – Skylite Room, Warrenpoint Bear Skin, Elephant Gun, The Fugues etc – The Legion, Antrim Sunday December 22 Malojian, Mandy & Graham Bingham, Thom Gaffney – The American, Belfast New Pagans, Careerist, Catalan! – The Limelight 2, Belfast Brand New Friend, Felonies – Katy's Bar, Belfast Junior Brother, The Mad Dalton, Ethan Hanna etc – The Palm House, Belfast Maria Somerville – Green Room, The Black Box, Belfast Thursday December 26 Red Organ Serpent Sound, Foreign Owl, Dirty Faces ­– Nerve Centre, Derry Friday December 27 Conor Scott – The Sunflower, Belfast Andy White – The American, Belfast The Unholy Gospel Band, Both Barrels Betty, Drew Hamill Band etc – The Liggers Ball, Kellys, Portrush Saturday December 28 Joshua Burnside, Jarlath Henderson – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Daithi – Voodoo, Belfast The Skallions – The Glassworks, Derry Sunday December 29 Acoustic Dan – The Black Box, Belfast Tuesday December 31 The Bonnevilles, Swall Monkey, The Peculiar etc – The Errigle, Belfast The Vibes, Amy Montgomery, The Skallions etc – Suited & Booted, The Empire, Belfast Space Dimension Controller, Phil Kieran – Voodoo, Belfast Friday January 3 Dea Matrona – The Black Box, Belfast, 1pm Ryan Robson-Bluer – Oh Yeah, Belfast Cup O'Joe – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Saturday January 4 Nine Below Zero – The Black Box, Belfast The Utopia Strong – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Tuesday January 7 Gary Edward Jones – Something About Simon, The Black Box, Belfast Thursday January 9 King Creeper, Anto & The Echoes, The Caged Hearts etc – The Empire, Belfast Friday January 10 Paco Pena – The MAC, Belfast Glasshouse – Bowie's Berlin Trilogy, The Black Box, Belfast .

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Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

David Roy
Today Torche – The Palm House, Belfast Tuskar, Elder Druid, Hornets etc – Crypt of the Riff Vol 4, Voodoo, Belfast Pascalwillnotsurvivethis – The Berliner, Belfast The Skallions – The Black Box, Belfast Electric Octopus + Utropics – The Menagerie, Belfast

Trad/roots: Aussie Steve Cooney's plucky take on 18th century Belfast harp music

Robert McMillen
IT TAKES a particular type of talent to be able to accompany artists as varied as say, Clannad or Pádraigín Ní Uallachain or Antonio Breschi or, em, Chuck Berry but hey, we all know that former rocker Steve Cooney has been the sidekick of choice for most of our top trad and folk musicians and singers since the Aussie arrived on these shores way back in the early 1980s.