The Edinburgh born, Belfast bred journalist was educated from primary to post-graduate diploma level via Dundela Primary School, Strandtown Primary School, Methodist College Belfast, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster.
He passed several exams along the way and now holds a 2:1 degree in Political Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism (pass with distinction) and a junior athletics certificate in trampolining.
His interests include (but are not limited to) crime fiction, classic cars and loud rock music.
He is a supporter of Aston Villa Football Club. He likes cats, but prefers dogs
Noise Annoys favourites The Bonnevilles release their new album Dirty Photographs today. To celebrate, guitar man/hollerer Andy McGibbon Jr gets quizzed about the conception and execution of the garage punk bluesers' fabulous fourth record, the Lurgan/Banbridge duo's second for top US label Alive Naturalsound
HAVING packed out The Limelight in Belfast last year with their double-headline show, 2Tone legends The Beat and The Selecter are back for another visit tonight, this time at the larger Mandela Hall at QUBSU.
Today The Selecter, The Beat – Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast Tony Wright – Chapter & Verse (ChorusVerse), Stranded, Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Green Velvet, Layton Giordani, Eclair Fifi etc – The Telegraph Building, Belfast Adam Grant, Trigger Lilies, Electric Blue etc – The Goat’s Toe, Bangor Saturday March 17 Steven Wilson –The Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast The Emerald Armada, Brash Isaac, Roe – The Limelight, Belfast Digital, Chill & Nephilim, Bad Operator & Sully etc – Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast Kaidi Tatham, Jamie Nelson, Robin Wylie etc – The Menagerie, Belfast Yousef, Lauren Lo Sung – Sugar, Derry Sons of Burlap – Atlantic Bar, Portrush Monday March 19 Joan Baez – Waterfront Hall, Belfast Tuesday March 20 Alabama 3 –The Limelight, Belfast Dodie, Skinny Living – Waterfront Hall, Belfast Wednesday March 21 All Tvvins, Day S – The Limelight 2, Belfast Electric Octopus, Mosmo Strange, Black Chapels etc – The Art Department, Belfast Thursday March 22 Feeder – The Limelight, Belfast Cannibal Corpse, Man Must Die – The Limelight 2, Belfast The Wood Burning Savages - Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast The Whileaways – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Sarah Darling, Kiol – The Empire, Belfast Kaz Hawkins, Sam York – Riverside Theatre, Coleraine Friday March 23 Paloma Faith – SSE Arena, Belfast Gareth Dunlop – The Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast Secret Sisters – The Empire, Belfast Ger Wolfe, Inni-K – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast The Whileaways – Courtyard Theatre, Antrim Saturday March 24 David Kitt – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Rews, The Sea, Close By – McHugh's, Belfast Autre Monde, Gross Net, Invaderband – Sandinos, Derry Warrior Soul – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill Eleanor McEvoy – Ranfurly House, Dungannon Edelle Mcmahon, The Mad Dalton etc – Jam In The Mournes, St Mary's Hall, Newcastle Tuesday March 27 MO, Blue Americans –The Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast Hudson Taylor – The Elmwood Hall, Belfast Adrian Nation, Gary Lutton, John Tracey – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Wednesday March 28 Gary Numan, Nightmare Air – The Limelight, Belfast Thursday March 29 Jess Klein – American Bar, Belfast Friday March 30 Madison Beer, Kara Marni – Oh Yeah, Belfast Wynona Bleach etc – Sandinos, Derry .