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

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Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

Today Wynona Bleach, Cherym, The Couth etc – Foundry, Belfast The Collective – Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast Baby Shakes, Protex – Bennigans, Derry The Waterboys – Bangor Seafront THVS, Duellists – The Atlantic, Portrush Camille O’Sullivan – Enniskillen Royal Grammar Tinchy Stryder, Sean Kingston, Fergal D'Arcy etc – ShoreLine Festival, Enniskillen Saturday August 4 Ken Haddock & Arco String Quartet – Willowfield Church, Belfast Feile Rocks Back – City Hall, Belfast, 12pm Sara Dylan, Nick Boyle – EastSide Visitor Centre, Belfast Blackwater Conspiracy, Pat McManus Band etc – NI Chest, Heart & Stroke Charity Night, The Hill of the O’Neill, Dungannon Eric Bell Trio – Marine Court Hotel, Bangor 19th Street Band – The Goat’s Toe, Bangor Mandy & Graham Bingham – Studio 1A Theatre, Bangor Scouting For Girls, Ryan Sheridan, The Hand Me Downs etc – ShoreLine Festival, Enniskillen Sunday August 5 Baby Shakes, Protex – The Menagerie, Belfast The Winter Passing, Dugout, January etc – Foundry, Belfast The Ollam – The Black Box, Belfast Monday August 6 Cara Dillon, Grainne Holland, Feile Women’s Singing Group – Clonard Monastery, Belfast Tuesday August 7 Hannah McPhillimy – St Martin’s Church, Ballymacarrett Wednesday August 8 Palm Reader, Bailer, By Any Means – Voodoo, Belfast Thursday August 9 Valium, The Fake Flirtations, Molto Vivo – The Takeover, Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Owen Lamont, Rossa Murray & the Blowing Winds, Lauren Bird, Connor McCann – 39 Gordon Street, Belfast Hothouse Flowers – EastSide Arts Festival Big Top, CS Lewis Square, Belfast Nathan O'Regan, Dani, Kitt Phillippa – Behind the Song, Studio 1A Theatre, Bangor Friday August 10 George Ezra – Custom House Square, Belfast Joshua Burnside, Derek Ryan, Explosion Sound System etc – Stendhal Festival, Limavady Surf Green, Newt, Crisis etc – Foundry, Belfast Saturday August 11 Olly Murs – Falls Park, Belfast Join Me In The Pines – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Camille O'Sullivan – EastSide Arts Festival Big Top, CS Lewis Square, Belfast Declan O'Rourke – Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy ASIWYFA, Wood Burning Savages, Embrace etc – Stendhal Festival, Limavady The Hardchargers – Alley Arts Centre, Strabane Sunday August 12 John Prine – The Ulster Hall, Belfast .

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