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 The Slow Readers Club – The Limelight 2, Belfast Alexis Kings, Johnny James – Musicians Against Homelessness, The Palm House, Botanic Gardens, Belfast Tony Villiers – EastSide Visitor Centre, Belfast Gentry Morris – The Sunflower, Belfast Marc O’Reilly, Orchid Collective – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Malojian – Riverside Theatre, Coleraine Connla – Bangor Castle Saturday October 13 Tom Odell – Telegraph Building, Belfast Tom Robinson and band – Elmwood Hall, Belfast Tiny Moving Parts, Happy Accidents, The Winter Passing – Oh Yeah, Belfast The Fake Flirtations, Great White Lies, Romeo Indigo Romeo etc – The Pavilion, Belfast Neil Foster, Róisín Whyte – Framewerk, Belfast Newt, Fox Colony, Heidi Heist etc – The Glassworks, Derry Connla – Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre, Dungannon Deleyaman, Jules Maxwell – Portico of Ards, Portaferry Sunday October 14 Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – The Limelight 2, Belfast John Smith – Studio 1A Theatre, Bangor Coolio – Skylite Room, Warrenpoint Monday October 15 Editors, Talos – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Tuesday October 16 Warwick Johnson – The Limelight 2, Belfast Wednesday October 17 VerseChorusVerse – Chapter & Verse (ChorusVerse) book launch, The MAC, Belfast Superorganism, Chai – The Limelight, Belfast Okilly Dokilly, Molarbear, Crisis – The Empire, Belfast The Sherlocks, Martin Rafferty & The Northern City Lights, The Fugues – McHugh's, Belfast Thursday October 18 Eilidh Patterson – The Black Box, Belfast Friday October 19 Subhumans, Takers & Users, Belwood etc – Voodoo, Belfast An Orchestral Interpretation of Dr Dre's 2001 – The Limelight, Belfast Emily Barker, Lukas Drinkwater – The Sunflower, Belfast Glass Wings, Molly Sterling, Owen Lamont – The Black Box, Belfast Anthony Toner – American Bar, Belfast Connla – Old Courthouse, Antrim Saturday October 20 Saint Sister, Tandem Felix – The Black Box, Belfast Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Emily Barker, Rory Nellis – Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady Connla – Alley Theatre, Strabane Eilidh Patterson – Ranfurly House, Dungannon Sunday October 21 Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Marc Almond – The Waterfront Hall, Belfast Woes, Hello Casanova, Sleeping Outside – Voodoo, Belfast Saint Sister – The Glassworks, Derry .

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