This 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 holds a BSocSci in Political Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism (pass with distinction) and a junior athletics certificate in trampolining.
Interests include crime fiction, classic cars, rock music, the (mis)fortunes of Aston Villa Football Club and serving at the pleasure of his rescue cat, Lola.
Today La Dame Blanche – The Empire, Belfast Rash Decision, By Any Means – McHugh's, Belfast Hannah McPhillimy – Strand Arts Centre, Belfast ASUNA –100 Keyboards, The MAC, Belfast Sylk, Vokxen, Blxxd, Alice La – Voodoo, Belfast Trigger Lilies, SX-70, Lunapeake etc – The Pavilion, Belfast Micall Parknsun – Elixir, Oh Yeah, Belfast Emma Stevens, Jesse Terry, Matt McGinn – Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry Saturday October 19 Robocobra Quartet, Kyoto Love Hotel – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Ryan Young & Jenn Butterworth, Alfi – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Hælos – Voodoo, Belfast Joshua Burnside, Taobh Eile, Joel Harkin – Bennigans, Derry Dana Masters – Island Arts Centre, Lisburn Sunday October 20 Mark Geary – The Green Room, The Black Box, Belfast Kawala, Roe – Oh Yeah, Belfast Tuesday October 22 Glen Hansard – Grand Opera House, Belfast Wednesday October 23 OMD – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Thursday October 24 Lankum, Junior Brother – The Empire, Belfast Of Monsters and Men – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Andrea Bocelli – SSE Arena, Belfast Paddy Godfrey – Green Room, The Black Box, Belfast The Slocan Ramblers – Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady Friday October 25 The Varukers – Speakeasy, Belfast The Blue Carpet Band, Stop Stop Start Again, Madhouse – The Palm House, Belfast Ritual King, Skypilot – Voodoo, Belfast The Riptide Movement – The Limelight 2, Belfast Le Boom – The Glassworks, Derry The Slocan Ramblers – Bangor Castle, Bangor Saturday October 26 Amanda Palmer – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Ponyhawke – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Cruiser, Casavettes, His Father's Voice etc – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Airborne Extended – Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast Coco and The Butterfields – McHugh's, Belfast Swall Monkey, Thee Rag N Bone Man – The Berliner, Belfast Blakbyrd, Sister Ghost, Gender Chores etc – Bennigan's, Derry Zaebiusm, Squak, Black Abba – Sandinos, Derry The Slocan Ramblers – Market Place Theatre, Armagh The Blizzards – Skylite Room, Warrenpoint Adam Grant & The Open Doors – Hop House, Bangor Sunday October 27 The Slocan Ramblers – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Hudson Taylor – The Guildhall, Derry .
Today Lazy Day – McHugh’s, Belfast Vistas – Duke of York, Belfast No Hot Ashes – Oh Yeah, Belfast Ye Vagabonds, Brigid Mae Power – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Tour Alaska, King Cedar, Ciara O’Neill etc – Voodoo, Belfast Landless, Ex-Isles – First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary St, Belfast Three Reasons, King Creeper, Gin Palace etc – Hague's Bar, Lisburn