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.
HOW did Sea Songs: Anatomy of a Drowning Man come about? I've always had a keen interest in acapella song from old English folk music, the Alan Lomax recordings in the US and sean nossingers on these shores and had begun recording loose tracks at home over time.
IT'S NOW just over a week until the Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival gets underway for its seventh year of celebrating the life and works of the late, great Samuel Beckett in interesting and often 'site specific' ways.
Saturday July 13 Arnocorps – Voodoo, Belfast Sunday July 14 Ded Rabbit, Lassyu – Anchor Bar, Newcastle Tuesday July 16 Mono – Voodoo, Belfast Wednesday July 17 Junior Brother, Buí – The Sunflower, Belfast KT Tunstall, Tony McHugh – St Malachy’s Church, Castlewellan Thursday July 18 Black Stone Cherry – The Ulster Hall, Belfast John Andrews Band, Aeons, Cloakroom Q – The Bear and The Doll, Belfast TPM, Waking Android, Steve Loc Ft ODC – Voodoo, Belfast Liam Ó Maonlaí & The Soma House Band – St Malachy’s GAC, Castlewellan Friday July 19 Girlschool – The Limelight 2, Belfast Problem Patterns, Gender Chores, Neptune M – The 343, Belfast Junk Drawer – Sandinos, Derry Honeyfeet, Cormac Neeson – St Malachy’s GAC, Castlewellan Saturday July 20 Pete Doherty – The Limelight, Belfast Mosmo Strange, Alpha Twin, Sugarwolf etc – Speakeasy, Belfast, 5pm Molarbear, So Much For The Sun, Axecatcher – Voodoo, Belfast Gin Palace, Paul & The Meanie, Aeons etc – The Empire, Belfast Queen Bonobo, Velvet Alibi, Comrade Hat etc – Queen Bonobo’s Mid-Summer Party, Bennigans, Derry Wildheat, Red House, JustG etc – Beanstock, The Little Green Allotments, Lisburn Sunday July 21 Podracer, Recovery, Beyond Repair – Bennigans, Derry Wednesday July 24 Saving Grace, The 4 of Us – The Waterfront Hall, Belfast Octopoulpe, Gas Hands, Mymanmike, The Scuntz – Voodoo, Belfast Thursday July 25 Junk Drawer, Ghost Office, Special Guest – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Pascalwillnotsurvivethis, Willoware Jackson, Blxxd etc – 39 Gordon Street, Belfast Friday July 26 Kerbdog, Duellists –The Limelight 2, Belfast New Valley Wolves, Petty Youth, Delusional Silence, Paper Tigers - The Cow Bay, Belfast Lonely Astronauts, Search Party, Zeroes & Ones – The Pavilion, Belfast Saturday July 27 Rival Sons – The Limelight, Belfast Lúnasa, Ulaid, Ríoghnach Connolly – The Lyric, Belfast Boss Sound Manifesto, Swall Monkey, DBM etc – The Palm House, Belfast Surf Green, Romeo Romeo Indigo, Crisis – The Music Yard, Larne.
NEXT week, Queen's Film Theatre in Belfast will bring a movie classic back to the big screen courtesy of Cinemagic Young Programmers and QFT Takeover – a collective of youngsters aged 16 to 24 who are passionate about creating unmissable events based around your favourite films.