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.
UNLIKE its near neighbours New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia, Pittsburgh has yet to register on most Irish holidaymakers' radar – and that's why your first visit there is guaranteed to be a pleasant surprise.
Today Mclusky, New Pagans, Junk Drawer – Voodoo, Belfast Cherym – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Mim Suleiman, Orchestre des Réfugiés et Amis – Oh Yeah, Belfast The Crossfire Hurricanes, The Scarlet Cavaliers, Adam Grant Music etc – Love & Death, Belfast The Late Twos – The Atlantic, Portrush
IF YOU grew up loving Nirvana during their 1990s heyday, chances are you whiled away many a Saturday afternoon trawling independent record shops for exorbitantly priced bootleg CDs – I'm thinking of you, Hector's House – featuring illicitly recorded live shows and/or rare tracks.