Virtual gig guide: Your guide to the best live streaming music for the week ahead
:: Duncairn Virtual Cabaret
BELFAST music hub The Duncairn's new virtual innovation is a weekly live streamed series of performances from musicians, poets and artists performing on Facebook and YouTube. Donations are encouraged with all funds going directly to the performers. Tomorrow night's bill includes turns by Arborist, Josh Healey (Buí), Liam O Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers), The Whileaways, Ríoghnach Connolly and more. Full details and info on how to watch at FB.com/theduncairn and Theduncairn.com.
:: Cocoons with Matt McGinn and Cormac Neeson
LOCAL musicians Matt McGinn and Cormac 'The Answer' Neeson are hosting a series of virtual gigs on Saturday nights using Facebook Live, featuring special guests from around the world along with performances from McGinn and Neeson themselves. Tune in from 7pm via FB.com/groups/cocoons
CLASSICAL fans take note – just because you can't go out doesn't mean you can't still enjoy music from The Ulster Orchestra. Their new digital platform #UOletsplayathome features one of their players or a performance every day at 3pm on the Orchestra's Facebook page at FB.com/ulsterorchestra
:: Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff)
MILO is back for another Saturday afternoon Facebook livestream tomorrow featuring yet more tunes plucked from his canon and performed acoustically for your viewing pleasure. As ever, tune in at 2pm sharp by pointing your internet-enabled device at at FB.com/miles.hunt.54 (you'll need to add him as a 'friend' before you can view) to hear favourites by The Wonder Stuff, his solo records and whatever else he's in the mood for.
:: Clint Mansell live-tweet-along to Pi
THIS isn't a virtual gig as such, just a chance to re-watch a brilliant film – Darren Aronofsky's 1998 technothriller Pi – in the virtual company of the Grammy-nominated musician who composed its cracking score. Yes, Mr Clint Mansell will be reminiscing about his first collaboration with Aronofsky, for whom he has continued to deliver memorable scores for ever since including The Fountain, Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan. Have your Blu-ray/DVD/VHS ready to go at 6pm on Saturday April 25, follow along at @iamclintmansell – and be advised Mansell will be back doing the same thing for his superb score for Duncan Jones' Moon on May 2.