August 6, 2008

Brian, the Choirboy Returns ; Let’s Go Out

By Kerry McKittrick

One of Belfast's favourite sons, Brian Kennedy is returning to his roots tomorrow night. Kennedy began his singing career as a chorister at Clonard Monastery, and tonight he's returning there for an evening of music with special guests to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Good Friday Agreement. Kennedy will be joined by renowned harpist and songwriter Emer Kenny, and the Feile Women's Singing Group. Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost Pounds 12, contact the box office on 028 9031 3440.

Your musical treat continues at Music Revolution '08 at the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn. Tonight, Derry band Fighting With Wire will be playing, supported by Le Faro and Mike Mormecha. Fighting With Wire were formed in 2003, and have undergone a few transformations since then, not to mention five bass players. The band remains very close to the alternative music scene in Derry. Guitarist Cahir O'Doherty and bassist Jamie King have worked closely with the Nerve Centre, a centre set up for youth culture in Derry. Between them they have mentored over 30 teenagers at the music hothouse. The boys will be playing tonight at the Island Arts Centre, tickets cost Pounds 7

Described by Alternative Ulster Magazine as 'melodic power-pop all the way - punchy and memorable, and with the blokey charm and charisma that's flowing from the stage', it sounds like Heyday deserved to win the Music Quest Battle of the Bands competition that kicked off Music Revolution last Friday night. They have won the accolade of supporting the Futureheads tomorrow night. They will also be playing with the wonderful Panama Kings, a band that provide us with a heady mix of rock, sometimes psychedelic, sometimes even techno. Tickets cost Pounds 14.00, and the doors for both events open at 7.30pm, for more information and box office , tel: 028 9250 9254.

For your listening pleasure this evening, Jeffrey Lewis and the Jitters. will be playing at the Black Box in Belfast. Hailing from New York, the band features brothers Jack, on bass, and David Beauchamp on drums.

This band's sound is described as a mix of 60s acoustic psychedelic and experimental art-punk. 'A bit like if Woody Guthrie fronted Sonic Youth.' Doors open at 8pm, and tickets cost Pounds 7.50, for more information contact 028 9024 4400.

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