News From The North Week 110 (Hot Press)

21 10 2012

Here’s a reprint of my NI music news column that runs every fortnight in Hot Press.


Words: Edwin McFee

First up this issue I’m pleased to bring you a story that will warm the cockles of your cold, black hearts. Picture the scene, if you will. On a (possibly) warm and sunny day at the start of August (just go with it…) a young 11 year old lad from Pennsylvania called Will strode onstage alongside his mates to perform a song at Camp Lindenmere. With all and sundry expecting to hear a cover of the tried and tested likes of Nirvana (snore) and Maroon 5 (the horror!) then clap politely afterwards, the plucky pre-teen opted to think outside the box and showed off his impeccable taste by choosing to perform ‘Tupenny Nudger’ by Belfast’s very own rock beasts LaFaro instead. Awesome, eh? As if that wasn’t cool enough, it’s all been captured on video and you can have a watch here Proof, if ever it were needed, that youth isn’t always wasted on the young. More of this sort of thing!


Next up, those generous souls Unquiet Nights have decided to treat you all by making four tracks from their ace album 21st Century Redemption Songs free to download via their site So, if you haven’t had a chance to check out this promising rock ‘n’ roll band, now’s your chance. The trio, who are based in NI and Italy, have been receiving a bit of airplay from 2fm at the moment and if you’re a fan of the Charlatans, Tom Petty and rock songs with classic choruses then you should have a listen.


Speaking of “promising,” Dungannon singer/songwriter Chris Steenson (AKA Cedric Has A Name) has just announced he’s teaming up with Canadian label Matchless Minds. The company, who are operating in Belfast as well as Ottowa and Dublin, have previously released offerings by The Man Whom, VerseChorusVerse and Master & Dog and this latest union will no doubt be a fruitful one (that sounds kinda dirty, doesn’t it?). For more info on Cebric Has A Name visit


Finally this issue, it’s with a heavy heart that we inform you that indie outfit Morning Claws are sadly no more. At the time of writing, the band will be preparing to play their final show at the Forfey Festival and afterwards that’s it from the well-respected up and comers. If you want to remember the good times, visit and over the months ahead we’ll keep you updated on the further adventures of the group’s former members. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to mourn their passing by playing ‘Gone Too Soon’ by Michael Jackson on repeat. Sniff.