News From The North Week 112 (Hot Press)

24 10 2012

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


Words: Edwin McFee

This issue I’m pleased to bring you news on the final line-up for the various music-based events at this year’s Culture Night Belfast, which has expanded faster than Axl Rose’s waistline since I last mentioned the bash in the previous issue. Taking place in the centre of the city on Friday Sep 21, the programme now includes Best Boy Grip, the Bonnevilles and Sons Of Caliber performing at the John Hewitt bar (from 6pm-10pm), an acoustic set from singer/songwriter David Paul at the Good Book Shop (from 7.30pm-9pm), Soak, Katherine Philippa and Ciaran Lavery appearing at St. Anne’s Cathedral (starting at 4.30pm) and Girls Names, Third Man Theme and Blue Whale playing the Oh Yeah Centre (7pm-1am) too. With magic shows, performance poetry, burlesque evenings, lindy hop events and a shed-load more all planned, this year’s Culture Night Belfast is shaping up to be the best yet and you can view the full line-up at


Next up, if you’re currently reading this latest missive clad in wellies, a rain coat and, erm, hopefully some sort of trouser/skirt combo and are yearning to go to one more festival before we all get smothered in the icy embrace of Jack Frost, then I bring you good news-a brand spanking new bash called GrassStock has just been launched and it takes place in Belfast on Oct 13 at the Haymarket Arcade and Hudson Bar. Specialising in Americana, bluegrass, roots and alt-country, some of the acts include Acoustic Dan & the Black Mountain River Dipsos, Wookalily and the Down and Out Bluegrass Band and for more details check out


Fresh from supporting Frightened Rabbit on their just finished Irish tour, those fine purveyors of outsider indie sounds Amidships continue their unstoppable rise to greatness this fortnight with news of an in-store show at Tower Records Dublin on Friday, Sep 28 at 7pm. The band, who has earned rave reviews in this very magazine, also play the G Sessions at the Cellar Bar, Draperstown on Sep 22 and the University of Ulster Students’ Union in Coleraine on Nov 2 and I’ll have more Amidships infortmation over the weeks to come (#Mysterious).


Finally this fortnight, at the time of writing the relatively new kids on the block My Sunday Hat has just unleashed their self-titled debut EP out into the wild. Comprising of three classic rock songs (the solo in ‘Cold Winter’ will make you want to air grab like your life depended on it) you can have a listen via so check it out.