Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Concerts where young audiences take centre stage

Rockabilly sensation: Imelda May plays the Mandela Hall

Entertaining the kids is high on the Belfast Festival’s agenda with some top class interactive events for the family on the packed programme.

Live Music Now’s Fell Clarinet Quartet are presenting a series of concerts for children when they appear in the Speigeltent for two days, starting today, before moving across town to Ardoyne Library and Ormeau Road Library on Friday.

As well as having a distinguished concert and recording profile, the Fell Clarinet Quartet are dab hands at interactive concerts for youngsters.

Their musical journey is a rip-roaring treasure hunt in the company of Tom and his friends, who try to get the better of a band of lazy pirates. But the special treat for kids is in helping Gerald the Giraffe discover that he’s a bit of a wow on the dance floor. There are songs to be sung, tunes to be hummed, dances to be danced and lots of fun and laughter in this delightful entertainment for small people.

The City Hall also has young imaginations on its agenda and, as part of its re-opening celebrations, will screen some fantastic movies for kids — including ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ on Halloween night. Tickets are available from the Welcome Centre in Donegall Place.

Meanwhile, County Wicklow singer-songwriter Fionn Regan is also performing at the Spiegeltent in the Custom House Square tonight (8pm).

The last three years have been something of a roller-coaster for the singer who signed to the independent record label Bella Union in 2006. His debut album ‘The End of History’ was released on both sides of the Atlantic. A veteran of festivals all over the world, he’ll be performing many of his Dylanesque self-penned songs, with Bell XI’s David Geraghty as his special guest.

Imelda May — the rockabilly singer who made a sensational appearance on Later With Jools Holland where she was spotted by legendary guitarist Jeff Beck and Mercury Prize-winning band Elbow and invited to go on tour with them — will be playing tomorrow night at the Mandela Hall (entry only for over 18s).

Her album ‘Love Tattoo’ took up residence for most of last year in the top ranks of the Irish charts and she won the award for Best Irish Female Artist in the 2009 Meteor Awards. It’s been some journey. And look out tomorrow for the first preview of ‘This is What We Sang’, the Kabosh world premiere to be staged in the Belfast Synagogue.

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At the festival tonight

  • Legendary Amnesty benefit Stand Up For Justice stars David O’Doherty, Maeve Higgins, and Kevin Gildea at the Ulster Hall.
  • Fionn Regan, who came to wide attention with the thoughtful 2006 album The End of History, performs in the Spiegeltent.
  • Best known for impersonating celebs in Dead Ringers, Jan Ravens showcases her remarkable impressions at the Elmwood Hall.
  • At the Baby Grand this evening, Colm Tóibín will read from, and discuss, his latest bestselling novel Brooklyn.
  • Joseph Losey’s tensely-observed classic of British cinema, The Servant, gets a rare big screen showing at the QFT.


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