One of Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters has a date with women’s hearts in Belfast this weekend ... but if you prefer Americana, there’s plenty of that going down too, says Damien Murray
Ever since she first appeared on the scene as a solo artiste in the early 1990s, Frances Black has enjoyed an enduring popularity in many countries.
In support of her new compilation album, The Essential Frances Black Collection, Black is currently hitting the road for a series of dates and makes a rare Belfast appearance at the Grand Opera House on Sunday.
Coming to prominence with her involvement on the A Woman’s Heart album and project, songs brimming with passion and honesty such as All The Lies That I Told You, Wall Of Tears, After the Ball and Sky Road have endeared her to an ever-increasing audience.
Black’s special guests on Sunday are two of our best emerging talents, Anthony Toner and Eilidh Patterson.
Only days before he finds out if his current album, Trouble In Mind, and single, She Left Me For Jesus, are successful as album and song of the year, respectively, in the Americana Music Awards, fast-rising star Hayes Carll hits town for his only local gig with an appearance at the Real Music Club at Belfast’s Errigle Inn tomorrow night.
If you haven’t already heard of Carll, you soon will, for in recent years, he has performed over 200 shows a year, founded a successful singer-songwriter music festival, secured a record deal and recorded the first self-released album to top the Americana Music Chart.
Carll’s clever, irreverent lyrics and sharp observations combined with his warm Texas drawl make his stories and anecdotes as compelling and entertaining as his songs.
Meanwhile, musical storyteller Chuck Brodsky, from North Carolina, who is at the Real Music Club in the Errigle Inn on Thursday, also has a gig on Wednesday at Groucho’s Music Bar in Richhill.
Armagh’s Jazz In The City Festival, which runs until Sunday at the Market Place Theatre, kicks off tonight with a jazz supper evening offering the best popular music from the world of jazz accompanied by fantastic food from the theatre’s bistro.
The music for the evening is provided by one of Ireland’s masters of the form, The Martello Jazz Band, who specialise in traditional, New Orleans and Dixieland sounds.
Tomorrow, critically rated trumpeter Linley Hamilton teams up with a guest vocalist, while the Sunday attraction is a concert featuring the BBC Big Band with special guest, Bruce Adams.
The Big Band reaches worldwide audiences through the World Service and has been voted the best Big Band in the British Jazz Awards in 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2001. Full festival details at www.marketplacearmagh.com.
Featuring a superb combination of wonderful bluegrass music and delicious Cajun cooking, Armagh’s Market Place Theatre also hosts another of its Ragin’ Cajun Nights next Friday, with music by The Knotty Pine String Band.
Gig round-up: Sadly, no local date for Emmylou Harris, but she is joined by special guest, the great Kimmie Rhodes, at Dublin’s National Stadium this evening; Brendan Quinn’s Sinner Man tour continues with gigs at the Terrace Hotel in Magherafelt tonight, The Black Box, Belfast (September 17) and Coleraine’s Riverside Theatre (September 19); Hothouse Flowers are at the Spring & Airbrake tomorrow night, while singer-songwriter, David Kitt, is set for the Empire Music Hall on Thursday; Kieran Goss is bill-topper at the Festival of the Peninsula’s headline concert in Newtownards tomorrow night; and Missouri blues performer, Doug MacLeod, is at Lisburn’s Island Arts Centre next Saturday (September 20).