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Music: The band of brothers are coming home

By Patric Baird

Published 20/05/2016

Global flavour: Hermitage Green
Global flavour: Hermitage Green

With over two decades' of radio hits and six more top 20 Irish-charting albums, the Newry-born Murphy brothers' Irish tour hits the north tomorrow night.

First finding fame with their debut album, Songs for the Tempted, which included Irish Top 10 singles Mary and Drag My Bad Name Down, their 1992 follow up, Man Alive, made Q Magazine's Top 50 albums and included the UK Top 40 song, She Hits Me. The tour will feature past hits and material from their recent album, Sugar Island, as well as a few tasters from their upcoming release, Going South.

The 4 of Us at Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen. Tomorrow, 9pm

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Limelight 2, Belfast

Tomorrow, 5pm

Since their formation back in 2002, hard-rocking Londonderry quartet Triggerman have been steadily gaining momentum as one of the province's most exciting live performers, having headlined numerous shows at local venues and festivals, as well as scoring support slots with rock royalty, including Sepultura, Orange Goblin and Mastodon. Their latest offering, an EP featuring the three tracks Origins, Lost Travellers and Rock 'n' Roll Heaven received positive reviews from across the world. Hornets and Venus Sleeps are also on the bill.

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Hermitage Green

Empire Music Hall, Belfast

Tomorrow, 8.30pm

Formed in 2010 following a very productive jam session between friends, five-piece Limerick folk rock band has been steadily building a reputation as a must-see live band all over the world. In March they released their debut studio album, Save Your Soul, an eclectic mix of full-on, stadium-friendly songs, interspersed with heartfelt and poetic ballads.

It's essentially Irish music but with a global flavour. Support is by Strabane singer-songwriter, Paul Tully.

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Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart

Thursday, May 26, 8pm

Originally known as Little Bear, the Londonderry quartet's Smalltown debut single I'd Let You Win was chosen as Stephen McCauley's 'Flavour of the Month' on BBC Introducing Radio 1. This show is the first in a series of Irish gigs in support of debut album, The Devil is a Songbird, released next Friday, the same day they play Belfast's Black Box, followed by a hometown show on Saturday at Derry's Glassworks the following night.

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