Singer-songwriters are in the spotlight this week with two gigs taking place in Belfast's Empire Music Hall, kicking off with David Kitt this Sunday.
The Dubliner wowed fans in the venue in both April and October and returns to the city to continue to promote his forth album, Not Fade Away, which was released last year. The final single from the album, One Clear Way, has received significant radio play and his current tour of Ireland marks something of a lap of honour for the troubadour. With media attention still focusing on, Not Fade Away, as well as his 'odds and sods' compilation Misfits: Vol 1, which was released this year, momentum is gaining in terms of his career. And with a new album of origional material due for release next year, things can only get better for the man his fans call the Kittster. If you're in the Draperstown area, you can also find him at The Cellar Bar on Saturday before he heads to Belfast the following day.
The Empire's second slice of solo sounds comes courtesy of Brian Houston next Wednesday, and forms part of the singer's Pearly Come Home tour, which has seen him take in most of England and Scotland so far. The title of the tour is of course a reference to his new single, The days of Pearly Spencer, and the gig will see Houston fronted by a full band. A favourite of Radio 2's Bob Harris, Houston is one of the best local songwriters to emerge from the city in years, a sentiment that anyone who has heard his moving song Red Badge of Courage will agree with. If you haven't already got the album Sugar Queen check it out and make sure you're in the audience on Wednesday for what is set to be an impressive night.
Up In The Attic returns to Auntie Annie's, Belfast, on Tuesday with sets from Skruff, Cutaways and General Fiasco. Derry based Skruff serve up blistering post-punk electro pop, such as the manic power-house of a track that is Fabulous Weapon, which is simply made for filling dancefloors with frantic pogo-ing clubbers.