One of the first big outdoor concerts of the season takes place tomorrow night when Music By The Lough, featuring Cara Dillon (pictured), Brian Houston and Ricky Warwick, is staged in the majestic setting of Mount Stewart, outside Newtownards.
Whether Cara's singing traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer.
Brian Houston's musical influences range from old-time gospel tunes to late-night paternal indoctrination through bootlegged Hank Williams reel-to-reels. He has since won over audiences with his original songs, strong stage persona and musicianship.
On to Ricky Warwick, the Ulster-born founding member of Glasgow rock band, The Almighty, who enjoyed ten Top 40 hits. His new album, Belfast Confetti, is a collection of gritty acoustic songs, full of passion, dirt, and tales of a misspent youth.
Another gig worth catching is Brian Kennedy’s celebratory concert at the Waterfront Hall tonight to mark the first 20 years of his successful career with such songs as Captured, Crazy Love and Carrickfergus.