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Saturday 20 December 2014

Taking it easy for hometown gig

Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast

Thursday, April 19, 8pm

The Belfast-born singer/songwriter, recently named by the Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival as Young Songwriter of the Year, plays the Black Box next week, following last year's acoustic tour of the United States.

During that visit, Gareth also found time to work on his most recent EP, Devil Mocks Me, which he recorded in Nashville with six-time Grammy-winning producer, Brent Maher.

The young musician has been performing since the age of 16, and has been building up a steady following on the live circuit, winning acclaim from DJs and industry insiders along the way, and earning plaudits as one of Northern Ireland's "finest young talents", with a "depth and maturity" to his writing.

That isn't the only exposure he has been earning, as his soulful vocals and captivating songs have also been featured in numerous hit American television series including Cougar Town, One Tree Hill, Private Practice, Life Unexpected and Missing.

Dunlop has also appeared alongside the likes of guitar legend Jeff Beck, Jools Holland and Nanci Griffith, as well as joining Snow Patrol on stage as vocalist for their version of his song Firefly at their recent homecoming performance in Belfast.

According to his website, the mutli-talented Dunlop is also an audio engineer and producer, and operates a recording studio that he built with his bandmates near his home in Holywood.

Catch Gareth while you can in this hometown visit next week, as he's surely a performer who has rightly earned the label of 'One to watch'. Visit www.blackboxbelfast for tickets.

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