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Tribute to Van the Man has plenty of soul

By Patric Baird

Unusually for a tribute band, their name doesn't give too much away about who they're 'doing'. Eschewing the usual pun-heavy moniker, Celtic Soul have taken their name from the term often applied to describe Sir Van Morrison's melding of energetic soul and rhythm and blues, with more subtle, traditional Irish and jazz-influenced melodies.

They got their break following live and 'unplugged' performances on Gerry Kelly's show on BBC Radio Ulster. And their live homage to east Belfast's favourite son captures all the emotion of Morrison's back catalogue, from his earliest work with Them through to all the well-known classics.

Visit blackboxbelfast.com for ticket information.

Mike & The Mechanics

Mandela Hall, Belfast

Tomorrow, 7.30pm

Best known for their 1988 UK number two hit single The Living Years, Mike and the Mechanics was formed as a rock supergroup in 1985 by Genesis's Mike Rutherford and vocalists Paul Carrack and Paul Young. They split in 2004, but since reforming in 2010 with only Mike himself remaining, and with the addition of Andrew Roachford of Cuddly Toy fame, they released an album entitled The Road in 2011. Despite this being their only release to date, the revised line up continues to tour as part of the Word of Mouth Tour 2017, a marathon run of over 30 concerts taking place across the UK over February and March. Expect to hear all the hits, including Silent Running, All I Need Is A Miracle, Word Of Mouth and Over My Shoulder.

For details, visit qubsu.org/WhatsOn

The Cramps Tribute Night

Black Box, Belfast

Tomorrow, 8.30pm

Time To Be Proud Records return once again to celebrate the output of enduring US punk band The Cramps. It's the eighth annual outing of the event and amongst the local acts lining up to commemorate the work of the cult 50s throwbacks will be regular contributors The Sabrejets, The Groundlings and Thee Dirt Byrds. Special guests include Madhouse, The HideBehinds amd Sunglasses After Dark's DJ Ryan Fitzsimmons. There's a free EP featuring all the bands for the first 200 punters, B-movie visuals and admission is £5, payable at the door.

Visit blackboxbelfast.com for details.

Ultimate Eagles

The Ulster Hall, Belfast

Tomorrow 8.30pm

Marking 40 years since the release of The Eagles' iconic LP Hotel California, this tribute act kick off their current European tour by performing songs from every album spanning the career of the US west coast rockers. The band's various musicians, including former Thunder band member Chris Childs, are no rock newbies - between them they have played everywhere from Top of the Pops to West End theatre stages and since their formation four years ago they have played to over half a million people worldwide. Widely recognised as one of the best tribute bands on the circuit, they claim to play the music of the Eagles better than anyone else.

For tour details visit ultimate eagles.com. For tickets visit ticketmaster.ie.

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