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Villiers & Villains are bringing the blues to town

Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena Tonight, 8pm

By Damien Murray

Premiering songs from their new album, this promises to be an evening of sublime blues and Americana music, with influences ranging from Bob Dylan, Leadbelly and Jimmy Reed to Lou Reed, Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie.

Lead singer Tony Villiers will be complemented by Doc Doherty on guitar, Aidan McGillian on percussion and Kevin Mahoney on bass guitar, while this concert also boasts a performance by top songwriter Gareth Dunlop.

  • For details, tel: 028 2563 5900 or visit thebraid.com

Gavin James

Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Tomorrow, 7.30pm

Having sold out the Mandela Hall in February, James makes a swift return to Belfast and to a larger venue. His debut album, Bitter Pill, achieved widespread success, and, last year, he sold out a hometown headliner at Dublin’s 3 Arena.

  • For details, tel: 028 9033 4455 or visit waterfront.co.uk

Christy Moore

Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Wednesday and Thursday, 8pm

As one of Ireland’s most inspirational musicians, Moore has a universal fan base and still continues to entertain, cementing him as an Irish icon. With more than 25 solo albums, from Paddy On The Road in 1969 to the worldwide release of Lily in 2016, he continues to sell out concerts worldwide.

  • For details, tel: 028 9033 4455 or visit waterfront.co.uk

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