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Music: Brothers back in pop groove

Hue & Cry, Empire Music Hall, Belfast, Tonight, 7.30pm

By Patric Baird

Like fellow Scots fraternal duo The Proclaimers, Hue & Cry made their first appearance on the UK's pop landscape during the late 1980s, when their particular brand of non-challenging, blue-eyed soul and so-called sophisti-pop sat easily alongside contemporaries including Simply Red, Aztec Camera and Level 42.

Following the success of their first two albums, including the platinum-selling Remote, as well as Top 20 singles Labour of Love and Looking for Linda, brothers Pat and Greg Kane embraced various musical directions in the years which followed, including folk, country, jazz and even a foray into dance music with their 1999 album Next Move.

Thirty years on from debut album Seduced and Abandoned, Hue & Cry's tour of new album Pocketful of Stones reaches Belfast tonight.

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Join Me in the Pines, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Tonight, 8pm

In addition to his membership of Dublin indie band Bell X1, David Geraghty has enjoyed a solo career with three successful albums, under both his own name and as Join Me in the Pines (JMITP).

Geraghty formed JMITP in 2014 during breaks in Bell X1's touring and recording schedule, releasing debut album Inherit that same year.

His current output marks a new musical direction, eschewing brooding dark folk of albums past to embrace something a little more uplifting that includes nods to Prince, David Bowie, Gary Numan and Nile Rodgers.

The multi-instrumentalist will be performing tracks from his forthcoming album at tonight's intimate Belfast show.

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Skid Row, Limelight, Belfast

Tomorrow, 6pm

Eighties US heavy metal outfit Skid Row play an early show, with new lead vocalist ZP Theart filling the slot left by the 2015 departure of Johnny Solinger, who had taken over from original frontman Sebastian Bach after the band's comeback in 1999.

Despite the acrimonious departure of Bach, Skid Row soldiered on with further personnel changes, releasing several albums to mixed reviews.

Having signed to Megaforce Records in 2013, their career was somewhat revived with the release of the United World Rebellion (UWR) series of albums.

Now back on the road, expect to hear their classic hits as well as some recently released and upcoming tracks from the next instalment of UWR. Support comes from UK rockers Toseland.

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- The Stranglers' concert with Therapy? at the Ulster Hall tomorrow night has been cancelled and rescheduled for Friday, April 6, with all tickets still valid.

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