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Get a seat in the stalls for Newton's market gig

By Maureen Coleman

Newton Faulkner has announced a second show in Belfast - playing St George's Market next year.

The rising star, who came out of nowhere to top the UK album charts with his debut Hand Built By Robots, will bring his laid-back singing, chewy blues riffs and tapping of strings to the city centre market on Sunday, March 9.

The gig will take place just three months after Newton makes his Belfast debut.

Demand for his concert at the Spring and Airbrake next month was so great that the promoters decided to add another date to keep his growing army of fans happy.

The dreadlocked 22-year-old stunned concert-goers at a Paolo Nutini gig when he dropped in his brilliant cover of Massive Attack's Teardrop during a support slot.

That show, along with support gigs for James Morrison, helped create a buzz around him, while his single Dream Catch Me became a much coveted Jo Whiley Record of the Week on Radio One.

Newton taught himself the guitar and was so talented that at the age of 16, he secured a place at the prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.

With his dexterous approach to guitar, the singer/songwriter is as exciting to watch as he is to hear.

St George's Market, meanwhile, is becoming increasingly popular as a venue for musicians and rock bands.

Last month, Londonderry band Kharma 45 wowed crowd at at the Fall For Fashion event at the historic market.

Tickets to see Newton Faulkner in concert at St George's Market go on sale on Wednesday.

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