Belfast Telegraph

Sounds like Belfast is on to a winner

By Philip Hammond

Belfast, Various venues, Monday-Sunday, March 21-27

Some years ago, Belfast City Council latched on to an idea that was fairly obvious to most of us — that Belfast should be marketed as a ‘city of festivals’.

This no-brainer was based on the premise that there were already a number of excellent festivals on tap that reflected indigenous talent but which also imported international stars.

One of the best niche events in the city is the Moving On Music Festival, which is now in its fourth year.

It’s the musical diversity of this festival which forms the basis of its interest, providing platforms for folk, classical, traditional, jazz, blues and songwriting — all under one umbrella title.

Brian Carson, founder of the Moving On Music company, continues to prove the worth of this type of programming to Belfast and indeed Northern Ireland. His own expertise is in the field of jazz but his ability to see the good in all the other musical genres is one of his strengths.

So what’s on offer? My own favourite would be the sensual sounds of Brazilian singer Joyce Moreno but really there’s too much to mention individually.

Suffice to say that the festival will cover everything from film screenings at the QFT to folk (Alasdair Roberts/ Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson Trio/Spiers & Boden) to experimental (SARC Composers) to blues (Skip McDonald).

Among the highlights will be the Fidelio Trio (right), which is led by Darragh Morgan, an outstanding young Northern Irish-born violinist, along with his wife, pianist Mary Dullea, and cellist Robin Michael. The group will also be touring across Northern Ireland next weekend (see www.fideliotrio.com for dates and venues).

Details on this and festival tickets are available from www.movingonmusic.co.uk

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