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Music: Gothic-tinged Shiels tops bill

Gifted, Empire Music Hall, Belfast - Tonight, 8pm

By Patric Baird

The regular live showcase night returns with a quartet of musicians from all over Ireland to play the first outing of 2018.

Topping the bill is Robyn G Shiels, a man who can always be relied upon to deliver some of the darkest material ever heard on a Belfast stage, with a set often described as gothic-tinged folk.

Also performing are Londonderry melodic folk singer/songwriter Aoife Boyle - performing as her alter ego Reevah, Donegal-born alt-folkster Joel Harkin, with Derry's Oisin o Scolai completing the line-up.

Admission is £5, payable at the door, with 40% of proceeds going to the Simon Community.

Visit thebelfastempire.com for more details.

The 4 of Us

Black Box, Belfast, Tomorrow, 2pm

With over two decades of radio hits and 10 Irish-charting albums behind them, Newry-born siblings Brendan and Declan Murphy play an afternoon session which incorporates their critically-acclaimed acoustic show to help kick off this year's Out To Lunch Festival.

First finding fame with 1989 debut album Songs for the Tempted, which spawned several Irish Top 10 singles including Mary and Drag My Bad Name Down, their 1992 follow-up, Man Alive, made Q Magazine's Top 50 albums.

The band will play past hits plus material from 2015's Sugar Island. Support is by Simon Murphy.

Visit cqaf.ticketsolve.com/shows/873581027 for details.

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