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By Patric Baird, Rathcol and Damien Murray

Reef, Tonight, 8pm, Limelight, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast. No self-respecting Nineties indie disco would have been complete without an airing of Reef's 1996 floor-filler, Place Your Hands.

The band split in 2003 but embarked on a UK tour last year, followed up last month with the release of their single, How I Got Over, a cover of Clara Ward's 1951 gospel hymn. Support from Southern Irish singer/songwriter Mundy.

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King Khan &

BBQ Show

Voodoo, Fountain Street, Belfast

Wednesday, April 20, 8pm

The audience for this show at Belfast's Voodoo are in for a rare treat as the Canadian-born and Berlin-based garage rock/punk legend Arish 'King' Khan hooks up with his former bandmate BBQ Show, alias Mark Sultan, for the first time since they parted company in 2010. Expect a blend of expertly-crooned ballads, interspersed with some unfettered, hog-wild guitar.

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Four Men & A Dog

Burnavon Arts Centre,


Tomorrow, 8pm

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Sunday, April 17, 8pm

This Irish traditional band play trad with a mixture of other genres, including rock, jazz, blues, polka and even rap. Having made a name for themselves with this eclectic music mix, Four Men & A Dog only play a very select number of dates each year, so this is a rare chance to catch one of Irish music's better live acts.

For details, contact the respective venue.

Eleanor McEvoy

Errigle Inn, Belfast

Thursday, April 21, 8.45pm

Last year, McEvoy featured on the album, Songs for Tibet II, to mark the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday and found herself in the company of such greats as Sting and Kate Bush. Now gigging in support of her new album, Naked Music, the Irish singer will be performing new interpretations of her songs.

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Ulster Orchestra

Ulster Hall, Belfast

Tonight, 7.45pm

The Ulster Orchestra is presenting an all-Russian programme tonight in the Ulster Hall as part of its ongoing series of concerts.

The theme of the evening's music, however, is not Russia but the drama of William Shakespeare as represented in the music of Tchaikovsky - his Fantasy Overture Hamlet and The Tempest - and the ballet music of Prokofiev.

Tickets cost £10-£27 and are available from the box office, tel: 028 9033 4455, or visit the website

Bela Quartet

Portico, Portaferry

Tomorrow, 7.30pm

The Bela Quartet, from Lyon in France, will be joined by violist Garth Knox to perform works by Purcell, Britten, Knox and Mawhinney.

This will be an opportunity not only to hear pieces from the classical repertoire but also 21st century compositions.

Tickets cost £17 and are available from Portico, tel: 028 4272 8808 or visit the website

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