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Folk legends celebrate a golden year

By Damien Murray

Fairport Convention, Black Box, Belfast Tomorrow, 2pm: Although tonight's performance is sold out, you may still be able to get a ticket for tomorrow afternoon's show by this legendary band as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour.

Credited with originating UK folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967 and throughout the intervening five decades, the band's passion for live performance has never wavered.

The current line-up includes Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

And at this golden anniversary gig, you can expect songs from current CD, 50:50@50, as well as old favourites from their extensive repertoire.

The band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted groundbreaking album Liege & Lief as 'the most influential folk album of all time'.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter

St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast

Tomorrow 8pm

The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter is back in town to perform this special gig with some songs from her current album, The Things That We Are Made Of.

Carpenter will also perform other selections from her acclaimed career, which has produced 14 albums and seen her sell over 14 million records.

With hits like Passionate Kisses and He Thinks He'll Keep Her, she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals and became a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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