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Roots: The Don of easy-listening folk returns to Belfast

Don McLean, Millennium Forum, Londonderry - Tomorrow, 8pm

By Damien Murray

Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don McLean - who is also appearing at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on June 7 - has received over 40 gold and platinum records and has been inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, while his songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre.

His worldwide chart-topper, American Pie, was said to have been inspired by the death of Buddy Holly but is also a sentimental song about America. For details, visit millenniumforum.co.uk

Brian Houston

Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena

Tomorrow, 8pm

It seems appropriate that one of my favourite local artists, Brian Houston, features in this, my final Roots column, as he was also in my first column almost 13 years ago.

Having relocated back to his native Belfast, Houston - who is easily one of our best ever singer-songwriters - brings a vast back catalogue of material with him to gigs. Visit thebraid.com.

LAS

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

Thursday, 8pm

This young female Irish/Scottish trad group, with a name meaning 'ignite', is an exciting new five-piece.

Featuring an electrifying musical blend of fiddle, button accordion, keyboard, guitar, whistles and shruti box, they combine lively music numbers with beautifully arranged Scottish Gaidhlig/Irish language songs and Scottish stepdance/sean-nos dance routines.

For details, visit struleartscentre.co.uk

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