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DerryNow: Derry songwriter Johnny McDaid receives top university award

November 21, 2017

By Ursula Duddy Grammy-nominated Derry musician Johnny McDaid has had his songwriting talents recognised by a top university. McDaid, who plays with Snow Patrol and writes for Ed Sheeran, was this week made an Honorary Fellow at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies. The award came as McDaid’s band were revealed to be… Read More ›

IrishNews: Snow Patrol ‘most played’ Northern Ireland act of 21st century

Snow Patrol have beaten veteran musician Van Morrison to be named the most played Northern Irish act of the 21st century. The indie rockers are the Northern Ireland artists featured most often in UK radio and television broadcasts since 2000, according to research by licensing body PPL. Although they formed in Scotland in the mid-1990s,… Read More ›

Burning Codes to release new single “Belfast – Place Of My Soul” featuring Terri Hooley, Nathan Connolly & Iain Archer

Delighted to confirm that our new single – ” Belfast – Place Of My Soul ” featuring Mr. Terri Hooley of Good Vibrations Records and the godfather of Irish punk, indeed the man who released the wonderful ” Teenage Kicks ” by The Undertones, and the incredible Mr. Nathan Connolly of close friends and brothers… Read More ›

Hotpress: COUNTDOWN TO CROKE PARK: Gary Lightbody tells us why he loves The Joshua Tree!

Read the full interview in the new Hot Press… “It’s among the Mount Rushmore of albums… it’s fucking perfect! Like Revolver by The Beatles and Stevie Wonder’s Talking Books, you can’t take your ears off it. It’s like a heat-seeking missile; every track is a winner. It inspires me every time I listen to it,… Read More ›

Belfast Telegraph: Who is Northern Ireland’s greatest guitarist?

Northern Ireland may be a small corner of the world but some of music’s most talented guitarists hail from right here.  Inspired by the latest Bushmills #AnswerTheCall event ‘Whiskey and Strings’, take a look at the best known guitarists from Northern Ireland and ask who do you think is the greatest? […] 4. Nathan Connolly… Read More ›

Ulster Herald: Snow Patrol guitarist pays homage to the Pushkin Trust

“Today if you are listening to my voice, it is because Sasha Abercorn from Pushkin Trust listened to my 11-year-old voice and gave it a place and a purpose.” These are the words of Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol, who has praised the Pushkin Trust founder for helping him unlock his inner creativity when he… Read More › All 6 times musicians sneakily appeared on ‘Game of Thrones’

Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones.” The popularity of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” extends to celebrities and notable figures like President Obama, so it should come as no surprise that some famous people have snuck in for cameos. Though Ed Sheeran’s appearance on the season seven premiere was anything but subtle (though the song he sang did… Read More ›

Liam Neeson backs same-sex marriage in NI

Liam Neeson and Graham Norton have called for the introduction of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland ahead of a planned protest in Belfast. Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody and The Fall star Bronagh Waugh have also added their voices to the campaign. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK and Ireland where same-sex… Read More ›