MUSIC Jools bringing his orchestra to Belfast as busking brothers take centre stage
BB King, and almost 30 solo releases. He’s back here with a show featuring long-time guest vocalists Ruby Turner (who appears on new album Jools & Ruby) and Louise Marshall, as well as acclaimed guitarist Jose Feliciano, with support provided by Jack Lukeman.
Tickets are limited. Visit waterfront.co.uk for details. Nerve Centre, Magazine Street, Londonderry Tomorrow, 8pm
Young siblings Hudson Taylor — that’s brothers Alfie and Harry (Hudson Taylor is their double-barrelled surname) play the second date of their Irish tour in Derry, with a Belfast date at the Oh Yeah Centre coming up in November.
Turning pro in 2011 following a stint busking on the streets of their native Dublin, the pair’s original style of stirring folk-pop songs, which appeared on their debut EP Battles, which topped the iTunes chart in Ireland, led to their signing by world-famous label Polydor.
Their first full-length album, entitled Singing for Strangers, was released in 2015 and contained the single Chasing Rubies, selected by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens as his Hottest Record’.
It’s a 14-plus show. Visit ticketmaster.ie for details. Empire Music Hall, Botanic Avenue, Belfast Sunday, 7.30pm
New York city’s The Slackers formed in Manhattan in 1991 and play a unique blend of garage rock, jazz, sixties Soul, reggae, rocksteady, dub and ska.
Their sound has been described as “if the Rolling Stones or the Yardbirds had grown up on Bob Marley, as well as Muddy Waters”.
They eschew the ska stereotype of being merely uptempo and shallow music, instead giving their songs an aggressive edge, veering from the personal to the political.
Their self-titled, fourteenth album was released in 2016 and was their first collection of original songs since 2010’s The Great Rocksteady Swindle. Also appearing on Sunday’s bill at The Empire will be Belfast reggae/ska bands Skallions and The Vibes.
Visit thebelfastempire.com/ music-hall/the-slackers for more details.