MU­SIC Jools bring­ing his orches­tra to Belfast as busk­ing broth­ers take cen­tre stage

Belfast Telegraph - - LIFE -

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.

Pa­tric Baird

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