• The Kenny McDowell Project

  • Sat, 31-08-2019 at 14:00
  • Saturday Afternoon Club
    65 Dock St
    BT15 1LF Belfast
The Kenny McDowell Project - Saturday Afternoon Club - Belfast

The Pound Music Club with Kenny McDowell Project:The spirit of the Belfast institution lives on in the lungs of Kenny McDowell, whose voice still enraptures a faithful following after 50 yearsVeterans of the Pound Music Club, Belfast’s hippest club of the '70s, share a strange but unmistakeable bond. Perhaps that’s because their friendships were forged in frightening and blood-soaked times when it felt like an act of courage, or perhaps recklessness, to visit a dingy city centre club with no security and, indeed, if memory serves, no emergency exit. Or perhaps it’s simply because of the extraordinary quality of the music by the club’s resident bands, bands which never achieved more widespread success but which were idolised by the Pound faithful.The Pound name has now been revived for gigs in Belfast’s American Bar and the monthly Saturday afternoon gigs by Kenny McDowell, who was the singer in many of the old club’s greatest bands, like Spike, Bronco and Sk’boo, have been sensationally successful.McDowell, now in his mid-70s and backed by acoustic guitarists Aaron Mayne and Chris McDowell on a repertoire of blues, Americana and country songs, remains an extraordinary performer whose voice combines mighty power with sensitivity and whose ability to communicate a lyric is exceptional.The paradox of McDowell’s career is that he is little known to the wider world while being absolutely revered by those who have heard him. But witnessing at this gig his command over an audience, witnessing a crammed Belfast boozer hushed, with the audience hanging on his every word, one really does feel that one is in the presence of greatness.Article by Trevor Hodgett--------6.50 ticket or 8.00 on the door Tickets are advised as they sell out in advance. Only 50 tickets on sale