LIVE performances - solo, In the Round, sometimes as special guest of Barbara Dickson, and as singer/guitarist with the Ronnie Greer Blues Band
Anthony says (August 17th): “I’ve updated as much of this as I can at the moment - there are still a couple of gigs to be completed here, with ticket links not yet ‘live’ etc, so I will continue to fine tune all of this and update the page as details come in. Bear with me - the last half of the summer is always a slow time for finalising shows for the autumn and winter, but it all comes together in a rush, usually in the first week of September.”
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21: DUNFERMLINE - Carnegie Hall as special guest of Barbara Dickson
First time in ages - and the first of a string of dates (more to follow in November) as special guest of the wonderful Barbara Dickson and Nick Holland, at the beautiful Carnegie Hall in Barbara’s home town of Dunfermline. I’ll be opening the show with a selection of songs and stories from the road. Can’t wait. Click HERE to be directed to the ticket page.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27: BELFAST The Duncairn Centre - Charity performance for NI Hospice
Not sure yet of the details of this one - I’m part of a line up of various artists helping raise funds for Northern Ireland Hospice. Keep an eye on the Duncairn website for more details: https://www.theduncairn.com/.
SOLD OUT: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29: BELFAST SD Bells - with John McCullough
Back at one of my favourite venues - playing for the lovely SUnday morning crowd at SD Bells. A selection of blues and folk covers and some of my original songs thrown in, all with good food and coffee, as part of SD Bells’ popular Java Jive Sunday morning series. Click HERE for more details on how to book - but don’t hang around, the tickets go pretty quickly.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 3: GLASGOW The Admiral Bar (as part of Glasgow Americana): Special Guest for Rod Picott
As part of my first visit to Glasgow Americana - opening for Rod Picott, one of the finest songwriters of his or any generation, and a man who has just released perhaps his finest album to date. The first of two nights in Glasgow, and looking forward to both of these enormously. Click HERE to be directed to the ticket page for the concert.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 4: GLASGOW The Glad Cafe (as part of Glasgow Americana): The Seven Song Club with David Latto, Jane and Jonas and Anthony Toner
My first visit to Glasgow Americana - delighted to have had an invitation to come over and be part of this superb weekend of live music.This will be a fun night - it looks like a wonderful venue, and the other artists are a delight - David Latto and Jonas & Jane. We get to do a set each, with seven songs apiece. Click HERE to be taken to the ticket page.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 13: DESERTCREAT Bard of Armagh Festival
Appearing as special guest at this terrific festival for the parish of Desertcreat, outside Cookstown. It’s called The Bard of Armagh because Felim Brady, the famous Bard of Armagh, is buried in the churchyard there… I was here a number of years ago and had a wonderful time, so I look forward to this return. Keep an eye on this space for ticket details, etc.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 18: NEWTOWNABBEY The Courtyard Theatre with the Ronnie Greer Blues Band
Another favourite venue, where Ronnie and the band have been attracting stronger and stronger audiences over the last few years. Keep an eye out here for the ticket link.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 25: PORTSTEWART Flowerfield Arts Centre – Frank Ormsby book launch
I will be making a non-musical contribution to this, one of the events organised to help my dear friend and inspirational figure Frank Ormsby with the launch of his brand new poetry collection The Rain Barrel, published by Bloodaxe Books. I will make a short introduction, before Frank reads from the new collection and talks about the new work, and then assisting with book selling and signing at the end. Click HERE to be find your way to the ticket link.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 27: ENNISKILLEN Ardhowen Theatre – Frank Ormsby afternoon book launch (please note 2pm start)
As for the Friday evening event, I will be making a non-musical contribution to this afternoon reading and signing, one of the events organised to help my dear friend and inspirational figure Frank Ormsby with the launch of his brand new collection The Rain Barrel. I will make a short introduction, before Frank reads from the new collection and talks about the new work, and then assisting with book selling and signing at the end. Click HERE to find your way to the ticket link.
NOVEMBER 1 to 16: Throughout the UK - special guest for Barbara Dickson & Nick Holland on their UK tour
I’m just finalising the details for these various gigs, taking us up and down the highways and byways of England, Scotland and Wales. I will get the detailed list up here in the next few days, with ticket links for each of the shows.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22: LISBURN The Island Arts Centre, In The Round with Matt McGinn, Ciara O’Neill and John McCullough - an evening inspired by the moon…
A little one-off show with Matt McGinn, Ciara O’Neill and John McCullough, sharing songs about the moon, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. Expect some interesting cover versions and some of our own songs, too. Tickets are not yet on sale, but will be available from the Island Arts Centre website at https://www.islandartscentre.com/ in the next few weeks.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 27: BALLYMENA The Braid Arts Centre, with Jan Carson
Always a pleasure to share the stage with Jan - this time as part of the Ballymena Arts Festival, and in a year that has seen Jan achieve remarkable things in an already-remarkable career, publishing her acclaimed novel The Fire Starters and winning The European Prize for Literature. We usually share some stories and thoughts on the creative process, and some songs and readings on a theme - once on the idea of ‘home’, another time on the theme of ‘journeys’. Who knows what it will be this time around? I’ll put ticket links up here when I have more information.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7: CROSSGAR/DOWNPATRICK - Shortcross Gin Distillery with the Ronnie Greer Blues Band: Blues afternoon at the Rademon Estate
Not quite sure of the line up for this one yet, but always a treat to be with the Shortcross team and their tribe at the distillery for an afternoon (usually 1.30pm to around 6pm) of blues, good food and good drinks. Keep an eye on the Shortcross website for full details and booking: https://rademonestatedistilleryshop.com/collections/events
SATURDAY DECEMBER 14: BELLAGHY The Seamus Heaney Homeplace - Christmas at the Homeplace Hearth, with Glenn Patterson, Neil Martin and John McCullough
This was such a hit with audiences last Christmas that the Homeplace asked us to repeat the feat and bring the same quartet together for a miscellany of readings, folk tunes, Christmas songs, poetry and general inter-song banter as the festive season approaches. All this with mulled wine and the Helicon dressed to the nines for the time of year. We can;t wait… Click HERE for ticket details.