LIVE performances - solo, In the Round, sometimes as special guest of Barbara Dickson, and as singer/guitarist with the Ronnie Greer Blues Band
Anthony: "Keep watching this space, as more dates and shows are coming in all the time for the remainder of 2018 and in support of a brand new album (working title Our Lady of the Wind and Rain) in 2019..."
THURSDAY AUGUST 2: BELFAST Culturlann, 8pm - The Van Morrison Songbook, with Ken Haddock, Matt McGinn, Mary Ryan and Dick Farrelly
A couple of years ago we staged this relaxed line-up of friends covering the Van Morrison back catalogue, and it was such a success and we've been asked so many times to re-stage it - so here we are. Everything from Moondance to Into the Mystic to She Gives Me Religion, Sweet Thing, Cleaning Windows and more... With the added twist that Mary Ryan delivers a number of Van Morrison classics in Irish. We're back at Culturlann on the Falls Road in Belfast, as special guests of the EastSide Arts Festival. Click HERE for the ticket link.
FRIDAY AUGUST 3: BELFAST Park Avenue Hotel, 8pm - The Collective in Concert, with Anthony Toner and friends
This is an unusual one - a concert featuring four remarkable young singers showcasing their work with a house band that includes me on guitar, Nick Scott on bass, John McCullough on keyboards and Davy Bates on drums. The concert is the culmination of a process that will involved mentoring, rehearsal and guidance to offer these young artists a helping hand in development terms - and to provide a special concert atmosphere to hear their unique songs in a one-off setting. Again, we're guests of EastSide Arts Festival - click HERE for the ticket link.
SUNDAY AUGUST 5: BELFAST EastSide Visitors Centre, 5pm - Pens and Prejudice: Andrea Montgomery book launch
I have become the wiling and smiling subject of a growing collection of witty and insightful cartoons drawn by my multi-talented spouse, Andrea Montgomery (see one example right). Now Andrea is taking the plunge - after much encouragement - and is launching a collection of these as a book. So, please come along and support the event - it's FREE, there will be some refreshments available, and we'll be projecting the cartoons on the wall, selling copies of the book and enjoying a hand-picked soundtrack, It should be a lot of fun. Again, we're the guests of EastSide Arts Festival - click on the link HERE for more details.
SATURDAY AUGUST 11: ARMAGH Seven Hills Blues Festival - with the Ronnie Greer Blues Band
Details of this year's festival have not yet been confirmed, but as soon as I know the venue and the time, I'll share it here.
SUNDAY AUGUST 12: BELFAST EastSide Visitors Centre, 8pm - Trouble Songs, with Stuart Bailie, Ursula Burns and Joby Fox
Stuart Bailie's Trouble Songs - a fascinating and hugely entertaining piece of writing about music and the conflict in Northern Ireland, contains references to the work of Ursula, Joby and myself, and in support of the book, we're delighted to join Stuart for an evening of readings and music, playing our own songs and maybe even some random selections from other artists mentioned in the book. Should be a sparky and interesting evening. We're guests of EastSide Arts Festival - click on the link for more details HERE.
FRIDAY AUGUST 17: QUEBEC, The Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, 8pm
A return to a summer favourite, one of Canada's most iconic venues, and a chance to play some new songs for old friends. Click HERE for the ticket link.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28: BANGOR Aspects Literary Festival - with Frank Ormsby (poems) and Neil Martin (cello)
A chance to hear Frank Ormsby, Neil Martin and myself on the same stage, as part of this superb literary festival. Details are still being finalised, so I will share them when I know what's happening. Expect some selections from the Kiss of Light album, as well as some favourites from my back catalogue, some beautiful solo pieces from Neil, some of Frank's new work - and the usual mix of banter and inspiration. Keep an eye on www.aspectsfestival.com for more details.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29: ENNISKILLEN Ardhowen Theatre - Anthony Toner and Frank Ormsby
Frank and I return to Fermanagh for an evening songs and poetry in the foyer bar at the Ardhowen. We had a wonderful, warm evening the last time we were there, and this time around we'll be showcasing some poems and instrumentals from the Kiss of Light album, as well as favourites and new poems from Frank's extensive collection, and some songs old and new from mine. Click on the link HERE for more details.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 14: OMAGH Literary Festival - afternoon performance, venue to be confirmed
I'll be singing some songs and talking about how the arts can connect communities as part of the closing afternoon of this lovely festival, associated with the late great Benedict Kiely. Keep an eye on their website for more details as the event approaches: https://kielyweekend.wordpress.com/
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19: BELFAST The American Bar, 8pm - Back to Sailortown, solo performance
It's been ten years since the song Sailortown first emerged, and in this special concert in the intimate surroundings of The American Bar, I'll be back in Sailortown to sing that song and a clutch of others from the back catalogue, along with sharing some poems and stories that influenced the song and were in my head at the time. Click HERE for the ticket link.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20: ENNISKILLEN Ardhowen Theatre, 9pm - with the Ronnie Greer Blues Band
Back in Fermanagh with Ronnie and the guys - always one of our favourite venues, with a great appreciative audience and superb atmosphere. Click HERE to be directed to the Ardhowen website.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10: NEWTOWNABBEY Courtyard Theatre, 8pm - with the Ronnie Greer Blues Band
Another favourite venue for this band - and now an annual treat for blues fans, as the band works its way through classics from JJ Cale, Steely Dan, Ry Cooder, Lowell Fulson, Bob Dylan and more. Click HERE for a link to the Courtyard Theatre website.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25: BELFAST SD Bells, 12noon - with Ronnie Greer and John McCullough
A chilled out Sunday morning miscellany with a blues and jazz tinge from three old friends. Some solo material from myself, and also a smattering of tunes from Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and many more. Click HERE for a link to the SD Bells Java Jive events page.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 15: BELLAGHY Seamus Heaney Homeplace, 8pm - Christmas at the Homeplace Hearth, with Glenn Patterson, Neil Martin and Rod McVey
Looks like the last show of the year, and it's a special one - four friends gathered for an evening of festive celebration, with songs, readings, recitations and the usual inspired blather... myself on guitar and vocals, Neil Martin on cello & uilleann pipes, Glenn Patterson on readings and Rod McVey on piano. All this with mulled wine and mince pies, too. Click HERE for the Homeplace website, where details will be posted shortly.
2019 Dates... (lots more to be added in the autumn)
SATURDAY JANUARY 19: DOWNPATRICK Down Arts Centre, 8pm - with the Ronnie Greer Blues Band
A delightful return to the warm audience and intimate acoustics of Down Arts Centre for an evening of swinging blues and jazz with Ronnie Greer and his hand-picked band of musicians. Should be fun, as always - keep an eye on the Down Arts Centre website HERE for the full details...
SATURDAY APRIL 6: KINROSS Glenfarg Folk Feast, 8pm
Back in the arms of the wonderful Glenfarg Folk Club for their annual FolkFeast Festival, with some songs from a brand new album, Our Lady of the Wind and Rain. Should be a wonderful weekend of events, and I'm always glad to be among friends in this fine location, backstage at the Green Hotel in Kinross. Keep an eye on the Glenfarg Folk Club website for details HERE.
THURSDAY APRIL 11: LEEK Foxlowe Arts Centre, Cuckoo's Nest Folk Club
A return to Staffordshire for a show upstairs at the lovely Foxlowe Arts Centre, following on from my successful stint as special guest of Barbara Dickson during the Leek Arts Festival in the spring of 2018. Keep an eye here for further details as I have them...
FRIDAY MAY 24: ENNISKILLEN Ardhowen Theatre, 9pm
Back in Fermanagh with some songs old and new, as part of the tour in support of the new album. Keep an eye on the Ardhowen website for ticket details HERE.