Brian Houston set to perform again at Opera House after sell-out concert

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Following his sold-out performance in February 2011, Brian Houston returns to Belfast’s historic Grand Opera House on Friday March 16 to launch his brand new studio album, Shelter.

Brian Houston and the Rollin Rhythm Revue is a brand new show described as a mix of gospel, rhythm and blues; the Soul of Sam Cook meets the grit of Sister Rosetta Tharp.

The new record has been recorded at home in Belfast, on the scenic North Coast of Ireland and in Nashville, Tennessee. It has been mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

Shelter represents a significant change in style for Brian Houston. Its funk, soul, rock and gospel blues combine to create an incendiary mix of electrified Americana. It also features the glorious soaring soulful background vocals provided by the world famous McCrary Sisters (Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley). From the moment you press play this music takes you on a roller-coaster that, once finished, you can’t wait to climb back on again.

It is Brian’s most exciting record to date and credit must go to its American producer Tre Sheppard. Tre not only engineered and mixed the record but set up a potential world first - a live session with the McCrary Sisters that was recorded and engineered in Nashville but produced in Portstewart via Skype !

Last year was yet another busy and demanding one for Brian, with tours of the United Kingdom, Canada and America taking him far from home for most of the last 12 months. It seems appropriate then that during this brief spell back in Belfast; Houston is launching his new album and performing again at the Grand Opera House.

The one time Harland and Wolff Carpenter has also recorded a performance for BBC’s Songs of Praise, scheduled for broadcast nationally on Sunday 11 March and worldwide on Saturday 14 April to commemorate the construction and loss of RMS Titanic.

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