Legendary Belfast band, St Vitus Dance is returning home to play a special one-off gig at the Ulster Museum this Saturday (November 16).
Led by singer/songwriter, Noel Burke (best known for his three year stint with Echo & the Bunnymen in the early 1990s) St. Vitus Dance will play a unique semi-acoustic set.
Formed in Belfast in the mid 1980’s, the band released their first album, the critically well received “Love Me Love My Dogma” on Probe Plus in 1987.
Shortly afterwards the band decamped to Liverpool, only to disintegrate following a communal realization that London was not the only metropolis lacking gilded cobblestones.
Burke’s dalliance with the Bunnymen followed and when it ended in 1993, decided to pursue a career in teaching in his adopted Merseyside home.
In 2005 the members of St. Vitus Dance were approached by the organisers of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Festival with a view to reforming the band for a one-off show. The success of this gig led to Noel writing new material and the band returning to the studio to record their first album in over twenty years, 2008’s “Glypotheque.”
The band’s most recent album, “Bystanders” is a consistently melodic album of infinite variety and strong songwriting. Burke’s songs mine a rich seam of wry observation, literate wit, exasperation and, in the case of the coalition baiting “A Lot to Learn”, barbed political satire.
The band will be playing a set comprised of songs handpicked from their long and illustrious repertoire. Noel has even promised to perform a few Bunnymen numbers on his own, allowing the other band members the opportunity to make for the bar.