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Calendar

Jan
3
Thu
Exhibition-Alana Barton
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm

Dreamed of Places is a series of paintings by Alana Barton. The works feature both figurative and abstract elements that explore the use of colour to convey ideas of dream like states and alternative realities.
Taking inspiration from cults, alternative cultures and consciousness; sourcing from old photographic material, primarily based on young people integrated with organic forms.

alanabarton.com

Jan
20
Sun
Bert Jansch: Around the World in 80 Plays Belfast Stopover
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm

On 05 December 2018 four guitars were sent on their way around the world by the Bert Jansch Foundation to be played by musicians inspired by Bert Jansch. The guitars have already stopped over with Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler, Graham Coxon and Beth Orten. One of the guitars is coming to Belfast to long time Bert fan Steve McCann.

Steve McCann has shared bills with Martin Carthy, Carine Polwart, Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri playing Jansch material and Jansch inspired originals. He met Bert Jansch on a number of occasions and sought out and spoke with many of Bert’s contemporaries such as John Renbourn, Wizz Jones, Martin Carthy and Jimmy Page.

This event is a celebration of Bert’s music in the intimate Green Room with performances from Steve McCann and Special Guests including;- Colin Harper, writer, musician and Jansch biographer. Tanya Mellotte, songwriter, vocalist, producer. John McGurgan, singer songwriter, touring musician and sound engineer

Sunday 20 January 2019, 7pm at the Green Room, Hill Street Belfast.
Free to Blackbox members, £5 to non members.

https://80plays.bertjanschfoundation.org/

 

 

OTL-John Kearns, Roisin and Chiara + Paul Currie MC
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm

Sunday 20 January, 8.00pm
Tickets £10.00

Tonight’s show marks the launch of Bivouac Comedy Club. Curated and hosted by Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, Paul Currie, Bivouac will feature the best alternative comedy from across the UK and beyond. We’re delighted to host the opening night of Bivouac as part of Out to Lunch.

John Kearns
The only ever winner of both the Best Show and Best Newcomer prize at the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards makes his Northern Irish debut with his ‘richly idiosyncratic comedy, frequently compared to Tony Hancock’ (Guardian).

As seen starring in BBC3’s Top Coppers, guesting on C4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and heard on his own BBC Radio Four series.

Following highly acclaimed, sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and at London’s Soho Theatre, John dons his false teeth and monk wig for this Festival exclusive.

A supreme stand-up – you’re in the hands of a master . -**** GUARDIAN

A true comedy original. – ***** TIME OUT

Bold, hilarious – he’s forged comedy gold – ***** CHORTLE

Roaringly funny, hugely impressive. – **** SCOTSMAN

Roisin and Chiara
Róisín and Chiara’s lightning-paced, rhapsodic storytelling, told in uncanny synchronicity, brings to life a plethora of irresistibly well-observed character vignettes unlike anything else on the scene.

A bubbling, slightly twisted blend of The Mighty Boosh, House of Pain and James Joyce. Call it stream-of-consciousness, messy art-house disco funk comedy. A two-woman character sketch comedy bonanza

Sensual, spiritual, baffling, staggering… hilariously unpredictable. – ***** THREE WEEKS

Meet ‘The Mighty Boosh on acid. – ***** BROADWAYBABY.COM

Redefining live comedy. – VICE.COM

Paul Currie

Beautifully daft, Paul Currie’s shows are comedy in its purest form. A frenzy of silliness and joy, coupled with an at times perfectly pitched melancholy that serves only in making the laughter louder.

The way Currie interacts with the crowd is a marvel in itself as he effortlessly manipulates them with barely a word. The audience are treated with love and respect and it’s hard to see a face that doesn’t grin with childish glee at the antics in the room.

Wish I’d seen him sooner, I’ll be back to see him every year now. Paul Currie was my favourite comedy show of the fringe – STEWART LEE

A unique blast of silly that’s found its groove and place amongst the Fringe’s elite… he’s fast developing a cult following…. everything Currie does has the spirit of Vic and Bob, The Young Ones and everything surreal that’s come before or since. – ***** EDFEST MAGAZINE

Doors 7:45pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
21
Mon
OTL-Nish Kumar – It’s In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves – SOLD OUT
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm

Out to Lunch is proud to welcome Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar on his brand new tour of the UK.

The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUNSTUFF.

He’s the host of The Mash Report which you might have seen on BBC 2, or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven’t spoken to in a while.

As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC2), Taskmaster (Dave), Live From the BBC (Netflix), QI (BBC2) Have I Got News For You (BBC1) and Joel & Nish Vs The World (Netflix/Comedy Central).

‘One of the best young comedians we have.’ – The Times

‘A masterclass by a no-frills stand-up at the height of his powers.’ – The Guardian

‘Intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking and delivered with a passion, urgency and enthusiasm that makes an hour feel like a fantastic ten minutes.’ – Time Out

‘A very clever boy.’ – Nish Kumar

Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
22
Tue
OTL-Catherine Bohart – Immaculate
Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm

Tuesday 22 January, 1.00pm
Tickets £8.00 (including lunch)

Catherine Bohart is the bisexual, OCD daughter of an Irish Catholic Deacon and she’s got a hell of a lot to say about it. We’re delighted to present the premier Belfast performance of her critically acclaimed, debut Edinburgh Fringe show.

Nominee: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018, BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017, BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2016

As seen on Roast Battle UK (Comedy Central)

Writer: BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The News Quiz and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order for BBC

‘The sort of perfectly structured Edinburgh debut you always hope for and rarely get to see’ – ★★★★ THE TIMES

‘Packed full of laughs… she’s destined for great things.’ ★★★★ THE HERALD

‘Well-crafted and beautifully-delivered hour… a star in the making.’ ★★★★ THE SKINNY

‘A winning mixture of self-deprecation and confidence.’ ★★★★ BEYOND THE JOKE

‘A supremely natural quality about her delivery.’ ★★★★ THE LIST

Doors 12:45pm | Unreserved Seating

OTL-Raymond Watson – Unlocking: Yard side/Garden side – Launch of Sonic Art
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm

Raymond Watson – Unlocking: Yard side/Garden side – Launch of Sonic Art

The Black Box (Green Room)

Tuesday 22 January, 7.30PM

Free Event

The artist said, ‘The sound recorded on this LP was created with items from The Crumlin Road Prison Belfast and memories that still echo loud and clear.  ‘The Crum’ as it is known, was a Belfast prison where prisoners involved in the political conflict were held on remand.  I was one of those prisoners.  From the closed confines of a small prison cell, external sounds – keys, grills, locks, footsteps, voices, silence and noises often provided a visual picture of what was happening beyond the locked door – the origin of this ‘sound sculpture’ – hopefully the vision that you will have as a listener will be generated by you, your own confined space and your interaction with this sonic experience.

‘This sonic art grew from an immersive audio visual installation that I created in 2016 and that I first exhibited in February 2017.  The exhibition displayed hundreds of the keys for ‘the Crum’ and an audio track created with those same keys.

‘Items used to sculpt the sonic image are hundreds of the actual Crumlin Road Prison keys and their brass and aluminium ID (identification) tags, a steel prison food tray, an original ‘prison made’ grappling hook (surreptitiously constructed by prisoners intending to escape), locks, grills, echoing memories and my own words.  Additional instrumental music was created by my daughters Toraigh and Dara, on flute and harp, and the nature that blooms in the Glens.’

OTL-Nish Kumar – It’s In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves – SOLD OUT
Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm

Out to Lunch is proud to welcome Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar on his brand new tour of the UK.

The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUNSTUFF.

He’s the host of The Mash Report which you might have seen on BBC 2, or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven’t spoken to in a while.

As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC2), Taskmaster (Dave), Live From the BBC (Netflix), QI (BBC2) Have I Got News For You (BBC1) and Joel & Nish Vs The World (Netflix/Comedy Central).

‘One of the best young comedians we have.’ – The Times

‘A masterclass by a no-frills stand-up at the height of his powers.’ – The Guardian

‘Intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking and delivered with a passion, urgency and enthusiasm that makes an hour feel like a fantastic ten minutes.’ – Time Out

‘A very clever boy.’ – Nish Kumar

Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
23
Wed
OTL-Niamh McGlinchey
Jan 23 @ 1:00 pm

Wednesday 23 January, 1.00pm
Tickets £8.00 (including lunch)

Hailing from Gulladuff in Co. Derry, Niamh’s first instrument was the Mandolin, from there she moved onto the Tin Whistle and finally settling on the guitar.

With firm roots in the folk tradition, Niamh has ventured into Country and Bluegrass and cites as her major influences Cara Dillon, Mary Black, Kate Rusby, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Kimmie Rhodes and Willie Nelson.

An ever-growing profile has seen Niamh release three highly acclaimed albums of covers and original songs and three years touring the UK and Ireland as the opening act for Nathan Carter.

One of the rising stars of Irish Folk and Country, Niamh McGinchey’s star has been very much on the ascendant since we featured her in Out to Lunch in 2013.

Doors 12:45pm | Unreserved Seating

OTL-Steeleye Span 50th Anniversary-SOLD OUT
Jan 23 @ 8:00 pm

Wednesday 23 January, 8.00pm
Tickets £20.00

Space Oddity. Suspicious Minds. Pinball Wizard. Whole Lotta Love. Come Together – 1969 could easily be said to be a vintage year for music, the end of a decade that changed the world and the introduction to one that would prove equally inspirational.

It would also see the birth of a band that would start as an idea to electrify traditional music and would go on to become one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond.

Fifty years on and Steeleye Span are set to mark this incredible milestone with a tour that will celebrate a band that are still as creative and vital now as they were all those years ago.

Led as ever by the iconic Maddy Prior, the latest seven-piece line-up will draw on the group’s incredible history to provide a night of favourites and surprises from down the decades.

Doors 7.45pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
24
Thu
OTL-The Friel Sisters
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm

Thursday 24 January, 1.00pm
Tickets £8.00 (including lunch)

Glasgow born sisters Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians who use their Donegal ancestral culture to create a sound that encompasses the soul of Irish music.

Being siblings helps them achieve a stunningly close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes, interspersed with songs in English and Irish, many from their family and local repertoire.

Since the launch of their debut album, they have performed in various venues and festivals across Europe, America and Asia and have appeared as guests on stage or toured with acts such as Altan, The Chieftains, and Sharon Shannon.

Clare has recently become the Young Traditional Musician of the Year at the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards, the first person Scottish person ever to win this.

The Friel Sisters represent a new strand in traditional Irish music – they superbly balance a contemporary approach with an informed understanding of the Irish origins of their song and music.

Doors 12:45pm | Unreserved Seating

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The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

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Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Black Bush BFI Cinema SurveyApp