Sinead O’Brien
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm

Foggy Notions & The Black Box Presents Sinead O’Brien 
Friday 28th October
Doors 8pm
18+ Standing show (limited unreserved seating)

“a singular and visceral talent”  Sunday Times Culture

“hugely exciting”  The Quietus

“Quite simply, O’Brien is a hell of a performer”  NME

Communing at the triangulation of words, music and image, O’Brien has always conjured powerful worlds: but none more powerful, or as immersive, than on her debut record Time Bend and Break The Bower, due for release June 10th via Chess Club Records. Sinead performs live at the Black Box as part of her Ireland/UK & Europe Album tour.  In the space that exists between her delivery – at once wry, silky, vicious, and self-assured – and the music – a dynamic, dancing call-and-response from her collaborators, guitarist Julian Hanson and drummer Oscar Robertson – lies a productive tension. Using a method of creating on-instinct, in constant communication with multisensory cues, O’Brien is carving out a space as a musical oracle for an ever-shifting era. 

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ‘HOLY COUNTRY’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk0f9_nwo6A 

Since 2020, O’Brien has garnered international critical acclaim from titles like Rolling Stone, DIY, Dazed, Dork, Loud & Quiet, NME, Paste, Stereogum, The FADER, The Guardian, The Quietus, and AnOther Magazine, among others. O’Brien has also been consistently supported on national radio: she counts Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1, and Steve Lamacq and Amy Lamé at BBC Radio 6 Music as champions of her music, with the latter station giving two tracks a spot on their B List. And O’Brien is building on her US support from the likes of Seattle’s KEXP alongside appearances at SXSW – in virtual form in 2021, and live with her band in Texas later this spring.

With a background on the design teams for John Galliano and, later, Vivienne Westwood, it’s no surprise that raven-haired O’Brien’s cultural touchstones also span a rich history of art, photography, film, dance and movement: from Helmut Newton femme fatales and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s bleak landscapes, to modern performance by Michael Clark and Michael Laub companies, to the writings of Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett. Recently also tapped by Gucci to perform, it’s clear that O’Brien’s esoteric instincts will continue to inspire those beyond the industry as well as within it.


Exhibition – Susan Hughes and Una Woods @ The Green Room
Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
‘Only The Stripped Thing’ 
During 2020-2022 Belfast writer Una Woods provided artist Susan Hughes with a selection of her poems to respond to visually. Susan sat with isolated fragments of the poems and then slowly composed abstract collages in response. Una and Susan have never spoken to one another or met in person. The success of their quiet dialogue comes from shared subject matter, a common sensitivity and way of looking at the world and through the respect they have for one another’s work.
Turquoise and grey collage with a short poem.
Susan Hughes is a multi-media artist and fiddle player from Belfast. She graduated with a Masters in Art from the University of Ulster in 2021. She is a current participant of the Freelands Foundation Artists’ Programme and is a studio holder at Orchid Studios, Belfast. Hughes has completed many artist residencies in Ireland and Scandinavia where she has used her fiddle playing as a bartering tool to gain access to local stories.
Una Woods is a Belfast writer whose stories, prose pieces and poems have been published in collections in Ireland the UK and America.  Her writing reflects a stripped landscape of early consciousness from the atmosphere of city roads and streets to the countryside of Co Down. Her play  ‘Grace before meals’ has toured Ireland with Cello Productions.

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