Maria Doyle Kennedy
The Black Box
Wednesday 12th Dec
Tickets at £14.50 (£12 for Black Box Members)
Maria Doyle Kennedy is an acclaimed singer and actor. She has spent 5 years wandering the globe with her family preparing songs for the new album and performing constantly as well as filming cult TV show Orphan Black. Her last album was released in October on her own label Mermaid Records.
Maria collaborated with Feist & Jarvis Cocker on a video for the song *Century* from Feist’s new album. The project was a crazy mash-up of Westside story and Thriller and featured Maria & Feist as dance-off gang leaders….
In May 2014 Maria featured on the Paul Noonan album *Printer Clips* with Joan As Policewoman and Martha Wainwright amongst others.
Recent acting credits include *Orphan Black*, *The Conjuring 2* and *Sing Street*.
Maria’s previous album *Sing* released in 2012 featured duets with Damien Rice, Paul Brady and John Prine. Ireland’s Leading music mag Hot Press described Sing as *Maria’s Masterpiece*.
Maria writes and performs with husband Kieran Kennedy and along with the new album “Maria Doyle Kennedy” they have also completed their first short film *A Different Kind Of Day* written and directed by Maria, produced and scored by Kieran.
Maria Doyle Kennedy one of Ireland’s most gifted and versatile female artists and has forged a name and held her own in diverse arenas from film and TV to her career as a singer-songwriter. She has spent the best part of 20 years performing live all over the world to audiences ranging from the many thousands who have enjoyed her show at festivals including Glastonbury, Oxegen, Cambridge Folk Festival, and recently TradFest in Dublin to the more intimate theatre concerts.
There are songs that have defined our lives through the good times and the bad, you have heard
them sheltering at the crossroads of misery and abandon, you have heard them at the alter of ecstasy
and elation. Songs that portray everything from sin, murder, love, death, regret and hope to songs
that are simply enjoyed for their time defying melodies and their inexplicable lifting of the soul.
When such songs and music are discussed there is one name that is routinely referred to…
TOM WAITS. Mr Waits has spent his lifetime fathoming the depth of power of the written word
through the art form of music, amounting to a force that conveys emotions that are seldom captured
in any other artistic form.
For the past year Irish audiences have witnessed an incendiary show performed by BONE MACHINE,
that captures the character and musical genius of Tom Waits. An exhilarating performance that’s
playing to packed houses of increasingly adoring fans. The world of Mr Waits is uniquely presented
with a characteristic authority rarely harnessed by mere mortals within any single show to date. Bone
Machine are a band of internationally renowned touring and recording musicians that perform a
firebrand, melancholic, and punk jazz set of Tom Waits songs. The band comprises Jack Healy on
vocals and social strategy, Martin O’Malley on guitars and sonic sculpting, Jon O’Connell on bass and
positive vibes and Adam Shapiro on drums and rhythmic karma.
BONE MACHINE are the crusading dark horses that keep the mysteries of life alive, offering an
escape route and destination to anyone seeking liberation from the norm.
A night out with Bone Machine will reinforce your belief in the songs of Tom Waits. From Martha to
Downtown Train this band bring the heart, atmosphere and sweat to performances brimming with a
ramshackle sophistication and honesty that the songs of Waits are universally celebrated for.
Ladies and gentlemen let us present… BONE MACHINE.
Ticket link for BB Members- https://blackboxbelfast.ticketsolve.com/shows/873596531/events
Hollie McNish: 2019 Tour
With Benjamin Zephaniah stating ‘I can’t take my ears off her’, Kate Tempest describing her poetry as ‘welcoming, galvanising and beautiful’ and fans ranging from Emma Watson, Robin Ince, Pink and Tim Minchen, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. She is an Arts Foundation Fellow in Spoken Word, has garnered over ten million YouTube views for her online poetry performances and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.
Her collection, Nobody Told Me, for which she won the Ted Hughes award and for which The Scotsman claimed ‘The world needs this book’, has been translated into French, Spanish and German.
Here, she will be joining us to perform poems, read from and chat honestly and openly from her latest poetry collections.
Expect strong language as she talks fruit and flesh, guilt, sex, politics, death, breasts, transformers and more.
Books will be available to purchase at the event. There will be a book signing afterwards
Hollie McNish is a poet based between Cambridge and Glasgow. She loves writing poetry. She has published three poetry collections Papers, Cherry Pie and Plum, and one poetic memoir on politics and parenthood, Nobody Told Me, of which the Scotsman suggested “The world needs this book” and for which she won the Ted Hughes Award. In 2017 Nobody Told Me was translated into German, French and Spanish and released in the USA.
In 2016 she co-wrote a play Offside with Sabrina Mahfouz, relating the two hundred year history of UK women’s football.
Hollie tours continuously all over the UK and Europe and beyond and is a big fan of online readings – her poetry videos have attracted millions of views worldwide.
‘She writes with honesty, conviction, humour and love. She points out the absurdities we’ve grown too used to and lets us see the world with fresh eyes’ Kate Tempest
‘Her rhymes have a driving quality, urgent words pinning down fleeting feelings’ Observer
‘Wonderful’ Davina McCall
‘Will make you laugh and cry with her’ Red Magazine
Photo credit Kat Gollock