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.




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

OTL-The Swingtime Starlets
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm

Friday 25 January, 1.00PM

Tickets £8.00 (including lunch)

The Swingtime Starlets are an all-professional close harmony trio, who perform songs from the 40’s Wartime Era, Hollywood’s Golden Age and Retro Pop!

Get your toes tapping, your sweetheart swaying, your jitterbug jiving and become entranced in the romance as this diverse, dynamic duo transport you through the eras of Swing, Jazz and Blues.

Let their renditions of the Great American Songbook and Hollywood’s Golden Era transport you through the years with their beguiling voices, close harmonies & vintage style!

Doors | Unreserved Seating

OTL-Teddy Thompson with support from Dori Freeman
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm

Friday 25 January, 8.00pm
Tickets £15.00

An acclaimed singer-songwriter with a career that has consistently garnered critical praise. NPR proclaims that he’s “the musical equivalent of an arrow to the heart,” while The New York Times calls his work “beautifully finessed.” Teddy released his first, self-titled album in 2000.

Thompson also toured as part of Rosanne Cash’s band before signing with Verve. Soon after, Thompson released his much lauded 2006 sophomore album Separate Ways, which demonstrated how much his songwriting, performing and record-making skills had evolved since his debut.

It was followed in 2007 by Up Front & Down Low, a collection of personally charged readings of classic American country songs that demonstrated Thompson’s increased assurance as a performer and interpreter.

In 2008, Thompson released the upbeat and highly acclaimed, A Piece of What You Need, which was declared “one of this year’s best” by The Guardian and debuted at #9 in the UK charts. A fifth studio effort, Bella, was released February 2011 to much acclaim and led to touring the world with Elton John among other things.

In 2014 Thompson gathered his musical clan to release Family, one of the folk records of the year which garnered a multi-page, in depth piece from The New York Times magazine.

In 2016 Teddy released Little Windows, a record of original duets with singer Kelly Jones. The album was recorded live to tape and features an all-star band of backing musicians. Teddy also produced Dori Freeman’sdebut album which was hailed by The New York Times as one of the year’s best.

2017 saw the release of the long-awaited Shelby Lynn & Allsion Moorer duets record produced by Thompson.

OTL-The Delines-SOLD OUT
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm

In association with Real Music Club

Saturday 26 January, 8.00pm
Tickets £15.00

The Delines debut album Colfax surprised fans and critics alike. The band had only been together a week when they went into the studio and cut the record.

Uncut gave it 9/10 stars and praised its “widescreen romanticism”, calling it “the richest collection of songs Vlautin has written.” Evoking the feel of a beat-up Dusty Springfield or a weary Rickie Lee Jones, Colfax made a dozen top ten records of the year lists and the Delines sold out venues in the UK, Ireland, and had successful tours in the Europe and Australia.

The Guardian declared them the surprise hit of the End of the Road festival and then it all came to a stop. Lead singer Amy Boone was hit by a car and put into the hospital and recovery for many months, finally putting the band on hold for over three years.

Amy is finally on the mend and The Delines are back with their sophomore effort released next January ahead of their UK tour.

The Delines are led by vocalist Amy Boone( The Damnations, TX), the keyboard and horn work of Cory Gray, Tucker Jackson (The Minus 5) on pedal steel, as well as Richmond Fontaine members: Sean Oldham, Freddie Trujillo, and Willy Vlautin.

Vlautin, the acclaimed novelist and songwriter for Richmond Fontaine, has penned all ten tracks. Vlautin’s book Lean on Pete was recently released as a major motion picture. Richmond Fontaine broke up in 2016 after releasing over ten records.

Doors 7.45pm | Limited Unreserved Seating

OTL- The Once
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm

Sunday 27 January, 2.00pm
Tickets £10.00

Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story. Within the nine songs on their new album Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career.

They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they’ve always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls “perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on.”

The Once are propelled by the rare chemistry that comes from a decade of writing and touring together. Their songs have been placed in international film and television, they have YouTube videos with millions of hits, and there’s a trail of trophy nominations and wins from the East Coast Music Awards, the Canadian Folk Awards, and the JUNO Awards in their wake.

Since first hitting the road in 2009, The Once has earned one of the most loyal followings in the country. Geraldine Hollett’s voice is a large part of the band’s ethereal sound, and there is nowhere it would sit better than in between the rhythmic and supportive voices of Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale, and the lush soundscapes they build.

The trio’s instrumentation and vocals meld together like gold, building something stronger together than any one songwriter could muster alone. Their harmonies grab you by the heart, and their music melts what’s left of it. Building on the wave of creative energy that defined their last album, Time Enough is a striking and subtle sea change for the band. Dive in, get lost, click repeat.

Doors 1.45pm | Unreserved Seating

OTL-Mull Historical Society
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm

Sunday 27 January, 8.00PM

Tickets £14.00

Colin MacIntyre – aka Mull Historical Society – has been rather busy these last few years. Most notably, the man responsible for 2001’s gold-selling debut album Loss wrote his debut novel in 2015 and The Letters of Ivor Punch went on to win the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award.

More recently, Colin has released two new stories; The Boy In The Bubble is a memoir about growing up on the Isle of Mull, while The Humdrum Drum is his first children’s picture book and comes complete with accompanying CD of original related songs and an audiobook.

Thankfully for fans of the Mull Historical Society side of his persona, he has just released his first music in over two years. Wakelines is produced by Bernard Butler and features songs about family, home, islands, dreams and travel.

This is Colin’s eighth album and from the title track onwards it is another collection of masterful, no holds barred, joyously quirky, epic pop.

Born into a family of writers and storytellers, Colin is a descendant of the Gaelic warrior-poet, Duncan Ban MacIntyre, and grew up on the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides (pop. 2,500 people, 26,268 sheep).

Doors 7:30pm | Limited Unreserved Seating

Queertopia- The Lab
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm

The Lab is BACK with a gaggle of gorgeous new entertainers and performers to keep your queer juices flowing! With the usual antics from Dick and C*nt, we have new faces galore giving drag, poetry, comedy, dance and unashamed fabulousness!

Contact us

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

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

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