Culture Day-Little Lullabies: Opera for Babies
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

As part of Culture Night, NI Opera are bringing our popular event for children aged 0-24 months, Little Lullabies, to the Black Box.

Babies will join Northern Ireland Opera singers on the The Rainbow Boat for an adventure through the music of some of opera’s best loved stories.

Combining music, amazing live operatic voices, bright colours, textures, bubbles and finger puppets, Little Lullabies is an ideal first musical experience for babies and parents in the fun and relaxed environment of The Black Box as part of Belfast’s Culture Day. The event is suitable for babies and toddlers between the ages of 0-24 months and their parents/guardians.

This event is free but please register at [email protected] stating whether you’d like to attend the 2 p.m, 3 p.m. or 4 p.m session.

Back Track Soul Night
Sep 21 @ 9:00 pm

Back Track events feature a dance floor friendly spectrum of records from classic ’60’s Detroit Motown sounds through to the Northern Soul vibes of the infamous Wigan Casino era right up to the smooth Philly grooves of the ’70’s-something there for every fan of good soul music!

As always Back Track dj’s will only be spinning vinyl letting you hear great soul music as it should be heard- on original records.

Paddy Godfrey
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm

Paddy Godfrey is solo country, folk and blues musician from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Drawing inspiration from people like Johnny Cash, Waylon and more.

Beats & Pieces Big Band
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm

Beats & Pieces Big Band take the big band sound to places it’s never been before.

Their distinctive blend of high energy and precise interplay, makes for an infectious floor-filling night of music. Individually, each band member is at the top of their game, but this is all about the collective interplay; tight, dynamic, and relentlessly driven!
The 14-strong ensemble has earned a reputation for their joy-filled live shows, delivering a set that swings from the get go.

A driving force of the vibrant Manchester music scene, we are delighted to present Beat & Pieces big band to Belfast for the first time ever, this September. Bring your dancing shoes.

“A big band with the feel and dynamics of a small group and the force and impact of an orchestra” – AJ Dehany, London Jazz

“News Fast becoming one of the foundations of the current UK jazz scene, Beats & Pieces make fun, grooving, high- impact music Mancunian style… continuing the great tradition of UK big bands” – Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3

Trish Clowes ‘My Iris’ Quartet
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm

Trish Clowes is one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition, working today. Her current project ‘My Iris’ features Ross Stanley (piano/Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar) and James Maddren (drums), creating a sound that is thrilling and darkly funky, reminiscent of the work of Weather Report.

The exhilarating mix of organ-powered funk, fast-walking swing, and bursts of free-jazz spikiness, will leave you rattled and hungry for more. This is music that feels nourishing and essential.

Lauded for her imaginative approach, Clowes leads charge in the contemporary UK jazz scene. Having released two albums under ‘My Iris’ to critical acclaim (through Basho Records), the band has performed across Europe, winning fans and critics wherever they play. The most recent release ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’ is inspired by ideas and themes from Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film ‘Arrival’ and truly captures the familiar yet otherworldly mood.

We are delighted to welcome Trish Clowes ‘My Iris’ project to Belfast this Autumn.

“A high intensity mercurial workout provides further evidence that Clowes is an improviser to be reckoned with”- Giovanni Russonello, Downbeat

“Listen, and then listen again, if only to remind yourself that this beautiful other world really does exist”- Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

The Hillbilly Moon Explosion
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm

Make a date with The Hillbilly Moon Explosion who will be scattering electric, eclectic musical sound beams around the Black Box!

This band’s Rock ‘n’ Roll is exhilarating and musically diverse with echoes of southern Rockabilly, Mexican Mariachi, and 50s Sci Fi. A half-English 4-piece group, The Hillbilly Moon Explosion can mostly be found in the unlikely habitat of Zurich, Switzerland, where they have honed their craft over many years. Searching for the right sound they’ve previously recorded in San Diego, Camden and Tooting, but for their latest album they went back to their local Swiss studio, the place where they made their first rockabilly recordings and where they had plenty of time to get the sounds they wanted. As a result their latest album, With Monsters and Gods, is certainly their best release to date.

Operating at full creative tilt, the group are currently promoting the CD on a tour of ten European countries. After a six year gap (they have previously appeared at the Jazz Café, the Punk Rebellion Festival and the Boomtown Festival, and were guests of the Swiss national team at the London Olympics) they are back in the UK. After dropping in at London’s Borderline and the Cathedral Quarter festival in Belfast, they will finally reach Enniskillen, a place they already know as friendly and welcoming and which is, we are told, close their hearts!
The band have become quite an online and vinyl phenomenon with more than 13 million YouTube views of the video for Tattoos of My Love for Evermore. Much revered in France, they were hired to help resurrect the career of the film star and singer Arielle Dombasle who recorded a collection of Hillbilly Moon cover versions with them for release on the Universal label.

The Hillybilly Moon Explosion musicians – Emanuela Hutter, chanteuse, Oliver Baroni, vocals, piano and stand-up bass, Duncan James on guitar and Sylvain Petite on drums – are expecting to well and truly rock the house.

Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm

An evening with Texas Country Music Star Jeff Clayborn in the Green Room Café @ The Black Box Theatre. Relax to real country storytelling at its best by JC and his band with special performances by Pete Kennedy and Shannen Carroll. Open Seating… Doors open at 7pm.


Judith Owen
Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm

Judith Owen singer-songwriter and pianist is currently riding the wave of a tremendous couple of years – recently capped of with ‘redisCOVERed”with two consecutive albums making
“The Top 100 Album” The Times Culture (UK) – 2018 and 2016 “Somebody’s Child”
5 Star live reviews from a recent sold out Ronnie Scott’s London show.

★★★★★ The Times (UK)
“The singer-pianist shuffled the jukebox in a set of daring cover versions in which she revealed unexpected depths…a stunning evening”
Clive Davis

★★★★★ ArtInfo / Forbes / Dante
“Sensationally good reworkings of songs. Judith reveals the depths that Drake and Ed Sheeran never knew they had, revisits the beauty of Joni Mitchell and does Deep Purple as you have never known before. Extraordinary, frankly: must see, and hear.”
Mark Beech (author of “All You Need is Rock”)”

Record Collector
“an artist, who’s hard to classify, but impossible not to love” Andy Rawll

Her live performances, whether as a headliner or as the handpicked opening act for Bryan Ferry’s recent tours of Europe and North America, have been wowing listeners and gaining fans including fellow artist Jackson Browne, who said of Owen’s onstage prowess: “It’s a masterclass on how a show should be done.”

Los Dramáticos
Oct 10 @ 9:00 pm

Los Dramáticos invite you on a musical voyage around the Spanish-speaking world. Our sound is a mix of flamenco guitar, the charango – a 10-string from the high Andes – and vocal harmonies with which we interpret well-known songs and melodies from both sides of the Atlantic. If you like joyful melodies, hot beats and tragic lyrics join us in the Green Room on Saturday for some passionate Latin grooves. Dancers welcome!

**CANCELLED** Sinnerboy play Rory Gallagher
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm

Top international tribute band, Sinnerboy return for their 17th annual Irish tour to play more of the epic music of the late, great Rory Gallagher.

Sinnerboy, from Manchester, have a huge reputation for faithfully recapturing the sound and excitement of a live “Rory gig”. They have played a major role in promoting the revival of Rory’s music in the last seventeen years and apart from gigging extensively in Europe, have headlined Rory Gallagher tribute events in Ireland, Italy, Austria, UK, Holland, Germany, Greece, Spain, Norway and the USA.

Rory Gallagher, who sadly passed away in 1995, was born in Ballyshannon and reared in Cork. He had a huge impact on the world of blues and rock and was Ireland’s first real |”rock star” – blazing the trail for many major Irish acts to follow on the international stage. Apart from being recognised as one of the greatest ever exponents of the electric guitar, Rory Gallagher left behind an enduring musical legacy which has received fresh recognition over recent years. He was a prolific composer and in his lifetime recorded no fewer than fifteen albums of highly original and soulful blues and rock material.

Sinnerboy will bring out the very best of Rory Gallagher’s music at their upcoming gig. With a repertoire that covers every era of the late Rory’s career they guarantee another blistering performance!

“This is the proof that my brother’s music lives on” Donal Gallagher.

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 Film Hub NI BFI Cinema Children In Need