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Calendar

Mar
30
Mon
Postponed – WOMEN CARERS MUSIC PROJECT
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Women Carers Music Project

The Black Box has been invited as a partner organisation by the Oh Yeah Music Centre to deliver a relaxed and interactive music-based project for women and female-identifying carers.

The project is free to attend, no music experience is necessary just an interest in meeting new people and exploring ways of connecting through music!

The project will be led by you as members of the group supported by experienced musicians and facilitators.

Date; The project will begin Monday 27th January 2-4pm and take place once a week for twelve weeks. You do not have to attend all sessions so don’t worry if you have missed one you can still join in!

Location; The sessions will take place at the Black Box venue, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA.

Session structure; Each session will be structured like this: First half-hour: Tea/Coffee and an opportunity to chat with the rest of the group, then a one hour relaxed Music Workshop which will take on a number of themes/topics/styles determined by the group’s interests and then another half hour for tea/coffee and more opportunity for chat at the end.

Session One: ‘Introduction to Music and Music Making’ with Seonaid Murray.

We will discuss our favourite types of Music – feel free to bring any of your favourite albums with you for a ‘Desert Island Discs’ style session!

Session Two: ‘Dance and Movement’ with Charmaine McMeekin.

Charmaine is one of our most popular facilitators. She always brings a lot of fun, great tunes and creative freedom to her sessions!

Session Three: Tessa Ann from The Sound Healing Spa.

Tessa will bring along ‘singing bowls’ and relaxation techniques to this calming and soothing ‘sound bath’

Sessions Four – Twelve will be developed from the interests of the group

If you want to bring the person you care for with you, there will be a multi-sensory workshop with adults 18+ with learning disabilities taking place alongside the session in the room next door. If you are unable to attend because of your caring responsibilities please get in contact with us to see what we can arrange to enable you to take part.

If you are interested in finding out more, registering for the project, or want to ask any questions, please email Seonaid at [email protected] or give us a call! 02890244400

Apr
5
Sun
Compañía Maria “la Serrana”- SANTUARIO
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm

Compañía María “la Serrana” brings sizzling flamenco from the heart of Seville. In SANTUARIO Maira takes us into the mystical side of Andalucía, accompanied by the best gypsy artists of the moment. A truly passionate flamenco show, not to be missed!

In SANTUARIO will go deep into the flamenco styles that are somehow sacred for the flamenco community. In this show she brings to stage all the styles that were at the roots of constructing flamenco-art; The petenera that weeps the fate of the persecuted jews, the sensual zambra that were danced among gypsies and mores in the caves of the sacramonte, and the solemn soleares, which became the prayer of the gypsy community. There are styles calles saetas which we sing in precessions and alborea’s at the gypsy wedding.
With Santuario María will celebrate her 25 years on stage as a professional flamenco artist with a month-long international tour through Ireland, Holland, Belgium UK, and Malta. Of course, she will bring her dream team of singer Juan José Amador and Pepe de Pura, guitarist Luis Amador and spectacular dancer Antonio Moreno “”Polito””. For this show, local dancer Andrea da Silva will shine on stage with these Spanish artists.

 

Apr
6
Mon
Postponed – WOMEN CARERS MUSIC PROJECT
Apr 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Women Carers Music Project

The Black Box has been invited as a partner organisation by the Oh Yeah Music Centre to deliver a relaxed and interactive music-based project for women and female-identifying carers.

The project is free to attend, no music experience is necessary just an interest in meeting new people and exploring ways of connecting through music!

The project will be led by you as members of the group supported by experienced musicians and facilitators.

Date; The project will begin Monday 27th January 2-4pm and take place once a week for twelve weeks. You do not have to attend all sessions so don’t worry if you have missed one you can still join in!

Location; The sessions will take place at the Black Box venue, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA.

Session structure; Each session will be structured like this: First half-hour: Tea/Coffee and an opportunity to chat with the rest of the group, then a one hour relaxed Music Workshop which will take on a number of themes/topics/styles determined by the group’s interests and then another half hour for tea/coffee and more opportunity for chat at the end.

Session One: ‘Introduction to Music and Music Making’ with Seonaid Murray.

We will discuss our favourite types of Music – feel free to bring any of your favourite albums with you for a ‘Desert Island Discs’ style session!

Session Two: ‘Dance and Movement’ with Charmaine McMeekin.

Charmaine is one of our most popular facilitators. She always brings a lot of fun, great tunes and creative freedom to her sessions!

Session Three: Tessa Ann from The Sound Healing Spa.

Tessa will bring along ‘singing bowls’ and relaxation techniques to this calming and soothing ‘sound bath’

Sessions Four – Twelve will be developed from the interests of the group

If you want to bring the person you care for with you, there will be a multi-sensory workshop with adults 18+ with learning disabilities taking place alongside the session in the room next door. If you are unable to attend because of your caring responsibilities please get in contact with us to see what we can arrange to enable you to take part.

If you are interested in finding out more, registering for the project, or want to ask any questions, please email Seonaid at [email protected] or give us a call! 02890244400

Apr
17
Fri
POSTPONED-BlackBoxRecorder- Junk Drawer
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm

With the imprint of Krautrock, post-punk, and psychedelia, Belfast’s Junk Drawer play intuitively loose and idiosyncratic indie rock that mines anthems from their crate-digging tendencies. Featuring four multi-instrumentalists & vocalists fluid in their roles, they’re driven by the inevitable harmony and discordance that comes from the sibling creative rivalry at the helm.

Launched as part of Black Box Recorder on Friday, April 17th, Junk Drawer’s ‘Ready For The House’ is released via Art For Blind records, with lead single ‘Year of the Sofa’ (described as a ‘slo-mo guitar pop jewel’ by CLASH) winning Best Single at the NI Music Prize 2019, making them the first DIY band to take home a prize at the annual ceremony. Across eight tracks, the band filter their typically broad range of influences to deliver a brutally honest, yet sardonic exploration of some stone-cold classics: anxiety, depression, social conscience, chronic illness and identity.

Tickets £6. Ticket + Ready For The House (Vinyl) LP £20 (collect LP on the night)

Support on the night comes from the Bonk and Big Daisy.

THE BONK

The Bonk is a musical project based around compositions by Waterford musician and songwriter, Philip Christie. Gathering influences from 60’s garage, jazz and experimental pop, recursive rhythms and improvised melodies are brought together in loose minimalist song forms.

The group’s first collection of recordings, The Bonk Seems To Be A Verb, was released as a limited edition cassette via Drogheda label thirtythree-45 in October 2017. In the time since, the band has been recording new material for a planned release in 2020. May Feign, the latest single from this new clump is available as a digital download from Bandcamp.

https://thebonk.bandcamp.com/

BIG DAISY

Big Daisy are a Belfast based noise pop band, born out of a mutual love for whiny lyrics and big noisy sounds. Sometimes ripping off Weezer’s Blue Album but mostly spewing regrets about life. Formed in Jan 2020.

https://bigdaisyband.bandcamp.com/

Apr
18
Sat
postponed- Saffyre
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm

Co. Down Band Saffyre return to Belfast for their first Headline Show at the Black Box. This promises to be an evening of stunning vocal harmonies and finely crafted original songs.

Saffyre is made up of sisters Shauneen and Maria and cousin Emma. The girls grew up in a large family where music and singing was a huge part of their lives. Singing together since they were children the girls were influenced by artists such as U2, The Corrs, ColdPlay Oasis, Norah Jones and Shania Twain. The melodies and harmonies which are signature to the Saffyre sound have been honed and perfected over years of recording and live performance. In May 2017 the band released the track ‘Run For Your Life’ produced by Grammy Award winner Jim Jonsin in Florida USA, who along with his team of writers, wrote the song with the girls. Their follow up releases are continuing to establish the group on the commercial scene alongside some of the best and most credible up and coming writers and performers in the Country.

 

Apr
20
Mon
Postponed – WOMEN CARERS MUSIC PROJECT
Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Women Carers Music Project

The Black Box has been invited as a partner organisation by the Oh Yeah Music Centre to deliver a relaxed and interactive music-based project for women and female-identifying carers.

The project is free to attend, no music experience is necessary just an interest in meeting new people and exploring ways of connecting through music!

The project will be led by you as members of the group supported by experienced musicians and facilitators.

Date; The project will begin Monday 27th January 2-4pm and take place once a week for twelve weeks. You do not have to attend all sessions so don’t worry if you have missed one you can still join in!

Location; The sessions will take place at the Black Box venue, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA.

Session structure; Each session will be structured like this: First half-hour: Tea/Coffee and an opportunity to chat with the rest of the group, then a one hour relaxed Music Workshop which will take on a number of themes/topics/styles determined by the group’s interests and then another half hour for tea/coffee and more opportunity for chat at the end.

Session One: ‘Introduction to Music and Music Making’ with Seonaid Murray.

We will discuss our favourite types of Music – feel free to bring any of your favourite albums with you for a ‘Desert Island Discs’ style session!

Session Two: ‘Dance and Movement’ with Charmaine McMeekin.

Charmaine is one of our most popular facilitators. She always brings a lot of fun, great tunes and creative freedom to her sessions!

Session Three: Tessa Ann from The Sound Healing Spa.

Tessa will bring along ‘singing bowls’ and relaxation techniques to this calming and soothing ‘sound bath’

Sessions Four – Twelve will be developed from the interests of the group

If you want to bring the person you care for with you, there will be a multi-sensory workshop with adults 18+ with learning disabilities taking place alongside the session in the room next door. If you are unable to attend because of your caring responsibilities please get in contact with us to see what we can arrange to enable you to take part.

If you are interested in finding out more, registering for the project, or want to ask any questions, please email Seonaid at [email protected] or give us a call! 02890244400

Apr
29
Wed
POSTPONED- A Night to Remember with The French Martinis
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm

Starting up in 2018, The French Martinis have begun to take a huge step forward in the Belfast music scene. The band features experienced musicians trained to degree level as they are finishing their final year at Queen’s.

The band mixes jazz, funk, soul and pop to create songs with a colourful sound, catchy melodies and infectious grooves filling the dancefloor wherever they perform.

Taking inspiration from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars, The French Martinis are always ready to deliver a high energy performance combined with polished musicianship and a varied repertoire moving seamlessly from old school tracks to modern hits.

The most distinct aspect of The French Martinis music is the joy of performing together!

Come and join the party with the one and only French Martinis. Let’s make it the ultimate night to remember!

May
11
Mon
QUB Big Band Spring Concert
May 11 @ 7:30 pm

Queen’s University Belfast – Big Band – Directed by Stephen Barnett

Our traditional concert of spring favourites from the jazz and big band repertoire. Please join us at the popular Black Box venue in the Cathedral Quarter to enjoy a night of traditional and modern classics for Big Band.

May
15
Fri
POSTPONED-The Victory Rollers
May 15 @ 7:30 pm

“If swing is your thing or you’re a rockabilly baby, this evening is sure to be your can of spam. As the trio’s voices blend in close harmony, you’ll be transported back in time with the sounds of the gramophone and the jukebox years.A dance floor is available to lindy hop till you drop with swing classics such as Benny Goodman’s ‘Sing, Sing Sing!’ and the Andrews Sister’s ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’. You can jump and jive along to ‘Stupid Cupid’, or sit back and enjoy classics like ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘Mister Sandman’.So if you’re ‘In The Mood’ for a rare vintage experience, this show will be just the ticket.

“Brilliant!” : John Toal, Radio Ulster

Audience Reviews:”Impeccable… DIVINE voices and harmonies”

“AMAZING I was truly transported back in time”

“A joy to watch and listen to”

“Harmonies amazing, choreography spot on”

“Flawless”

Jun
5
Fri
The Soda Popz Summer Hit List!
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm

Following their sell-out Christmas show, the sensational Soda Popz 1950s/60s Rock ‘n’ Roll band are returning to the Black Box on Fri 5 June 2020, bringing all your favourite hits from the 50s and 60s including ‘Summer Holiday’, ‘Wipeout’, ‘Tequila’ and more! So ‘Let’s Twist Again’ to this fantastic, authentic band and start your Summer with a swing and a smile!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Best night ever! The Soda Popz are just brilliant and the dancefloor was jumping!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 We saw The Soda Popz last night in Armagh. Brilliant show, brilliant nights entertainment.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Thank you Soda Popz. I was transported back to my childhood days…I knew every song you played and loved them all. You are a wonderful uplifting set of entertainers.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The audience are always so enthusiastic for this band, jiving away with abandon and what a set list!

Doors 7:30PM

Start 8:00PM

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