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Oct
5
Tue
Black Moon Online!
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We are bringing Black Moon to your living room (or wherever you want to dance and listen to tunes!)

Join us on Vimeo  7-9pm for our at home Black Moon disco.
https://vimeo.com/blackboxbelfast

2nd Feb, 2nd March, 6th April, 4th May, 2nd June, 6th July, 3rd Aug, 7th Sept, 5th Oct, 2nd Nov, 7th Dec

We will also have some themed nights in-between these events to keep the party going at home

Black Moon is a night for and by adults with learning disabilities – giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills. Usually held in the Black Box and is £3 entry or £1 for carers or support workers

Oct
7
Thu
LUCA STRICAGNOLI CHANGE OF RULES TOUR 2021
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm


LUCA STRICAGNOLI CHANGE OF RULES TOUR 2021

With very special guest Meg Pfeiffer

UK & IRELAND DATES

Tickets £17.50+booking fee

Doors 7pm

Music 8pm

After three albums, his music videos having internet views in the hundreds of millions and multiple sold out world tours, the sensational Luca Stricagnoli is to return to the UK & Ireland playing shows across 19 cities!

Celebrating the release of his new album ‘Change of Rules’ and with very special guest Meg Pfeiffer…music lovers, this is one not to be missed!!!

LUCA STRICAGNOLI: Born and raised in Italy, is an acoustic guitarist known for his unique style and innovative playing techniques. His original approach to music has led him to a variety of successes from obtaining over 100 million views on his music videos to having the opportunity to perform all around the globe.

Using up to five guitars in the same piece, modified capos, and self-conceived stratagems, continually leaving his audiences in awe. In addition to his musical abilities, Luca brings an enthusiastic energy to the stage that attracts concert requests from every corner of the world.

His music has been featured in countless magazines and TV channels and has grabbed the attention of world-famous artists such as the bands “Red Hot Chili Peppers” and “Walk Off The Earth”.

Luca’s previous album release “What if?” explored even more approaches to guitar playing. The first track of the album, featuring a new guitar invented by Luca and designed by Davide Serracini, obtained once again viral success with over 100 million views online and was published by magazines all over the world, such as NME, Spiegel and La Repubblica.

The album tour featured award winning singer songwriter and loop-station-artist Meg Pfeiffer, crossing over ten countries in Europe, Australia, Asia and America.

MEG PFEIFFER: A multi award winning singer/songwriter from Germany, achieved international success through a breathtaking usage of voice, loop station, drum pads and multi instrumentalism. Her unique vocal timbre, together with her exceptional songwriting skills, creates a magical atmosphere that reaches the soul.

Meg‘s career took off like a rocket with the release of her album “Bullrider”, published by Sony Music, which landed in the top ten of the German charts and was followed by a long list of TV shows, radio airplay and interviews.

She went on winning prizes at contests such as the “German Rock & Pop Music Awards” and more recently the “European Songwriting Award”, playing for brands of the caliber of MAN, Gibson, Mercedes, Audi, Chevrolet, Piaget and Yamaha, and performing in arenas with over six thousand visitors.

Through talent, dedication and hard work, she managed to bring her music on a global scale and starting an intense touring activity that led her to play across the globe.

Meg recently played in the Emirates at the Formula 1 Grand Prix Abu Dhabi, where stars such as Sam Smith, The Weeknd and Guns N’ Roses performed.

Oct
9
Sat
Postponed – Katey Brooks
Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm

*** PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. TICKETS WILL BE VALID FOR THE RESCHEDULED DATE ***

Katey Brooks is a devastating song-writing and singing talent with a sound blending folk, soul, blues and country. Her finger-picked, harmony-inflected sound on the 2016 I Fought Lovers EP received an enthusiastic reception from radio stations around the UK and internationally, including BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and CBC Canada. The 2019 album Revolute received huge critical acclaim across the world. Three singles are scheduled for release in the second half of 2021 and a new album expected in the spring of 2022.

 

To watch her sing live is to witness emotional exorcism, but when you know her backstory, it’s hardly a mystery why. Growing up inside a cult, as a child Katey found refuge in song. Later, she travelled the world with her guitar on her back, writing everywhere from the Occupied West Bank to an abandoned Finnish island. Over a career spanning four continents, Brooks has journeyed from intimate living rooms to opulent concert halls, from dive bars to decorated studios with some of music’s biggest names, boasting famous admirers like Joss Stone. She has recorded with Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones and Paloma Faith at Abbey Road for BBC Radio 2’s Children in Need single. She has shared bills with a host of big names including Newton Faulkner, Ghostpoet, Martin Simpson, Deaf Havana, Lou Rhodes (Lamb), Mike and the Mechanics, and Mystery Jets. She has played some of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, WOMAD, the 2012 Paralympics, the Cambridge Folk Festival and Australia’s National Folk Festival.

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/KateyBrooksOfficial

Popdust said “Put simply, one of the best albums of the year,” Time Out – “not to be missed”, The Independent – “had the crowd eating out of her hands”’

Oct
10
Sun
Alan Niblock-Scratching the Surface – Album Launch
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm

 

Renowned Belfast double bass player Alan Niblock showcases a solo performance for the first time, in celebration of his debut solo album “Scratching the Surface” on FMR Records…released September 2021. This eagerly anticipated Launch signifies new beginnings in Niblock’s approach to new music.

Reviews/Press Quotes :
“Niblock’s playing was, as often as not, characterised by nuance and deafness of touch” by Ian Patterson – free jazz collective.

“Bassist Alan Niblock has a marvellous warm, tasty tone on his contrabass” Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG NYC.

“Alan Niblock’s interplay is nothing short of telepathic and his playing quite exquisite” – Musician Magazine.

 

Doors 19:30 Start 20:30

Oct
15
Fri
Ben Railway Robey- Like Father, Like Son Tour
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm


Starting the tour in Europe and traveling through Scotland, England and Ireland this is truly Blues on the road to get excited about.

This tour has been in the making for some time for Ben, he first started playing music when he was 5 years of age and has traveled the world since. After taking in much heartache and learning about things most people will never get to experience Ben tries to share this through the power of Blues Meets Rock. This tour is extra special to Ben as joining him on the tour playing bass is his Father in law from Chicago and also his biological Father from home will be playing the lead guitar role.

 

 

Boulimique de Musique Feedback · 10 may. A powerful acoustic rock-blues topped by an energetic vocal interpretation that is sure kicks some dust. This guitar fueled tune demonstrates the musicianship of the virtuoso players that deliver a very convincing live and intimate recording.

Boulimique de Musique Feedback · 5 may. A folk-rock song with strong blues influences is proposed to the listeners pushed by a totally mastered gravelly voice. The female vocal harmonies enhance this almost Gospel-like anthem by a few notches. That’s what a gut-inspired interpretation sounds like!

 

 

Oct
16
Sat
Brand New Friend
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Shine Presents:

BRAND NEW FRIEND
+ GUESTS

The Black Box, Belfast
Sat 16th Oct  2021 
Doors 7pm 

Tickets £10 +BF from shine.net and Ticketmaster 
18+ Only

 

Castlerock five-piece, Brand New Friend are pleased to announce a headline show at The Black Box, Belfast on Saturday October 16th 2021.

 

In 2015, the Johnson siblings began making music in their family home on Northern Ireland’s rugged north coast. Within a few years they went from playing their local pub in the sleepy village of Castlerock to securing a record deal and playing festival stages all over the UK and Ireland. After meeting drummer Luke Harris and lead guitarist Aaron Milligan in a Portrush pub (then performing as their own two-piece band), it seemed inevitable the five would unite, completing the line-up almost by accident.

No strangers to Ireland’s buzzing live scene, Brand New Friend have been making waves with some incendiary live shows across the island. Their honest indie-pop has taken them from sticky-floored venues to sold-out festivals including Reading and Leeds, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Electric Picnic. Following the release of their debut album ‘Seatbelts for Aeroplanes’ in 2018, they’ve hit the road in support of Snow Patrol, Lewis Capaldi, Ash, Starcrawler, At The Drive In, RAT BOY and Feeder.

Along the way, Brand New Friend have garnered support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Gemma Bradley, Tom Robinson, John Kennedy, Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1, Radio X and BBC 6 Music. In 2020, the band released EP ‘A Cure For Living’ and signed with Third Bar artist development, the brainchild of Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody. Their sophomore record is on the way.

Oct
17
Sun
BIAF- The Bunting Collection: Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn with Stephen Rea
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm

The Bunting Collection: Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn with Stephen Rea

  • Black Box
  • Sunday 17 October
  • 18+
  • 7.00pm (doors)
  • £16 / £14
  • Workshop only ticket £10. Combined workshop and event ticket £16/£14

 

Explore Belfast’s unique place in the history of harp music with narration by Stephen Rea, Laoise Kelly (Harp and TG4 Musician of the Year 2020) and acclaimed Monaghan uilleann piper, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn. They will perform new versions of rarely heard music from the legendary 1792 Belfast Harp Festival (held in the former Northern Bank building on Waring Street), part of the Edward Bunting manuscript collection, alongside new music from their forthcoming recording.

 

Their acclaimed album ‘Ar Lorg na Laochra’ | ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ pays homage to the source of their repertoire, encompassing many of the various tune and song air types to be found in 17th-19th century manuscripts from different parts of Ireland.

 

The performance will be accompanied by a harp workshop by ear for intermediate players with an introduction to the Bunting Manuscripts of the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival as part of our annual public engagement programme, Embrace. Taking place on Sunday 17 October in The Green Room Cafe at the Black Box 10am-11.30am.

 

Part of IN-visible ID-entities 3, an on-going BIAF initiative encouraging cultural collaboration across the island and supported by the Government of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs.

 

Artist Biographies

Laoise Kelly is from Westport, Co. Mayo. She has three critically acclaimed solo albums ‘Just Harp’ (1999), ‘Ceis’ (2010), and ‘Fáilte Uí Cheallaigh’ (2015), and ‘The Wishing Well’ (2010) a live duo album with fiddle player Michelle O’Brien. Laoise was a founding member of traditional group ‘Bumblebees’ with whom she recorded two albums (1997, 1999) and toured extensively internationally. Throughout her solo career she has recorded on over 60 albums with many of Ireland’s foremost artists including The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, Tommy Makem, Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Eimear Quinn as well as Kate Bush and American country/bluegrass icon Tim O’Brien.

 

Tiarnán is an award winning Uilleann Piper from Monaghan who started playing the Uilleann Pipes when he was around nine years of age in The Armagh Pipers Club. He has won 4 Fleadh Ceoil (Ist place) All-Ireland titles –and two Oireachtas titles. In January 2013, Tiarnán won the Seán O Riada Bonn Oir (Sean O Riada Gold Medal) competition.Tiarnan has been described by many as being one of the most influential pipers of his generation.

 

Stephen Rea is an Irish film and stage actor. Rea has appeared in films such as V for Vendetta, Michael Collins, Interview with the Vampire and Breakfast on Pluto. Rea was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Neil Jordan’s thriller The Crying Game (1992). He has during later years had important roles in the Hugo Blick TV series The Shadow Line and The Honourable Woman, for which he won a BAFTA Award. In 2020, The Irish Times, ranked Rea the 13th greatest Irish film actor of all-time.

Nov
2
Tue
Black Moon Online!
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We are bringing Black Moon to your living room (or wherever you want to dance and listen to tunes!)

Join us on Vimeo  7-9pm for our at home Black Moon disco.
https://vimeo.com/blackboxbelfast

2nd Feb, 2nd March, 6th April, 4th May, 2nd June, 6th July, 3rd Aug, 7th Sept, 5th Oct, 2nd Nov, 7th Dec

We will also have some themed nights in-between these events to keep the party going at home

Black Moon is a night for and by adults with learning disabilities – giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills. Usually held in the Black Box and is £3 entry or £1 for carers or support workers

Nov
26
Fri
Compañía Maria “la Serrana”- SANTUARIO
Nov 26 @ 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.

 

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