RESCHEDULED – CQAF – Martin Stephenson and the Daintees
May 28 @ 8:00 pm


Martin Stephenson and the Daintees

The Black Box

Saturday 28 May, 8.00pm



Very much an Out to Lunch institution, Martin Stephenson’s live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation.

The hugely acclaimed 1986 debut Boat to Bolivia showcased Stephenson’s song writing, poetic romanticism and spiritual depth – so marking him out as a soulful cream of the leftfield crop during the self-obsessed 1980s.

Never pandering to a particular scene, Stephenson’s lightness of touch on a varied mix of musical styles was immediately apparent. His path was destined to be a lifelong journey through the music he loved: folk, ragtime, jazz, rockabilly, show tunes, punk-pop and country.

The NME said of Martin’s song craft that he “builds bridges between love and hate, cradle and grave, folk and pop, past and present.” Stephenson’s restless troubadour spirit has amassed an extraordinary catalogue of some 40 albums and he is a gifted, entertaining and much-loved performer.

Martin, along with John Steel(guitar), Chris Mordey(bass) and Kate Stephenson(drums) will no doubt also be featuring songs from the classic back catalogue but, as usual, predicting the set list is impossible!

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

CQAF-Aoife O’Donovan
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm

Aoife O’Donovan

The Black Box

Sunday 5 June, 8.00pm




Grammy award-winning songwriter and musician Aoife O’Donovan is one of the most sought-after singers and songwriters of her generation.

She has released 3 critically-acclaimed solo albums, is co-founder of the bands I’m With Her and Crooked Still, is the featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, and spent a decade contributing to the radio variety shows “Live From Here” and “A Prairie Home Companion”.

O’Donovan’s newest single,Transatlantic  features BBC Radio 2’s Folk album of 2017 artist, Glasgow-based Kris Drever.

Her first new solo album in 5 years is due out later in 2021.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

CQAF – Jesse Malin
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm

Already a veteran of the NYC hardcore scene by the time he was a teenager, Jesse Malin first rose to fame with the influential punk band D Generation, a group Rolling Stone called ‘the best thing to happen to New York noise in the Nineties’.

Malin traded in his electric for an acoustic in 2002, though, shedding his skin and embarking on an acclaimed solo career with his Ryan Adams-produced debut, ‘The Fine Art of Self Destruction’.

Hailed by Uncut as ‘an instant classic’, the record was stripped-down, raw, and intimate, earning comparisons to Neil Young and Tom Waits for its ragged, poetic beauty. In the decade-and-a-half that followed, Malin would go on to blur the lines between singer-songwriter and punk rocker with a string of similarly celebrated solo albums, including his latest release ‘Sunset Kids’.

The record explores the bittersweet as well as topics more upbeat, with Jesse’s street-smart writing style acting as the thread weaving indie rock, folk and heartland Americana together. In ‘Sunset Kids,’ the genres and influences gel and Jesse Malin steps assuredly into the role of street-savvy, roots-minded songster.

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

CQAF – Amythyst Kiah
Aug 22 @ 8:00 pm

From Johnson City, Tennessee, Amythyst Kiah is a massively talented singer-songwriter who is creating powerful waves on both sides of the Atlantic. 2021 has been a huge year for her with a new record, major live shows and festivals, multiple award nominations and superstar collaborations. 2022 is set to be even bigger still, kicking off with a short European solo tour, long awaited by her fast-growing legion of fans.

Released in June to universal acclaim, Amythyst’s debut album for Rounder Records, Wary + Strange is a glorious and completely organic collision of two very different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked her musical passion, and the American roots music scene, where she has now firmly established herself as an artist of real significance and distinction.

She earned 3 prestigious Americana Music Awards nominations in September, including Emerging Artist Of The Year and one for Black Myself as Song Of The Year. It was also nominated for a Grammy and won Song Of The Year at the2019 Folk Alliance Awards for the version by roots supergroup Our NativeDaughters, of which Amythyst is a member.

Following her summer radio hit with Moby and Gregory Porter on a reworking of Natural Blues, Moby returned the favour with a transformative remix of Black Myself, perfectly illustrating the vast reach of Amythyst’s sound and appeal.

A commanding live performer blessed with an unforgettable voice, Kiah combines the political and the deeply personal in a spellbinding examination of grief, alienation, healing and self-respect.

“A masterful blend of lonesome folk and neo-blues” Rolling Stone

“Thrilling… her rich sound blossoming around her fearlessly honest songwriting” Paste

“A raw, crystal-clear statement of black power and gay pride” Billboard

“A bold record in both sound and content” 8/10 Uncut

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

OTL – Sam Baker
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm

Rescheduled from OTL ’22

Sam Baker makes people happy. The characters in his songs face many challenges—alcoholism, car wrecks, racism, drug addiction, a mother’s abandonment—but they persevere. Much like Sam himself.

In 1986 Sam got in the middle of someone else’s war. When a terrorist bomb exploded in his train compartment, he went from being a young, healthy, tourist enjoying Peru with friends to a broken man surrounded by death and dying. Given his injuries, he too should have died. But through a series of miracles and coincidences he survived.

When the cranial bleed in his brain healed, he had to relearn nouns, and after his right eardrum was replaced, he regained some hearing. With the top of his left hand gone, it seemed that his formerly skillful hands had been transformed into blocks of wood, but eventually those hands learned how to play an upside-down guitar.

Physically, Sam was recovering, but his life was filled with pills, booze, and rage. Then came the voices and messengers that helped him see that the greatest gift is life itself. He learned about forgiveness. He needed to tell his story. Songs started to come from that upside-down guitar. Before he knew it, there were CDs, tours around the world and awards in Rolling Stone.

Sam feels compelled to tell his story—through his music, art, or any means possible—to one person at a time, or to thousands from a festival stage.

A Sam Baker show is a celebration. Some songs tell of everyday people who survive life’s daily challenges; others are stories of growing up in a small Texas prairie town. All his shows are an acknowledgment and appreciation of the pure joy that comes with people gathering to listen to live music.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating/Standing

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

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