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Sep
5
Sun
CQAF-Shadows and Light: The Songs and Story of Joni Mitchell
Sep 5 @ 2:00 pm

Shadows and Light: The Songs and Story of Joni Mitchell

The Black Box

Sunday 5th September, 2.00pm

£10.00

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Pre-Corona, Shadows and Light had been captivating audiences with their intimate show on the iconic singer – songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Their stunning interpretations of her music are performed by vocalist Maura VambeckDave Mulligan on guitar and Paul Enrighton keyboard.

The show features songs from the huge Joni repertoire, including classics from the landmark Blue album, along with some of the lesser-known numbers like Hejira, Secret Place and Hissing of Summer Lawns.

Shadows and Light’s hypnotic performance of the lyrics and life of Joni is truly special, bringing you Joan Anderson, the poet, artist and mother. If you like Joni, you will love this.

Doors 1.30pm | Unreserved seating

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CQAF- Luka Bloom
Sep 5 @ 8:00 pm

Luka Bloom

The Black Box

Sunday 5 September, 8.00pm

£15.00

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Out of the Blue is the beautiful new album by Luka Bloom. Regarded as one of Ireland’s most respected contemporary folk artists, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do. A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters.

Like many who write songs, Luka’s orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets.

Time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new voicings within the instrument, and bit by bit, the songs come to life. And eventually they fly, bringing Luka with them to be heard in Byron Bay, San Francisco, Hamburg, or even Doolin.

‘I did my first gig in Belfast in the dark old days of 1976. I was booked by Geoff Harden to sing in The Sunflower club. And since that time I have sung in Belfast for over 40 years now. Opening for Bert Jansch in the old McMordie Hall in Queens, the Rotterdam; The Errigal, The Waterfront, to name but a few. But in recent years I have only sung my songs in The Blackbox. It is an intimate, welcoming venue, with a good sound, and great people there. We always have a good time. No opening act; just myself and my 3 guitars. A lot of songs, and the best audience in Ireland.’ – Luka Bloom 

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
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Sep
7
Tue
CQAF-Nabil Abdulrashid: N.A.B.I.L. (Nobody Actually Believed I’d Last)
Sep 7 @ 8:00 pm

Nabil Abdulrashid: N.A.B.I.L. (Nobody Actually Believed I’d Last)

The Black Box

Tuesday 7 September, 8.00pm

£10.00

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After reaching the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2020, Nabil Abdulrashid brings his brand-new stand-up show on tour.

From growing up under military rule in northern Nigeria to falling into legal trouble as a teenager in south London, join Nabil as he recollects the remarkable, chaotic and sometimes tragic (but always hilarious) story of his life so far.

Expect a night of “unapologetically funny” (Telegraph) stand-up as Nabil charts his journey from humble beginnings (and middles) to one of UK comedy’s most talked about rising stars.

He’s the star by a wide margin… animated by a sardonic intelligence and sharp eye for the absurdities of racial discourse
The Guardian (10 Best Comedy Shows of 2020)

Defiant and fearless
The Metro

Hilarious
The Radio Times

Absolutely brilliant, a breath of fresh air
Alesha Dixon

Too funny. A really refreshing comic voice
David Walliams

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

Sep
10
Fri
CQAF-BY ARRANGEMENT WITH PRB PRESENTS The Handsome Family
Sep 10 @ 8:00 pm

BY ARRANGEMENT WITH PRB PRESENTS

The Handsome Family

The Black Box

Friday 10 September, 8.00pm

£17.50

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The Handsome Family have written some of the most haunting and beautiful songs in American music. During a 30-year career, Brett and Rennie Sparks have created songs that transform the mundane landscape of modern life into a place of mysterious portent.

Handsome Family songs take place in parking lots and big box stores, under overpasses and in airports. They sing about Custer’s last stand and automatic lawn sprinklers in the same song. Rennie’s lyrics often focus on the myriad creatures that live at the edges of the man-made world: the sparrows, rats, cockroaches and crows that share our cities.

Handsome Family shows are famously relaxed. Their songs can be dark, but there’s always laughter on stage. Rennie sings as well as plays Autoharp, banjo, and uke bass. She often introduces songs with seemingly unrelated stories. Brett, with his stentorian voice, is a powerful presence at center of the stage.

There are a lot of new faces at shows these days, lured by Far From Any Road, which became a global hit after it was used as the theme to season one of True Detective.

In 2020 Loose Music released their first two records, Odessa (1995) Milk & Scissors (1996), on vinyl LP. This will be the first time these records have been released in Europe.

For Handsome Family fans these records are a must. Odessa reveals the early style of the band and Milk & Scissors illustrates how their songwriting transformed after Rennie began writing lyrics. On their spring 2021 tour they plan to play selected gems from these new/old records.

Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

Jan
14
Fri
CQAF-BC Camplight
Jan 14 @ 8:00 pm

BC Camplight

The Black Box

Monday 3 May, 2021. 8.00pm

£15.00

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“This is an examination of madness and loss,” says Brian Christinzio, the inimitable force behind BC Camplight. “I hope it starts a long overdue conversation.”

Fired by his ongoing battle with mental illness, Shortly After Takeoff is the final, and finest, chapter of what Christinzio calls his “Manchester Trilogy”, following 2015’s How To Die In The North and 2018’s Deportation Blues.

All three albums were created after the native Philadelphian had moved to Manchester. Like Deportation BluesShortly After Takeoff spans singer-songwriter classicism, gnarly synth-pop and ‘50s rock’n’roll, with Christinzio’s similarly distinctive, flexible vocal carrying a fearless approach to lyrical introspection, but the new album is a major leap forward in songwriting sophistication and lyrical communication.

The album has alreadfy been revered by critics, become a stalwart on the BBC Radio 6 Music playlist, and put BC Camplight back on the stage where he belongs. With a slew of tours and festivals on the horizon Christinzio, a remarkably relentless entertainer, will bring his immense new live show to the UK and Europe.

“It’s no fun giving an audience a standard show that they can get elsewhere” explains Christinzio. “Sometimes it’s intense, sometimes it’s emotional, sometimes it’s basically a fucking stand-up routine. I always like to involve the audience and make it memorable for everyone involved. I think we are one of the best live bands in the world and it’s an odd feeling finally getting an opportunity to get in front of loads of ears and eyes. In a perfect world I’d be able to organise a concert on the roof of the Home Office one day”.

Doors 7:30pm | Standing/Seated

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

Jan
15
Sat
CQAF-Hollie McNish: Slug Tour
Jan 15 @ 2:00 pm

Hollie McNish: Slug Tour

The Black Box

£10.00

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Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose live readings are not to be missed. Expect strong language and adult content ribbon wrapped in poetry and chat as Hollie reads from her new collection: Slug…and other things I’ve been told to hate.

Hollie is a writer based between Cambridge and Glasgow. She has published four poetry collections Papers, Cherry Pie, Plum, Slug, one play Offside and one poetic memoir Nobody Told Me, of which the Scotsman suggested “The world needs this book”. She was the first poet to record at Abbey Road Studios.

Her poems have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish and Japanese and she has performed them worldwide alongside the likes of Irvine Welsh, Kae Tempest, Jackie Kay, Helen Pankhurst and Young Fathers. Her new title – Slug: and other things I’ve been told to hate – is published in May 2021 with Fleet, Hachette, available now to pre-order.

As well as live readings, Hollie is a big fan of online accessibility – her poetry videos have attracted millions of viewings worldwide.

About Slug…

From Finnish mermaids and soppy otters to Kellogg’s anti-masturbation pants, Slug is a book that holds a mirror up to the world, past and present, through Hollie’s driving, funny and beautiful words. A blend of poetry, memoir and short story, Slug is an absolutely joyful read about the human condition: from birth to death and her attempt to manage the tangle in-between.

‘She writes with honesty, conviction, humour and love. She points out the absurdities we’ve grown too used to and lets us see the world with fresh eyes’
Kae Tempest

Doors 1.45pm | Unreserved Seating

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
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CQAF-Martin Stephenson and the Daintees
Jan 15 @ 8:00 pm

Martin Stephenson and the Daintees

The Black Box

Saturday 15 January, 8.00pm

£15.00

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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

Jan
30
Sun
OTL- Lucy Porter: Be Prepared
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm

Lucy Porter: Be Prepared

The Black Box

Sunday 30 January, 8.00pm

£12.00/£10.00

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TV favourite Lucy returns with another fantastic stand-up show.

At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot.

Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on.

Recent TV includes Would I Lie to You, QI and Impossible, she’s a regular on Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

Apr
5
Tue
Joan As Police Woman
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm

Joan As Police Woman

The Black Box

Tuesday 5th April 2022, 8.00pm

£16.00

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Acclaimed Brooklyn songwriterJoanAs Police Woman announces rescheduled tour dates for 2022 with her trio featuring drummerParker Kindred (Antony & The Johnsons, Jeff Buckley) and bassist Jacob Silver (Lee Fields).

Joan has spent lockdown making and releasing new music including her second album of covers and her first live album. Joan also appeared on the Afel Bocoum album “Lindé” (World Circuit) and wrote and recorded “Simplicity” with Damon Albarn for the recent Gorillaz “Song Machine” album.

A new Joan As Police Woman studio album is expected Autumn 2021 via PIAS.

Sessions for the new record began in Paris in November 2019 with Dave Okumu and Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, who we lost 5 months later.

For the 2022 tour, Joan and her trio will perform music spanning her career, including songs off the new albums and reworked classics.

Acclaim forJoanAs Police Woman..

Sunday Times – ‘Sensational’  //  Uncut – ‘This is breathtakingly good music’  //  The Times – ‘The coolest woman in pop’  //  Mojo – ‘full of meditative beauty…ravishing and lovelorn’  //  The Guardian -‘a voice so wondrous and moving that it makes everyone else’s seem ordinary and mundane’   //  Q – ‘Beautiful’  // The Economist – ‘JoanAs Police Woman is one of the 21st century’s best musicians’

Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

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