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Calendar

Apr
30
Thu
CQAF-GoGo Penguin / European Tour 2020
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm

In association with Moving on Music

Thursday 30 April, 8.00pm

Tickets £17.00

GoGo Penguin have been hailed as hailed as the “Radiohead of British Jazz”, but they draw equally on rock, jazz and minimalist influences, alongside the intricacy of Aphex Twin or Four Tet to create their punchy, experimental, but always beautiful music.

Their 2014 album v2.0 (Gondwana Records) was named a Mercury Prize album of the year alongside albums from Damon Albarn, Young Fathers and Jungle.

In 2015 they signed to Blue Note Records and released the albums Man Made Object in 2016 and A Humdrum Star in 2018. Their EP, Ocean in a Drop (Music for Film) was released in October 2019 and they are currently mixing a new album for release in 2020.

GoGo Penguin are: Chris Illingworth – piano, Nick Blacka – bass, Rob Turner – drums, Joe Reiser – sound.

‘Powered by fluttering, junglist drums, slithering bass lines and an increasing bank of Eno-esque digital manipulations. Hypnotic stuff.’ – THE GUARDIAN

‘Glistens with niggling bass and stabbing piano chords …..contemporary British jazz’s great experimenters’ -BEARDED

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved seating

May
3
Sun
CQAF-Grace Petrie
May 3 @ 8:00 pm

Grace Petrie

The Black Box

Sunday 3 May, 8.00pm

£10.00

Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.

She’s toured to arenas with Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince, Josie Long and Hannah Gadsby, and has collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger as well as touring with the hugely successful Guilty Feminist shows.

She has done a prestigious live session on the BBC Radio 2 Jo Whiley Show and her frequent festival appearances have included Vancouver Folk Festival, Latitude and Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2019 she played The Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Her current album, Queer As Folk, was released in Sept ’18 and was a Mojo magazine top 10 Folk Album of the Year.

‘She’s the urgent, pulsing, compassionate talent this world desperately needs.’ THE OBSERVER

‘She writes the sort of songs you want to pin the lyrics of on your bedroom wall, or on the office door, to remind you and everyone else who might read them what is important and true’ BUZZ MAGAZINE

Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating

May
4
Mon
CQAF-John Shuttleworth
May 4 @ 8:00 pm


‘John Shuttleworth’s Back’… is giving him trouble.

Years of strenuous DIY, not to mention playing his organ whilst perched upon a multi pack of Diet Sprite with no lumber support, has taken its toll.

But – ever the trouper – John returns to regale audiences with an evening of his classic songs (plus new ones and hilarious ‘back’ stories), pausing only to reapply his deep heat rub!

‘A ludicrously compelling night out.’ – Evening Standard

Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating

May
6
Wed
CQAF-Steve Hughes – Are You Serious?
May 6 @ 8:00 pm

Steve Hughes – Are You Serious?
In association with Fireworks and Mash

Wednesday 6 May, 8.00PM

Tickets £14.00

As seen on BBC One’s Live At The Apollo and The Michael McIntyre Show

Returning to the UK for his first full length tour in six years, Australian comedy legend Steve Hughes is known the world over for his hard hitting, take no prisoners stand up.

Internationally renowned as a comedy powerhouse, Steve has spent the past 5 years confronting his demons, recovering from a crippling breakdown and severe depression. He’s lucky to be alive, let alone funny. But when your life turns to hell there has to be a few laughs in there somewhere…

Having been to the abyss, the comedy powerhouse now returns to the UK better – and more lucid than ever before. He’s recently played to sell-out crowds and great critical acclaim around Australia, now catch his highly-anticipated return to the UK. Join him as he offers a hilarious ride through the dark night of the soul and presents his inciteful interpretation of an insane world.

Free-thinking, intelligent, opinionated; this is Steve doing what he’s always done best; making the uncomfortable acceptable and the horrifying hilarious.

“Outstanding. Hughes is gold” Metro 5 Stars

“An honesty and openness rarely seen among comics. His insights are spot on, his opinions are intelligent and his jokes are top class” The Guardian

“Exactly what political comedy should be, intelligent, provocative, profound, and topped off with good, solid gags. See him while it’s still legal” Chortle

“Hughes makes Armageddon seem like a proper laugh riot” Rolling Stone

Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved seating

May
10
Sun
CQAF-Sarah Jane Morris – Sweet Little Mystery
May 10 @ 2:00 pm

Sarah Jane Morris – Sweet Little Mystery

The Black Box

Sunday 10 May, 2.00pm

£14.00

Sarah Jane Morris is a singer with an astonishing vocal range. Her thirty-year career, which has garnered her a loyal and loving international audience, has been wide-ranging and her rich contralto voice goes from strength to strength

In 1986 she toured the world with The Communards when their song Don’t Leave Me This Way became a worldwide number one hit. She also performed with bands including The Test Department, The Redskins, The Annie Whitehead band and The Republic.

In May 2019 Sarah released Sweet Little Mystery, an album of songs by Scottish singer/songwriter John Martyn. The album is a joint project between Sarah Jane Morris and long-term collaborator, guitarist Tony Remy. Together they pay homage to the sublime genius of John Martyn -a restless, often self-destructive artist whose unique voice and music is both breathtakingly bold and achingly tender in its beauty.

Directed by comedian/activist Mark Thomas, the show enjoyed a sell-out run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe gaining 5 star reviews across the board.

‘. . . her take on the music of John Martyn, the late singer/songwriter who straddled folk, blues, jazz and rock – as indeed does Morris – felt incandescent.’ – EVENING STANDARD

‘Morris does not interpret soul. She IS soul, with all its passion and pain, joy and sorrow, hard times and highs.’ – MONTREAL GAZETTE

‘Torch song, soul standard or smoky blues, the message remains constant: human passion with a dazzling voice.’ – THE OBSERVER

Doors 1:30pm | 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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