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Jan
9
Sun
CQAF-Grace Petrie
Jan 9 @ 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

Jan
11
Tue
OTL-Robin Ince – The Importance of Being Interested
Jan 11 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Robin Ince – The Importance of Being Interested

The Black Box

Tuesday 25 January, 1.00pm and 8.00pm

Afternoon show – £10.00 (includes lunch) / Evening show – £10.00

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Award winning comedian, Robin Ince quickly abandoned science at school, bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations. But, twenty years later, he fell back in love with science and now presents one of the world’s most popular science radio shows and podcasts, The Infinite Monkey Cage, with Professor Brian Cox.

Robin’s new book, and talk based on it, The Importance of Being Interested: Adventures in Scientific Curiosity deals with some of the most daunting ideas about our universe and ourselves, charting Robin’s changing understanding through personal stories as well as a remarkable array of interviewees.

Doors 30 minutes before show | Unreserved Seating

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Jan
13
Thu
OTL-Ruth McGinley
Jan 13 @ 1:00 pm

Ruth McGinley

The Black Box

Thursday 13 January, 1.00pm

£10.00 (including lunch)

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By the age of 17, Ruth McGinley had already gained widespread recognition as one of Ireland’s leading pianists, winning countless accolades including both the piano finals of both the BBC and RTÉ Young Musician of the Year awards. Since then, her career has been wide-ranging and daring, collaborating with some of the most acclaimed teachers and musicians working today, and straying from the typical classical-pianist journey.

The Derry native studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Royal Academy in London before being awarded a Postgraduate in Solo Performance from the Royal College in London. She has performed as soloist with many orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra and as a solo recitalist throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Ruth broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, BBC Radio Ulster and RTE, and was honoured to be invited to perform as soloist at the BBC Proms in the Park.

But it is perhaps the spaces between where Ruth’s interests really lie. A determination to walk her own path, Ruth’s love of music goes far beyond the classical world. A highly sought-after collaborator, Ruth works with musicians from many backgrounds including jazz, folk, electronic and other.

This concert programme will feature classical works by Arvo Pärt, Erik Satie, Chick Corea and reimagined folk songs by Neil Martin.

‘Stylistic variety is seamlessly blended throughout in intelligently proportioned playing as sincere as it is supple. More please!’ Michael Quinn, CLASSICAL EAR.

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
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

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
16
Sun
OTL-Teddy Thompson – Heartbreaker Please Tour
Jan 16 @ 3:00 pm

Teddy Thompson – Heartbreaker Please Tour

The Black Box

Sunday 16 January, 3.00pm

£17.50

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Following the release of his critically acclaimed album, Heartbreaker PleaseTeddy Thompson kicks off a UK tour with a special concert in the Black Box as part of this year’s Out to Lunch.

Recorded in Brooklyn and written and produced by Teddy, Heartbreaker Please sees the critically acclaimed artist at the top of his craft, serving up the medicine of resignation with sweet, catchy satisfaction. “Here’s the thing,” Teddy sings frankly on his new album, “you don’t love me anymore. I can tell you’ve got one foot out the door.” From its opening track, Thompson’s new album reckons with the breakdown of love with a wistful levity as satisfying as it is devastatingly honest.

From a young age, Sam Cooke, Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, and the Everly Brothers made up the bulk of his listening and you can hear that ache in his voice. After releasing his self-titled debut in 2000, Teddy went on tour as part of Roseanne Cash’s band.

Since then he’s released five acclaimed albums, collaborated with good friends Martha and Rufus Wainwright, contributed to numerous tribute projects, and produced albums for Americana singer-songwriter Dori Freeman, Shelby Lynne, Allison Moorer and his mother, Linda Thompson.

Doors 2.30pm | Unreserved seating

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

Jan
22
Sat
OTL-Aja – The Music of Steely Dan
Jan 22 @ 2:00 pm

Aja – The Music of Steely Dan

The Black Box

Saturday 22 January, 2.00pm

£12.00


Aja, taken from the classic and iconic Dan album, is an 8 piece musical powerhouse of a band whose members have over 40 years experience in the business.

They replicate in incredible detail the original recordings of the legendary Steely Dan. Aja have been performing these classic songs for over 13 years and have grown accustomed to packed houses of music lovers of all ages and genres.

Original guitar, brass, keyboard solos and vocal harmonies are as true as can be to the original album recordings. Their 2-hour set generally consists of the entire Aja album in the first half and is a sight and sound to behold.

Aja are Gerard Farrelly – Keyboards, Alan Cunningham – Drums and Percussion, Colm Lindsey – Guitars, Mark Wilde – Saxes, Serge Stavilla – Saxes, Tommy Moore – Base and Vocals, Sinead Stone – Vocals, John Graham – Lead Vocals.

Doors 1.30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

OTL-Hazel O’Connor
Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm

Hazel O’Connor

The Black Box

Saturday 22 January, 8.00pm

£17.50


Hazel O’ Connor has truly established herself as a concert artist and performer to be reckoned with. From initially catapulting to stardom with the starring role in Breaking Glass and the ensuing hits that followed, Hazel continues to tour extensively delighting sell-out audiences along the way, winning over fans old and new.

Her husky voice remains charged with passion and her enthusiasm, love of music, and wicked sense of humour, is ever present. Having now returned to her Celtic soul and folk roots, live and on-stage for this very special set of shows, she performs in a captivating line-up with Cormac de Barra on Irish Harp, her musical partner for some 15 years, as well as Ruari de Darra and Paul Jarvis on guitar and keyboards.

This Out to Lunch Festival highlight will feature some great newly-composed songs celebrating 40 years of song-writing and performance. No O’Connor show is complete without her original classics Will You, D-Days and Eighth Day or her new classics Rebecca, Driftwood, I’m Still Breathing and Acoustically Yours. Un-missable!

‘The expressive power of her singing, her songwriting craft and warm, strong personality shine through here with Cormac De Barra’s expert playing of the Irish Harp.’ – THE TIMES

‘Simply stunning’ – Janice Long – BBC RADIO 2

‘Sumptuous songs with a soulful, introspective lyrical depth… seemless forays into pop, blues and soul, and the familiar silken gravel of O’Connor’s voice’ – IRISH TIMES

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
23
Sun
OTL-Sam Baker
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE REAL MUSIC CLUB

Sam Baker

The Black Box

Sunday 23 January, 2.00pm

£16.00


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. Out to Lunch is delighted to welcome Sam to Belfast.

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

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