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Calendar

Sep
20
Fri
CULTURE NIGHT feat New Pagans, Careerist & Problem Patterns
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm
For Culture Night 2019 and in association with Zero Myth we are delighted to present NEW PAGANs with special guests CAREERIST & PROBLEM PATTERNS.
Problem Patterns 8pm
Careerist 9pm
New Pagans 10.30pm

New Pagans create music that is vivid and engaged. The songs have massive riffs and rare dynamics. The lyrics are ready to start conversations and challenge the given ideas. Every release is a throwdown, a provocation, an education.

The band is based in Belfast but the band members are drawn from across the north. Lyndsey comes from Enniskillen and is mid-way through a PhD course at University of Ulster. Cahir, her partner, was raised in Derry and has a blazing history with acts like Fighting With Wire, Jetplane Landing and Frank Turner. Drummer Conor McAuley is from Belfast and has served with Balkan Alien Sound. Bassist Claire has been active with Girls Names and Cruising while Allan ran with Rupture Dogs.

Their first release for 2019 is an exceptional, loud reckoning. ‘It’s Darker’ refers to a messy party incident. A musician became aggressive and wouldn’t tolerate Lyndsey’s opinions. “That’s where the original anger comes from – a confrontation. It’s happened to me a few times. It’s like, ‘oh you’re a girl, you should just shut up’. A Feminist anger came from that. Yes, I should be able to have an opinion. And it can be different to yours.”

Careerist is a rock band from Belfast (formerly known as Hop Cops)
described as ‘one of the most exciting and idiosyncratic Irish indie-rock bands of a generation’ – The Thin Air

Problem Patterns is Ciara King, Beverley Boal, Bethany Crooks and Alanah Smith. While often lyrically tongue in cheek, no subject is off limits. They use their songwriting cathartically, venting frustrations on everything from political distress to personal conflicts.

https://newpagans.bigcartel.com
https://careerist.bandcamp.com/
https://problempatterns.bandcamp.com

Culture Night- RHINOS
Sep 20 @ 11:30 pm

Local Belfast 2 piece garage rock band RHINOS will be playing heavy tunes in the Green Room this Culture Night 11pm-LATE!

Sep
26
Thu
Paddy Godfrey
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm

Paddy Godfrey is solo country, folk and blues musician from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Drawing inspiration from people like Johnny Cash, Waylon and more.

Sep
27
Fri
Beats & Pieces Big Band
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm

Beats & Pieces Big Band take the big band sound to places it’s never been before.

Their distinctive blend of high energy and precise interplay, makes for an infectious floor-filling night of music. Individually, each band member is at the top of their game, but this is all about the collective interplay; tight, dynamic, and relentlessly driven!
The 14-strong ensemble has earned a reputation for their joy-filled live shows, delivering a set that swings from the get go.

A driving force of the vibrant Manchester music scene, we are delighted to present Beat & Pieces big band to Belfast for the first time ever, this September. Bring your dancing shoes.

“A big band with the feel and dynamics of a small group and the force and impact of an orchestra” – AJ Dehany, London Jazz

“News Fast becoming one of the foundations of the current UK jazz scene, Beats & Pieces make fun, grooving, high- impact music Mancunian style… continuing the great tradition of UK big bands” – Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3

Oct
4
Fri
Trish Clowes ‘My Iris’ Quartet
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm

Trish Clowes is one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition, working today. Her current project ‘My Iris’ features Ross Stanley (piano/Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar) and James Maddren (drums), creating a sound that is thrilling and darkly funky, reminiscent of the work of Weather Report.

The exhilarating mix of organ-powered funk, fast-walking swing, and bursts of free-jazz spikiness, will leave you rattled and hungry for more. This is music that feels nourishing and essential.

Lauded for her imaginative approach, Clowes leads charge in the contemporary UK jazz scene. Having released two albums under ‘My Iris’ to critical acclaim (through Basho Records), the band has performed across Europe, winning fans and critics wherever they play. The most recent release ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’ is inspired by ideas and themes from Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film ‘Arrival’ and truly captures the familiar yet otherworldly mood.

We are delighted to welcome Trish Clowes ‘My Iris’ project to Belfast this Autumn.

“A high intensity mercurial workout provides further evidence that Clowes is an improviser to be reckoned with”- Giovanni Russonello, Downbeat

“Listen, and then listen again, if only to remind yourself that this beautiful other world really does exist”- Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

Oct
5
Sat
The Hillbilly Moon Explosion
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm

Make a date with The Hillbilly Moon Explosion who will be scattering electric, eclectic musical sound beams around the Black Box!

This band’s Rock ‘n’ Roll is exhilarating and musically diverse with echoes of southern Rockabilly, Mexican Mariachi, and 50s Sci Fi. A half-English 4-piece group, The Hillbilly Moon Explosion can mostly be found in the unlikely habitat of Zurich, Switzerland, where they have honed their craft over many years. Searching for the right sound they’ve previously recorded in San Diego, Camden and Tooting, but for their latest album they went back to their local Swiss studio, the place where they made their first rockabilly recordings and where they had plenty of time to get the sounds they wanted. As a result their latest album, With Monsters and Gods, is certainly their best release to date.

Operating at full creative tilt, the group are currently promoting the CD on a tour of ten European countries. After a six year gap (they have previously appeared at the Jazz Café, the Punk Rebellion Festival and the Boomtown Festival, and were guests of the Swiss national team at the London Olympics) they are back in the UK. After dropping in at London’s Borderline and the Cathedral Quarter festival in Belfast, they will finally reach Enniskillen, a place they already know as friendly and welcoming and which is, we are told, close their hearts!
The band have become quite an online and vinyl phenomenon with more than 13 million YouTube views of the video for Tattoos of My Love for Evermore. Much revered in France, they were hired to help resurrect the career of the film star and singer Arielle Dombasle who recorded a collection of Hillbilly Moon cover versions with them for release on the Universal label.

The Hillybilly Moon Explosion musicians – Emanuela Hutter, chanteuse, Oliver Baroni, vocals, piano and stand-up bass, Duncan James on guitar and Sylvain Petite on drums – are expecting to well and truly rock the house.

Oct
6
Sun
Jeff Clayborn – GOOD BAR ATTENDER TOUR
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm

An evening with Texas Country Music Star Jeff Clayborn in the Green Room Café @ The Black Box Theatre. Relax to real country storytelling at its best by JC and his band with special performances by Pete Kennedy and Shannen Carroll. Open Seating… Doors open at 7pm.

JeffClayborn.com

Oct
9
Wed
Judith Owen
Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm

Judith Owen singer-songwriter and pianist is currently riding the wave of a tremendous couple of years – recently capped of with ‘redisCOVERed”with two consecutive albums making
“The Top 100 Album” The Times Culture (UK) – 2018 and 2016 “Somebody’s Child”
and
5 Star live reviews from a recent sold out Ronnie Scott’s London show.

★★★★★ The Times (UK)
“The singer-pianist shuffled the jukebox in a set of daring cover versions in which she revealed unexpected depths…a stunning evening”
Clive Davis

★★★★★ ArtInfo / Forbes / Dante
“Sensationally good reworkings of songs. Judith reveals the depths that Drake and Ed Sheeran never knew they had, revisits the beauty of Joni Mitchell and does Deep Purple as you have never known before. Extraordinary, frankly: must see, and hear.”
Mark Beech (author of “All You Need is Rock”)”

Record Collector
“an artist, who’s hard to classify, but impossible not to love” Andy Rawll

Her live performances, whether as a headliner or as the handpicked opening act for Bryan Ferry’s recent tours of Europe and North America, have been wowing listeners and gaining fans including fellow artist Jackson Browne, who said of Owen’s onstage prowess: “It’s a masterclass on how a show should be done.”

Oct
10
Thu
ERIC BELL 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm
Eric Bell Live!
Eric Bell is taking his band on the road across Ireland from now through to December 2019.
In this 50th Anniversary Year of Thin Lizzy, the legendary guitarist and founder member will play early ‘Lizzy’ classics – such as The Rocker and Whiskey In The Jar, and others, plus choice cuts from his two acclaimed albums ‘Exile’ and ‘Standing At A Bus Stop’.
Who can forget this memorable performance from Eric Bell and Gary Moore – Whiskey In The Jar – from One Night In Dublin (Tribute To Phil Lynott).
Los Dramáticos
Oct 10 @ 9:00 pm

Los Dramáticos invite you on a musical voyage around the Spanish-speaking world. Our sound is a mix of flamenco guitar, the charango – a 10-string from the high Andes – and vocal harmonies with which we interpret well-known songs and melodies from both sides of the Atlantic. If you like joyful melodies, hot beats and tragic lyrics join us in the Green Room on Saturday for some passionate Latin grooves. Dancers welcome!

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