Shadows and Light: The Songs and Story of Joni Mitchell
The Black Box
Sunday 5th September, 2.00pm
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 Vambeck, Dave 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
The Black Box
Sunday 5 September, 8.00pm
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
The Black Box
Monday 6 September, 8.00pm
Grainne Duffy is a contemporary blues artist hailing from Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.
Described by The Sunday Times as ‘a blues singer of real integrity’, Grainne Duffy is a pioneer of her own style while also paying sincere homage to her roots, soul, blues and rock traditions.
She is a seasoned artist and has been spending the last number of years touring in Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and beyond. Some highlights thus far have included 3 performances at Glastonbury Festival, Phuket Festival in Thailand, Notodden Festival, Norway and Dark Season Festival in Svalbard, in the Arctic Circle.
Grainne recently released her third album Voodoo Blues to sensational reviews and it follows the success of her debut roots album and her second album which weaved together her contemporary influences with her blues and soul roots.
Her Live album recorded on tour in Germany, released earlier last year earned her a 9/10 review in The Blues Magazine, quoting ‘few possess her killer combination of vocal strength, range and intensity, guitar virtuosity and ability to engage audiences’ ‘this is one of the best live CDs of the year’.
With a voice that is as passionate as it is raw and honest, accompanied by simple, melodic and well phrased guitar lines, contemporary Blues has found a new hero.
‘She’s the real deal’ Classic Rock Magazine ‘A blues singer of real integrity’ The Sunday Times
‘Deliciously soulful voice & gutsy blues inflected guitar work in one compelling package’ Guitarist Magazine<
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The Handsome Family
The Black Box
Friday 10 September, 8.00pm
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
The Henry Girls
The Black Box
Saturday 11 September, 2.00pm
Sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin, collectively known as The Henry Girls, make music that will give you goosebumps. The harmonising, lilting, melting voices imbue their music with overwhelming romanticism, although the very classic and traditional folk sound is given an edge with Americana, bluegrass and blues sounds.
Recent album Far Beyond the Stars has won massive praise, not least for the sister’s knack of creating authentic original material rich in traditional values. Their tight three-part harmonies are matched by soulful musicianship across a range of instruments including harp, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, piano and a few more in-between.
In our view there are few better ways to spend a Saturday afternoon
Doors 1.30PM | Unreserved Seating
With the imprint of Krautrock, post-punk, and psychedelia, Belfast’s Junk Drawer play intuitively loose and idiosyncratic indie rock that mines anthems from their crate-digging tendencies. Featuring four multi-instrumentalists & vocalists fluid in their roles, they’re driven by the inevitable harmony and discordance that comes from the sibling creative rivalry at the helm.
Launched as part of Black Box Recorder, Junk Drawer’s ‘Ready For The House’ is released via Art For Blind records, with lead single ‘Year of the Sofa’ (described as a ‘slo-mo guitar pop jewel’ by CLASH) winning Best Single at the NI Music Prize 2019, making them the first DIY band to take home a prize at the annual ceremony. Across eight tracks, the band filter their typically broad range of influences to deliver a brutally honest, yet sardonic exploration of some stone-cold classics: anxiety, depression, social conscience, chronic illness and identity.
£7 Ticket, £9 at the door, Ticket+ Ready For The House (Vinyl) LP £21 (collect LP on the night)
Support on the night comes from the Bonk and Big Daisy.
The Bonk is a musical project based around compositions by Waterford musician and songwriter, Philip Christie. Gathering influences from 60’s garage, jazz and experimental pop, recursive rhythms and improvised melodies are brought together in loose minimalist song forms.
The group’s first collection of recordings, The Bonk Seems To Be A Verb, was released as a limited edition cassette via Drogheda label thirtythree-45 in October 2017. In the time since, the band has been recording new material for a planned release in 2020. May Feign, the latest single from this new clump is available as a digital download from Bandcamp.
Big Daisy are a Belfast based noise pop band, born out of a mutual love for whiny lyrics and big noisy sounds. Sometimes ripping off Weezer’s Blue Album but mostly spewing regrets about life. Formed in Jan 2020.
Scott Mac takes to the stage in Belfast on the 23rd of September in the famous Black Box, alongside a full backing band to promote his upcoming EP release that is out on the 24th of September. This show will include numerous tracks from Scott including ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Honey’ as well as the full debut EP. Expect a whirlwind of catchy indie pop, high-spirited live performances from the band with an enjoyable atmosphere.
Scott Mac is an artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He takes his influences from different genres of music including pop, acoustic and electronic music to create a unique and original sound. He started making music under Scott Mac in 2020 and has since packed so much into such a short career. His accolades include appearances on BBC One TV, having tracks played on BBC’s Across The Line, and performing throughout Northern Ireland. His single ‘The Feeling’ was picked as a world wide exclusive play for BBC Introducing Across The Line radio and has received countless amounts of praise.
Tickets available at www.eventbrite.co.uk
Show starts at 8PM
His accolades include appearances on BBC One TV, having tracks played on BBC’s Across The Line, and performing throughout Northern Ireland. His single ‘The Feeling’ was picked as a world-wide exclusive play for Across The Line radio and has received countless amounts of praise.
AERMusic NI- “sensuous vulnerability with a boy-next-door charm, along the lines of James Bay or Ed Sheeran. This synth heavy gem features bright bouncy hooks, assuring plenty of repeat playing”.
BBC Introducing’s Gemma Bradley on Scott Mac’s Single ‘Sometimes’: “This is a Bop! I really liked this with very catchy hooks and lines”
LUCA STRICAGNOLI CHANGE OF RULES TOUR 2021
With very special guest Meg Pfeiffer
UK & IRELAND DATES
Tickets £17.50+booking fee
After three albums, his music videos having internet views in the hundreds of millions and multiple sold out world tours, the sensational Luca Stricagnoli is to return to the UK & Ireland playing shows across 19 cities!
Celebrating the release of his new album ‘Change of Rules’ and with very special guest Meg Pfeiffer…music lovers, this is one not to be missed!!!
LUCA STRICAGNOLI: Born and raised in Italy, is an acoustic guitarist known for his unique style and innovative playing techniques. His original approach to music has led him to a variety of successes from obtaining over 100 million views on his music videos to having the opportunity to perform all around the globe.
Using up to five guitars in the same piece, modified capos, and self-conceived stratagems, continually leaving his audiences in awe. In addition to his musical abilities, Luca brings an enthusiastic energy to the stage that attracts concert requests from every corner of the world.
His music has been featured in countless magazines and TV channels and has grabbed the attention of world-famous artists such as the bands “Red Hot Chili Peppers” and “Walk Off The Earth”.
Luca’s previous album release “What if?” explored even more approaches to guitar playing. The first track of the album, featuring a new guitar invented by Luca and designed by Davide Serracini, obtained once again viral success with over 100 million views online and was published by magazines all over the world, such as NME, Spiegel and La Repubblica.
The album tour featured award winning singer songwriter and loop-station-artist Meg Pfeiffer, crossing over ten countries in Europe, Australia, Asia and America.
MEG PFEIFFER: A multi award winning singer/songwriter from Germany, achieved international success through a breathtaking usage of voice, loop station, drum pads and multi instrumentalism. Her unique vocal timbre, together with her exceptional songwriting skills, creates a magical atmosphere that reaches the soul.
Meg‘s career took off like a rocket with the release of her album “Bullrider”, published by Sony Music, which landed in the top ten of the German charts and was followed by a long list of TV shows, radio airplay and interviews.
She went on winning prizes at contests such as the “German Rock & Pop Music Awards” and more recently the “European Songwriting Award”, playing for brands of the caliber of MAN, Gibson, Mercedes, Audi, Chevrolet, Piaget and Yamaha, and performing in arenas with over six thousand visitors.
Through talent, dedication and hard work, she managed to bring her music on a global scale and starting an intense touring activity that led her to play across the globe.
Meg recently played in the Emirates at the Formula 1 Grand Prix Abu Dhabi, where stars such as Sam Smith, The Weeknd and Guns N’ Roses performed.
Katey Brooks is a devastating song-writing and singing talent with a sound blending folk, soul, blues and country. Her finger-picked, harmony-inflected sound on the 2016 I Fought Lovers EP received an enthusiastic reception from radio stations around the UK and internationally, including BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and CBC Canada. The 2019 album Revolute received huge critical acclaim across the world. Three singles are scheduled for release in the second half of 2021 and a new album expected in the spring of 2022.
To watch her sing live is to witness emotional exorcism, but when you know her backstory, it’s hardly a mystery why. Growing up inside a cult, as a child Katey found refuge in song. Later, she travelled the world with her guitar on her back, writing everywhere from the Occupied West Bank to an abandoned Finnish island. Over a career spanning four continents, Brooks has journeyed from intimate living rooms to opulent concert halls, from dive bars to decorated studios with some of music’s biggest names, boasting famous admirers like Joss Stone. She has recorded with Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones and Paloma Faith at Abbey Road for BBC Radio 2’s Children in Need single. She has shared bills with a host of big names including Newton Faulkner, Ghostpoet, Martin Simpson, Deaf Havana, Lou Rhodes (Lamb), Mike and the Mechanics, and Mystery Jets. She has played some of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, WOMAD, the 2012 Paralympics, the Cambridge Folk Festival and Australia’s National Folk Festival.
Popdust said “Put simply, one of the best albums of the year,” Time Out – “not to be missed”, The Independent – “had the crowd eating out of her hands”’
Starting the tour in Europe and traveling through Scotland, England and Ireland this is truly Blues on the road to get excited about.
This tour has been in the making for some time for Ben, he first started playing music when he was 5 years of age and has traveled the world since. After taking in much heartache and learning about things most people will never get to experience Ben tries to share this through the power of Blues Meets Rock. This tour is extra special to Ben as joining him on the tour playing bass is his Father in law from Chicago and also his biological Father from home will be playing the lead guitar role.
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