Starting up in 2018, The French Martinis have begun to take a huge step forward in the Belfast music scene. The band features experienced musicians trained to degree level as they are finishing their final year at Queen’s.
The band mixes jazz, funk, soul and pop to create songs with a colourful sound, catchy melodies and infectious grooves filling the dancefloor wherever they perform.
Taking inspiration from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars, The French Martinis are always ready to deliver a high energy performance combined with polished musicianship and a varied repertoire moving seamlessly from old school tracks to modern hits.
The most distinct aspect of The French Martinis music is the joy of performing together!
Come and join the party with the one and only French Martinis. Let’s make it the ultimate night to remember!
Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, this event is now cancelled. If you have tickets for this event- the box office provider will be in touch regarding your tickets.
The Alan Kelly Gang, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary trad acts, team up with Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction). The result is sheer musical synergy in its most natural form. Brimming with powerful instrumentals, alluring songs and buoyant harmonies this is a wonderful union of Scottish and Irish traditional and folk music from true masters. Critics have described it as an astonishing concert, sumptuous and exceptional.
Hailed by New York’s Irish Voice as ‘in league with the best piano accordionists in the world’, Alan Kelly is also joined by highly acclaimed New York singer and flautist, Steph Geremia, guitar innovator, Shane McGowan, and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas.
Heralding from South Africa, Darryl Hendricks, Bongi Lolwana and Wesley Adams brings you Ireland and the United Kingdoms leading vocal tribute to all things Motown. At a typical MOTOWN SENSATIONS show you can expect to hear all those classic hits from iconic acts such as The Temptations, The Fourtops, The Drifters, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson and so much more. Delivered with the charisma, vocal harmonies and the on stage choreography that you would expect to hear straight from the Hitsville office.
No other record label in history has exerted such an enormous influence on both the style and substance of popular music and culture than Motown, come to a Motown Sensations show and witness a little musical history for yourself.
“Amazing vocal harmonies and on stage choreography, a fantastic tribute to Motown”
LUCA STRICAGNOLI CHANGE OF RULES TOUR 2020
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.
Co. Down Band Saffyre return to Belfast for their first Headline Show at the Black Box. This promises to be an evening of stunning vocal harmonies and finely crafted original songs.
Saffyre is made up of sisters Shauneen and Maria and cousin Emma. The girls grew up in a large family where music and singing was a huge part of their lives. Singing together since they were children the girls were influenced by artists such as U2, The Corrs, ColdPlay Oasis, Norah Jones and Shania Twain. The melodies and harmonies which are signature to the Saffyre sound have been honed and perfected over years of recording and live performance. In May 2017 the band released the track ‘Run For Your Life’ produced by Grammy Award winner Jim Jonsin in Florida USA, who along with his team of writers, wrote the song with the girls. Their follow up releases are continuing to establish the group on the commercial scene alongside some of the best and most credible up and coming writers and performers in the Country.
Taking inspiration from their roots in the Irish and English traditions, Flook have an enviable trademark sound, weaving and spinning traditionally rooted tunes over precise acoustic grooves, with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.
There is certainly no shortage of virtuosity amongst the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this band stems from the wholly intuitive, almost symbiotic, exchange between the various flutes, frets and skins.
With a remarkably busy schedule this Moving on Music tour of the north will see the band perform music from their incredible new album ‘Ancora‘, which was released in early 2019 after a 14-year recording hiatus.
Twenty-four years after their first gig together, Flook continue to inspire and enchant, firmly cementing their reputation as one of the all time best.
RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Best Folk group nominee, 2019
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Album nominee, 2019
“iconic, ground-breaking, progressive and all-round brilliant” – BBC Radio Ulster
“A sensational live act…. in the front rank of the innovators” – The Rough Guide to Irish Music
Neville Staple is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice.
His 40-year career in the music business is well documented. From the early days with his Jah Baddis Sound System, The Coventry Automatics, The Specials, and Fun Boy Three in the ‘70s and 80’s, to The Special Beat and various other collaborations during his solo career from the 90’s up to the present day.
Following on from the 2009 Specials reunion and his departure from the band in late 2012, he continues to be a forerunner of the Ska movement, and continues to thrill audiences with his own excellent band at venues and festival appearances worldwide.
His highly celebrated album Return of Judge Roughneck was released in 2017 to outstanding reviews.
Doors 7.30pm | Mostly Standing
Brìghde Chaimbeul & Aidan O’Rourke
The Black Box
Sunday 17 January 2021, 2.00pm
Winner of the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 – Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland.
Her debut album The Reeling has had an extraordinary response since its launch at a sold out Celtic Connections show at the start of 2019. It was named as Folk Album Of The Month by The Guardian and given five star reviews in both fRoots and Songlines.
She was joined on the recording by violinist Aidan O’Rourke from experimental folk trio Lau, who also produced the album, Radie Peat from Lankum on concertina, and the pioneering 82-year-old singer and piper Rona Lightfoot contributing canntaireachd (a phonetic singing tradition used to teach pipe tunes – the word means “chanting” in Gaelic).
Growing up in a musical family in Sleat on the Isle of Skye, she was no stranger to the sound of the pipes, and indeed the sound of music at home. Hearing Rona play gave Brìghde her initial inspiration to take up piping when she was just four years old (she began studying the instrument three years later.)
Working closely with Aidan O’Rourke, Brìghde has devised a completely new way of arranging for pipe music that emphasises the rich textural drones of the smallpipes; the constancy of sound that creates a trance-like quality in the tunes.
She has collaborated with many established artists over the years, including Ross Ainslie, John McSherry, Paul Meehan, Aidan O’Rourke, Carlos Nunez, Martin Green, Allan MacDonald.
‘Simultaneously ancient and modern, profound and direct.’ – THE GUARDIAN
‘Exciting, unusual and gorgeous.’ – SONGLINES
Doors 7.45pm | Unreserved Seating
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The Black Box
Saturday 23 January 2021, 8.00pm
Warmduscher are a group of miscreants, known only by aliases (Clams Baker Jr, Lightnin’ Jack Everett, Salt Fingers, Quicksand and Dr. Withers aka Little Whiskers).
Ardent fans, Iggy Pop and Marc Riley have only gleaming praise to heap on the band, and in return, Warmduscher have blessed them both with immortality.
The band’s live show has left thousands across the UK and Europe desperate for more. During their set at End of the Road Festival 2018, they were accused of inciting a riot and thrown into a giant hole.
They have since emerged and will soon embark on a worldwide tour of France, Switzerland and Italy. Breathe it in before it’s gone.
Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating
The Black Box
Sunday 3 May, 8.00pm
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