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Dec
4
Fri
Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree with The Soda Popz!
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm

Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree with the Soda Popz! 

Bringing a touch of good old-fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll to the holiday season!  

Following their sell-out show last year, the sensational Soda Popz are back to get you jumping and jiving once again to the best hits of the fab 50s and 60s! 

Featuring a toe-tapping set list of golden oldies from iconic artists such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Cliff Richard, Connie Francis and Dusty Springfield, along with Christmas classics including Santa Baby, Jingle Bell Rock, White Christmas and many more!

So what are you waiting for?! Join the brilliant Soda Popz and rock around the Christmas tree for a nostalgic, fun tribute to that wonderful era. 50s attire encouraged.

 

Audience feedback! 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟We all dressed up and danced along!! FaB-u-lous!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Highly recommend the Soda Popz – they are great fun and really know how to keep everyone entertained!! What a fantastic atmosphere they create too!! 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Thank you Soda Popz. I was transported back to my childhood days…I knew every song you played and loved them all. You are a wonderful uplifting set of entertainers.  

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 They are a fantastic group, very eutheric and absolutely fantastic singing voices. 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Beautiful harmonies ….voices complement each other superbly…looking forward to hearing them at the Black Box….it’s in the future…keep safe x 

Doors 7:30PM

Start 8:00PM

Jan
15
Fri
CQAF-The Neville Staple Band
Jan 15 @ 8:00 pm

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

Jan
17
Sun
OTL-Brìghde Chaimbeul & Aidan O’Rourke
Jan 17 @ 2:00 pm

Brìghde Chaimbeul & Aidan O’Rourke

The Black Box

Sunday 17 January 2021, 2.00pm

£10.00

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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

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

Jan
23
Sat
OTL-Warmduscher
Jan 23 @ 8:00 pm

Warmduscher

The Black Box

Saturday 23 January 2021, 8.00pm

£12.00

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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

Jan
24
Sun
CQAF-Grace Petrie
Jan 24 @ 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

Feb
14
Sun
Ben Railway Robey- Like Father, Like Son Tour
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm

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.

 

 

Boulimique de Musique Feedback · 10 may. A powerful acoustic rock-blues topped by an energetic vocal interpretation that is sure kicks some dust. This guitar fueled tune demonstrates the musicianship of the virtuoso players that deliver a very convincing live and intimate recording.

Boulimique de Musique Feedback · 5 may. A folk-rock song with strong blues influences is proposed to the listeners pushed by a totally mastered gravelly voice. The female vocal harmonies enhance this almost Gospel-like anthem by a few notches. That’s what a gut-inspired interpretation sounds like!

 

 

Mar
20
Sat
Bob Log III
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm

Bob Log III

“And then there’s this guy named Bob Log, you ever heard of him? He’s this little kid — nobody ever knows how old he is — wears a motorcycle helmet and he has a microphone inside of it and he puts the glass over the front so you can’t see his face, and plays slide guitar. It’s just the loudest strangest stuff you’ve ever heard. You don’t understand one word he’s saying. I like people who glue macaroni on to a piece of cardboard and paint it gold. That’s what I aspire to basically” Tom Waits

Bump Pow! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSy0HUbh48U

Shake The Boot- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMoIbua-Ids

Bob Log III, Fat Possum recording artist and one man band crown prince of punk blues from Tuscon, Arizona. Witnessing Bob Log live is an unmissable and unforgettable experience. By rights he should be a punk blues stadium super star. He takes to the stage with his face masked in a crash helmet with a black visor and a telephone wired in it for a mic and wearing a blue jump suit. Bob then unleashes a torrent of hardcore Mississippi Delta blues, hip hop beats and punk rock. The crash helmet telephone distorts the vocals and his hands, arms, legs and feet become a blur of jump suit clad limbs as he plays slide, triggers drum machines and drums with his feet simultaneously. Bob then adds extra ingredients to this punk blues bouillabaisse with his unique version of audience participation. More often them not he’ll bounce a couple of audience members on his knees while playing, and then bring on the infamous Boob Scotch. The audience are invited to literally stick their boob in his scotch which he then drinks. If Bob feels satisfied he will then launch into his anthem Boob Scotch!

Bob Log’s identity and history is shrouded in mystery and rumour, probably helped by his stage get up and also when his record company Fat Possum put out an early press release claiming Log had a monkey’s paw grafted on to his wrist after a boating accident as a child. Here’s an excerpt…..”When Bob Log III was a child, he lost his left hand in a boating accident. It was soon replaced with a monkey paw, and a new guitar style was born. ‘It’s my own personal style, see,’ Log says, ‘the paw moves much quicker than a normal hand, so my real hand has to flop around a lot to compensate.'” When asked to explain Fat Possum’s insistence that his right hand is a monkey’s paw, Log replied to an interviewer that, “My hand is just hairy. Very, very hairy. It is NOT a PAW. Fat Possum was drunk.” Log further clarified the monkey paw myth in an interview with Bizarre Magazine: “I’ve got all my limbs. It’s just that when I’m playing my guitar my hand moves so fast it looks like a monkey paw, a hairy paw. My hand moves really fast. Faster than a normal human hand”

In fact Bob Log III was born in Tucson, Arizona and is a virtuoso slide player who plays with extremely thick strings tuned very loose that gives him his unique “floppy” sound. Growing up, Log listened to artists such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and AC/DC, later commenting that “That’s what rock’n’roll is to me. You take a guitar, turn it up and have a good time…everyone else can go listen to Pearl Jam if they want to.” Bob Log got his first guitar at the age of 11, and by the age of 16 he had become smitten with Delta Blues, modelling his slide guitar style on that of Mississippi Fred McDowell. Log began his music career recording with Mondo Guano, a four-piece metal-blues band based in Arizona. Upon leaving Mondo Guano, Log went on to perform as one-half of seminal early Delta punk blues duo Doo Rag. Bob Log III was born when Bob was in the middle of a US tour with Doo Rag and his drummer quit. With necessity , ever the mother of invention, Bob donned a helmet he had picked up in a thrift store, took to the stage and kicked his guitar case for percussion and thus the legend of Bob Log was born. Bob Log eventually found his spiritual home on maverick Mississippi blues label Fat Possum in 1998 and released a trio of classic records: School Bus, Trike and Log Bomb.

In this current world of homogenised and mass marketed music, we need true mavericks like Bob Log III more than ever.

 

Apr
17
Sat
Saffyre
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Apr
29
Thu
CQAF-MOM-SOLD-OUT- GoGo Penguin / European Tour 2020
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm

In association with Moving on Music

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
Mon
CQAF-BC Camplight
May 3 @ 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

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18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

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Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Film Hub NI BFI Cinema Children In Need