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 on Friday, April 17th, 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.
Tickets £6. Ticket + Ready For The House (Vinyl) LP £20 (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.
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.
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!
Queen’s University Belfast – Big Band – Directed by Stephen Barnett
Our traditional concert of spring favourites from the jazz and big band repertoire. Please join us at the popular Black Box venue in the Cathedral Quarter to enjoy a night of traditional and modern classics for Big Band.
“If swing is your thing or you’re a rockabilly baby, this evening is sure to be your can of spam. As the trio’s voices blend in close harmony, you’ll be transported back in time with the sounds of the gramophone and the jukebox years.A dance floor is available to lindy hop till you drop with swing classics such as Benny Goodman’s ‘Sing, Sing Sing!’ and the Andrews Sister’s ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’. You can jump and jive along to ‘Stupid Cupid’, or sit back and enjoy classics like ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘Mister Sandman’.So if you’re ‘In The Mood’ for a rare vintage experience, this show will be just the ticket.
“Brilliant!” : John Toal, Radio Ulster
Audience Reviews:”Impeccable… DIVINE voices and harmonies”
“AMAZING I was truly transported back in time”
“A joy to watch and listen to”
“Harmonies amazing, choreography spot on”
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
Following their sell-out Christmas show, the sensational Soda Popz 1950s/60s Rock ‘n’ Roll band are returning to the Black Box on Fri 5 June 2020, bringing all your favourite hits from the 50s and 60s including ‘Summer Holiday’, ‘Wipeout’, ‘Tequila’ and more! So ‘Let’s Twist Again’ to this fantastic, authentic band and start your Summer with a swing and a smile!
Best night ever! The Soda Popz are just brilliant and the dancefloor was jumping!
We saw The Soda Popz last night in Armagh. Brilliant show, brilliant nights entertainment.
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.
The audience are always so enthusiastic for this band, jiving away with abandon and what a set list!
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.
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”