On 05 December 2018 four guitars were sent on their way around the world by the Bert Jansch Foundation to be played by musicians inspired by Bert Jansch. The guitars have already stopped over with Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler, Graham Coxon and Beth Orten. One of the guitars is coming to Belfast to long time Bert fan Steve McCann.
Steve McCann has shared bills with Martin Carthy, Carine Polwart, Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri playing Jansch material and Jansch inspired originals. He met Bert Jansch on a number of occasions and sought out and spoke with many of Bert’s contemporaries such as John Renbourn, Wizz Jones, Martin Carthy and Jimmy Page.
This event is a celebration of Bert’s music in the intimate Green Room with performances from Steve McCann and Special Guests including;- Colin Harper, writer, musician and Jansch biographer. Tanya Mellotte, songwriter, vocalist, producer. John McGurgan, singer songwriter, touring musician and sound engineer
Sunday 20 January 2019, 7pm at the Green Room, Hill Street Belfast.
Free to Blackbox members, £5 to non members.
Wednesday 23 January, 1.00pm
Tickets £8.00 (including lunch)
Hailing from Gulladuff in Co. Derry, Niamh’s first instrument was the Mandolin, from there she moved onto the Tin Whistle and finally settling on the guitar.
With firm roots in the folk tradition, Niamh has ventured into Country and Bluegrass and cites as her major influences Cara Dillon, Mary Black, Kate Rusby, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Kimmie Rhodes and Willie Nelson.
An ever-growing profile has seen Niamh release three highly acclaimed albums of covers and original songs and three years touring the UK and Ireland as the opening act for Nathan Carter.
One of the rising stars of Irish Folk and Country, Niamh McGinchey’s star has been very much on the ascendant since we featured her in Out to Lunch in 2013.
Doors 12:45pm | Unreserved Seating
Wednesday 23 January, 8.00pm
Space Oddity. Suspicious Minds. Pinball Wizard. Whole Lotta Love. Come Together – 1969 could easily be said to be a vintage year for music, the end of a decade that changed the world and the introduction to one that would prove equally inspirational.
It would also see the birth of a band that would start as an idea to electrify traditional music and would go on to become one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond.
Fifty years on and Steeleye Span are set to mark this incredible milestone with a tour that will celebrate a band that are still as creative and vital now as they were all those years ago.
Led as ever by the iconic Maddy Prior, the latest seven-piece line-up will draw on the group’s incredible history to provide a night of favourites and surprises from down the decades.
Doors 7.45pm | Unreserved Seating
Thursday 24 January, 1.00pm
Tickets £8.00 (including lunch)
Glasgow born sisters Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians who use their Donegal ancestral culture to create a sound that encompasses the soul of Irish music.
Being siblings helps them achieve a stunningly close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes, interspersed with songs in English and Irish, many from their family and local repertoire.
Since the launch of their debut album, they have performed in various venues and festivals across Europe, America and Asia and have appeared as guests on stage or toured with acts such as Altan, The Chieftains, and Sharon Shannon.
Clare has recently become the Young Traditional Musician of the Year at the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards, the first person Scottish person ever to win this.
The Friel Sisters represent a new strand in traditional Irish music – they superbly balance a contemporary approach with an informed understanding of the Irish origins of their song and music.
Doors 12:45pm | Unreserved Seating
In association with Moving on Music
Thursday 24 January, 8.00pm
The second Yorkston/Thorne/Khan album was released by Domino in April and represents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists.
The combination is unusual: YTK’s Everything Sacred, released in 2016, may be the only precedent. Yet while, on paper, the constituent elements might seem disparate, the recent, hugely acclaimed album is, if anything, even more coherent than its predecessor.
It also basks in a truly magnificent title: Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars. Just don’t call it fusion.
Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating
Friday 25 January, 1.00PM
Tickets £8.00 (including lunch)
The Swingtime Starlets are an all-professional close harmony trio, who perform songs from the 40’s Wartime Era, Hollywood’s Golden Age and Retro Pop!
Get your toes tapping, your sweetheart swaying, your jitterbug jiving and become entranced in the romance as this diverse, dynamic duo transport you through the eras of Swing, Jazz and Blues.
Let their renditions of the Great American Songbook and Hollywood’s Golden Era transport you through the years with their beguiling voices, close harmonies & vintage style!
Doors | Unreserved Seating
Friday 25 January, 8.00pm
An acclaimed singer-songwriter with a career that has consistently garnered critical praise. NPR proclaims that he’s “the musical equivalent of an arrow to the heart,” while The New York Times calls his work “beautifully finessed.” Teddy released his first, self-titled album in 2000.
Thompson also toured as part of Rosanne Cash’s band before signing with Verve. Soon after, Thompson released his much lauded 2006 sophomore album Separate Ways, which demonstrated how much his songwriting, performing and record-making skills had evolved since his debut.
It was followed in 2007 by Up Front & Down Low, a collection of personally charged readings of classic American country songs that demonstrated Thompson’s increased assurance as a performer and interpreter.
In 2008, Thompson released the upbeat and highly acclaimed, A Piece of What You Need, which was declared “one of this year’s best” by The Guardian and debuted at #9 in the UK charts. A fifth studio effort, Bella, was released February 2011 to much acclaim and led to touring the world with Elton John among other things.
In 2014 Thompson gathered his musical clan to release Family, one of the folk records of the year which garnered a multi-page, in depth piece from The New York Times magazine.
In 2016 Teddy released Little Windows, a record of original duets with singer Kelly Jones. The album was recorded live to tape and features an all-star band of backing musicians. Teddy also produced Dori Freeman’sdebut album which was hailed by The New York Times as one of the year’s best.
2017 saw the release of the long-awaited Shelby Lynn & Allsion Moorer duets record produced by Thompson.
Saturday 26 January, 2.30PM
Cutting her teeth as a sideman in Boston’s roots music scene, Laura Cortese forged a unique path through a pool rich in talent (due to a large population of Berklee School of Music graduates like herself) including stints as an instrumentalist with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Rose Cousins, Jocie Adams (of The Low Anthem), and Uncle Earl.
Her Compass Records debut, California Calling, is the next step in her career as a frontwoman and bandleader – she & the Dance Cards (Valerie Thompson – Cello, Jenna Moynihan – fiddle & banjo, and a rotating cast of North America’s preeminent bassists) break new ground with a bold and elegant new album, based in the lyrical rituals of folk music but exploring new territories of rhythm and sonics.
With the support of Sam Kassirer, album producer of folk-pop favorites like Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow, they’ve created something that’s simultaneously rowdy, delicate and cinematic. This is post-folk that seriously rocks. Out to Lunch anticipate a truly show-stopping performance.
Doors 2.15pm | Unreserved Seating
In association with Real Music Club
Saturday 26 January, 8.00pm
The Delines debut album Colfax surprised fans and critics alike. The band had only been together a week when they went into the studio and cut the record.
Uncut gave it 9/10 stars and praised its “widescreen romanticism”, calling it “the richest collection of songs Vlautin has written.” Evoking the feel of a beat-up Dusty Springfield or a weary Rickie Lee Jones, Colfax made a dozen top ten records of the year lists and the Delines sold out venues in the UK, Ireland, and had successful tours in the Europe and Australia.
The Guardian declared them the surprise hit of the End of the Road festival and then it all came to a stop. Lead singer Amy Boone was hit by a car and put into the hospital and recovery for many months, finally putting the band on hold for over three years.
Amy is finally on the mend and The Delines are back with their sophomore effort released next January ahead of their UK tour.
The Delines are led by vocalist Amy Boone( The Damnations, TX), the keyboard and horn work of Cory Gray, Tucker Jackson (The Minus 5) on pedal steel, as well as Richmond Fontaine members: Sean Oldham, Freddie Trujillo, and Willy Vlautin.
Vlautin, the acclaimed novelist and songwriter for Richmond Fontaine, has penned all ten tracks. Vlautin’s book Lean on Pete was recently released as a major motion picture. Richmond Fontaine broke up in 2016 after releasing over ten records.
Doors 7.45pm | Limited Unreserved Seating
Sunday 27 January, 2.00pm
Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story. Within the nine songs on their new album Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career.
They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they’ve always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls “perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on.”
The Once are propelled by the rare chemistry that comes from a decade of writing and touring together. Their songs have been placed in international film and television, they have YouTube videos with millions of hits, and there’s a trail of trophy nominations and wins from the East Coast Music Awards, the Canadian Folk Awards, and the JUNO Awards in their wake.
Since first hitting the road in 2009, The Once has earned one of the most loyal followings in the country. Geraldine Hollett’s voice is a large part of the band’s ethereal sound, and there is nowhere it would sit better than in between the rhythmic and supportive voices of Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale, and the lush soundscapes they build.
The trio’s instrumentation and vocals meld together like gold, building something stronger together than any one songwriter could muster alone. Their harmonies grab you by the heart, and their music melts what’s left of it. Building on the wave of creative energy that defined their last album, Time Enough is a striking and subtle sea change for the band. Dive in, get lost, click repeat.
Doors 1.45pm | Unreserved Seating