In June 1989 Sharon was rehearsing and demoing tracks for her first album, when she was whisked away to Glastonbury festival with The Waterboys.
In the 30 years that has elapsed since then, Sharon has recorded 10 studio albums; 5 Live albums , 4 Best of compilations and 3 live Concert DVDs.
She has received many awards including being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2009
She has collaborated, recorded and toured with everyone from Willy Nelson,Bono,Johnny Depp, Shane Mc Gowan and John Prine to Nigel Kennedy and the RTE Concert Orchestra and had many hit records including The Galway Girl with Steve Earle, Its Christmastime Again with Wallis Bird and Go Tell the Devil with Imelda May.
Sharons Irish theatre tour Jan/Feb 2020 will showcase music from her back catalogue beginning in 1989 right through to the present day.
Doors 7:30PM Start 8PM
“Anna’s Number – the Soul, Jazz, Funk kings of N Ireland are thrilled to be playing the Black Box in Belfast on Saturday 1st February 2020 at 8:30pm.
Born as a Busking Band in February 2017, these young men bely their years and have matured to produce some seriously sophisticated street soul, jazz, funk arrangements which demands interaction with their audiences
Anna’s Number are :-
“Matty on guitar and vocals. The real deal. Great singer and phenomenal guitarist. Effortless solos played to perfection.”
”Peter on Bass – what can you say? Amazing! Groove factor turned up to infinity – and beyond. You get breathless watching him.”
“Zacc on Sax and Vocals – Dynamic, energetic, confident, talented, versatile! This young man has energy to burn. Either he’s singing, playing Sax, using Tambourine or down in the crowd whipping up a fever!”
“Zac on keys. So refreshing to see a good keyboard player in a band. Zac, like his band mates, plays with an ease and confidence that belies his young age.”
“Jamie on drums – a simple kit straight out of the 60’s, but he knows how to use it, dynamic, great clock, and full of inventiveness and obviously loves his role in the band.”
Imagine songs written about Belfast as a soundtrack to the life of the city. Ken Haddock is going to bring us a Belfast Songbook that will lead us into the wonder and wounds of his home city. Ken Haddock is an authentic voice of Belfast city, playing residencies across our corners for thirty years. Ken has a soulful voice that draws emotion and his ability to reinvent a song opens up new perspectives on their meaning. As he sings familiar songs with a Haddock twist, Steve Stockman will chat to him about the songs, the city and Ken’s own story within.
NEO NEO #9 Una Monaghan
Saturday 15 February, Doors 8:30 pm
£7 / £5 (concession)
Úna Monaghan, a harper, composer, researcher and sound artist from Belfast. Using a Quadraphonic speaker arrangement, this very special improvised performance combines traditional music, sound art, movement sensors, surrounded by the bronze sculptures of Nóirín Nic Alastair and reacting off Conan McIvor’s stunning visual piece “My Hearts a Flutter.” With support from NEO NEO DJ’s.
NEO NEO showcases high quality contemporary music and visual art through live events with a focus on experimental electronic performance, new technology and collaborative practices. Each curated event features music creators and artists commissioned to respond to each others’ practice and present work or works in progress in the format of a unique immersive experience for both performers and audiences.
Escape the relentless agora in a night of recorded music and live drawing. DJs Jeff Doherty and Stuart Watson develop an aural envelope each evening, whilst illustrator Duncan Ross strives to capture the consciousness of the moment through the inky medium of illustration. Adventurous clientèle may submit suggestions to Ross for realisation on the eve or, if feeling particularly exploratory, can contribute with the fruits of their own ductus (materials provided).
Brooklyn, NY-based trio DADDY LONG LEGS are —Brian Hurd (vocals, harmonica, guitar), Murat Akturk (slide guitar), Josh Styles (drums, maracas)
When asked by Village Voice “What is DADDY LONG LEGS?,” Hurd answered, “Rock and roll salvation through the spirit of roots and blues.” While influenced by the likes of Son House, Captain Beefheart, Howlin’ Wolf, MC5, and Dr. Feelgood, their sound personifies garage rock and punk with a contemporary raw twist performed in their own brand of supercharged R&B.
Their upcoming release, Lowdown Ways debuts on Yep Roc Records May 10th. Their third studio album by Jimmy Sutton and engineered by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, Jake La Botz) at Hi-Style Studios in Chicago, the album features 12 original compositions with songwriting contributions from JD McPherson and Sutton. A new direction from their first two studio albums (released by Norton Records), Lowdown Ways sees the boys widen their sonic horizons with field hollers, gospel, Cajun, and Mississippi Hill Music, coupled with their renowned supercharged, harp-driven R&B bangers
Leading up to the album’s release, Rolling Stone Countrynamed “Glad Rag Ball”one of the ‘10 Best Country, Americana Songs of the Week’, citing “it’s all guttural hollering and foot-stomping rhythms.” Brooklyn Veganpremiered the official video for “Pink Lemonade,”co-written with JD McPherson and WFMU “Mornin’ Noon & Nite”. Since forming in 2010, the band has released two studio albums, a live album and two 45s on Norton Records. Their last album was 2015’s Rides Tonight. They have toured with Jon Spencer, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Sonics, Nikki Lane, Nick Waterhouse, amongst others.
“DADDY LONG LEGS takes the blues and turns them inside out, upside down, round about and renews their primal energy. My favorite rompin’ stompin’ New York band of the moment.”
“DADDY LONG LEGS have finally made a studio album that matches their reputation as a firecracker live act. These 12 original songs expand and solidify their blues-punk sound while keeping alive a tradition and vital part of American roots music. Sounds great!”
“…like Chicago blues fired at the moon, played by the demented children of the Pretty Things.”
Pink Lemonade (Co written with JD McPherson) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2QKbStzjsw
Album trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvrcRAIh5b0
Daddy Long Legs will be joined by Northern Ireland’s best kept secret The Sabrejets a Rockabilly band from Belfast who draw on influences from primal 50s rock n’ roll through to the likes of T. Rex and The New York Dolls. Their unique stripped down, revved up, two fisted brand of rockabilly has seen them tear apart venues throughout Ireland, Britain and Europe, sharing stages with the likes of Chuck Berry, Imelda May, Hillbilly Moon Explosion and Bo Diddley.
FRIDAY 28 FEB
8PM, £14 / £10 conc HERE
£50 FESTIVAL TICKET (12 gigs) AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
Led by trumpet player and composer Laura Jurd, Dinosaur is one of the most captivating and inventive bands working today. Laura’s distinctive approach to improvisation is often simple yet always colourful, resulting in a sound that is instantly inviting and recognisable. Alongside Laura is Elliot Galvin on keys, Conor Chaplin on bass and Corrie Dick on drums.
Receiving a 5* review in the Guardian and a Mercury prize nomination for their 2016 debut album, Together, As One, the band have since toured extensively throughout Europe and beyond, playing at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including North Sea Jazz, Montreal Jazz Festival and Molde International Jazz Festival.
Wonder Trail, released in May 2018, sees Laura merge her meticulously composed jazz rock grooves and electronic minimalism with Elliot’s synthpop inspiration carved from the 1980s.
We have been eager to invite Dinosaur back to Belfast ever since their unbelievable set four years ago, so we are delighted it’s finally happened! Do not miss!
” … beautifully played and effortlessly confident collage of contemporary styles.” – The Guardian
“Leader/composer Jurd with her band of co-virtuosos have now pulled-off what might be considered a masterpiece.” – All About Jazz
SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY
THE ULSTER YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA
2.30PM, £7 HERE
£50 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
The multi award-winning Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra was formed in 1993 after a series of workshops held at the Crescent Arts Centre by Ken Jordan. The 2019-20 Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of the best young musicians in Northern Ireland and this present ensemble is one of the best incarnations of the band. It’s great to have the UYJO back. A perfect afternoon of music.
SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY
8PM, £12 / £8 conc
£50 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
Berlin-born, New York based saxophonist, composer and vocalist, Charlotte Greve leads Wood River into territories new. A vehicle for her huge compositional output that goes far beyond genre classifications, Wood River lives in the cracks of all things good. Expect back beats, through composed melodies, enigmatic lyrics and grooves, bathed in swirling synths, alto saxophone, electric bass and guitars.
Accompanying Charlotte is a group of the most interesting and versatile musicians working in New York today; guitarist Keisuke Matsuno, bassist Simon Jermyn (originally from Dublin) and drummer Tommy Crane.
After their limited-edition debut in 2015, Wood River is now releasing their full-length album, More Than I Can See on Yellowbird Records in February 2020. We’ve had a listen and it is a captivating blend of jazz, ambient and rock music, with a rarely heard compositional rigour. We can’t wait to hear it live!
“…a very developed sense of melody and a moving lyrical tone.” – Süddeutsche Zeitung
“The quartet entices with compositions that are truly of our time, with a seasoned technique and a multi-faceted sound.” – Fono Forum