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Sep
5
Sun
CQAF-Shadows and Light: The Songs and Story of Joni Mitchell
Sep 5 @ 2:00 pm

Shadows and Light: The Songs and Story of Joni Mitchell

The Black Box

Sunday 5th September, 2.00pm

£10.00

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Pre-Corona, Shadows and Light had been captivating audiences with their intimate show on the iconic singer – songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Their stunning interpretations of her music are performed by vocalist Maura VambeckDave Mulligan on guitar and Paul Enrighton keyboard.

The show features songs from the huge Joni repertoire, including classics from the landmark Blue album, along with some of the lesser-known numbers like Hejira, Secret Place and Hissing of Summer Lawns.

Shadows and Light’s hypnotic performance of the lyrics and life of Joni is truly special, bringing you Joan Anderson, the poet, artist and mother. If you like Joni, you will love this.

Doors 1.30pm | Unreserved seating

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

CQAF- Luka Bloom
Sep 5 @ 8:00 pm

Luka Bloom

The Black Box

Sunday 5 September, 8.00pm

£15.00

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Out of the Blue is the beautiful new album by Luka Bloom. Regarded as one of Ireland’s most respected contemporary folk artists, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do. A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters.

Like many who write songs, Luka’s orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets.

Time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new voicings within the instrument, and bit by bit, the songs come to life. And eventually they fly, bringing Luka with them to be heard in Byron Bay, San Francisco, Hamburg, or even Doolin.

‘I did my first gig in Belfast in the dark old days of 1976. I was booked by Geoff Harden to sing in The Sunflower club. And since that time I have sung in Belfast for over 40 years now. Opening for Bert Jansch in the old McMordie Hall in Queens, the Rotterdam; The Errigal, The Waterfront, to name but a few. But in recent years I have only sung my songs in The Blackbox. It is an intimate, welcoming venue, with a good sound, and great people there. We always have a good time. No opening act; just myself and my 3 guitars. A lot of songs, and the best audience in Ireland.’ – Luka Bloom 

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

Sep
10
Fri
CQAF-BY ARRANGEMENT WITH PRB PRESENTS The Handsome Family
Sep 10 @ 8:00 pm

BY ARRANGEMENT WITH PRB PRESENTS

The Handsome Family

The Black Box

Friday 10 September, 8.00pm

£17.50

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The Handsome Family have written some of the most haunting and beautiful songs in American music. During a 30-year career, Brett and Rennie Sparks have created songs that transform the mundane landscape of modern life into a place of mysterious portent.

Handsome Family songs take place in parking lots and big box stores, under overpasses and in airports. They sing about Custer’s last stand and automatic lawn sprinklers in the same song. Rennie’s lyrics often focus on the myriad creatures that live at the edges of the man-made world: the sparrows, rats, cockroaches and crows that share our cities.

Handsome Family shows are famously relaxed. Their songs can be dark, but there’s always laughter on stage. Rennie sings as well as plays Autoharp, banjo, and uke bass. She often introduces songs with seemingly unrelated stories. Brett, with his stentorian voice, is a powerful presence at center of the stage.

There are a lot of new faces at shows these days, lured by Far From Any Road, which became a global hit after it was used as the theme to season one of True Detective.

In 2020 Loose Music released their first two records, Odessa (1995) Milk & Scissors (1996), on vinyl LP. This will be the first time these records have been released in Europe.

For Handsome Family fans these records are a must. Odessa reveals the early style of the band and Milk & Scissors illustrates how their songwriting transformed after Rennie began writing lyrics. On their spring 2021 tour they plan to play selected gems from these new/old records.

Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

Sep
12
Sun
OTL-MOM – Flook
Sep 12 @ 3:00 pm

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

Oct
7
Thu
LUCA STRICAGNOLI CHANGE OF RULES TOUR 2021
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm


LUCA STRICAGNOLI CHANGE OF RULES TOUR 2021

With very special guest Meg Pfeiffer

UK & IRELAND DATES

Tickets £17.50+booking fee

Doors 7pm

Music 8pm

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.

Oct
15
Fri
Ben Railway Robey- Like Father, Like Son Tour
Oct 15 @ 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!

 

 

Oct
16
Sat
Ben Railway Robey- Like Father, Like Son Tour
Oct 16 @ 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!

 

 

Oct
23
Sat
Saffyre
Oct 23 @ 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.

 

Dec
3
Fri
Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree with The Soda Popz!
Dec 3 @ 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
14
Fri
CQAF-BC Camplight
Jan 14 @ 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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The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

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