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Calendar

Jan
26
Wed
OTL-The Nowhere Inn – St Vincent ** POSTPONED **
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW DATE PENDING.

Further details can be found at CQAF

 

The Nowhere Inn – St Vincent

The Black Box (Green Room)

£5.00

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Starring real-life friends Annie Clark (a.k.a. Grammy-winning artist St. Vincent) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney), this is a mischievous, metafictional and frequently laugh-out-loud funny account of banding together to make a documentary about St. Vincent’s music, touring life and on-stage persona.

But they quickly discover unpredictable forces lurking within the subject and the filmmaker that threaten to derail the friendship, the project, and the duo’s creative lives.

From first-time filmmaker Bill Benz (Portlandia, At Home With Amy Sedaris) comes a densely woven and increasingly fractured commentary on reality, identity and authenticity.

A music documentary like no other, this is the story of two close friends who attempt to wrestle the truth out of a complex subject before the hall of mirrors that is their artistic lives devours them completely.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
27
Thu
Barry McCrudden ** LIVESTREAM **
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm

LIVESTREAM EVENT (No audience will be permitted to the event) @1PM

Available on the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival YouTube Channel Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival – YouTube

 

 

Barry McCrudden

The Black Box

Thursday 27 January, 1.00pm

£10.00 (including lunch)

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As a musician Barry McCrudden is widely known for his versatility, full-toned sound and passion for playing with authenticity and dedication, no matter the context.

Barry has over 40 year’s experience playing and showcasing his artistry both locally and Internationally. Barry is a regular participant at local and international Jazz festivals and he has toured extensively in North America, South Africa and the UK.

He is continually collaborating with other performers from the jazz and Arts Community and is a keen mentor to aspiring younger musicians.

For the last 8 years and he has held a residency in Bert’s Jazz Bar in the Merchant Hotel, Belfast where he performs with his Quartet. Barry’s versatility is constantly in demand as a session musician. As a composer he has written scores for local film producers and has recently produced his latest album called Upfront which has already garnered extensive critical acclaim since its release last month.

Doors 12.30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

OTL-Erland Cooper ** POSTPONED **
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW DATE PENDING

Further details @ CQAF

 

 

Erland Cooper

The Black Box

Thursday 27th January ’22, 8.00pm

£14.00

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Hailing from the archipelago of Orkney, composer and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper explores the natural world of landscape, memory, people and place. Cooper believes music often reflects the landscape a musician is surrounded with, be it rural, urban, real or imagined.

His second solo album, Sule Skerry, was released last year as the second in a triptych shaped by Orkney’s air, sea and land, as it was celebrated by Orcadian poet George Mackay Brown.

While his acclaimed first solo record Solan Goose paid homage to Orkney’s birdlife, Cooper turns his attention to the North Sea in Sule Skerry.

Originally part of acclaimed bands The Magnetic North and Erland & The Carnival, Cooper has a diverse musical history. Last year’s debut solo album Solan Goose was an Album of the Year at BBC Radio 6 Music, the Quietus, and more; and Sule Skerry has already been crowned a BBC Radio 6 Music Album of the Day.

Originally scheduled for CQAF 2020 and with hugely acclaimed new album Hether Blether recently released, this promises to be a highlight of our 2021 festival.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved seating

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

Jan
28
Fri
OTL-Fairport Convention ** POSTPONED **
Jan 28 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW DATE PENDING

Further details at CQAF

 

Fairport Convention

The Black Box

Friday 28 January, 1.00pm & 8.00pm

£20.00 (including lunch) 1.00pm | £20.00 – 8.00pm

SOLD OUT


Fairport Convention have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century, with 2022 being their 55th anniversary!

During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes, but one thing has remained the same – Fairport’s passion for performance. The performance will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including their latest album, Shuffle & Go, which was released just before ‘lockdown’ in 2020.

Fairport Convention have won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’. Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.

The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

‘Stuffing their set with a surprising amount of new material for a vintage act, Fairport are still clearly having fun and brought the house down.’– THE GUARDIAN

“Fairport is an institution, a festival, purveyors of memories, and keepers of the folk flame. But most of all they are a brilliant live band.” – FOLK & TUMBLE

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

Jan
29
Sat
**POSTPONED** OTL-Malojian: Journey Through the Past – An Afternoon of Neil Young Songs
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm

Malojian: Journey Through the Past – An Afternoon of Neil Young Songs

The Black Box

Saturday 29 January, 2.00pm

£10.00

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NI troubadour Malojian and Out to Lunch invite you to a very special afternoon show celebrating the music of the iconic singer songwriter Neil Young.

The show features songs from the huge Neil repertoire, with a focus on the early 1970s including songs from the albums Harvest and After the Gold Rush.

Malojian whose own music has been heavily influenced by Neil Young and his band will present their beautiful interpretations of his songs in an afternoon you soon won’t forget.

“There was a band playing in my head and I felt like getting high”

Door open 1.45pm | Unreserved Seating

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

Jan
30
Sun
**POSTPONED** OTL-Dig With It: The Issue 7 Shindig
Jan 30 @ 2:00 pm

Dig With It: The Issue 7 Shindig

The Black Box (Green Room)

Sunday 30 January, 2.00pm

£7.00

With Wendy Erskine, Acoustic Dan, Susie Blue, Paula Flynn and Stephen Sexton. Presented by Stuart Bailie.

Dig With It magazine is a Belfast magazine about music, arts and Nordy culture. The title is borrowed from Seamus Heaney and the aim is to write well about our singular arts family.

Issue 7 will be launched at this special event as Dig With It celebrates its second year as a quarterly read.

Wendy Erskine will talk music and play records. Acoustic Dan and Paula Flynn will reveal new music and collaborative work. Susie Blue will preview an upcoming body of story songs, Caught, while Stephen Sexton will salute WB Yeats and the Smashing Pumpkins in his recent poetry, collection, Cheryl’s Destinies. Expect surprises.

Every ticket holder gets a free copy of the new magazine.

Doors 1.30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

OTL-Four Men and a Dog
Jan 30 @ 3:00 pm

Four Men and a Dog

The Black Box

Sunday 30 January, 3.00pm

£18.00

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One of the most ferocious and exciting Irish supergroups on the planet, Four Men and A Dog combines the talents of five of Ireland’s most exhilarating musicians. Blending vivacious high energy Irish ‘trad’ with Southern rock, rap, jazz, blues, bluegrass, polka, country, swing, and even salsa, their live shows are a fast and infectious, furious musical force.

Four Men and a Dog made their debut performance as a band in Murphy’s Bar, Dungiven, in 1990 before going on to steal the show at the Belfast Folk Festival later that year, with a high-energy approach that combines furious traditional dance tunes with irreverent new music and inimitable covers.

Barking Mad, their debut album, snagged an award for Album of the Year from Folk Roots magazine in 1991, marking the first time that an Irish group had ever won the prize.

From then on, the band went from strength to strength, loved for the spontaneity of their live shows. The band are: percussionist Gino Lupari, accordionist Donal Murphy, banjoist Gerry O’Connor, fiddler Cathal Hayden and, Kevin Doherty as lead singer.

 ‘Once again, “The Dogs” are off the leash and still out there with the very best. What’s more, they’re getting better.’ – IRISH TIMES

Doors 2.30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

**POSTPONED** OUT TO LUNCH IN ASSOCIATION WITH JAZZLIFE ALLIANCE Olivia Murphy
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm

OUT TO LUNCH IN ASSOCIATION WITH JAZZLIFE ALLIANCE

Olivia Murphy

The Black Box (Green Room)

Sunday 30 January, 7.30pm

£5.00

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Birmingham composer/saxophonist Olivia Murphy is the recipient of Norther Irish jazz talent organisation Jazzlife Alliance’s first UK-wide Young Composer Award – a mentorship with the iconic Django Bates funded by the PRS Foundation. She will premiere music created during this mentorship.

A graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Olivia is the only two-time winner of their Jazz Composition Prize and she has received commissions to write for the University of Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and Stone Lane Records.

She has been the composer for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra for the past two years and her varied work with them has included two sets of reimagined Amy Winehouse arrangements.

Olivia Murphy – soprano saxophone, compositions, Becca Wilkins – vocals, fx, Olly Chalk – piano

Doors 7pm | Unreserved Seating 

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

**POSTPONED** OTL- Lucy Porter: Be Prepared
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm

Lucy Porter: Be Prepared

The Black Box

Sunday 30 January, 8.00pm

£12.00/£10.00

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TV favourite Lucy returns with another fantastic stand-up show.

At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot.

Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on.

Recent TV includes Would I Lie to You, QI and Impossible, she’s a regular on Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

Apr
30
Sat
OTL-The Dodge Brothers
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm
OTL-The Dodge Brothers

The Dodge Brothers

The Black Box

Saturday 8 January, 2022, 2.00pm and 8.00pm

£15.00

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Support by Dan Donnelly

Kicking off Out to Lunch in January in some style will beThe Dodge Brothers bringing their exuberant hybrid of country blues, rockabilly and jugband and we couldn’t be happier.

The Dodge Brothers bring to them a freshness that has feet stomping and hands clapping from California to Cropredy, from the Mississippi to the New Forest. Their songs feature vocal virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies underpinned by joyous guitars, thumping double bass and rattlin’ snare and washboard.

The Dodge Brothers features Mike Hammond(lead guitar, lead vocals, banjo), Mark Kermode (bass, harmonica, vocals), Aly Hirji(rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Alex Hammond (washboard, snare drum, percussion).

Their music has an authentically American tang – lead guitarist/vocalist Mike Hammond was raised in Alabama and his youthful musical travels took him all over the southern and western USA – but with a strong British perspective from Culture Show presenter and film critic Mark Kermode.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

Contact us

The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

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