Sep
11
to Sep 28

Sisters by Natalie and Freda McCoy

All proceeds from sales will be donated to MND(NI)

Sisters Natalie and Freda McCoy were born in Belfast and spent part of their lives in the Rosapena area in the north of the city. Both sisters were invited to study at Belfast College of Art. Freda accepted this opportunity and graduated to pursue a career in teaching whilst Natalie pursued nursing, though still indulging her interest in the arts. This exhibition is a celebration of two north Belfast girls and how art has played a huge and positive role in their lives. Sadly, Freda died of Motor Neurone Disease, in August 2016. One of the great compliments paid to her was to be likened to one of her heroes: the inspirational Belfast woman Gladys McCabe. Natalie still lives in north Belfast and is as passionate about the arts as ever.

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Shared Reading
Sep
11
to Aug 27

Shared Reading

Taught by: Marnie Kennedy
Free

SHARED READING
Mondays, 2 – 3 pm
New group! Tuesdays 7 – 8 pm

‘Shared Reading’ is a relaxed, social and enjoyable way of connecting with literature and with other people. Each week a short story and poetry is read aloud and discussed. Participants join in or sit back and listen.

“IT IS SPONTANEOUS, SUCH A JOYOUS EXPERIENCE OF ALL TYPES OF LITERATURE. THANK YOU SO MUCH.”
 

We encourage participants to make a voluntary contribution towards running costs.

Stories @ the Duncairn is a volunteer-led, community literature project with Shared Reading, creative writing and storytelling at its heart. Get in touch if you have ideas or would like to be involved.

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Improver's Fiddle
Sep
11
to Nov 13

Improver's Fiddle

Mondays 6 - 7pm
10 week course
£25.00 in total
Taught by: Conor Caldwell


A tune a week! Build your traditional music repertoire with this ten-week intensive course in traditional fiddle music. Led by Conor Caldwell (Craobh Rua and North) this class is ideal for improving musicians, especially those looking to increase their knowledge of session tunes. Each class will include advice on ornamentation, variations and good technique in violin playing. Students will also get the chance to listen to rare archival recordings and increase their knowledge of the history of Irish fiddle playing.

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An Introduction to Print Making
Sep
11
to Nov 13

An Introduction to Print Making

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£45.00 full rate + £35.00 concession rate
Taught by: Lucy Turner


Develop your own visual ideas and means of expression! This course will enable you to gain experience and explore different printmaking techniques and media including monoprint, salt etch printing and dry point printmaking. Beginners work alongside those who want to take a refresher in printmaking. Design, composition and colour projects will encourage you to extend your ideas into printed images. You will explore and experiment with printmaking media and techniques to extend your creative developments. The students will also learn different ways to display their work, including simple book binding.

Lucy Turner is a printmaker who has studied printmaking to Masters level, has exhibited nationally and internationally, and taught printmaking to third level education, throughout Ireland and at Woman's Studio Workshop New York. 

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All Things Crafty
Sep
11
to Nov 13

All Things Crafty

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£45.00 full rate + £35.00 concession rate
Taught by: Debbie Young


Here we are jumping into another year of All Things Crafty in the North, and for our 2017/18 programme we are going back to basics! The upcycle, make do and mend revolution has hit north Belfast and we are going to create, create, create!! This 10 week programme is targeted at absolute beginners.  Participants will make and create quirky and exciting pieces; functional and individual with loads of skills explored and a smidgen of trial and error along the way.  Lots of the work will begin with recyclable materials, most of which could be commonly found around the home.  Not only will participants be making old things new, but various crafting skills will be taught to transform and create, such as decoupage, felt making, image transfer and others.  Participants may want to research individual projects and this is always encouraged.  Creative advice and tools are at hand, and everyone will be working in an open and inclusive environment.  The only thing that will restrict us….is lack of imagination!!! So, all you beginners, step up and let the creativity flow…who knows where it will lead you!!

 

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An Introduction to Fashion Design
Sep
11
to Nov 13

An Introduction to Fashion Design

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£45.00 full rate + £35.00 concession rate
Taught by: Chloe Dougan


This 10 week course explores from how to use your sewing machine to making your very own garment! The class is for beginners, learning in a relaxed and informal environment, and we provide the sewing machines and all sewing equipment. (Feel free to use your own one though!) In the first few classes we will explore the sewing machine, how to thread it, sew a bobbin and sew some basic stitches. We will then learn how to read and use a paper pattern, understand sewing terminology and cut out our own patterns. Next we will begin our garment toiles (a rough version of our finished piece). Here we can practice our sewing skills and make any mistakes before we make our final garment! Next, we finally begin to cut out and sew our final garment, using all the techniques and new sewing knowledge we have gathered in previous classes. There will be sewing challenges and fun activities along the way!

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Box Fiddle Making
Sep
11
to Dec 18

Box Fiddle Making

Mondays 6.30-9.00pm
15 week course
£55.00 full rate + £45.00 concession rate
Taught by: Rab Cherry


Belfast born Rab has been making instruments for more than forty years and is recognized not only as one of Ireland's greatest craftsmen but as an authority on all things to do with Irish fiddle music. Participants will learn woodworking skills including how to use planes, scrapers, knives, chisels and gouges, as well as how to maintain and sharpen these tools, how to prepare and use traditional woodworking glue (hide glue), how to clamp up the various parts of the box fiddle while gluing, making some clamping blocks, etc. A basic understanding of the function and manufacture of the various parts of a box fiddle will also give an insight into the workings and manufacture of instruments of the violin family. Best of all, everyone will get to make and take away their very own instrument.

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Irish Language - Intermediate Class
Sep
11
to Nov 13

Irish Language - Intermediate Class

Mondays 7-9pm
10 week course
Donations
Taught by: Fionntán MacOitir


Here at the Duncairn we offer a range of Irish language classes with experienced expert teachers for complete beginners to those who wish to get back to learning the language. Our approach to teaching the language is to create a welcoming, relaxed and fun atmosphere in which all participants can develop their competency and understanding of the language.

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Irish Language - Beginner Level 1
Sep
11
to Nov 13

Irish Language - Beginner Level 1

Mondays 7-9pm
10 week course
Donations
Taught by: Tarlach Ó Branagáin


Here at the Duncairn we offer a range of Irish language classes with experienced expert teachers for complete beginners to those who wish to get back to learning the language. Our approach to teaching the language is to create a welcoming, relaxed and fun atmosphere in which all participants can develop their competency and understanding of the language.

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Story Time for Little Ones
Sep
12
to May 29

Story Time for Little Ones

Taught by: Marnie Kennedy
Free

An hour of fun with books! For parents and their babies & toddlers. Grandparents and other carers welcome too!

We encourage participants to make a voluntary contribution towards running costs.

Stories @ the Duncairn is a volunteer-led, community literature project with Shared Reading, creative writing and storytelling at its heart. Get in touch if you have ideas or would like to be involved.

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Fighting Words Belfast - Write Club
Sep
13
to May 30

Fighting Words Belfast - Write Club

Every Wednesday
4 – 6 pm
FREE

Write Club is a time and space for 13-18 year olds to come and work on their own pieces of writing. You’ll have support from our volunteer writing mentors and meet other writers.

You can use this space to work on different types of writing: short stories, film scripts, comedy, poetry – whatever interests you.

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An Introduction to Ceramics
Sep
13
to Nov 22

An Introduction to Ceramics

Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£45.00 full rate + £35.00 concession rate
Taught by: Eimear O’Caoilte


This beginner’s level ceramics class will offer individuals an exciting introduction into the world of clay. Throughout the course, participants will be taught different hand building and glazing techniques. Starting off with hand moulding simple pinch pots to create functional homeware pieces, participants will gain a feel for the material and ceramic processes. Creating personalized tiles and plaques will allow participants to experiment and have fun using different image and colour techniques. Finally, participants will learn how to construct slab built vessels or sculptures. Here, participants will have the opportunity to get creative and combine techniques, processes and skills learnt throughout the course.

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An Introduction to Sewing and Textiles
Sep
13
to Nov 22

An Introduction to Sewing and Textiles

Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£40.00 full rate + £35.00 concession rate
Taught by: Bernadette Carlin


We will have some machines available but if you have your own – all the better. These classes are designed to build the knowledge and confidence necessary for participants to complete a number of sewing projects over 10 weeks. Each class will introduce them to new skills and techniques and give them something to take home and be proud of!  Projects include:
·      Bunting - This is a great beginners project to increase participant’s sewing confidence and introduces intricate pinning and stitching as well as how and when to use bias binding.
·      Lined tote bag – This project is an introduction to construction, seam allowance cutting and pinning techniques.
·      Quilted zipped make-up bag - Participants will progress to learn how to insert a zip and lining and be introduced to quilting, (quilting is a process of sewing multiple layers of material together to form a thicker structure).
·      Applique cushion and / or patchwork cushion with introduction to free motion embroidery.
·      A selection of handmade Christmas decorations.

Participants will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the end of year show in the Duncairn.

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An Introduction to Painting and Drawing
Sep
13
to Nov 22

An Introduction to Painting and Drawing

Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£40.00 full rate + £35.00 concession rate
Taught by: Patricia Campbell.


Participants will be taught and guided in a relaxed, creative and fun environment by Ulster Watercolour Society Artist, Trisha Campbell. This course is ideal for beginners wishing to learn new drawing and painting skills and for those would like a refresher course. Throughout the 10 week course we will experiment with a range of traditional and experimental artistic techniques, covering a range of subject matter. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of media including: pencil, charcoal, watercolour, acrylic, inks and pastels. We will look at past and present artists work to inform your own creative ideas and artwork.

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An Introduction to Guitar
Sep
13
to Nov 22

An Introduction to Guitar

Wednesdays 7-8pm
10 week course
£25.00 in total
Taught by: Ruairi Cunnane


Designed for absolute beginners, this acoustic guitar for beginners course offers a relaxed and enjoyable introduction to the guitar and what it can do. Students begin with basic left- and right-hand technique, and the lessons then progress through a varied and interesting repertoire – including folk, pop and rock songs – while students develop their skills. Ruairi will teach you about holding the guitar and pick, playing notes and melodies, beginner chords, strumming, and more. Participating students will need a good quality acoustic guitar to bring to class and practice at home.

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Irish Language for Beginners
Sep
13
to Nov 22

Irish Language for Beginners

Wednesdays 7-9pm
10 week course
Donations
Taught by: Tarlach Ó Branagáin


Here at the Duncairn we offer a range of Irish language classes with experienced expert teachers for complete beginners to those who wish to get back to learning the language. Our approach to teaching the language is to create a welcoming, relaxed and fun atmosphere in which all participants can develop their competency and understanding of the language.

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An Introduction to Digital Photography
Sep
20
to Nov 29

An Introduction to Digital Photography

Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£40.00 full rate + £35.00 concession rate
Taught by: Stan Nikolov


This course will provide an introduction to digital photography. You will learn how to control the settings of the camera and how that affects the image. You will learn about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure, focus, depth of field. We will look at how cameras and lenses work and how to get the best out of yours. The course will explore a variety of creative composition techniques and different lighting techniques and how that can dramatically change your photographs. There will be practical exercises and you will be able to use different lighting set ups. At the end of the course you will also have the chance to get a large print of one of your photographs.

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Traditional Music in Belfast in the 1970s: A Personal Perspective
Sep
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Traditional Music in Belfast in the 1970s: A Personal Perspective

Noted fiddler Dermy Diamond reveals his personal journey through Belfast's burgeoning traditional music scene of the 1970s. Examining the effects of the early days of the Troubles on participation in traditional music, Dermy discusses his early influences and the geography of the session scene in that time. Some of the great characters who defined the tradition, as well as the typical repertoire of the time are unpacked with archival recordings and photographs.

£5 at the door.

Presented by Belfast Trad Society.

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The Great Wall - Film Screening
Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Great Wall - Film Screening

Free Admission


The Duncairn and Cinema for Peace are proud to present The Great Wall, a film by Tadhg O'Sullivan.

Tadhg O'Sullivan is an Irish engineer turned self-taught documentary filmmaker based in Carlow but currently in Berlin, working on his latest feature. Sullivan’s The Great Wall, released in 2015, supported by the Irish Film Board and the Arts Council of Ireland and screened at FiD Marseille, MOMA Doc Fortnight, CPH:DOX, RIDM Montreal amongst the most, focuses on all that ties to today’s Europe and its manifested borders. Kafka’s short story serves as the backdrop to this uncannily atmospheric project questioning the nature of power.

Profile website: http://tadhgosullivan.com/
Film website: http://thegreatwall.eu/

Cinema for Peace Foundation endeavors to promote worldwide peace and understanding through the support of cinematographic works.

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Writing Crime Fiction with Gerard Brennan
Sep
28
to Nov 16

Writing Crime Fiction with Gerard Brennan

8 week course
£80 

 


We are now offering 20% off this course. To avail of the offer checkout and enter code: csni

Maverick police detectives, hardnosed gumshoes or crime-solving cats. Anything goes. Do you have a criminal mind, but too much sense to break the law? You might be in luck. CSNI (Crime Scene Northern Ireland) is an introduction to writing crime fiction. An eight-week course that explores the wide range of subgenres within crime fiction where you can learn about the so-called rules of writing a crime novel, and break them.

Gerard Brennan recently earned his PhD in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast. His publishing credits include Undercover (2014), Wee Rockets (2012) and The Point (2011); winner of the Spinetingler Award for Best Novella in 2012. 

Hosted by Irish Writers Centre. 

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Oct
2
to Oct 23

Bands, Beacons and Bystanders by George Robb

This work stems from Robb’s life experiences of living in in East Belfast since the age of six. A large part of his upbringing was associated with going to see ‘the bands’, the Loyal Orange Order demonstrations, 11th night bonfires and the 1st July Somme Commemoration Parade on the Beersbridge Road. The orange culture is seen to be unionist, loyalist and anti-Catholic. With the flag protests that took place in 2012 and civil unrest that followed,  it has become even more politicised. However, for George, and many like him, growing up with this culture was fun, celebratory and something to look forward to. George is in a mixed marriage, with half his family Catholic, but this does not stop him recalling the happy memories in an innocent, not ‘anti anything’ way.

 

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Duncairn Presents: Live and Local
Oct
5
to Oct 6

Duncairn Presents: Live and Local

Doors 8.30pm
£5
BYOB
16+


It's no big secret that Belfast has some of the most talented and creative musicians that Ireland has to offer. From trad musicians, virtuoso instrumental guitarists, flamenco players to jazz singers, the city has it all, and here at The Duncairn we intend to bring it to you.

DUNCAIRN PRESENTS: LIVE AND LOCAL is a monthly live music event set in the intimate surroundings of The Duncairn's art gallery. The series will be curated by Gavin Ferris, one of Ireland's best-known fingerstyle guitar players, and will bring some of the most exceptional musicians that he has met over his 14 years of playing in the local music scene.

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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Kids Animation Club with Corrina Askin
Oct
7
to Dec 2

Kids Animation Club with Corrina Askin

Saturdays 10.30am-12.30pm
8 week course
£20.00 in total
Animation workshop for children 8-11yrs.


Do you have a story to tell? Have you a sketchbook full of doodles?
Would you like to create a character and the world they live in?
Can you create the next Adventure Time or Sponge Bob?

This 8-week workshop, led by industry specialist Corrina Askin, will cover all aspects of animated filmmaking, including character design, locations, storyboarding, basic animation techniques and post production. It will cover 2D and 3D stop frame techniques and take you step by step through the process to create a short animated piece from scratch. Corrina has two children’s series on air, Joe and Jack on RTÉ Jr and Castle Farm on Milkshake Channel 5, and created content for the Storytime App with Cbeebies. She is currently working with Cbeebies on a mindfulness online platform.

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Máirtín O'Connor Trio
Oct
7
to Oct 8

Máirtín O'Connor Trio

Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £12.50
BYOB
16+


Individually recognised figureheads of the tradition, Máirtín, Cathal and Seamie have built solid reputations as master musicians with astounding skill, diversity and virtuosity. Together they produce a vibrant and musically charged experience that redefines one's concept of brilliance, verging on perfection. If this musical powerhouse does not get you to your feet, nothing will.

Máirtín O'Connor (accordion) is one of the most respected and best loved musicians ever to emerge from Ireland. As a soloist with the first Riverdance orchestra, through his work with De Dannan, Midnight Well and Skylark and also as a solo artist, he has quite simply gone where no Irish accordion player had gone before.

Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo) needs no introduction to anyone even remotely familiar with traditional Irish music. A multiple All-Ireland Championship winner, he achieved world-wide recognition as one of the founding members of Four Men and a Dog. He is one of Ireland's top fiddlers and his solo banjo performances are quite simply showstopping.

Seamie O'Dowd's (guitar, vocal) musical abilities have become increasingly familiar at international level in recent years. Rooted deeply in the traditional music of Sligo, he has played in many genres of acoustic and electric music. He toured the world for a number of years with Sligo trad legends Dervish and has recently played both home and abroad with Liam O'Flynn, Matt Molloy and Mary McPartlan.

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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Seamus Heaney: Words and Music
Oct
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

Seamus Heaney: Words and Music

Doors 7.30pm
£6 / £4
80 minutes
No interval


Seamus Heaney both inspired musicians and was inspired by them, writing poems such as The Given Note, based on a story told by composer Seán Ó Riada about a fiddler who retrieves the mysterious Port na bPucai (Fairies’ Tune) from the wind off the west coast of Ireland: “bits of a tune / Coming in on loud weather”. This very special programme of readings and Heaneyrelated music will feature Belfast composer Neil Martin’s new work The Helping Hand, inspired by lines from Heaney’s collection Station Island, as well as works by Irish composers Seán Ó Riada and Rachel Holstead. The ensemble of Ulster Orchestra musicians will be led by violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan.

This event is part of Belfast International Arts Festival. Tickets available through https://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com/

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Runabay
Oct
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Runabay

Runabay is a six-piece band whose unique style draws on influences including Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Glen Hansard. The band’s live performances have been hailed as ‘joyous,’ and 2017 promises to be a landmark year for them.  

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Swiss Ambassador's Award Concert - Christoph Croisé
Oct
19
8:30pm 8:30pm

Swiss Ambassador's Award Concert - Christoph Croisé

Doors 7.30pm
£10 — Including complimentary glass of wine during interval


Christoph Croisé is a young cellist from Switzerland, whose virtuosity delights audiences and critics alike and places him amongst the “stars of tomorrow”. He has won many prestigious awards including a Gold Medal with Honours at the First Berlin International Music Competition in April 2017. He has performed as a soloist with several distinguished orchestras. Christoph plays a Goffriller violoncello made in Venice in 1712 and is accompanied by Alexander Panfilov, an acclaimed young Russian-born pianist.

This event is part of Belfast International Arts Festival. Tickets available through https://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com/

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Anthony Toner
Oct
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Anthony Toner

Doors 7.30pm
£10
BYOB
16+


Belfast-based songwriter Anthony Toner makes his Duncairn debut as part of a string of dates to celebrate his seventh album, Ink. This acclaimed collection finds him in top form on a series of stripped back, acoustic-based songs dealing with the big themes of love, loss and happiness – and lyrics that cover subjects as diverse as politicians, 70s television, loaded guns and Alzheimer's Disease.

It's been almost a decade since Anthony sprang onto the local music scene with his much-loved song 'Sailortown', and since then he has continued to move forward, playing live constantly and releasing a string of albums packed with radio-friendly, insightful songs such as 'East of Louise', 'Well Well Well', 'The Road to Fivemiletown', 'The Duke of Oklahoma' and many more.

As always, the performance will feature Anthony's much-admired fingerstyle guitar work and the between-song storytelling that has become such a strong part of his live shows.

Find out more at www.anthonytoner.net

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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Zoë Conway and John McIntyre with Síle Denvir and Barry Kerr
Oct
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Zoë Conway and John McIntyre with Síle Denvir and Barry Kerr

Doors 7.30pm
£12.50
BYOB
16+


Double bill! Zoe Conway and John McIntyre with Síle Denvir and Barry Kerr

“Simply one of the best folk duos on the planet." (BBC)

With an exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music, Zoë Conway and John McIntyre bring to the stage sympathetic arrangements of traditional Irish music, compositions and songs, old and new.  The husband and wife folk duo possesses a rare facility to draw pieces into their repertoire from other genres such as classical, jazz and world music and express this material in way which not only displays the sheer range and knowledge of both instrumentalists but also exhibits the wonderful versatility of their instruments.

Together, Zoë Conway and John McIntyre have been described as “simply one of the best folk duos on the planet" (BBC). They have performed for rock stars, millionaires and dignitaries around the world, including Irish Presidents Mary McAleese and Michael D. Higgins.  They were awarded 'Best Live Show' from popular YouTube channel, Balcony TV. www.zoeandjohn.com

Síle Denvir
Harpist and singer Dr. Síle Denvir hails from Connemara and was surrounded by music and song from an early age. Her first language is Irish and this lead naturally to an interest in traditional sean-nós singing. Immersed in this tradition, she learned songs from many local singers and she learned the harp from the acclaimed harpist Kathleen Loughnane. Síle is a founding member of the group Líadan. She has toured extensively with the group and also with The Chieftains.

Barry Kerr
Barry Kerr is one of Ireland's most accomplished traditional musicians. As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and painter his creative output is prolific. He has toured the world as a solo artist and has shared the stage artists such as Cara Dillon and Dan Tyminskii, while his songs and compositions have been recorded by the likes of Karan Casey, Flook, Beoga, Brian Finnegan & Kate Rusby.

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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The Slocan Ramblers
Oct
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Slocan Ramblers

Doors 7.30pm
£13/£10
BYOB
16+


The Duncairn in association with Moving On Music present:

The Slocan Ramblers are Canada's young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have quickly become a leading light of Canada's roots music scene.

Their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan has secured them performances at prestigious U.S. events such as Rockygrass and MerleFest, reaffirming the seal of approval from their peers and the diehards as well as roots music fans who simply enjoy great music regardless of any labels.

This is roots music without pretension, music intended to make you feel something, music to get you moving in a crowded bar; we recommend you book early for what will be their first show in Belfast.

“Freshly minted" - Songlines magazine

“Outstanding" - Roots magazine

“Dazzling" - Country Music People

“Bluegrass hardly defines it – scintillating!" - R2 magazine

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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Oct
26
to Nov 9

Arts for All – Inspire

Arts for All through The Inspire Project, an initiative funded by the Health Trust, have delivered a series of multi medium arts workshops in local community venues throughout Belfast. 

The Inspire Project aimed to improve the skills and confidence of people with learning disability through the arts and creativity. Arts for All, with 8 professional artists, worked with 90 participants developing awareness of the wide range of arts available to everyone, breaking down barriers, promoting mutual and shared understanding within communities, while creating links across the four quarters of the city.

This work is an inspirational representation of how the arts can be used as a tool to engage all people, of all abilities, from all walks of life.  How it can be used to express emotions and open up a world of communication that perhaps previously might have been lost in translation.

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Duncairn Presents: Live and Local
Nov
2
9:00pm 9:00pm

Duncairn Presents: Live and Local

Doors 8.30pm
£5
BYOB
16+


It's no big secret that Belfast has some of the most talented and creative musicians that Ireland has to offer. From trad musicians, virtuoso instrumental guitarists, flamenco players to jazz singers, the city has it all, and here at The Duncairn we intend to bring it to you.

DUNCAIRN PRESENTS: LIVE AND LOCAL is a monthly live music event set in the intimate surroundings of The Duncairn's art gallery. The series will be curated by Gavin Ferris, one of Ireland's best-known fingerstyle guitar players, and will bring some of the most exceptional musicians that he has met over his 14 years of playing in the local music scene.

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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Lisa Hannigan
Nov
4
3:30pm 3:30pm

Lisa Hannigan

All ages Matinee:
Doors 3.00pm, Show 3.30pm
£16.50
All ages
Strictly no bar/alcohol

Evening Show:
Doors 8.00pm, Show 8.30
£24.50
18+
BYOB


***Tickets for the evening show have sold out. If you would like to join the waitlist, please email reception@174trust.org***

"An album so intimate, so up-close you could be in the room with it. Beautiful." - Sunday Times (Album of the Week)

To say that we are thrilled to welcome Lisa Hannigan to The Duncairn is as much of an understatement as you are likely to hear. We are especially delighted that Lisa has agreed to do two performances. Lisa will be performing two very special and intimate concerts in the beautiful Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts on Saturday 4th November. First, a 3:30pm all ages matinee show, followed by an 8:30pm over 18's only event. 

Lisa Hannigan first came to light as an angel-voiced, somewhat mysterious figure singing harmonies alongside Damien Rice. They played together for seven years, but it wasn't until the release of her solo debut 'Sea Sew' in 2008 that the full spectrum of her abilities became apparent. A joyous kaleidoscope of love songs, laments, sea shanties and glockenspiels, with a cover hand-stitched by Lisa herself, the self-released album was a runaway success, nominated for a Choice award in Ireland and a Mercury Music Prize in the UK. The ecstatic reception gave her the confidence to explore deeper, darker emotions.

'At Swim' is Lisa's Hannigan's critically acclaimed third album, released through Play It Again Sam. Produced by Aaron Dessner, the album entered the UK Charts at No. 24, giving Lisa her highest charting album to date in the UK, whilst in Ireland, Hannigan repeated the success of her second album 'Passenger' by scoring her second Irish No. 1. It's also been announced that 'At Swim' is shortlisted for the 2017 Irish Choice Music Prize — earning Hannigan her third nomination in a row.

Tickets non-refundable.

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David Keenan with special guests Mongoose
Nov
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

David Keenan with special guests Mongoose

Doors 7.30pm
£12.50
BYOB
16+


He's back! Possibly the most exciting talent to emerge from Ireland in a generation.

After what was simply a mesmerising debut performance at the Duncairn back in June we had to move quickly to bring this very special performer back for his first solo show. Yes, he is that good. 

David, 23, has spent the summer casting his spell over audiences from Glastonbury to Body and Soul, from Electric Picnic to Cambridge, and we are delighted to bring him back to Belfast.

Inspired by the storytelling and character creations of his grandfather he took the boat over the water and gathered tales and tunes of his own, learning his craft and expressing his love of language.

This built on an obsession with words and melody fostered from an early through the writings of Behan, Yeats and Wilde with the soundtrack of Dylan, Buckley and The Dubliners.

David is taking a break from recording his new album with legendary producer John Reynolds in London to be with us.

Cobwebs - “This stopped me dead in my tracks." - Hozier 

"David Keenan is one of our best; he is extraordinary. It's our duty to support fine talent when we hear it, see it, experience it."  - Glen Hansard

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Meet Mongoose — the fierce foursome that are taking Ireland's alternative folk scene by storm. Their music is an amalgamation of styles, from pop and folk to jazz and traditional Irish. With nods to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Joni Mitchell, Mongoose's influences range from Simon and Garfunkel to Fleetwood Mac to Beyoncé. All four members are individual songwriters, which allows for an ever-evolving soundscape, from hard-edged indie pop and delicate folk to aching ballads and playful tales of love lost. However many comparisons and influences that spring to mind, one thing is certain — Mongoose are something you've never quite heard before. With a debut album under their belt and festival appearances which include Other Voices, Groove, Knockanstockan, Body & Soul, Longitude and Electric Picnic, this unique band is sure to delight with their quick onstage banter, eclectic range of instruments and beautifully crafted songs. They are currently Dun Laoghaire Rathdown musicians in residence in the Lexicon library for 2017.

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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Steve Cooney, Dermot Byrne, and Trevor Hutchinson
Nov
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Steve Cooney, Dermot Byrne, and Trevor Hutchinson

Doors 7.30
£12.50
BYOB
16+


Individually brilliant – Together unmissable. 
When you get the opportunity to work with a trio such as these guys, you simply don' t pass it up!!

For many years a member of Altan, Dermot Byrne performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group along with artists like Dónal Lunny, Steve Cooney and Stephane Grapelli, bringing the beauty and joy of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world.

Australian-born guitarist, bassist, producer and didgeridoo player Steve Cooney is one of the most dynamic modern performers in traditional music. He has played with Stockton`s Wing, Sharon Shannon, Seamus Begley and Sinead O' Connor.

Trevor Hutchinson is a founding member of Irish traditional music super group Lúnasa and played bass with the Waterboys from 1986 to 1991, recording Fisherman' s Blues (1988) and Room to Roam (1990), the latter featuring Sharon Shannon.

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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Niall Hanna - Album Launch and Concert
Nov
24
8:00pm 8:00pm

Niall Hanna - Album Launch and Concert

Doors 7.30pm
£10.00
BYOB
16+


Hailing from Derrytresk in County Tyrone, Niall is a traditional singer/guitarist and is the current recipient of the Young Musician's Platform Award from the Arts Council. Niall comes from a very musical family and at an early age he began learning traditional songs from the singing of his late Grandfather Geordie Hanna. At 13, Niall won an-Ireland Fleadh title in singing and has since combined his traditional style with his guitar playing. In recent years he has performed on numerous tours in Europe and beyond, sharing the stage with names including Reel It In, The Rapparees, Buille, Cathal Hayden and many more. Niall has gained a reputation amongst singers and musicians alike, and has used the Young Musicans Award this year to collect and record a mixture of traditional/folk songs in his own style.

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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Bronagh Gallagher Band
Nov
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bronagh Gallagher Band

Doors 7.30pm
£12.50
BYOB
16+


“One of the purest, clearest talents I know — a fabulous singer, bursting with raw Irish soul. Striking and original songs and an effortlessly brilliant band.” - Brian Eno

“Bronagh has always felt the music deeper than anyone I know, she also writes songs that are pitched at the same level of excellence and meaning. They sound instantly old world and yet vital and new. If you steep yourself in the good stuff for long enough you become a worthy channel, at least that's what we all hope as songmakers. She cuts to the heart of what it is to be a singer. She's a real star and always was.” — Glen Hansard

“Bronagh Gallagher is a superb recording artist. She nods repeatedly in the direction of the '60s and early '70s to marvellous effect with the band conjuring a delicious gospel feel under Gallagher's gripping vocal. This suitably eponymous record is a triumph for Bronagh Gallagher herself.” — Jackie Hayden, Hot Press

“Swaggering like Carole King in her golden years.” — Q

“A deep Irish Soul record full of passion and tunes.” — Mail On Sunday

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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Lankum (formerly Lynched) with special guest Lisa O'Neill
Dec
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

Lankum (formerly Lynched) with special guest Lisa O'Neill

Doors 7.30pm
£15
BYOB
16+


Lankum are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. Having spent the last number of years performing as ' Lynched,' the band decided that they would no longer continue with the name due to the unavoidable implications that it has in regards to acts of racist violence. Their new name comes from the ballad ' False Lankum,' as sung by the Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.

Irish born singer Lisa O'Neill's third album 'Pothole in the Sky' is an assured piece of work. Her approach is unrushed, naturalistic, straight-talking.  She's like a musical version of Flannery O'Connor.   The voice is sprite-like, but with an old soul singing….the kind of voice that might sit as easily on a Carter Family recording as it would an avant-folk crank artefact. It's a tender and expressive instrument, but possesses a midlands Irish flintiness.  More to the point, it suits the subject matter and songs.

"It's a quiet gem, its simplicity complements the rich poetry of her narratives - songs of love and longing that feel rooted in the myths and magic or rural Ireland" - THE GUARDIAN ones to watch 2017.

"Career high on magnificent 3rd album…..for those that commit to the experience there’s a terrible beauty hovering inside these almost unbearably honest songs"  HOTPRESS 2016

"At a time when sameness threatens to drain the world of charm and surprise, Lisa O’Neill stands tall for difference, as an outlier with a mission to frame the world as she sees it and to perform it accordingly. Her voice is her own. No small achievement.”  IRISH TIMES 2016

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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Dec
7
to Jan 8

Ease of Ignorance by Eimear O’Caoilte

This exhibition is an exploration of absent interaction.

Taking our society and studying it from an angle most of us would rather not, this collection of work explores the dark, desensitised side of our interactions and wants us to question just how compassionate we really are. The exhibition projects a cold almost robotic personality to our society. Cutting genuine social interactions down to a nuisance and questioning whether in todays busy schedule, is it just easier to ignore than care?

 

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Duncairn Presents: Live and Local
Dec
7
9:00pm 9:00pm

Duncairn Presents: Live and Local

Doors 8.30pm
£5
BYOB
16+


It's no big secret that Belfast has some of the most talented and creative musicians that Ireland has to offer. From trad musicians, virtuoso instrumental guitarists, flamenco players to jazz singers, the city has it all, and here at The Duncairn we intend to bring it to you.

DUNCAIRN PRESENTS: LIVE AND LOCAL is a monthly live music event set in the intimate surroundings of The Duncairn's art gallery. The series will be curated by Gavin Ferris, one of Ireland's best-known fingerstyle guitar players, and will bring some of the most exceptional musicians that he has met over his 14 years of playing in the local music scene.

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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Duncairn Christmas Party!
Dec
9
8:30pm 8:30pm

Duncairn Christmas Party!

Doors 8pm
£15
BYOB
16+


WOW!!! It's our Christmas party and it's gonna be a real cracker!!! Alan Doherty, Pauline Scanlon, Tola Custy and Donogh Hennesy will round off the year with a barnstorming concert along with special guests Ye Vagabonds. Specially commissioned by The Duncairn Arts Centre, this collaborative evening comprises four world class musicians who have all performed at the centre previously, however, this is the first time they will have performed together in north Belfast. The line-up is: Alan Doherty from Dublin on Flute and vocals, Tola Custy from County Clare on Fiddle, West Kerry based guitarist Donogh Hennessy and Dingle native Pauline Scanlon on vocals. Having been associated with some of the brightest and biggest stars in contemporary Irish folk, including Lúnasa, Aldoc, Sharon Shannon, Lumiere and Guidewires, this concert promises improvised, traditional and self-penned tunes, arresting vocals and driving accompaniment. Expect humour, groove, soul and a little (or a lot) of the unexpected! You couldn't beat this with a big stick!!

We’re huge fans of these guys and are delighted to welcome them back for what promises to be an unforgettable night. As they prepare to record their debut album, few bands can claim accomplishments as broad or boast the level of interest from their musical peers as Ye Vagabonds before they had so much as a recorded track. After a chance meeting at their Electric Picnic gig, Ye Vagabonds most recently came to the attention of Glen Hansard who, after seeing them play, immediately invited the pair to join him on his recent European tour.

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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Big Breakfast Super Sunday Sessions!
Sep
17
10:30am10:30am

Big Breakfast Super Sunday Sessions!

Now firmly established as one of the best arts and community experiences on Belfast’s cultural calendar, The Big Breakfast Super Sunday Sessions provide the opportunity for everyone to enjoy a high quality FREE arts and music event in the stunning surroundings of The Duncairn. If you enjoy listening to live music, classic albums, trying your hand at a variety of arts and craft classes or simply meeting family and friends in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, then this is the perfect way to spend your Sunday morning / afternoon. 
These special Sunday events are family friendly and include art workshops for the kids. You can simply come along and chill out reading the papers (provided by us) or grab a coffee or a bite to eat from Café Krem. The Super Sunday Sessions features the work of and performances from the very best of international, local and emerging talent. So if you haven’t been yet, please come along, you’ll be very welcome. And if you have attended before, we look forward to seeing you all again very soon! 
As part of the new series from 12:30 – 14:00 we are delighted to showcase the finest of our local young musicians from a wide variety of musical genres. With exceptional musicians in abundance, local audiences are starting to take notice and embrace our home grown talent more and more. One of the most promising and varied sections of our musical community is our young people. This is why Live and Local have joined forces with our ever popular Sunday Sessions to bring you Live and Local Youth Edition.  The youth edition will provide a platform with which these young artists can hone their skills, gain valuable experience and also, with your help, a listening and attentive audience. 

Series kicks off on 17th of September with outstanding local traditional music band Craobh Rua and friends, as well as young singer/songwriter Ben Cutler! So come along and not only be astounded by the talent but also support the next wave of truly exceptional musicians Belfast has to offer.

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Duncairn Presents: Live and Local
Sep
7
9:00pm 9:00pm

Duncairn Presents: Live and Local

Doors 8.30pm
Free
BYOB
16+


It's no big secret that Belfast has some of the most talented and creative musicians that Ireland has to offer. From trad musicians, virtuoso instrumental guitarists, flamenco players to jazz singers, the city has it all, and here at The Duncairn we intend to bring it to you.

DUNCAIRN PRESENTS: LIVE AND LOCAL is a monthly live music event set in the intimate surroundings of The Duncairn's art gallery. The series will be curated by Gavin Ferris, one of Ireland's best-known fingerstyle guitar players, and will bring some of the most exceptional musicians that he has met over his 14 years of playing in the local music scene.

The first gig of the season kicks off on the 7th of September with Jazz singer and Game Of Thrones actress Sarah Dylan and her band along with support from the amazing Mark Hamilton.

Ages 16 and up only. Patrons aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No admittance for patrons under 16.

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A Night with George
Aug
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

A Night with George

‘There’s not a woman in Ballymurphy wouldn’t do six months for you George’!

Over the course of one evening, Bridie Murphy takes George Clooney on the ride of his life!
Brought back for their 10th anniversary by West Belfast’s own Brassneck Theatre Company, ‘A Night With George’ is an hilarious night of theatre that you’ll never forget!

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Ye Vagabonds & David Keenan
Jun
17
to Jun 18

Ye Vagabonds & David Keenan

After a chance meeting at their Electric Picnic gig, Ye Vagabonds most recently came to the attention of Glen Hansard who, after seeing them play, immediately invited the pair to join him on his recent European tour.

Cobwebs “This stopped me dead in my tracks” Hozier

David Keenan is one of our best he is extraordinary, it's our duty to support fine talent when we hear it, see it, experience it " Glen Hansard

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End of Year Exhibition
Jun
17
to Jul 1

End of Year Exhibition

Exhibition launch 5pm – 7pm. Saturday 17th June
This exhibition will showcase the amazing work created across the programme of classes which include, Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, Fashion Design, Textiles and Crafts. The exhibition is open to the public and all ages. So please join us for a fun evening and get a flavour of what you yourself could be doing come September. The launch will include light refreshments. 

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Paint & Pour Session
Jun
15
6:30pm 6:30pm

Paint & Pour Session

Enjoy a a glass of wine or your preferred tipple whilst producing your very own acrylic masterpiece in 2 hours. No painting experience is required as you will be gently guided through each stage of the selected painting so that you can bring your artwork home that very night.

All painting supplies are provided along with a complimentary glass of wine or shloer on your arrival at 6:45. 

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