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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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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Malojian with special guest Steph Cameron
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Malojian with special guest Steph Cameron

Doors 7.30pm, show 8pm
Tickets £14.00
BYOB
Ages 16+
 


Over the last few years, Malojian has released 4 stunning solo albums, along the way collaborating with some musical legends, including Steve Albini, who earned his chops producing Nirvana, The Pixies etc. His latest album features Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms For Peace, Roger Waters), Gerry Love (Teenage Fanclub), Jon Thorne (Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, Lamb) and more...But it's Malojian's own voice and songs that sets him apart from the crowd. 

“Absolutely love that! If the new album is as good as that track it's gonna be a masterpiece...
a strong element of Beatles '67...that kind of slightly woozy psychedelia...beautiful..." - Ralph McLean, BBC, June '17

“I really and truly believe we've unearthed a star here and I can't urge you strongly enough to seek out this wonderful album." - Maverick Magazine

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Steph Cameron arrived on the scene like a bracing gust of fresh musical air with her 2014 debut record Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady receiving unanimously enthusiastic reviews. “This is a monumental, brilliant album… heralds the crowning of a bright new talent," declared Pop Matters in calling it the #1 Canadian album of 2014. No Depression termed it “a stunning debut," while Exclaim! noted that “Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady delights from start to finish. Steph Cameron is the real deal." The record also made the coveted Longlist for the prestigious Polaris Prize in 2015.

Look for music scribes to again reach for superlatives to describe Daybreak Over Jackson Street as Steph's new album navigates subtle changes in stylistic terrain. If the debut felt as if it emerged fully-formed from the bohemian streets of Greenwich Village circa 1963, then the extra maturity of Daybreak gives it more of an early '70s Laurel or Topanga Canyon atmosphere. “The songs on this record were selected for their depth and maturity. As I develop my craft, storytelling increasingly becomes an opportunity for me to empathize with and express love for struggling people."

The result is a collection of songs that showcase Steph's storytelling songwriting style, one that works in perfect tandem with the sparse production style chosen. The themes they explore of love, loss and finding joy when times are rough are universal. What truly rings clear is the authenticity of the human experience that the characters she sings about have been through.

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The Duncairn Comedy Club Presents: John Colleary
Feb
1
8:15 PM20:15

The Duncairn Comedy Club Presents: John Colleary

Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm
£8
16+
BYOB


Join us and celebrate the end of January at the launch of North Belfast’s newest, only and therefore best comedy club.

Our Headliner is one of Ireland’s finest stand ups, John Colleary. A multi-award winning comedian and writer, John is the star and co-writer of three times IFTA nominated The Savage Eye and has appeared on The Tommy Tiernan Show and RTE’s The Panel.

Support comes from Paddy McGaughey  and Lorcan McGrane. Both regulars on the Irish comedy circuit and both have appeared on BBC’s Live at the Sunflower and warmed up for some of the North’s biggest names.

Your host is North Belfast Comedian Terry McHugh. Terry recently appeared on the Blame Game and is currently on tour with Jake O’Kane but his real claim to fame is that wondergoal he scored for Newington U9s back in the day.

This is a bring your own event and for some reason Terry McHugh has asked us to mention that he likes a can of Guinness or two.

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REAL MUSIC CLUB presents: The Orphan Brigade
Feb
3
8:00 PM20:00

REAL MUSIC CLUB presents: The Orphan Brigade

Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm
Tickets £14
BYOB
Ages 16+


To support their 2015 release, Soundtrack to a Ghost Story — which documented the Civil War-era history of a haunted house in Kentucky — Joshua Britt, Ben Glover, and Neilson Hubbard toured Europe, landing an invitation to explore Osimo, Italy, and the 2,500-year-old caves under its streets. The tunnels once hosted secret societies and saints who fought for God with body and soul, leaving their stories hidden within the cave walls. “When we walked into the caves, we knew immediately that we had another story full of life, death, spirituality, transformation, and mysticism," Hubbard says. That was the moment the Orphan Brigade shifted from being a one-off project to being a band. The opening strains of the Orphan Brigade's Heart of the Cave album feel ancient, sacred, and tribal. A drum beat. A shaker. A howling choir. Voices rise up in unison, chanting, "We ain't leaving but a pile of bones. We ain't leaving no more." The story begins at the end because, no matter which road we take, we all arrive at the same destination: death of the physical body. Embracing that one indelible truth takes faith and gives freedom, which is why reckoning with mortality fuels so many spiritual journeys, just as it fuels this artistic one. “The caves became the backdrop for our own inner explorations and our time in Osimo turned into a intensely personal, life-changing experience for us," Glover concludes. “We literally were going into the earth to search for these songs and, in doing so, we transcended the surface of our lives and went deep within ourselves."

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The Robinson Panoramic Quartet presented by Moving On Music + Belfast Music Society
Feb
7
9:00 PM21:00

The Robinson Panoramic Quartet presented by Moving On Music + Belfast Music Society

Pre-concert talk: 8.15pm

Show: 9pm

Tickets: £10, under 25s £6

BYOB

16+


Anita Vedres - violin, Robin Panter - viola, Kate Ellis - cello, and Malachy Robinson - bass

PROGRAMME - Matthew Whiteside: Quartet 2013, Ondrej Adamek: Chamber Noise for cello and bass (2nd movt) 2010, Amy RooneyAccuracy and Precision 2017 (Night Music commission) Bohuslav Martinů: 3 Madrigals for violin and viola 1949, Raymond Deane: Quadripartita 2014

Welcome to the fifth edition of Night Music. This series brings the very best chamber concerts to Belfast on the first Wednesday of the month during February, March, and April, performed in the most beautiful venues in the city.

The Robinson Panoramic Quartet comprises members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Crash Ensemble. These musicians are at the forefront of their field in Ireland and are continually involved in many diverse chamber music projects.

This pioneering group explores the possibilities of an alternative to the conventional string quartet in which both tonal palette and range are extended. Composers have reacted very enthusiastically and they have built up a significant repertoire for the Panoramic String Quartet.

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Ulaid and Duke Special
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Ulaid and Duke Special

Doors 7.30pm
£15
BYOB
16+


Ulaid & Duke Special announce the December release of their new collaborative album "A Note Let Go", followed by dates across Ireland in February 2018.

When contemporary song writing and traditional Irish music meet, the results can be something to be treasured. Such is the case with the new release ‘A Note Let Go’, a collaboration between traditional group Ulaid, and singer-songwriter extraordinaire Duke Special.
The collaboration of these acts draws on two vastly different worlds of music. Through his skills in song writing, Duke Special injects drama and theatricality into the mix, bringing storytelling to the fore with meditative twists and turns amid the melodic architecture. Ulaid’s mixture of skills in arrangement, interpretation, composition and performance lend a peculiarly folk-but-modern, urban-but-pastoral air to the whole.

For a collaboration that may have seemed unlikely in theory, it proves itself thoroughly in practice; when heard, it somehow seems inevitable -  Colin Harper

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Kids Animation Club with Corrina Askin
Feb
10
to Apr 7

Kids Animation Club with Corrina Askin

Starts 10th February
10.30a.m – 12.30p.m
8 week course
£30.00
Animation workshop for children 8-11 years old.

Taught by: Corrina Askin


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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Blindboy Boatclub Podcast Show
Feb
10
8:00 PM20:00

Blindboy Boatclub Podcast Show

Doors 7.30pm

£15

BYOB

16+


Blindboy Boatclub and his new podcast show comes to The Duncairn!

We wanted to bring this show to North Belfast so badly that we overran our programme deadline in order to get it confirmed. Therefore, at the time of going to print we we do not yet have the final details of the show. A small price to pay to bring “The Hottest Ticket in Ireland” to The Duncairn.

What a year it has been for Blindboy, A Number One Podcast, Best Selling and Critically Acclaimed debut book. We are over the moon to bring this amazing artist here and look forward to an engaging and entertaining night of conversation, storytelling, music and humour.

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Improver's Fiddle
Feb
12
to Apr 16

Improver's Fiddle

Mondays 6 - 7pm
10 week course
£30.00 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
Feb
12
to Apr 17

An Introduction to Print Making

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£50.00 full rate + £40.00 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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An Introduction to Fashion Design
Feb
12
to Apr 16

An Introduction to Fashion Design

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£50.00 full rate + £40.00 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
Feb
12
to May 22

Box Fiddle Making

Mondays 6.30-9.00pm
15 week course
£60.00 full rate + £55.00 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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Class: All Things Crafty
Feb
12
to Apr 16

Class: All Things Crafty

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£50.00 full rate + £40.00 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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Irish Language - Beginner Level 2
Feb
12
to Apr 23

Irish Language - Beginner Level 2

Mondays 7-9pm
10 week course
Donations


NOTE: we do not charge for these classes but encourage a weekly donation to teaching staff.

For those who have completed a beginners level course and are seeking to re-engage with or continue to expand their vocabulary and understanding of the language.


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 - Intermediate
Feb
12
to Apr 23

Irish Language - Intermediate

Mondays 7-9pm
10 week course
Donations


NOTE: we do not charge for these classes but encourage a weekly donation to teaching staff.

For those who have an understanding of past, present and future tense, as well as irregular verbs. This class focuses on building conversational skills.

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
Feb
14
to Apr 25

An Introduction to Digital Photography

Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£50.00 full rate + £40.00 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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An Introduction to Painting and Drawing
Feb
14
to Apr 25

An Introduction to Painting and Drawing

Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£50.00 full rate + £40.00 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 Sewing and Textiles
Feb
14
to Apr 25

An Introduction to Sewing and Textiles

Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£50.00 full rate + £40.00 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 Ceramics
Feb
14
to Apr 25

An Introduction to Ceramics

Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm
10 week course
£50.00 full rate + £40.00 concession rate
Taught by: Eimear O’Caoilte


This beginner’s level ceramics class will offer individuals an exiting introduction into the world of clay. Throughout the course, participants will learn different hand building techniques. Starting off with hand moulding simple pinch pots to create functional home ware pieces, participants will gain a feel for the material and the ceramic processes. Then, the introduction into slab building techniques, which will allow participants to take away with them their very own slab built vase. This course is designed for individuals with no prior experience with clay, so come along, learn new skills, fall in love with this material and let us help you to discover your creative side.

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Irish Language - Beginner Level 1
Feb
14
to Apr 26

Irish Language - Beginner Level 1

Mondays 7-9pm
10 week course
Donations


NOTE: we do not charge for these classes but encourage a weekly donation to teaching staff.

For those who have a basic understanding of the language - cupla focal.
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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John Spillane and Lisa Loughrey
Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

John Spillane and Lisa Loughrey

Doors 7.30pm

£14

BYOB

16+


The Legend that is John Spillane — a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer — a canvass filled with colour and brilliance. His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience. In a world filled with strife and upheaval, a time-out with John Spillane is enough to ease the load a bit on anyone lucky enough to bask in his light. The man and his music are pure magic.

Two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Cathy Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane and George Murphy, to name a few.


Kildare native Lisa Loughrey began her singing and songwriting career with Dublin based alt folk band, The Mariannes. In 2014, she was singled out for top honours in the inaugural Clancy Brother’s Songwriting Competition for the track, Lost with All Hands. 

Lisa is currently working with multi-instrumentalist and producer Nathan Maher (Buffalo Sunn) and upright bass player Damian McMahon, (formerly of Tupelo) on a collection of solo material and is set to release her debut album in 2018. The sound of this new material is grounded in roots genres. She was also shortlisted for a Pure M best solo female award for 2017. 

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David Hull Promotions Presents: Allan Taylor and Na Leanai
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

David Hull Promotions Presents: Allan Taylor and Na Leanai

Doors 7.30pm
16+
£12.50
BYOB


For over 45 years Allan Taylor has travelled the world performing at festivals, in concert halls and clubs.  Allan is considered to be one of the foremost singer-songwriters and guitarists in his genre with over one hundred recorded versions of his songs by artistes in ten different languages. His hit song ‘Good to See’ has over eighty cover versions to date!

This year Allan will be performing alongside Na Leanai, the children of the ‘Sands Family’.  These young people were born into a rich musical heritage, growing up with fiddles, flutes, guitars and percussion, learning the beautiful rich tunes played by their parents before them.  Na Leanai play haunting airs that speak to your very soul, to enthralling vocal harmonies that will awaken your senses and lively foot tapping jigs. 

Combined, Allan Taylor and Na Leanai will not only be a show not to be missed, but an experience of talented musicianship and wonderful music that will leave your senses tingling and will give you goose bumps.

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Mick Flannery with special guest LemonCello
Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

Mick Flannery with special guest LemonCello

Doors 7.30pm
£15
BYOB
16+


Mick Flannery is widely regarded as one of the finest singer-songwriters to come out of Ireland in recent years. An award winning- double platinum selling artist, Mick has released five albums to date – including two number ones and received widespread airplay. He became the first Irish musician to ever win awards at the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, aged 19. His critically acclaimed live performances have seen him sell out shows in Ireland's Olympia Theatre and Cork Opera House.

Mick first picked up a guitar at age of 14 under the musical influence of his mother's family in their old farmhouse in Blarney, Co. Cork where he grew up listening to Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and Jim Croce. Mick wrote songs throughout his teens, while training as a stonemason, which culminated in him signing to a major label at just 21 and releasing his first album “Evening Train".

Mick's most recent albums were written in Berlin, a move Mick himself refers to as “self-imposed exile". His current album "I Own You", sees Mick deal with broader issues than previous work including themes of social injustice and inequality. Mick currently lives in County Clare, Ireland where he is working on his sixth studio album.

"astute and sophisticated lyrics" RTE

"strong, imaginative melodies" Irish Examiner

"a song-writing force to be reckoned with" Irish times

"an album dripping with maturity, poise and potential" Entertainment.ie

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LemonCello:
Laura Quirke (guitar, vocals) and Claire Kinsella (cello, vocals) started performing together while studying music and languages in Maynooth University, Ireland. Harmonious vocal melodies simply accompanied by cello and guitar, lend a sincere and honest rootsy sound, borrowing from wide range of influences, traditional and alternative. The result is music described by Remy's Music Blog as “soothing for the soul".

In their relatively short life-span, LemonCello have played a sold out show in France at the beautiful Musée de La Piscine in Roubaix, supported Irish folk hero Damien Dempsey, played several music festivals across Ireland, and helped start 'Common Grounds Collective', a group dedicated to building a network of artists of all genres, and give them a platform to write
and perform original works within a nurturing community environment.

LemonCello spent much of 2016 writing material in France and Ireland and are now preparing to record debut EP.

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Moxie
Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Moxie

Doors: 7.30pm

Show: 8pm

Tickets £12.50

BYOB

16+


"MOXIE is the music of a new era, where fluidity, cross-pollination, and innovation are the future and salvation of Irish music." Irish Examiner

MOXIES are Ted Kelly (banjo/guitar), Jos Kelly (keyboards/button accordion), Darren Roche (button accordion), Cillian Doheny (acoustic & electric guitars) and Josh Sampson (drums).

Moxie’s music has a solid traditional backbone, inspired and shaped by the surrounds of the west of Ireland, but with progressive, world and jazz influences creeping in. Their heady and distinctive sound puts them at the forefront of the new wave of acoustic Irish music . Having built a reputation for their highly charged live performances, this return to the Duncairn is not to be missed.

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Ger Wolfe and Inni-K Double Bill
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Ger Wolfe and Inni-K Double Bill

Doors 7.30pm

Show 8pm

Tickets £15

BYOB

16+


“Ger Wolfe’s songs always raise my spirits” (Christy Moore)

“The poetic soul of Ireland” (John Spillane)

For those who know Ger Wolfe’s work he is a true legend, and we are thrilled to bring him to Belfast. Ger has released seven albums of original material over the last twenty years; his latest entitled “I Have Been Loved”.

Celebratory, reflective, independent in mind and nature, Ger continues to plough his own way through the Irish musical landscape, heedless of fad or fashion.

True to the art of songwriting he tells his own story as only he could, in his own unique voice. Ger is a fine lyricist, poet and composer all rolled into one, a multi-instrumentalist and a lover of the human voice. Simply put, Ger is a performer at ease with himself and the world.

“Ger Wolfe has his own unique accent, his own special voice that takes us to the heart of the song" (Philip King)


Indie-folk singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Inni-K (Eithne Ní Chatháin) is a force to watch.

Her mesmerizing vocals, skilled musicianship and captivating stage presence; create for her audience an experience which is both uplifting and spine tingling.

She has played Electric Picnic, Body & Soul & shared stages with Glen Hansard ,Lisa O’Neill, Lisa Hannigan and many more

Inni-K is set to release new music in 2018, and is currently working on her upcoming album.

Alongside her original songwriting career, Eithne is also a highly celebrated sean-nós singer and fiddle player, and a member of trad group  alongside Liam Ó Maonlaí, Cormac Begley, Maitiú Ó Casaide & Peter O Toole.

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David Kitt
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

David Kitt

Doors: 7.30pm

Show: 8pm

Tickets: £12.50

BYOB

16+


We are over the moon to welcome The Kittster to The Duncairn – we love this guy’s music!

David Kitt is an Irish musician/producer that crosses multiple genres.

David's father and uncles formed a successful touring folk group when he was young so he grew up surrounded by music, and he himself began performing live sets while studying music technology at Trinity College, Dublin. He recorded and mixed the seven tracks of his debut release in his bedroom and this debut LP, the quietly magnetic Small Moments (Rough Trade) was followed by the expansive ambient textures and looping pop mantras of The Big Romance (Blanco y Negro, 2001); his biggest selling record.

Then came Square One (WEA) in 2003; the soundtrack to falling in love, and The Black & Red Notebook (Rough Trade, 2005) which was, quite simply, a covers album. A snapshot tribute to a record collection, with fascinating gimmick-free Kitt-style workovers of Sonic Youth, Thin Lizzy, JJ Cale et al. 2006’s return to original material, Not Fade Away (Rough Trade) captured an artist dealing with the post-relationship whirlwind of excess and contemplation.

His album The Nightsaver, his sixth LP, the result of two years of late-night experimentation caught in the reverie of writing and recording in a home studio at the top of a winding staircase somewhere along Dublin’s Grand Canal. In addition, David has recently released an string of electronic 12"s as New Jackson on labels including Hivern, Permanent Vacation and Major Problems.

Describing Yous, his first solo record for nine years as “the most free I’ve felt making a record since my debut Small Moments”, David Kitt’s sense of freedom is bound up in themes of renewal, movement, and a constant reshaping of his musical preoccupations. Yous releases the 9th of March and is available for Pre-Order now! (https://tinyurl.com/y8kbq8ff)

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Ciaran O’Kane Concert and Album Launch
Jan
13
8:00 PM20:00

Ciaran O’Kane Concert and Album Launch

Doors 7.30pm
£10
16+
BYOB


Ciaran O’Kane is from Cushendun in the glens of Antrim. His parents both play music and sing and so he became involved in the local music and singing sessions. This recording includes traditional songs along with many of his own compositions, which although traditional in style have more eclectic influences such as Ray Charles, Tracy Chapman, Patsy Cline, Séan Keane, Dolores Keane, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Paul Brady etc. There are also a few tunes on the accordion, which Ciaran has been playing since he was a young child.

The CD was recorded at Séan Og Graham’s studio in Portglenone. Ciaran is joined by Gary Graham, a renowned guitar player from the band Runabay and on percussion by Eamon Graham, from Glenariffe. Seamus O’Kane the well known bodhran maker and player from Dungiven is also featured on some of the tracks as well as Michael Sands of the Sands Family on guitar. Bass is provided by Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa) and Séan Og has arranged and played a variety of instruments on many of the tracks as well.  

The night will include warm up from Sligo singer/songwriter Siobhan O’Donnell - Siobhan is a great musician and singer with a great family tradition of music and song. The Loughgiel school of dancing will also be performing, champion Irish dancers who last year were the only performers ever to achieve a perfect score at the Eisteddfodd world dance competition in Wales. 

In all the launch night will be the culmination of the last few years of work making the record, and will include all the friends and musicians Ciaran has worked with along the way.

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Craobh Rua: A Traditional Belfast Christmas (with pupils from the GSOTM)
Dec
17
7:30 PM19:30

Craobh Rua: A Traditional Belfast Christmas (with pupils from the GSOTM)

£10
BYOB
16+


With Christmas approaching, Craobh Rua return to the stage in their native city for festive concert at The Duncairn. Known the world over as ambassadors for northern traditional music, the band have just completed a busy schedule in 2017 and are ready to bring their unique stylings to a home audience for the first time in nearly four years.

Alongside traditional tunes and songs will be a mixture of some of your favourite Christmas Carols and festive music.

The band will be joined by special-guest soprano Sarah Caldwell and pupils from the Glengormley School of Traditional Music. Catch this storied ensemble just in time for Santa’s arrival!

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Alan Doherty, Pauline Scanlon, Tola Custy, & Donogh Hennesy w. special guests Ye Vagabonds
Dec
9
8:30 PM20:30

Alan Doherty, Pauline Scanlon, Tola Custy, & Donogh Hennesy w. special guests Ye Vagabonds

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 Ye Vagabonds and are delighted to welcome them back for what promises to be an unforgettable night. With their debut self-titled album released back in October to much acclaim, the lads have been busy touring the material even performing recently in Sydney for the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins.  Bring your ears for harmony-rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960's folk revival on Saturday 9th December.

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 Presents: Live and Local
Dec
7
9:00 PM21:00

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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The Secret of Kells - Irish Language Screening
Dec
7
3:00 PM15:00

The Secret of Kells - Irish Language Screening

Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, in collaboration with The Strand Arts Centre, are delighted to present a free viewing of the children's animation

The Secret of Kells
Scannán Gaeilge le Fo-theideil
Irish language film with subtitles
(PG: aged 7 upwards)

Tá finscéalta ann faoi leabhar rúnda, leabhar ina bhfuil leathanaigh le fórsaí an dorchadais a chloí. Anois, ní mór do bhuachaill amháin a chinniúint a chomhlíonadh agus caibidil dheireannach a scríobh chun solas a thabhairt ar ais.

A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.

* Saorchead Isteach * * Free admission*

There will be two programmed viewings of the 75 min animation.  For booking please contact:

Strand Arts Centre
Wednesday 6th December, 4pm
Tel: 028 90 655830

Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts
Thursday 7th December, 3pm (open from 2pm)
Tel: Debbie 07547651591
debbie@174trust.com

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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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Lankum (formerly Lynched) with special guest Lisa O'Neill
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

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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Bronagh Gallagher Band
Nov
25
8:00 PM20:00

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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Niall Hanna - Album Launch and Concert
Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

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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Steve Cooney, Dermot Byrne, and Trevor Hutchinson
Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

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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David Keenan with special guests Mongoose
Nov
11
8:00 PM20:00

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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Donation-based Yoga Class
Nov
7
to Dec 12

Donation-based Yoga Class

Movement, Reflection, Community: Duncairn Centre Drop-In Donation-based Yoga Class
Tuesday 7th November – Tuesday 12th December 5.30-6.30pm

This will be a gentle class focusing on breath led mindful movements finishing with a nurturing guided relaxation. The class is suitable for anyone over 16 years old.

Please bring a cosy blanket for the relaxation and a yoga mat if you have one – there will be a limited number available at the class.

As this is a drop-in donation-based class, there is no need to book – you just turn up on the night and pay what you can afford. 

The class will be taught by Justine Brown, a qualified Hatha Yoga & Meditation Teacher. Email justine.brown@belfasttrust.hscni.net with any questions.

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Lisa Hannigan
Nov
4
3:30 PM15:30

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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Duncairn Presents: Live and Local
Nov
2
9:00 PM21:00

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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Azaad - Free Film Screening
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Azaad - Free Film Screening

The Duncairn is thrilled to bring you another free film screening in partnership with Cinema for Peace! This month's film is a short called Azaad, by Rahul Chittella.

Set against the socio-political backdrop of present day India, Azaad tells the story of the dysfunctional relationship between a father and his son, within 48 hours of the father going missing. It is a film dedicated to all the writers who have been silenced, a story shown very creatively, revolving around the family of a writer who expresses his anger in his columns weekly. 

The film was screened at the UNESCO’S World Press Freedom day. It is about the freedom of speech.

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Azaad - Film Screening
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Azaad - Film Screening

Free Admission


The Duncairn is thrilled to bring you another free film screening in partnership with Cinema for Peace! This month's film is a short called Azaad, by Rahul Chittella.

Set against the socio-political backdrop of present day India, Azaad tells the story of the dysfunctional relationship between a father and his son, within 48 hours of the father going missing. It is a film dedicated to all the writers who have been silenced, a story shown very creatively, revolving around the family of a writer who expresses his anger in his columns weekly. 

The film was screened at the UNESCO’S World Press Freedom day. It is about the freedom of speech.

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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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The Slocan Ramblers
Oct
22
8:00 PM20:00

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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Zoë Conway and John McIntyre with Síle Denvir and Barry Kerr
Oct
21
8:00 PM20:00

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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Anthony Toner
Oct
20
8:00 PM20:00

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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Swiss Ambassador's Award Concert - Christoph Croisé
Oct
19
8:30 PM20:30

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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Runabay
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

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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Seamus Heaney: Words and Music
Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

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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Máirtín O'Connor Trio
Oct
7
8:00 PM20:00

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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Duncairn Presents: Live and Local
Oct
5
9:00 PM21:00

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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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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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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The Great Wall - Film Screening
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

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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Traditional Music in Belfast in the 1970s: A Personal Perspective
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

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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