'Anxiety and the Artist' - an exhibition by Chlöe Dougan
Apr
12
to Apr 26

'Anxiety and the Artist' - an exhibition by Chlöe Dougan

Anxiety and the Artist explores a personal relationship with being a creative; the challenges and opportunities that happen along the way, and the struggle worry and stress that come along in the same package. Through the medium of leather, mixed media and embroidery Chloe explores the various issues faced in her life as an artist.

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Saint Sister
Apr
28
8:15 PM20:15

Saint Sister

Doors 8pm, Show 8.15pm

£15

BYOB 

16+


We are delighted to present Saint Sister as part of the Nashville in Belfast week of events, taking place across the city, from Saturday 28 April – Monday 7 May 2018, dedicated to Nashville, the music city of America.

Saint Sister, formed in November 2014, is the creation of Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their music draws from early Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop to create ‘atmosfolk'—a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp.

2016’s ‘Tin Man’ came out as part of Communion’s Singles Club and received continued support from national radio, both at home and abroad. The track was nominated for song of the year by the Choice Music Prize and the band named "Best Irish Band" in 2016 by the readers of the Irish Times. ices.

Since their formation, the band have toured extensively throughout Europe. They made their US debut in March 2016 with multiple showcases at SXSW, and have had notable appearances at numerous festivals including BBC Introducing at Glastonbury, Latitude, Electric Picnic, Longitude, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn Festival. 2017 saw the band headline several tours of Europe, including a show at The National Concert Hall, Dublin. In September the band opened for The National in the Cork Opera house.

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Big Breakfast Super Sunday with a Hint of Nashville!
Apr
29
10:30 AM10:30

Big Breakfast Super Sunday with a Hint of Nashville!

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 we are delighted to also 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. The youth session 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. 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 Comedy Club with Paddy McDonnell
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Duncairn Comedy Club with Paddy McDonnell

Doors 7.45pm, Show 8pm

Tickets £8

BYOB

16+


The Duncairn Comedy Club presents 3 of the best emerging talents on the Norths Comedy circuit:

Paddy McDonnell has appeared on the bill with a host of big names, including Patrick Keilty & Ardal O'Hanlon.

George Firehorse is a hairy man-child who also happens to be an award-winning comedian and magician.

Alan Irwin: Sandy from BBC NI's Soft Border Patrol is a regular at the Edinburgh and Glasgow Comedy Festivals.

 

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THE SWORD & THE SAND
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

THE SWORD & THE SAND

From the writer that brought you Man In The Moon, As The Tide Ebbs, an the Holy Holy Bus comes a brilliant and dark new comedy.

Azir, a political refugee, comes here to escape a life of persecution only to find himself right back where he started. He gets taken advantage of by Duff a local drug enforcer and gets dragged into a life of crime from which he tries to escape.

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David Keenan Band with Harry Hoban & The Brothers Kane
May
12
to May 13

David Keenan Band with Harry Hoban & The Brothers Kane

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Doors 8pm, Show 8.15pm

Tickets £15

BYOB


We decided to put together a very special weekend Celebration of creativity to mark our 4th Birthday and just had to have these guys to be part of it. The Events team travelled to Whelan's, Dublin, for our Christmas party and were simply BLOWN AWAY by both bands. NOT TO BE MISSED. 100% Brilliance Guaranteed.

David Keenan and his Band
Not just another young lad with an acoustic guitar, Keenan is the sound of Tim Buckley and Brendan Behan arguing over a few jars, while Kavanagh deals Dylan a suspicious hand of cards, and Anthony Cronin and Jack Kerouac furiously try to scribble it all down. 
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David Keenan is a twenty-four-year-old Irish songwriter whose words seem to walk a fine line between poetry and prose with a voice that grabs you by the scruff and takes you by the hand into his world of imagination.

Inspired by escapism and lyrical greats such as Yeats, Kavanagh, Dylan and Cohen he embodied the role of a down and outs young apprentice and scoured the streets of Liverpool and London for experience before taking his notes and embryonic ideas back home to dissect.

In Keenan, the Irish storytelling tradition is alive and well and his live performances are both spiritual and intense in equal measure.

Harry Hoban and the Brothers Kane… 
are a 4 piece 100% originals band. They formed in 2013. They consist of Harry Hoban, Gar Kane and Gerry Kane from Dublin and session musician David Bellew from Dundalk.

Their music is an eclectic mix of everything from acoustic folk to storytelling ballads with a punk edge. 

They have played to packed houses in Whelan’s, The Spirit Store and The Sugar Club recently to name a few.

They are launching their debut single ‘Tyrannosaur’ this Spring and will follow up with an EP this Summer as
they attack festival season, spilling their guts through story and song.

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Ye Vagabonds & The Murphy Beds
May
13
8:15 PM20:15

Ye Vagabonds & The Murphy Beds

Doors 8pm, Show 8.15pm

Tickets £12.50

BYOB

16+


Ye Vagabonds

Buoyed by the success of their debut EP Rose & Briar in 2015, and continuing support from respected musicians like Lisa Hannigan, Roy Harper and Glen Hansard; brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, who form Ye Vagabonds, released their highly anticipated debut album to great critical acclaim. When Ye Vagabonds are in town you can expect harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960's folk revival. Ye Vagabonds’ music is comprised of mellow melodies weaved with thoughtful lyrics, thickly layered with strings and droning harmonium.

The Murphy Beds

The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon.

“their great feat turns out to be taking what’s best of the classic Irish folk revival without falling into any of its clichés. The resulting album bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” –Huffington Post

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Lonesome George
May
19
8:15 PM20:15

Lonesome George

Doors 8pm, Show 8.15pm

Tickets £8.50

Ticket & CD Bundle £15

BYOB

16+


Lonesome George – “Flat As The Earth” Album Launch and Concert

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Here at The Duncairn, we love nothing better than supporting local artists and celebrating their creativity. So it is an absolute pleasure for us to host these lads for their debut album launch.

Lonesome George are making waves in Belfast, Ireland, and beyond with an infectious blend of traditional tunes and modern day protest songs. The tunes are undeniably uplifting, 

despite potent subject matter ranging from environmental disaster, the current refugee crisis and the inhumanity of modern life. 

Their style and instrumentation is informed by the Belfast traditional scene, in which all of the members take an active part. Inspired by the traditional music of their city and their island, they take influence from their own substantial cultural heritage, but also all walks of life; and this is evident in the rich, organic and beautiful music they make.

 

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Duncairn Comedy Club with Tim McGarry
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Duncairn Comedy Club with Tim McGarry

Doors 7.45pm, Show 8pm

Tickets £8

BYOB

16+


Duncairn Comedy Club presents Tim McGarry

After a sell out Give My Head Peace tour including 14 shows in the Grand Opera House and fresh from filming the latest series of the hit BBC panel show the Blame Game, we are delighted to welcome one of North Belfasts finest comedians to The Duncairn.....the One and only Mr Tim McGarry.

From The Hole in the Wall Gang, Give My Head Peace, Perforated Ulster, The Blame Game, numerous sell out solo tours and more Tim McGarry is without doubt one of the Irelands best known and most talented comics. 

Support on the night comes from one of the mainstays of the local comedy scene, the brilliant Ruaidhrí Ward and as always we have that other comedian from North Belfast who isn't that well known, Terry McHugh as MC for the evening.

 

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Lúnasa
Jun
15
8:15 PM20:15

Lúnasa

Doors 8pm, Show 8.15pm

Tickets £15

BYOB

16+



Thrilled to welcome back these giants of Traditional Music.

Twenty-one years and still growing… This year marks the release of the tenth album from Lúnasa, the traditional music band from Ireland that have established themselves as one of the most exciting and revered bands playing Irish music today. Entitled ‘Cas,’ which is the Gaelic word for Turn, the new CD marks a departure for the band that the New York Times claimed was “the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet”.  Cas feature vocals for the first time on a Lúnasa recording and the band assembled an enviable collection of friends to call on to guest on Cas – among them, Natalie Merchant, Tim O’Brien, Daoiri Farrell and Mary Chapin Carpenter. 
Lúnasa delivers music with a passion that informs every note and continues to define and redefine the genre. Their innovative arrangements and unique approach to the music create a singular sound that has propelled Irish acoustic music from familiar ground into surprising and exciting new territory.
Comprising Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistles), Kevin Crawford (flute, low whistles and tin whistles), Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass) and the group’s newest member Ed Boyd (guitar), the all-star quintet has become one of the most popular bands on the international Celtic music scene.
 

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Strung
Jun
30
8:15 PM20:15

Strung

Doors 8pm, Show 8.15pm

Tickets £12.50

BYOB

16+


Strung are a contemporary Irish music ensemble based in Cork, comprising Maria Ryan (violin/vocals), Lucia Mac Partlin (violin), Séan Warren (cello) and Aonghus McCarthy (piano). While undergoing classical training at Cork School of Music, they maintained a participating interest in Irish traditional music. Their dynamic ensemble and unique backgrounds allow them to subtly integrate complex harmonies and innovative motifs, while staying true to the deep-rooted authenticity of traditional Irish melodies. Strung’s sound radiates with originality, yet has an understated energy that instantly captivates. 

In March 2016, Strung were winners of the Michigan Irish Music Initiative, a national competition for up and coming traditional Irish groups. In September 2016, they performed at the Michigan Irish Music Festival.

"Congratulations to Strung on their grand prize victory at the 2016 Michigan Irish Music Initiative. Your fine ensemble brings a truly unique, innovative and entirely musical energy to the trad Irish music scene. Your award was unanimous and enthusiastically given"- Tom Schaub (Michigan Irish Music Festival)

 

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Slow Moving Clouds
Apr
21
8:15 PM20:15

Slow Moving Clouds

Doors 8pm, Show 8.15pm

£12,50

BYOB

16+


Slow Moving Clouds are a band based in Dublin, Ireland. They bring together roots in the Irish and Nordic folk traditions with post-punk drones, baroque strings, and soaring falsetto vocals – creating an immersive, atmospheric sound unlike anything you’ve heard before.

Recent live highlights include performances at the 3Arena, Dublin (with Ludovico Einaudi), Sydney Opera House (with Teac Damsa’s Swan Loch / Loch na hEala), and Sounds From A Safe Harbour, Cork (with The National). The bands are currently combining touring with work on their second album, which is slated for release in spring 2018.

In 2016 Slow Moving Clouds created the score for Teac Damsa’s Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, a contemporary adaptation of the classical ballet, set in the Irish midlands. The work premiered to critical and popular acclaim at the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival, and was awarded Best Production at the 2017 Irish Theatre Awards. It is currently touring internationally with Slow Moving Clouds performing the score live.

This work built on their critically acclaimed 2015 debut album, Os, which drew comparisons to Icelandic post-rock legends Sigur Ros and Irish traditional supergroup The Gloaming. Os was hailed as ‘rich, intriguing and accomplished’ Jim Carroll (The Irish Times); and ‘emotive, euphoric and unique music’ Steve Hunt (fRoots).

Slow Moving Clouds are:

AKI (nyckelharpa, vocals)

DANNY DIAMOND (fiddle)

KEVIN MURPHY (cello, vocals)

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Duncairn Comedy Club Presents Teresa Livingstone
Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Duncairn Comedy Club Presents Teresa Livingstone

Doors 7.30pm

Show 8pm

Tickets £8

BYOB

16+


 

We promised the best headliners and we're delivering again for April with one of the best Comedians in the country. 

After sell out shows at The Grand Opera House and The Lyric Theatre we are delighted to welcome Teresa Livingstone to The Duncairn!

Teresa is a musical comedian who’s original and hilarious songs cover everything from sleazebags in bars to workplace hatred with a bit of cake and wine thrown in for good measure. Fresh from her “Delighted” tour across N. Ireland and popping up on our screens in BBC’s Soft Border Patrol. With a piano, a gin, and the voice of a woman who has reached the point of no return, Teresa is ready to share.

Support on the evening comes from Darren Matthews and Mary Flanigan

Darren Matthews is an Armagh comedian but he has travelled well beyond these shores and can rightfully be considered an international act. He has performed at comedy clubs and festivals all over the globe including appearances at Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia, Canada's world famous Montreal Comedy Festival and Auklands Classic Comedy Club............Oh and he performed a wee gig in Maghera once too. 

Mary Flanigan has supported Colin Murphy on tour. She was a semi-finalist in the Funny Women 2016 awards, has been featured on BBC Radio Ulster, and has written for BBC NI. She has appeared at the Belfast Comedy Festival, the Vodafone Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe.

The night will be hosted by resident MC Terry McHugh. He's coming back to the North of the city after two nights supporting Jake O'Kane at a sold out Grand Opera House. 

This is a Bring Your Own event and is expected to sell out so booking online is advisable.

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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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Sirkis/Bialas IQ
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Sirkis/Bialas IQ

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Featuring:

Asaf Sirkis (Isr/Uk) - Drums, Compositions

Sylwia Bialas (Pol/Uk) - Voice, Compositions

Frank Harrison - Piano, Keyboards

Kevin Glasgow - Electric Bass

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a collaboration between drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, known for his work with the Lighthouse trio (ACT), Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Larry Corryel, John Abercrombie, Asaf Sirkis Trio, and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas. The quartet features bassist Kevin Glasgow, and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK).

The band cover a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern musics as well as a wide range of dynamics – from the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in between. Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full color electro-acoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects. 

 

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Music Unite: Patrick Ayrton and Friends
Mar
13
6:30 PM18:30

Music Unite: Patrick Ayrton and Friends

From 6.30pm to 9pm

Free event

BYOB 

16+


Patrick Ayrton – internationally renowned conductor, harpsichordist and organist at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and a passionate educator in the field of improvisation, together with celebrated German violinist Daniela Helm will join musical forces with the Cormeen Rising Sons of William flute band for this very special night of music and friendship. 

During the evening, young people from North Belfast will be presented with certificates on the completion of ‘For Your Freedom and Ours’ shared history programme. To mark the occasion, Frasier Hickland, a 19-year-old pianist and organist from Lisburn will perform his own composition entitled Polish Suite, which features four pieces and includes elements of Polish, Irish and British music.

Special guests will include Lord Alderdice, Polish Consul General Mr Dariusz Adler and the award-winning author Clare Mulley.

This event is organised by the Centre for Democracy and Peace and is supported by The Executive Office’s T:BUC Good Relations programme.

Part of Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics https://imaginebelfast.com

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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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 The Duncairn Comedy Club presents Ruairi Woods
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Duncairn Comedy Club presents Ruairi Woods

Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm

Tickets £8

BYOB

16+


The very talented Ruairi Woods joins us on this Thursday 8th March as he prepares for his nearly sold out appearance at Belfast's iconic Mandela Hall. He is a Regular on the BBC sketch show Late License and has appeared on BBC Radio Ulster's Blame Game and their hit Stand Up Comedy show Live At The Sunflower. 

Ruairi has been entertaining audiences across Ireland and the UK for over 7 years now and has firmly established himself as an audience favourite

Support on the night still comes from Peter E Davidson and Matthew Collins. Both can boast successful Edinburgh shows, Guns N Rosé (Peter E Davidson) Puzzled (Matthew Collins) Peter has appeared on BBC Radio Ulster’s Blame Game and Matthew was a regular on BBC 2’s Great Unanswered Questions. 

The evening is hosted by Resident MC and former North Belfast Resident Terry McHugh. Terry has just come off tour with Jake O'Kane and will be appearing at Belfast's Grand Opera House in March.

 

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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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Our City, Our Home
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

Our City, Our Home

Doors 7.00pm, Show 7.30pm

Free event

BYOB 

16+


Local musician Conor Caldwell’s new suite of music reflecting his years growing up in Belfast will be performed for the first time as part of Belfast Arts Weekender.

This specially commissioned new piece of music sees collaborations between a wide variety of musicians from a range of cultures and musical backgrounds. It culminates in a free debut performance at the beautiful Duncairn, one of Belfast’s best music venues.

The performance will also include an exhibition of photographs and video clips portraying life in our wonderful city.
Our City, Our Home will also feature lectures, workshops and music sessions.

The project will also go on tour across the city with live pop-up music at the other Belfast Arts Weekender events over the two weekends.

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The Duncairn Comedy Club presents Micky Bartlett
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

The Duncairn Comedy Club presents Micky Bartlett

Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm

Tickets £8

BYOB

16+


After a successful sold out launch night, The Duncairn Comedy Club is back for March with the magnificent Micky Bartlett.

Last year was Micky’s busiest so far! He went on a European tour but not before he’d went on an Australian tour and that was immediately after he finished his most successful Edinburgh festival to date! 

We are very lucky to have him on one of the rare occasions he’s home and can't wait to welcome him to North Belfast!

Micky has appeared on the Blame Game, BBCs Monumental, Dave’s One Night Stand. He has had three sell out tours and warmed up for some of comedy’s biggest hitters including Tommy Tiernan and Kevin Bridges and he has performed at some of the biggest venues including a sold out Odyssey Arena. 

Northern Ireland’s answer to Kevin Bridges –Culture NI

Support on the night comes from Peter E Davidson and Matthew Collins. Both can boast successful Edinburgh shows, Guns N Rosé (Peter E Davidson) Puzzled (Matthew Collins) Peter has appeared on BBC Radio Ulster’s Blame Game and Matthew was a regular on BBC 2’s Great Unanswered Questions. 

The evening is hosted by Resident MC and former North Belfast Resident Terry McHugh. Terry has just come off tour with Jake O'Kane and will be appearing at Belfast's Grand Opera House in March.

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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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Roundtable: ‘Community Music in Belfast’
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Roundtable: ‘Community Music in Belfast’

In Intercomm 290-292 Antrim Road, Belfast

Reception 6.30pm, Starts at 7pm

Free event


We invite you to a panel discussion focussing specifically on the hidden tradition of fiddle playing and dancing in county Down and the flute band tradition in Belfast.

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of 5 partnerships to deliver Belfast City Council’s Animating Belfast project (Belfast Arts Weekenders).

Our partnership consists of The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Peace and Reconciliation organisation, Intercomm and traditional musician and academic Dr Conor Caldwell.

As part of this programme we are hosting two important discussions around cultural collaboration and diversity.

 This panel focusses on traditional and indigenous music; in terms of history, diversity, impact and reach.

The panel, chaired by Dr Caldwell, consists of Nigel Boullier, author of the ground-breaking book HANDED DOWN and noted ethnomusicologist Dr Gordon Ramsey, whose research centres around the role of flute bands in contemporary Belfast society. Discussion from the floor will be widely encouraged and it is hope that some of themes to be explored include:

·         Belfast as a centre for traditional, old-time, country and contemporary music practices

·         The role of community organisations in the promotion of music in the city and beyond

·         Cross-currents between forms of traditional music making in Belfast today

This open, public event will include invited guests from local Belfast arts organisation, communities working on breaking down divisions and promoting reconciliation and church-based organisations.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 Bigger Breakfast Super Sunday Sessions
Jan
14
to Mar 11

The Bigger Breakfast Super Sunday Sessions

Sundays 14.01 - 18.02 - 11.03

Free


You may find it hard to believe, but we've only gone and made our Super Sunday Sessions even better!

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!

Super Sunday part two: Live and local youth showcase.

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 September with the wonderful and already highly decorated 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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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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