DIABLO PLAY
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

DIABLO PLAY

Doors 7pm - Show 7.30pm
16+

 

Spanner in the Works Theatre Company celebrates 20 years of creativity with the return of the internationally acclaimed DIABLO in a new extended version. Diablo is a play about human trafficking set here in Belfast - in an ordinary house, in an ordinary street — it could be your street; it could be next door. Be a fly on the wall as Helena from Poland, Olya from the Ukraine and locals Alannah and Cain fight for survival. Criminal gangs are involved in Human trafficking because unlike drugs, humans can be sold repeatedly. Suitable for 16+. Strong language and scenes that some might find upsetting, including scenes of sexual violence.

Donations welcome on the night.

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FIFTY #3 - The Ocelots and Amy May Ellis
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

FIFTY #3 - The Ocelots and Amy May Ellis

Tickets £8
Doors 8pm


For this Fifty we have a musical pairing that we know will blow you away. After playing The Duncairn last April supporting Slow Moving Clouds, we’ve asked Amy May Ellis to return. “This precocious, magical North York Moors songwriter quietly takes the breath away,” according to The York Press, and we agree. Sharing the evening will be The Ocelots, best described by The Irish Times: “Twin brothers Ashley and Brandon Watson may be young pups but their music comes from another age – a mature classic folk drawing inspiration from the Everly Brothers and Dylan.” We’ve seen them, it’s true. Don’t miss this gig.

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Navá & Special Guests
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Navá & Special Guests

Doors 8pm - Show 8.15pm
£15
BYOB


Let’s be honest, it doesn’t always work, the mixing and mashing of musics from different cultures, we know that. But if you trust us, if you believe that we do know when something works, come to this concert. Nava’s delicate, multi-layered sound is created by two Irish folk / bluegrass musicians, and two Iranian born brothers, describing themselves as: “A group of young musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia.” We agree with Carl Corcoran of RTE’s The Blue of the Night: “One would think the two musical cultures of Persia and Ireland had been historically connected. They haven’t… until now. A pioneering musical collaboration.”

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Connla
Oct
11
7:45 PM19:45

Connla

Doors 7.45pm - Show 8pm
£12/£8 concession
BYOB
16+


Presented by Moving On Music

Interested in fresh young bands who are making an impact on the Irish folk / trad scene? Well take a look at Connla. With flutes, whistles, harp, uilleann pipes, guitar, vocals and percussion, they’ve been described by Songlines Magazine as: “A must see act,” and are noted for a fresh and exciting approach to traditional music. About their second album, The Next Chapter, Folk Radio say: “… panache, energy, and style abound. Connla certainly have plenty of accolades under their belt already as well as a smattering of all-Ireland champion instrumentalists in their ranks, and this pedigree shines through in their masterful second album.”

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The Historical Harp Society of Ireland
Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

The Historical Harp Society of Ireland

CONCERT & WORKSHOP
SHOW : 1pm & 3pm.  Free Talk: 2pm
Tickets : £12.50


The Irish harp is the iconic instrument of Ireland, it’s depicted on the national emblem, but how much
do you know about it? The Duncairn is delighted to host the Historical Harp Society of Ireland who are running a day of discovery, starting with a concert by harpist Siobhán Armstrong, and prize-winning singer, Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin. There will also be a beginners’ workshop using copies of ancient Irish harps — no musical experience is necessary but advance booking is advisable. And you can learn about the early Irish harp in a free illustrated talk given by world expert, Simon Chadwick. 
 

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Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (The Gloaming) & Guests
Oct
20
8:00 PM20:00

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (The Gloaming) & Guests

Doors 8pm - Show 8.15pm
£12.50
BYOB


We’re delighted to open our doors to this man again. “Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh blows away all the staid olds tereotypes of the traditional musician,” according to The Irish News. Playing his 10-string hardanger d’amore, he performs around the globe, either solo, in one of several duos, as a member of The Gloaming, or in the band This Is How We Fly. He’s collaborated with the likes of Laurie Anderson and Icelandic band Amiina, and has fifteen recordings under his belt. Nick Kelly of Irish Independent reckons he is: “The missing link between Martin Hayes and Purple Haze.” And he’s returning to The Duncairn.

Book Early

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Stick in the Wheel
Oct
25
7:45 PM19:45

Stick in the Wheel

Doors 7.45pm - Show 8pm
£12/£8 concession
BYOB


Presented by Moving On Music

“We play the music of our people,” east London folk five-piece Stick In The Wheel told No Depression. “We sing in our own accents. We record in our kitchens and living rooms. This is our culture, our tradition.” With four BBC Folk Award nominations, their 2015 debut, From Here, won fRoots Album of the Year and MOJO Folk Album of the Year. The Guardian reckon their second album, Follow Me True: “maintains their fierceness while broadening their sonic palette and embracing a more diverse approach.” Needless to say, they’re right up our street, and this show at The Duncairn is their first time in Belfast.

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Kris Drever
Oct
27
to Oct 28

Kris Drever

Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm

Tickets £15

BYOB

16+


Kris Drever is one of the Scotland’s finest and most prolific songwriters. 

Returning to Ireland following his acclaimed If Wishes Were Horses album and awards for BBC Folk Awards Best Singer and Best Original Song. 

Much of 2018 has been spent touring playing a best of his career to date set and preparing a new album with Lau. 

This is a rare chance to see Kris in an intimate concert setting. 

If Wishes Were Horses is a collection of semi-biographical songs covering the universal, and not so universal, themes of education, politics, sex, love, ennui, self-employment, social migration and Shetland. Drever’s recent outpouring of songs stems from a move back to the Northern Isles, Shetland this time rather than his native Orkney and the discovery of new lyrical voices to describe his life, times and wild new surroundings.

Helping Kris realise the album are the renowned guitar genius Ian Carr, ace bassist Euan Burton and Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbott on drums and vocals.

Drever’s voice and guitar is a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. Hugely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist. Drever has already played alongside Jack Bruce, Bela Fleck, Tinariwen, Joan As Police Woman, Jerry Douglas, Danny Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin, Phil Cunningham, Rosanne Cash, Roddy Woomble, Eddi Reader, Adem, Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart and many more.

Alongside the new material from If Wishes Were Horses, Kris will revisit old songs from across his back catalogue playing many outside of the recording studio for the first time. Fans can get involved by posting, on his Facebook page, old songs they would like to hear; Kris will then pick from those selections.

“Kris Drever is a serious talent”

— MOJO

“The folk revival has a new standard bearer”

— Q Magazine

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FIFTY #4 - Anna Mieke and Alfi
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

FIFTY #4 - Anna Mieke and Alfi

Tickets £8
Doors 8pm


Two fresh, fascinating talents for tonight’s Fifty. Wicklow musician, songwriter and composer, Anna Mieke composes and performs on guitar and bouzouki, and uses cello and piano in other projects. Presently working on her debut album, her travels have strongly influenced her music, but traditional Irish such as Sean-nós singing and fiddle have been a focus as well. She’ll share the evening with the Dublin-based trio Alfi who at just one year old have plans for releasing their first EP. With an unusual line-up of harp, five-string banjo, uilleann pipes, whistles and vocals, you’ll hear how Alfi’s sound combines American old-time and traditional Irish music and song.

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The Fiddle Case & Special Guests
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

The Fiddle Case & Special Guests

Doors 7.30pm - Show 7.45pm
£15
BYOB


They’re the real thing, The Fiddle Case, a four-piece traditional band from County Clare. You’ll notice when you see them that It’s Eoin O’Neill’s bouzouki that carries their sound. He’s an integral part of
the traditional music scene in Ireland you see, an international player for nigh on three decades. Kieran O’Connell’s love of Irish ballads and rocking country music adds those extra details to his bodhrán, guitar and vocals. Then you add the ace fiddle, percussion and vocals of Adam Shapiro ( originally from South Africa ), while Jon O’Connell’s double bass and guitar manage to ground the band, creating and playing the rhythm.

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Cormac & Benny
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

Cormac & Benny

Doors 7.30pm - Show 7.45pm
£10
BYOB


A Scotsman and an Irishman walk into The Duncairn last June to open up for trad superstars Lúnasa. 
The Irishman says, “What do you reckon, would this place be perfect for our CD launch? And the Scotsman says, “Yeah, perfect.” Gifted Belfast guitarist Cormac Crummey has been playing with the talented fiddler Benedict Morris from Glasgow for a few years now. During this time, they’ve compiled a vast collection of music, mostly new compositions penned by themselves and some of Scotland and Ireland’s most notable musicians. This combined with progressive, yet tasteful accompaniment is going to make for a refreshing and enjoyable CD launch. Well done lads!

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Equal Notes Community Choir
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Equal Notes Community Choir

Doors 7pm - Show 7.15pm

Fundraiser : admission £6

A warm welcome to Equal Notes, the community choir for adults with learning disabilities from across the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust area. This incredible, innovative choir is a place where everyone can use their innate creative skills. It’s about showing what people with disabilities are capable of and not what they can’t do. Choir members choose the material to sing, who will sing the songs and where they want to perform. And they chose The Duncairn. Result! We’re privileged to present this show — and here’s something else — Equal Notes will be donating the proceeds of the concert to Children in Need.

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McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle

Doors 7.30pm - Show 7.45pm
£15
BYOB


“It’s about flying by the seat of your pants, about playing from the heart,” BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner John McCusker says of performing with this trio of maestros at the top of their game. He’s played with Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan, recorded with Paul Weller, and produced albums for Eddi Reader and Kris Drever. John Doyle is an Irish music linchpin, a founder of Solas, and has worked with Joan Baez and Linda Thompson. And Mike McGoldrick is another BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, a founder of Lúnasa, plays with Capercaillie, and worked with Mark Knopfler. Hint: Buy tickets early and buy often.

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Matt McGinn Band introducing Zahira
Nov
24
7:30 PM19:30

Matt McGinn Band introducing Zahira

Doors 7.30pm - Show 7.45pm
£12
BYOB


Now this is an interesting mix. Americana UK gave
9 / 10 to Matt McGinn’s latest album, The End of the Common Man. They called it: “An outstanding blend of soulful passion and melody that will haunt and inspire.” Multi-instrumentalist McGinn is a singer, songwriter and producer from Co. Down, with a warm, worn, powerful voice that soulfully carries the worldly-wise lyrics of his songs. He’ll be joined on the night by Irish R&B artist Zahria, whose sound forms a surprisingly captivating combination of musical inspirations such as Sade and Lianne La Havas, as well as the classical piano she has been studying for 10+ years. 

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Joshua Burnside & Once There Was A King
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

Joshua Burnside & Once There Was A King

Doors 7.30pm - Show 7.45pm
£15
BYOB


Singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside is one of the first artists to blend Irish and Scottish folk sounds whilst weaving elements of world music, experimental rock, pop, Americana and electronica to create a sound that is wholly unique and modern yet firmly rooted in tradition. His debut album Ephrata won 2017’s Northern Ireland Music Prize, while his latest EP, All Round The Light Said, is described as updating Irish folk music for the 21st century.
As part of what will be a terrific evening we also welcome Dublin-based trio Once There Was A King, performing music that intersects traditional, free improvisation, and folk. Imagine that on The Duncairn’s stage. Perfect.

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John Spillane Curates a Very Special Evening
Dec
8
7:45 PM19:45

John Spillane Curates a Very Special Evening

Doors 7.45pm - Show 8pm
£15
BYOB


“John Spillane is my favourite songwriter for the last 10 years,” Christy Moore famously said of the gifted musician and songwriter. He’s an artist variously described as a storyteller, a poet, a dreamer. And he’s a long- term friend of The Duncairn. So, when we wanted to celebrate the run-up to Christmas, we could think of no one better than the man himself. Curating a night of his own music, John will perform solo and with some of his favourite collaborators. ( Maybe, if we’re lucky, there’ll be a hint of that new album? ) This night will celebrate the coming season in its truest spirit. Nollaig shona daoibh!

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DAVID KEENAN
Jan
5
7:30 PM19:30

DAVID KEENAN

"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"

Pat Carty Hotpress Magazine

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Alan Kelly Gang with Eddi Reader
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Alan Kelly Gang with Eddi Reader

Friday 21st September

Doors 8pm

Tickets £17.50

£15 early bird before August 31st


The Alan Kelly Gang, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary trad acts, team up with Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader, of Fairground Attraction fame and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas. The result is sheer musical synergy in its most natural form. Brimming with powerful instrumentals, alluring songs and buoyant harmonies this is a wonderful union of Scottish and Irish traditional and folk music from true masters. Originally put together as a once off collaboration, the idea has since developed into a global headlining act; their performances have been praised for leaving audiences spellbound. Scotland’s The Living Tradition magazine has described it as ‘an astonishing concert’.

Alan Kelly has long been declared Ireland’s innovative piano accordion maestro and not only described by New York’s Irish Voice as ‘in league with the best piano accordionists in the world’ but also credited with ‘making the piano accordion hip in Ireland again’ (fRoots). He is joined by, acclaimed New York singer and flautist, Steph Geremia and the masterful and innovative guitarist, Shane McGowan. The gang delivers a unique and diverse perspective to the Celtic repertoire. The sheer energy and variation in repertoire that they infuse into their live performance has set them apart from the mold and placed them at the cutting edge of the traditional and world music scene.

Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers, with an MBE, a number 1 single and 7 acclaimed solo albums behind her, what sets Eddi apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener, but to connect her experience to that of her audience. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi extinguishes the preordained boundaries of genre, bringing joyous life to all forms of song. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. Eddi is joined by husband, John Douglas, a highly gifted songwriter and guitarist and member of the Scottish band, The Trashcan Sinatras. He has penned such powerful and timeless classics including, Wild Mountainside, which is included on Eddi’s classic 2003 album, The Songs of Roberts Burns.

 

★★★★★ The Irish Times   ★★★★ “Exceptional” R2     ★★★★ Folk Radio UK

★★★★ “This is a party looking for a crowd” Irish Times

 

“one of the best Irish bands playing today” New York Irish Arts

 

“Eddi Reader is one of my favorite singers of all time, she has one of the most amazing voices, on a whole other level. No one sounds like her; she has the power and strength of a singer from another age. I like to imagine that, before music was recorded, this is what the great singers sounded like. You don’t have to know anything about music, but something hits you as soon as you hear her sing.” Jools Holland

 

“one of Scotland’s greatest national treasures” The Scotsman

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Class: Sewing and Textiles
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Class: Sewing and Textiles

Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£80.00 full rate + £70.00 concession rate
Taught by: Bernadette Carlin


* Tuesday Classes beginning 18th September - For concession rate, please call us on 02890747114 *

Come along to our friendly relaxed beginner and intermediate sewing classes. Learn to use a sewing machine and gain some foundation sewing skills. 
These classes are designed to build the knowledge and confidence necessary for participants to complete a number of sewing projects over the course of 8 weeks. Each class  will introduce you to new skills and techniques and give you something to take home and be proud of!
Some of the projects will include: bunting, a lined tote bag, a lined make-up bag with a zip and an introduction to free motion embroidery.
If you have your own sewing machine please bring it along if not, we have some machines available.
This is a great opportunity to learn new or improve your sewing skills.

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Class: Intermediate Painting and Drawing
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Class: Intermediate Painting and Drawing

Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£90.00 full rate + £75.00 concession rate
Taught by: Patricia Campbell.


* Tuesday Classes beginning 18th September - For concession rate, please call us on 02890747114 *

This exciting course is ideal for those who have completed an introductory course in painting and drawing, who would like to develop their skills further.
Participants will explore and build upon their core skills and confidence in exploring line, tone and colour by engaging with a range of techniques and media. Throughout the course, we will study a range of interesting past and contemporary artists work to inform your own art practice. 
We will cover a range of topics, such as portrait painting, observational/perspective techniques and colour theory with a focus on developing your passion for drawing and painting.

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Class: Photography
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Class: Photography

Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£70.00 full rate + £60.00 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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Class: Follow On Ceramics
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Class: Follow On Ceramics

Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£90.00 full rate + £80.00 concession rate
Taught by: Eimear O’Caoilte


* Tuesday Classes beginning 18th September - For concession rate, please call us on 02890747114 *
Have you completed the beginner’s ceramic course? Well come along to the follow-on class! During these 8 weeks participants will take the knowledge they have gained during their beginner’s sessions and develop their skill and creativity further. Introducing new clays and making techniques, participants will expand on their designs and finished products to a higher and more professional finish.

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Class: Gaeilge/ Irish Language
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Class: Gaeilge/ Irish Language

Mondays 7-9pm
8 week course
Donations Appreciated
Taught by: Tarlach Ó Branagáin & Fionntán Mac Coitir


* Monday Classes beginning 17th September - Registration is free, Donations are appreciated *

BUN RANG ÍOCHTAR / LOWER BEGINNERS CLASS

If you have never had previous contact or have only had very minimal contact with the Irish language, then this is the class for you. Each September, the bunrang íochtar starts afresh with a new cohort of learners and we assume that you have had no previous knowledge of Irish.

Teacher: Tarlach Ó Branagáin

MEÁN RANG UACHTAR / UPPER IMPROVERS CLASS
For learners who have developed significant confidence in their conversational and reading ability through Irish. This class would also be suitable for people who were previously proficient in the language but who have lost some vocabulary and / or confidence in their ability to converse in Irish.

Teacher: Fionntán Mac Coitir

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An Introduction to Print Making
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

An Introduction to Print Making

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£80.00 full rate + £70.00 concession rate
Taught by: Lucy Turner


* Monday Classes beginning 17th September - For concession rate, please call us on 02890747114 *


A course to enable students to experiment with four printmaking techniques. Students are asked to bring visual material on first day.

This course is open to beginners.

Week one
— Housekeeping
— Look at past examples discuss ideas from imagery brought by each student
— Mono printing

Week two
— Simple book binding with last week monoprints for note taking over the duration of the course
— Start collagraph plate

Week three
— Finish collagraph plate
— Start dry point plate

Week four
— Print collagraph plate
— Finish dry point
— Start lino cut

Week five
— Look at the three examples of printmaking & consider working now with one discipline

Week six
— Print all plates
— Start specialising

Week 7
— Print to edition

Week 8

— Print & conclude

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Class: Crafting for Beginners
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

Class: Crafting for Beginners

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
6 week course
£60.00 full rate
Taught by: Debbie Young


* Monday Classes beginning 17th September  *

All ye beginners get ready for a new adventure in arts and crafts. 6 weeks of glorious, fun filled permission to play activity!!!

We will be working with a wide variety of arts and crafts materials to make work such as, a miniature piece of felt textile art, or perhaps have a go at crafting a new member to your family in the guise of a felted Angel; we will be jumping into embroidery to design and create your very own piece of hoop art; getting sticky having a dabble at one of the widely enjoyed trend crafts of the day Decoupage, and if we aren’t exhausted by all this new learning then we can have a go at Victorian Quilling and Interior Wreath making.

Geared towards absolute beginners, this short course gives you insight into how easy it is to bring out your creative side, while making quality work that you will be proud to keep or give as a gift. We all have it in us, come give it a try

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Class: Intro to Ceramics
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

Class: Intro to Ceramics

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£80.00 full rate + £70.00 concession rate
Taught by: Eimear O’Caoilte


* Monday Classes beginning 17th September - For concession rate, please call us on 02890747114 *


This introduction class is designed solely for beginners to learn and gain experience in hand building ceramics. Through the course of the 8 weeks, participants will develop their making skills and learn different hand building techniques from pinch pots to slab building a vase. Finishing off with glazing techniques, participants can develop further creative ways to complete their work.

Its for beginners, so come along and have some fun!

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Class: Intro to Painting and Drawing
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

Class: Intro to Painting and Drawing

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£80.00 full rate + £70.00 concession rate
Taught by: Patricia Campbell.


* Monday Classes beginning 17th September - For concession rate, please call us on 02890747114 *

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 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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Class: Fashion Design: Quick Makes
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

Class: Fashion Design: Quick Makes

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
6 week course
£60.00
Taught by: Chloe Dougan


* Monday Classes beginning 17th September  *

This informal class is fun for all skills level. The class will be split into 2 easy make projects throughout the duration of the 6 weeks and you will be making your very own kimono and
easy fitting top. The class will learn sewing skills, basic pattern cutting knowledge and sewing terminology.

Sewing skills helpful but not necessary. You may bring your own sewing machine and tools if you wish although centre will provide these.

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Class: Box Fiddle Making
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

Class: Box Fiddle Making

Mondays 6.30-9.00pm
15 week course
£90.00 full rate + £80.00 concession rate
Taught by: Rab Cherry


Belfast born Master Craftsman Rab Cherry 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: Improver's Fiddle
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Class: Improver's Fiddle

Mondays 6 - 7pm
8 week course
£40.00
Taught by: Conor Caldwell


A tune a week! Build your traditional music repertoire with this Eight-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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Michael Cunningham
Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

Michael Cunningham

Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm

Tickets £10

BYOB

16+


Enjoy a brilliantly entertaining night of great music & craic with singer songwriter Michael Cunningham & his superb 7-piece band.  Michael is a very talented and popular musician originally from North Belfast. He’s played at many top venues including the last two years as lead singer at Belfast’s biggest independent gig at the Titanic Quarter to a Halloween audience of over 30,000.

Michael is making a home-coming appearance at the Duncairn Centre for Arts & Culture on Saturday 15th September. He’ll be playing songs from his recently released debut album "Hidden Treasure" and a selection from his next album "Patiently Impatient” 

Both releases are a compelling mix of catchy melodies & clever lyrics, all based around the timeless subjects of Love, Loss & Loneliness.

Don’t miss this special treat for music lovers everywhere!  

The support act on the night is singer songwriter Kevin Young with a great selection of original material. 

 

Doors open 7.30pm, tickets £10 each and BYOB..!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FIFTY #2 - Joseph McNulty, Lemoncello and Lorkin O’Reilly
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

FIFTY #2 - Joseph McNulty, Lemoncello and Lorkin O’Reilly

Tickets £8
Doors 8pm


By its very nature, tonight’s Fifty will be greater than the sum of its Celtic parts. The fiddle and bodhrán of Co. Mayo’s gifted Joseph McNulty will bring an undiluted spirit of Irish traditional music to ground the Fifty stage. And we’re delighted to welcome back Irish duo Lemoncello, whose fresh harmonies and vocal melodies are accompanied essentially by cello and guitar, giving them a natural, homespun touch. Don’t go yet though! Fifty also proudly presents acoustic songwriter Lorkin O’Reilly whose reputation is growing in the New York City folk scene for his skilful lyrics and guitar style evoking the likes of Bert Janschand Nick Drake.

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Ryan Young
Sep
6
7:45 PM19:45

Ryan Young

Doors 7.45pm - Show 8pm
£12/£8 concession
BYOB
16+


Presented by Moving On Music

The Duncairn is the perfect setting for a Scottish fiddle player like Ryan Young. Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke talks of his: “Uniquely graceful and expressive playing.” He’s been nominated several times for BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, voted Best Musician in the 2018 Folking awards, and won MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016 Up and Coming Artist of the Year. Known for breathing new life into older, often forgotten Scottish tunes, his performances are described as soulful, exciting and full of uplifting rhythmic drive, with a modest stage presence that belies his phenomenal ability. See this talent in Belfast accompanied by award-winning guitarist Craig Irving ( Talisk: Mànran ). 

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'Belfast Harp Festival of 1792' - With Mary Bergin, Dermot Byrne, Seamie O'Dowd, Edel Fox, Úna Monaghan, Conor Lamb, Liz Doherty, Siobhán O'Donnell & Martin Dowling
Jul
30
8:00 PM20:00

'Belfast Harp Festival of 1792' - With Mary Bergin, Dermot Byrne, Seamie O'Dowd, Edel Fox, Úna Monaghan, Conor Lamb, Liz Doherty, Siobhán O'Donnell & Martin Dowling

Date: Monday 30th July

Doors: 8pm

Tickets: £10/12

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The Belfast Harp Festival, called by contemporary writers “The Belfast Harpers Assembly”,11–14 July 1792, was a four-day event organised by merchant class Presbyterians Dr. James McDonnell, Robert Bradshaw and Henry Joy, (proprietor of the Belfast News-Letter and uncle to Henry Joy McCracken). It’s purpose was to revive an interest in harp music and to collect the music of the harpers and note their style of playing for future generations. What was hoped to be a revival proved to be a farewell to the old tradition. Eleven harpers attended. Seven were blind. The eldest, Denis Hempson (1695 -1807) from Derry, was 97. He was the only one to use the ancient way of playing with the fingernails. By far the most important thing that happened at the festival was that a young man from Armagh named Edward Bunting(1773-1843) was employed to write down the music of the harpers and to make notes on their instrumental techniques. He dedicated the rest of his life to collecting and preserving Irish music. He published three volumes of music, collectively known as the Ancient Music of Ireland. Tonight we pay tribute to that event and the Bunting Collection.

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Victoria McNulty - Confessionals a poem
Jul
24
7:30 PM19:30

Victoria McNulty - Confessionals a poem

Doors 7pm, Show 7.30pm

Tickets £5

BYOB 

+16


“Scotland’s most exciting poetic prospect.” Darren Loki McGarvey, Author: Poverty Safari

“Chronicler and vanguard of a marginalised working class.” Kevin P Gilday, Sonnet Youth

Illustrated by Kirstin Boyle published by Speculative Books

Raised in Glasgow’s East End, Victoria McNulty is a bold new voice from the margins of a divided society. Her first publication, to be published in October 2017 by Speculative Books, is an ambitious long form poetic story, first developed for the Visible Women’s Festival in March 2017.

A coming of age character piece, Confessionals tells the story of one night shift in an East End boozer, as a young barmaid encounters the devastating consequences of a society riven by poverty, sectarianism and domestic violence, only to be  united in activism, hope and raw human potential. Bold, honest and hard-hitting, McNulty draws on her own direct lived experience as a young mother and worker, shining a light on the corners of society so often neglected by mainstream literature and media.

The highlights of Victoria’s career so far include being part of the poets’ team at BBC The Social’s inaugural Rappers Vs. Poets event at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016 – an event performed in front of a capacity crowd and live streamed to tens of thousands around the world via Facebook Live. Winner of Glasgow’s 2017 Sonnet Youth Slam, she has performed as an invited guest at the BBC6 Music Festival, the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Arab Arts Focus programme, and the Feile an Phobail events in Belfast, Northern Ireland, performing alongside seasoned poets including Liz Lochhead, Kate Tempest and Hollie McNish.

Started by a collective of Glasgow writers, performers and SF otaku, Speculative Books is a new venture from the team behind the successful Speculative Bookshop events, which saw them selling much-loved second-hand SF novels at live events throughout the city, as well as getting involved with publishing ‘zines and pamphlets, and putting on live literature performances of their own. Confessionals is their second publication.

“The arrow in Barrowland buzzes overhead. I am not scared... but I know I should be.”

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Press Contact: Victoria McNulty | rhiannon1890@gmail.com | Review copies: Speculative Books | mail@speculativebooks.net

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Strung
Jun
30
8:15 PM20:15

Strung

Doors 8pm, Show 8.15pm

Tickets £12.50

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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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Villiers and the Villains - Album launch
Jun
23
8:15 PM20:15

Villiers and the Villains - Album launch

Doors 8pm, Show 8.15pm

Tickets £10

BYOB

16+


“You want your support to be good…but not this good!”
MARK KERMODE - THE DODGE BROTHERS / BBC

“Villiers and The Villains conjure the frantic, dirty blues sounds of the 60’s Reeperbahn. Other more tender moments drip with an ‘Astral Weeks’ like sweet cherry wine.”
FOLK & TUMBLE


“Dylan and The Band in The Big Pink basement, after several bottles of red”
TREVOR HODGETT - R2 MAGAZINE


With an original and unique sound carved from the music of legends like The Band, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters and Hank Williams, Villiers and The Villains have been creating a buzz with their songs and their sound.

Tony Villiers heads up this lean-mean-barroom-band featuring Doc Doherty on electric guitar, Aidan McGillion on drums and Kevin Mahoney on bass. They’ve received a slew of reviews including R2 Magazine’s Trevor Hodgett comparing their sound to “Dylan and The Band in The Big Pink basement after several bottles of red” and high praise from the BBC’s Mark Kermode and Ralph McLean.

Lyrically and musically their songs have been drawing attention, and this, combined with an authentic sound and thrilling live show, has steadily built Villiers and The Villains a loyal following.

The band launch their new album ‘Music Confounds The Machines’ at The Duncairn, Belfast on Saturday 23rd June. Recorded and mixed in analog at Take Six Studios and backed by The Arts Council NI, the new LP contains 14 brand new original songs. Download & CD pre-orders are available at: www.villiersandthevillains.com
 


VILLIERS AND THE VILLAINS
…MORE PRESS QUOTES
 

“Ten out of ten for ripping it up”
ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE
 

“Echoes of Blind Boy Fuller”
BLUES IN BRITAIN
 

“I’m lovin’ this album!”
BIG BOY BLOATER, THE BLUES MAGAZINE, TEAMROCK RADIO

“All the attributes of a modern day folk music hero”
FATEA


"Superb songwriting rooted in a great tradition"
RALPH McLEAN, BBC RADIO ULSTER

 

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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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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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Sing For Fun
Jun
5
to Aug 14

Sing For Fun

Sing For Fun @ The Duncairn

Love to sing in the shower??  Fancy yourself as a bit of a crooner??

Then come to the north Belfast's house of music..The Duncairn...fill the air with songs old and new, bring your old favourites, and learn some new stuff....its all for pure pleasure.

Karen Diamond.... will lead this 10 week programme,  beginning Tuesday 5th June.

Come for a cuppa @ 1pm, and we will kick off our tunes from 1.30pm to 2.30pm

This is a donation based activity....whatever you can afford.  All ages and all abilities are welcome....we just want you to have FUN!!!

Interested?

Please Contact debbie@174trust.org or call on 02890747114

 

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Super Saturday Special - My Father's Chair
Jun
2
10:30 AM10:30

Super Saturday Special - My Father's Chair

Free event

From 10.30am to 2.30pm

Everybody's welcome!


Free Arts & Crafts activities for the kids (12noon to 2pm) followed by Stephen Begg's Family Drama....

‘My Father’s Chair’ is a performance for families about the nature of fatherhood. What is it like to have a Dad? What is it like to be a Dad? How does society view the role of fathers in children’s lives? 

As a theatre maker and a Dad, Stephen Beggs explores all these questions, creating a funny, challenging and emotional journey for audiences along the way – a Father’s voice and perspective in the world of theatre for young audiences.

To register for the FREE performance email debbie@174trust.org

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Ulster University Ceramics, Jewellery & Silversmithing Exhibition
May
24
to Jun 8

Ulster University Ceramics, Jewellery & Silversmithing Exhibition

Second year students of the Ulster University, Belfast School of Art, are displaying some brilliant ceramics, jewellery and silversmithing work at the Duncairn for the end of the year!

The exhibition will be on from Thursday 24th May to Friday 8th June.

The exhibition launch is Thursday 24th May from 6pm to 8pm.

It is free and open to the public.
You are all very welcome to come along!

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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

100% BELFAST

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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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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