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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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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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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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.”

FACEBOOK.COM/VICTORIAMCNULTYPOETRY

THESPECULATIVEBOOKSHOP.CO

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

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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

BYOB

 

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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Aug
10
to Aug 11

Alternative University

UCU / Duncairn Centre / Féile an Phobail / Greater New Lodge Festival / Intercomm

 

In partnership with Féile an Phobail, the Greater New Lodge Festival, and Intercomm, the University and College Union (UCU) at Queen’s offers a re-edition of its Alternative University in the Duncairn Centre, 10-11 August 2018. 

 

Last winter, UCU undertook its biggest industrial action ever for fair pensions. Parallel to the picket line, union activists from Queen’s and UU mobilised to provide free lectures. The Alternative University was born: during four weeks, in packed rooms, they lectured on, and discussed, an incredibly diverse range of topics with the audience, such as arts and media, religion, Irish history, social inequalities, sectarianism, women’s place in contemporary society, the future of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, forms of political resistance, activism and participation, citizenship, migrants and refugees, and many more topics.

 

This free alternative university proved to be a real success among those on strike as well as their students in support of industrial action.

 

This re-edition of the Alternative University intend to spread this initiative to a wider audience and give to the public the opportunity to participate and enjoy a free, endearing and subversive discussion on activism in our community. Come to listen, talk back and think collectively with academics from all disciplines!

 


Friday 10 August

3pm-4.30pm Opening Panel: What does a strike do? (Owen Reidy, SIPTU; Véronique Altglas and Merav Amir UCU at QUB)

5.00pm-6.30pm Talk 1

Saturday 11 August

10am-11.30am Talk 2

11.30am-1pm Talk 3

Lunch

2pm-3.30pm Talk 4

3.30pm-5pm Talk 5

Break

5pm-6.30pm Closing Panel: Radicalism in the University, From 1968 France to Belfast today (Julie Le Mazier, sociologist at St Denis University / Sean Fearon former president of QUB’s Student Union / Michael Pierce, UCU at QUB)

 


Confirmed contributors:

·         Madeleine Leonard (works on childhood in Belfast and sectarianism – free on Friday)

·         Peter Doak (Belfast, post-conflict city?)

·         Agustina Martire on Save CQ

·         John Barry, ‘Demystifying economics – or everything you wanted to know about economics but were afraid to ask!’

·         Phil Scraton

 

 

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Michael Cunningham
Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

Michael Cunningham

Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm

Tickets £10

BYOB

16+


Michael Cunningham is a singer-songwriter from Belfast. With his 7 piece band, he is appearing at the Duncairn Arts Centre on Saturday the 15th of September. He will be playing songs from his recently released debut album "Hidden Treasure" and a selection of material from his next album "Patiently Impatient" Both albums are a mix of catchy melodies & clever lyrics, all based around the timeless subjects of Love, Loss & Loneliness. The support on the night is Kevin Young.

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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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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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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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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. 
Hotpress Magazine


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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The Duncairn 4th birthday: Workshops to celebrate creativity!
May
12
to May 13

The Duncairn 4th birthday: Workshops to celebrate creativity!

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018.

“Still Putting Arts at The Heart of our Community”

Workshops for young & old and a Big Breakfast Super Sunday Session to celebrate creativity and our 4th birthday!

Please Note: The 2 w/shops deal is for sessions booked on the same day i.e. Saturday only or Sunday only.


🖌🎨 For The Kids.

Little People Crafts with Patricia Campbell and Emma Hawthorne

£6 per workshop or 2 for £10
Age range 5-10 year olds

Sessions
10.30am – 11.30am
12.30pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.30pm
3.45pm – 4.45pm
Spring into fun with our colourful crafts workshop creating little birds, bunnies and lambs with all sorts of bits and glittery bobs to stick and sparkle!! 


✂️ For The Grown Ups.

1 workshop £15 or 2 for £25
(2 for £25 includes a yummy bowl of soup at lunchtime)

Introduction to Felt Making with Debbie Young.

11am – 1pm
Working with merino wool in its raw form, you will layer and roll multiple coloured fleece to develop your own felted creation which can then be embellished and framed to hang on your wall for all to admire. 

Dabble in Decoupage with Debbie Young

2pm to 4pm
It’s amazing what you can do with some brightly coloured papers, shiny glue and a little skill. Transform and upgrade glassware, little wooden items, picture frames… in fact most things can be be given a new lease of life with this on trend crafty activity. 
 

An introduction to sewing and textiles with Chloe Dougan. 

11am - 1pm
Chloe will demonstrate basic sewing machine skills, working with participants on the design and applique of your own hand made cushion. 

Sewing and textiles
2pm – 4pm
For the intermediate sewer, this session will cover a demonstration on pattern cutting, technical and sewing terminology and the construction of an easy fitting take home garment. 

Basic machines are provided, but please feel free to bring your own machine. 

Ceramics with Eimear O’Caoilte and Niamh Conlan: 

11am – 1pm
In this two-hour session you will design and create your very own ceramic wall hanging. Using slabs of clay with stencils and imprinted textures you can create unique pieces such as ceramic birds to hang, or even personalised decorative tiles. Here, there are no limits to what you can create. 

Ceramics 2 with Eimear O’Caoilte and Niamh Conlan

2pm – 4pm
This session will teach participants the skill of coil building and allow you to take away you very own hand built pot! We will also cover some decorating techniques to help achieve a truly personal and unique piece of work. 

Both sessions are aimed at beginners, everyone welcome to come get their hands dirty!!

Bringing the celebrations to an end in style are The Super Fantastic!

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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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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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Lux
May
3
to May 18

Lux

Lux Exhibition

Free. Open to the public.

Exhibition launch Tursday 3rd May 2018 from 6pm to 8pm.

“Lux” is the final year exhibition by HND Photography students from South Eastern Regional College, Bangor.  Each photographer has produced work based on a self- identified and self-initiated project, the culmination of a sustained period of investigation. The exhibition represents individual approaches to a range of diverse subjects such as light, still life, space and memory.

Lewis McClatchey’s series of still-life images is based around household objects.  The plastered surface of china cups and saucers homogenises the objects creating familiar yet unsettling imagery.

Evie Williamson’s series captures the play of found light, creating images which are physically fragmented and demonstrate a tonal journey across the frame; metaphors for the transient nature of life. 

Michelle Moloney’s “archival traces” is a visual exploration of boglands on the island of Ireland.  The work is primarily concerned with these landscapes as repositories, sites of memory, of preservation: dormant fragments of the past.

Katie Marshall’s “Kioku” explores childhood memories by encapsulating the spirit of a location and the resulting experiences in a playful and surreal manner.  This work is inspired by past work entitled “Interpreting Anxiety”

Sophie McAtasney’s series of still life images is based on making common foods iconic through abstract, non-objective photography that doesn’t have an immediate association with the outside world.                                                        

Eris Crawley’s work involves playing with light and reflection. It is about turning the insignificant, significant. Capturing the beauty in the everyday.

 

 

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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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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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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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'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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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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