Belfast TradFest: R.L. O'Mealy Annual Concert
Jul
29
8:00 PM20:00

Belfast TradFest: R.L. O'Mealy Annual Concert

Jarlath Henderson, Mary Bergin, Finlay MacDonald, Gareth McLees, John McSherry, Francis McIlduff, Seamie O’Dowd, Eamon Murray, Harry Bradley & Kevin Crawford.

Jarlath Henderson, Mary Bergin, Finlay MacDonald, Gareth McLees, John McSherry, Francis McIlduff, Seamie O’Dowd, Eamon Murray, Harry Bradley & Kevin Crawford.

Richard Lewis (R. L.) O’Mealy was a union piper and pipe-maker, born in Westmeath in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. He lived most of his adult life in Belfast where he was renowned as a piper, broadcaster, piping teacher and pipe-maker. His piping was crisp, entertaining and inventive and his broadcasts were essential listening for anyone with an interest in Irish music.

Through his teaching and making of the instrument he was central to the continuance of piping in the north-east of Ireland in the early twentieth century. As an entertainer he was widely celebrated for both his knowledge of piping and the eccentric costumes he wore while performing. Tonight we celebrate the man and his music.

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Drama: Something in the Air
Aug
4
7:00 PM19:00

Drama: Something in the Air

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Brassneck Theatre Company Presents SOMETHING IN THE AIR
(as part of the Greater New Lodge Community Festival)

On the 15th August 1969, Bombay Street in west Belfast was burned to the ground.  Hundreds of families fled south to refugee camps, escaping the violence, but one young woman lost more than just her home.  Fifty years later, she is forced to confront the events of that summer in a way she could never have imagined.  A play by Lawrence McKeown.

 

Tickets purchased in Cash at The Duncairn box Office = £10.00

Tickets purchased online through debit/credit card = £11.50.

Running time – 1 hour and 10 minutes

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Scribes at the Duncairn 2019
Aug
9
6:30 PM18:30

Scribes at the Duncairn 2019

Scribes at The Duncairn 2019, annual writers' panel.

Scribes at The Duncairn 2019, annual writers' panel.

Free event with wine reception

Now in its 6th year, this popular discussion panel features the writers Bernie McGill and Danny Morrison, and spoken word artist Natalya O'Flaherty.

Bernie McGill is the author of two novels, The Butterfly Cabinet and The Watch House (short-listed for the Irish European Union Prize for Literature in 2019) and of Sleepwalkers, a collection of short stories. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies, Belfast Stories, The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and Female Lines. She is the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow, based at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast. www.berniemcgill.com

Danny Morrison, novelist, former republican prisoner and Sinn Féin national spokesperson in the 1980s, is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction. He will present his new book, Life, I Do Not Understand You, featuring quotes collected over 40 years, a collaboration with the artist, Sean Mistéil. www.dannymorrison.com/books

Natalya O’Flaherty, an amazing spoken word artist from Dublin, shot to national prominence with bravura performances at the National Concert Hall, Electric Picnic and The Late Late Show. O'Flaherty speaks courageously and without inhibition about the youth of today, the challenges and dilemmas they face on the street or within family. www.wordupcollective.com/natalya-oflaherty-1

This event is hosted by Stories@theDuncairn, a volunteer-led, community literary project, in partnership with the Greater New Lodge Community Festival and Féile an Phobail. All welcome!

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Bleeding Heart Pigeons & Arborist
Aug
22
8:00 PM20:00

Bleeding Heart Pigeons & Arborist

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The magnificent Bleeding Heart Pigeons make their Belfast debut in the
beautiful setting of the Duncairn Arts Centre, supported by our very
own sensation Arborist. One of Ireland's finest bands in one of
Ireland's finest venues, with incredible support to boot. One not to
be missed for sure.

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BLEEDING HEART PIGEONS:

Bleeding Heart Pigeons are a trio from West-Limerick who forge an
enveloping sound with tempestuous guitars, atmospheric synths, and
hypnotic hook-driven songwriting. Singer/guitarist Mícheál Keating,
keyboardist/sampler Cathal Histon, and drummer Brendan McInerney
formed the band as young teenagers in 2008.
On the strength of early material they were signed to Virgin Records
in 2013. Following the release of 'In a Room in Littleton, Colorado'
EP, 'A Hallucination' EP, and 'Anything You Want' EP, their
self-produced full-length debut 'Is' was released in 2016 to critical
acclaim.

On stage, Bleeding Heart Pigeons are powerful force, and they have
opened for acts including The Pixies, Andrew Bird, Father John Misty
and Beach House. Summer 2019 sees them embark on a run of intimate
Irish dates, where they will be performing material from their hotly
anticipated follow up to 'Is'.

"Fact is, this debut album from Limerick's Bleeding Heart Pigeons has
more going on constructively in one song than many other bands have
across a suite of tracks." – The Irish Times

ARBORIST:

'Arborist' are a Belfast-based band; the product of the musical and
lyrical misadventures of Mark McCambridge. The band released their
debut album Home Burial in November 2016 to critical acclaim. - UNCUT
8/10 “A staggering debut of depth and substance", ★★★★ The Guardian "A
Man of My Age feels like an instant classic" and ★★★★ Mojo "A
deliciously self-assured collection."

Mark McCambridge played his first show as ARBORIST in 2014 supporting
James Yorkston. A solo tour of Ireland followed before impressive
performances led to notable support slots alongside Low, Cat Power,
Echo and The Bunnymen and Guy Garvey.

Since the release of their debut single "Twisted Arrow" in 2015,
Arborist have become somewhat cult properties, thanks in no small part
to KIM DEAL (Pixies, The Breeders) contributing delicate harmonies to
the song. A nonchalant and thoughtful piece of Americana, conceived in
Belfast, it premiered on Stereogum and The Line of Best Fit with
extensive play on BBC 6 Music. It was also featured in The Guardian
Guide’s tracks of the week.

They are set to record their sophomore LP in 2019.

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Rachel Sermanni & The Maes
Sep
25
8:00 PM20:00

Rachel Sermanni & The Maes

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Rachel Sermanni

Nearly four years on from her critically-acclaimed second album, Tied To The Moon, Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni is back with her third full-length, So It Turns - due for release on August 23rd through [insert label name]. The ten-track album is Rachel’s most ambitious yet, her self-confessed ‘folk noir’ taken to alluring and often-unexpected new heights. In support of the release, Rachel will set out on a tour of the UK and Ireland, which will include a stop at The Duncairn on 25th September.

Folk of the highest order - Time Out

The Maes

Multi-award-winning Melbourne contemporary folk outfit, The Maes(formerly The Mae Trio) is the brainchild of sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby. Born into the arms of the Folk music community in Australia, both sisters were side of stage at their first folk festival when they were four weeks old and have been absorbing and exploring folk music since that time. 

The Maes’ latest, self-titled record set (released May 2019) is a return to the sisters’ folk music roots. Gentle, intimate and conversational, the album is an unadorned showcase of Maggie and Elsie’s superb songwriting as well as honest, relaxed and stunning vocal and instrumental performances. 

“…their highly melodic, immaculately crafted songs are arranged to use the diverse instrumental talents of its members, their angelic lead voices and, most pertinently, their exquisite vocal harmony” The Australian ★★★★★

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Damien O'Kane & Ron Block
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Damien O'Kane & Ron Block

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The humble banjo has long been the brunt of innumerable jokes. So here goes: “What do you get if you cross an American bluegrass banjo and an Irish tenor banjo?” In the case of Coleraine’s Damien O’Kane and California’s Ron Block you get fireworks – and a spectacular debut duo album, released July 2018, that is probably nothing like you could imagine. Banjo players can be almost apologetic about the instrument popularised in America with its origins in West Africa. Block himself has been known to jokingly describe the instrument as the ‘high school chick repellent’. But on either side of the Atlantic O’Kane and Block decided to stop laughing at banjo jokes – and learn how to play one – and how! With two bold and acclaimed recent albums to his name – the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Album’ nominated Areas of High Traffic and last year’s Avenging and Bright, O’Kane thought it was high time to join forces with a musician he had long admired – Alison Krauss & Union Station’s banjo star and multiple award winner Block (no less than 14 Grammy Awards and six International Bluegrass Music Awards to his name for starters). 

Widely regarded as two of the greatest exponents of the instrument they have collaborated to create arguably their own genre, something never heard before! Says Damien: “We coined the phrase ‘Banjophony’ meaning the wondrous sounds of the banjo and decided that described the album well. What that means lies within the virtuosity and beauty of the music”. A union of transatlantic cultures, Banjophony melds two different styles and approaches to the banjo to captivating effect. Every note is precise and in exactly the right place, rising and falling with ‘question and answer’ picking and plucking, the light perfectly balanced by the shade – the musicians demonstrating high level connectivity and empathy. The end result is a sparkling rollercoaster record which showcases an instrument that proves incredibly versatile in the right hands – both showy and subtle. The banjo brothers-in-arms are joined by a host of top guests including world renowned fiddle player Stuart Duncan who has performed with artists such as Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, Robert Plant and Emmy-Lou Harris. Other stellar guests from the U.S. include mandolin stars Sierra Hull and Sam Bush while on double bass are Barry Bales and Ethan Jodziewicz. From this side of the pond, the star-studded list continues with the inestimable Michael McGoldrick on flute and whistles, Steven Byrnes and David Kosky on guitar throughout, Duncan Lyall on double bass and Moog and Anthony Davis on keyboards. 

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Wallis Bird
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Wallis Bird

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Acclaimed Irish artist Wallis Bird is back. The string-shredding singer-songwriter - once described by the Irish Times as having enough energy on stage to be able to “kickstart an entire economy” – has announced over 40 live dates and will be touring across Europe in celebration of her new album. “I’m calling it the New Moon Tour because of its symbolism; transition, femininity, the passing of time and new beginnings; the dark side of light. All of this amounts to how I feel at this point in my life. This is my new moon”. 

The new record - which will be her sixth studio album – will be out in autumn 2019. Folked-up and infused with brute soul, the album is heavy in beats and bass. “It’s built on a quite different tonal and chordal structure than usual”, says Wallis, “and I’ve tried to flood it with love, questions and understanding. I’m trying to make sense of the socio-political new world that we’re living in, and finding a way to heal myself”. 

Wallis’ career has drawn respect from critics and audiences alike. She’s played hundreds of headline shows over the past decade or so all over the world. She’s a two-time Meteor Award winner (national Irish music prize), a two-time Irish Choice Prize nominee, and a nominee for Artist of the Year at the American-based Folk Alliance International Awards 2019. Well known for her energetic performances, she has an unusual ability to bind audiences with her musical spells; inciting the crowds to join in rousing sing-a-longs as she shares her happiest emotions, or observe pin-drop silences as she expresses her deepest hurts. A Wallis Bird concert is unlike any other, and festival performances or support shows in front of brand new audiences always result in a slew of new fans. 

While Wallis has frequently toured with a band, she’s one of those rare artists whose stage presence - and jaw-dropping musical prowess - can fill huge rooms and venues on their own. With this in mind, and the heightened intensity that a solo performance brings to audiences, the 2019 New Moon Tour will be completely solo. “As much as I adore playing with a band,” says Wallis, “I've decided to finally plant a flag in the ground, go completely solo and highlight what I'm best at. I'm in my element when I can fill the stage and bring the audience together. I love it and I love working hard at it! I can’t wait to share new anthems and songs, and of course reminisce over the golden-oldies. I cannot wait!” 

“The sheer visceral energy of Wallis Bird could kick-start an entire economy.”The Irish Times

“A tsunami of emotion… magnificent ” MOJO, UK

“The intensity of Wallis Bird’s live sound will pin you to the wall.” Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

“Discovery of the year..Wallis Bird at Woodford folk festival f***king destroying it..“ Amanda Palmer, Artist 

“Bird comes from the camp of rebellious artists like Fiona Apple or Ani Di Franco… . For people who have a place in their heart for Feist and Sophie Hunger.“ Musikexpress, Germany

"Close to Fiona Apple, and the nuanced style of Ani DiFranco." **** El Mundo, Spain

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Emma Langford & Band (ft Cúig)
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Emma Langford & Band (ft Cúig)

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RTÉ Radio 1 named Emma Langford Ireland’s Best Emerging Artist at their inaugural Folk Awards in October 2018. The newcomer has received unwavering appreciation from national and international media and audiences alike, with The Irish Times describing Langford’s debut album Quiet Giant as ‘music that weaves a spell as you listen to it… An enduring piece of work’. 

Langford’s sound is made to be heard live, be it solo or with a full complement of musicians. Noted for a distinct vocal timbre that dances playfully among the nuances of “folk”; Emma Langford’s voice is at once defiant and ethereal; her lyrics insightful, yet loaded with wit and whimsy. Comparisons are often drawn in style and sound to artists such as Joni Mitchell and Janis Ian.  

The self-made songwriter comes to Belfast this June fresh off the back of a whirlwind 100-date tour across Austria, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland in 2018, yet as she posits in her own lyrics: "Is this all you want? Is this all you need?". Langford has hit her stride and shows no signs of slowing down. 

Cúig

This Irish five-piece band from the North of Ireland are tearing up the rule book with their bold approach to their native musical tradition. Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, ‘New Landscapes’, for which Cúig were awarded ‘Best New Irish Band 2016’ by the Irish American News, they have taken both sides of the Atlantic by storm having toured extensively in the US, Europe and Ireland.

Comprising of Miceal Mullen (banjo, mandolin), Rónán Stewart (fiddle, uilleann pipes, vocals), Ruairí Stewart (guitars), Eoin Murphy (button accordion) and Cathal Murphy (drums, guitars, vocals), Cúig look set to continue this success with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, ‘The Theory of Chaos’.

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OV19: Super Sunday Breakfast Session
Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

OV19: Super Sunday Breakfast Session

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FREE EVENT - EVERYONE WELCOME!

The final event that will take place as part of the Other Voices programme will be a specially curated version of the Duncairn Centre’s Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session event on the 16th of June. Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session’s offer members of the community the opportunity to engage with high quality artists and performers over Sunday brunch, with live music, resident DJ and arts and crafts for the kids. The theme of the Other Voices edition of the event will be ‘Music, Reconciliation & the Future’.

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OV19: Other Voices Stage
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

OV19: Other Voices Stage

NOTE : TICKETS CAN ONLY BE WON FOR THIS FREE EVENT. DETAILS ON COMPETITIONS ONLINE & THROUGH PRESS WILL BE POSTED BELOW.

NOTE : TICKETS CAN ONLY BE WON FOR THIS FREE EVENT. DETAILS ON COMPETITIONS ONLINE & THROUGH PRESS WILL BE POSTED BELOW.

Snow Patrol, Joshua Burnside, ROE and The Academic announced to play Other Voices Belfast 2019!


The spectacular line up of talented musicians announced to play Other Voices Stage at the Duncairn include Choice Prize nominated, indie rock four piece THE ACADEMIC, ROE the multi-instrumentalist from Derry who has been blazing a trail for young female indie artists across Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond and Belfast based experimental folk singer songwriter JOSHUA BURNSIDE . 

We will also be showcasing BORDERS , the new musical project of Derry based electronic musician and producer Ryan Vail and neo-classical, multi-instrumentalist and producer ELMA ORKESTRA AKA Eoin O’Callaghan. 

We are delighted to announce that following their SOLD OUT Ward Park show to 35,000 people, we will be joined by SNOW PATROL for very special acoustic performance. This performance marks 10 years since they last played Other Voices in Dingle.

Tickets for Other Voices at the Duncairn will be allocated via competitions in media and social media. Sign Up to our newsletter below to be updated on latest competitions and also to be entered to win a pair of tickets from the Duncairn.

Since its first visit to Belfast in 2017, Other Voices has expanded exponentially, bringing its unique format of music, conversation and everything in between to increasingly larger audiences both at home and abroad. While awareness of the acclaimed music television series and arts festival has grown, its central message has not been diluted. At its core, Other Voices seeks to celebrate live music in all its forms as well as providing a platform for open, compelling dialogues about art, culture, technology and commerce, exploring the ways in which they intersect.

Once again, Other Voices will be collaborating with the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts and 174 Trust to bring this dynamic event to Belfast with the support and investment of Belfast City Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

ˇThis is a coup to end all coups for not only The Duncairn but for this brilliant community and North Belfast. Other Voices have recognised the creative work of the Duncairn as a great music venue and our inclusive programming which promotes all that is great about this wonderful city and its people. We are thrilled to have such amazing line-up here and are more than confident that our work with Philip and all the folks at Other Voices will enhance our profile and North Belfast as a positive example of the power of music and arts to create positive change.”

- Ray Giffen, Arts and Events Manager Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts

“Music influences so much of our culture here in Belfast. As part of our draft Cultural Strategy we’ve outlined our ambitions to secure UNESCO City of Music status by 2021, and attracting events like Other Voices is a fantastic way of celebrating music and our musical heritage. It’s great to have Other Voices back at the Duncairn Centre again this summer and I hope it will inspire creativity and influence other exciting cultural activities right across the city.”

- Cllr John Finucane, Lord Mayor of Belfast

“We are delighted to bring Other Voices back to Belfast, one of the worlds great musical cities. We are honoured to work again with our friends at The Duncairn in north Belfast to use the power of music, creativity and ideas to bring people together and to guide us all towards a better future. The event is made possible by the support of Belfast City Council,The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Reconciliation Fund) and RTE ”

- Philip King Director of Other Voices.

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Competitions

1. 2 x tickets to Other Voices at the Duncairn // Enter here: Other Voices Facebook

2. 5 x pairs of tickets to Other Voices at the Duncairn via COOL FM Facebook. [29.05.2019]

3. 5 x pairs of tickets to Other Voices at the Duncairn via Belfast Live

4. A pair of tickets via Joshua Burnside (Instagram)

5. 5 x pairs via the Belfast Telegraph

6. A pair of tickets via Ryan Vail (Twitter & Instagram)

7. A pair of tickets via ROE (Twitter & Instagram)

8. A Pair of tickets via Elma Orkestra (Twitter & Instagram)

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OV19: The Given Note
Jun
15
2:30 PM14:30

OV19: The Given Note

On the 15th of June The Given Note will take place in the Duncairn Centre for Culture and the Arts. A discourse, with live music performance, exploring the question of how music affects reconciliation, celebrates diversity and tradition and gives a voice to this generation’s concerns regarding identity, isolation and plurality.

The event will also encompass a conversation around Belfast as one of the world’s great musical cities and highlight the city’s relationship with Nashville. The music and song that has left Belfast over centuries in the heads, the hands and the feet of immigrants has left an indelible thumbprint on the making of the Great American songbook and on country music and bluegrass in particular.

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OV19: FIFTY
Jun
14
7:45 PM19:45

OV19: FIFTY

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On the 14th of June Other Voices Belfast will kick off with a unique version of one of the Duncairn Centre’s signature events, FIFTY . FIFTY is an intimate music and arts event, suitable for a wide spectrum of creativity ranging from spoken word to live music, visual art, photography, and whatever else occurs. With a maximum of 50 guests, members of the community are encouraged to come along and join in the conversation on range of pertinent topics.

The topic up for discussion at the Other Voices edition of the event will be ‘creativity and how it shapes our future’. Musical guests on the night will include folk duo Lemoncello, poet and spoken word artist Colin Hassard and alternative folk musicians Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum.

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ALFI
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

ALFI

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Every now and then you have the pleasure of seeing and hearing something very special. And, that's exactly what we were lucky to experience when the outstanding new, young trio ALFI made their Duncairn/Belfast Debut at one of our Club Fifty nights in 2018. 

Alfi are a fresh new trio combining Appalachian old time and traditional Irish music and song to produce a unique sound. Their music features a unique line up of harp, five string banjo, low whistle, uilleann pipes and vocals.

The trio played their first gig together at Arcadian Field in August 2017. Since then, they have performed at many established festivals including Body&Soul, Knockanstockan and The Trip to Birmingham Tradfest. Alfi were crowned winners of the 'Molloy Award' competition at Trip to Birmingham Tradfest. The trio also won the prestigious 'Caoimhín Ó Dochartaigh' battle of the bands competition at Imbolc International Music Festival in February.

The guys have went on to make their debut EP and we are very proud that they have chosen to have the launch here with us. So get the 8th of June pencilled into the diary and join us for yet another great night with these super and talented young musicians. They are on their way to the top and you can always say you caught them in the early days here at The Duncairn. 

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The Unthanks
May
31
7:45 PM19:45

The Unthanks

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All I can say about the Unthanks is that they make my heart beat faster, or smile a lot, or cry. They mean it. And not in some dreary 'authentic' way that feels like a penance for the listener, but just natural. They sing and play what the hell they like, and if you've heard nicer harmonies this year, I may call you a liar. I'm glad to be around at the same time as them."

Martin Freeman

"The Unthanks seem to regard folk music the same way Miles Davis regarded jazz: as a launch pad for exploring the wider possibilities."

Uncut

'Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence'

The Independent

"I had to take a single summary of what Alfie and I have being doing over the years to the proverbial desert island I wouldn’t take one of our own records. I’d take the crystal clear interpretations of The Unthanks."

Robert Wyatt

"Rachel and Becky's voices are one of the true wonders of 21st-century music"

NME

"It is their ability to pare back extraneous matter and to stare unflinchingly into the very soul of a song that makes them a spellbinding experience"

BBC Music

"Just beautiful"

Lauren Laverne

"Haunting, original and magnificent"

The Guardian

"Music as tough as it is gentle, as ancient as it is modern, and as coldly desolate as it is achingly intimate.. a sensationally graceful sound that can be epic and subdued, dreamy and specific, as well as supernaturally ancient and defiantly modern".

Paul Morley, Observer Music Magazine

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
May
26
10:30 AM10:30

Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session

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FREE EVENT - EVERYONE WELCOME!

Our Super Sundays epitomize everything at The Duncairn that has worked, and their success is all about opening the arts to the community across generations, across cultures, and across the religious and social divide. Re-knitting the very fabric of the community they are well established as one of the best arts and community experiences on Belfast’s cultural calendar. They offer the opportunity to engage with high quality artists and performers over Sunday brunch, with live music, resident DJ, arts and crafts for the kids, good coffee, the resident artist’s shop just across the hall. Super Sundays are a place to meet old friends, meet with the family, bring the kids, or fly solo and see who you get talking to — they’re a fantastic opportunity to meet likeminded souls. So, please do join us on our five-year anniversary. Wake up and smell the coffee, in a good way.

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Amy May Ellis & Anna Mieke
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Amy May Ellis & Anna Mieke

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Respectively unique in their own style, each of these rising talents have graced both The Duncairn main stage, and the Fifty stage. Wicklow musician, songwriter and composer, Anna Mieke composes and performs on guitar and bouzouki, using cello and piano in other projects. And while traditional Irish music such as Sean-nós singing and fiddle have been a focus, her travels strongly influence her music.
We first saw Amy May Ellis here when she supported Slow Moving Clouds, and we sussed her as a quiet, mighty talent. “This precocious, magical North York Moors songwriter quietly takes the breath away,” according to The York Press, and we agree.

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Francis McIlduff
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Francis McIlduff

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CD Launch & Concert

Francis McIlduff is a son of the McPeake family and plies his trade as one of the best pipers in Ireland, as well as the bodhran and whistle. A regular Belfast session player and a member of band At First Light, the renowned musician has eventually completed his debut album Theodore Street: He describes it as: “A collection of tunes influenced by what has happened over the years with my family and friends.” It’s a personal collection with every note written, and every instrument played, by McIlduff himself. Don’t miss this very special launch of a quiet man telling his story through music.

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The Breath
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

The Breath

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Presented in partnership with CQAF

We’re over the moon to host Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum’s band, The Breath, at The Duncairn. Perhaps you’ve seen Connolly here before in another glorious manifestation called Honeyfeet? Either way, The Breath are equally as glorious. Connolly’s soulful, utterly engaging voice — whether delicate and hushed or powerful and gutsy — is coupled with Stuart’s understated brilliance.

Their latest album Let the Cards Fall, is a collection of songs allowed to mature and breathe without losing the multi-textured kaleidoscope of sound that marked their debut, Carry Your Kin. And you can hear them perform these songs live at The Duncairn. Yes, we’re very, very excited about this.

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FIFTY
May
10
7:45 PM19:45

FIFTY

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Have you heard about FIFTY at The Duncairn? If not, where have you been? We started piloting them six months ago and they’ve become one of the most exciting projects in the city for anyone involved in the arts. FIFTY is an intimate music event, suitable for a wide spectrum of creativity ranging from spoken word to live music, visual art, photography, and whatever else occurs. With a maximum of 50 guests (to encourage good discussion) we are recreating a small intimate atmosphere where we welcome people with a glass of wine and some food — symbolic of communities breaking bread and creating a bond.

Actively targeting members of the community who have an interest in aspects and issues we are highlighting, we invite them to come along and join in. Discussions are topic-based on issues that impact on us all — underfunding communities, community cohesion and innovation, the environment, political change, homelessness, housing, and mental health are just some of the issues that we openly discuss on these nights. So, if you would like to join us for a glass of wine, some nibbles, some positive music, good company, and great conversation, then get your tickets now. Each FIFTY has sold out very quickly.

Indeed, from February 2019 onwards we will not be announcing who is appearing at our FIFTY events — let us surprise you — we won’t disappoint.

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The Fretless
May
8
7:45 PM19:45

The Fretless

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Presented by Moving On Music in conjunction with CQAF

We’re delighted to host Canadian folk four-piece The Fretless, in association with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Moving On Music. “We all come from a background of traditional music, whether it’s Canadian or Scottish or Irish roots,” the band’s fiddle and viola player Karrnnel Sawitsky told fRoots Magazine. “But along with this tradition, The Fretless aim to push boundaries,” the article continues. They “deconstruct” and “transform” their music, aiming: “to take whatever we’re doing to a different place.” Innovative and energetic, they take string music beyond expectation, transforming traditional tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. An absolute must-see.

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Drop in Yoga
May
7
to Jun 25

Drop in Yoga

17:15 – 18:15
Donation based
Every week
Teacher: Justine Brown

Taught by qualified Hatha Yoga & Meditation Teacher Justine Brown, this will be a gentle class focusing on breath led mindful movements finishing with a nurturing guided relaxation. The class is suitable for anyone over 16 years old. 

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

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

Email justine.brown@belfasttrust.hscni.net with any questions.

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The Wonders of the Wake
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

The Wonders of the Wake

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Presented by CQAF

The Wonders of the Wake is a totally unique Irish Trad Arts show that in laughter, song, keening and haunting Gaelic laments celebrates the ancient rite of the Irish Wake.

Our hauntingly beautiful Mná Caointe, three keening female singers, will bring a tear to your eye and shiver in your spine and take you on a 90 minute magical adventure to the best Irish wake you could ever experience.

The Wonders of the Wake is artistic collaboration between the acclaimed writer of My Father’s Wake author Kevin Toolis and the world renowned Henry Girls, Joleen, Karen and Lorna McLaughlin.

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Paul McKenna Band
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Paul McKenna Band

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According to the New York Times, the Paul McKenna Band is: “The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years.” McKenna himself has long been ranked among the finest younger singers and songwriters, with a powerful, emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs. He and his band draw on both Scottish and Irish roots in a dynamic array of original and traditional material, and songs by like-minded authors including Peggy Seeger, Alistair Hulett and Jim Reid. Currently working on their fifth album, maybe this show will give a hint of new music yet to be released.

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FREE GIG: Johanna Warren & Conor Caldwell
Apr
25
7:45 PM19:45

FREE GIG: Johanna Warren & Conor Caldwell

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FREE CONCERT - LIMITED TO 50 TICKETS - RESERVE YOURS BY EMAILING RECEPTION@174TRUST.ORG

"A minutely examined and revelatory emotional upheaval, a view of a failed romance sung with meditative grace" - The New York Times

“Heartbreaking and stirring” - Pitchfork 

"The spirit that animates much of Warren's music and philosophy [is] an enduring belief that we can be better, despite the hurt and despair we put each other and ourselves through." - NPR

One of “4 Singer-Songwriters You Need to Know” – Rolling Stone Magazine

On Thursday 25th April as we move towards our official fifth birthday and as a way of thanking our audiences and participants, we are putting on a free concert with the acclaimed American Singer songwriter Johanna Warren and the amazing local musician and composer Conor Caldwell. The price of admission is simply that you agree to give us 15 minutes of your time during the evening to help us evaluate our services and share with us any ideas you have on how we can improve. The evening will be in the format of our intimate FIFTY series (limited to 50 places). So if you think you would like to attend, simply email us at reception@174trust.org 

Doors 7.30pm Starts at 7.45pm

Hope to see you there.

The Duncairn.

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Adam's Camp: Fundraising Concert
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Adam's Camp: Fundraising Concert

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THE CAUSE

“When a family member has special needs, the entire family has special needs.”

Adam’s Camp was originally established in Colorado USA and has been operating for over 30 years serving 15,000+ families. Adam's Camp NI was founded in 2015 by the mother of a child with Autism from Newtownabbey who attended Adam’s Camp in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Autism is a spectrum disorder therefore each child requires individual care and support tailored to meet their specific developmental needs.

 From July 2016 Adam’s Camp NI has provided multi-disciplinary therapy for children and young people during a week-long residential which also facilitates activities for siblings and provides support and respite for parents. Adam’s Camp NI wishes to continue to provide intensive therapy to children and young people and provide support and assistance to families affected by autism during summer 2019 and into the future. 

TRADITIONAL MUSIC CONCERT FOR ADAM’S CAMP NI

A Traditional Music Concert will be held at the Duncairn Centre for Arts and Culture, Antrim Road, Belfast on Saturday 13 April 2019 from 7.30pm. This concert will raise funds towards the running costs of Adam’s Camp NI in 2019.

 The Performers

The following performers have very generously given up their time to perform in aid of the charity:

 ·     Sheila Ní Mhuirí, Martin, Paul, Sorcha and Patrick Meehan

·     Harry Bradley and Seamus O’Kane

·     Donál O’Connor

·     Edel Ní Churraoin

·     Stevie Dunne

·     Dianne Cannon

·     Good Morning to Your Nightcap

·     Aiden Walsh, Jarlath McTernan and Ruairí Cunnane

·     Lorraine O’Brien

·     Further special guests to be announced

 Sheila Ní Mhuirí, Martin, Paul, Sorcha and Patrick Meehan

Martin and Paul Meehan started their musical journey in Manchester under the tutelage of Michael McGoldrick, Angel Durkin and Peter Carberry. Paul was introduced to the guitar and banjo at the tender age of 8. Since their arrival in Ireland the brothers have become established figure heads in the traditional scene. Aside from playing with a myriad of bands Paul released his solo album, The Lower Road in 2015. Martin recorded his debut album, Three’s Company in 2007 and released a second solo album, The Fox’s Lament last year.  They are joined tonight by fiddle player Sorcha Meehan who compiled a book of original compositions, Ceol Sídroima in 2018. Patrick Meehan, on bodhran is currently studying under the tutelage of Niall Keegan in Limerick University. Síle Ní Mhuirí has played with a multitude of bands and ensembles over the years which serves to offer a flavour of diversity to her playing.  Síle and the Meehans have been playing in the Armagh area for many years and are delighted to be playing for Adam’s Camp NI. 

 Harry Bradleywas born in South Belfast. The vibrant recording heritage from the 1920s and 30s has had a huge influence on his flute-playing style as has the playing of musicians such as Seamus Tansey, Dessie Wilkinson and piper Seamus Ennis, to name but a few. Noted for his unique tone and driving rhythm, Harry has come to be recognized as one of the most distinctive flute players in Ireland today. He has toured internationally and recorded both as a soloist and with groups such as Cran and Altan. In 2014 he was the recipient of the TG4 Gradam Cheoil Traditional Musician of the Year Award.

Seamus O’Kane comes from Dungiven in Co Derry and is a renowned bodhran maker and player who has been playing for well over 40 years.  He has recorded extensively with a multitude of the leading exponents of traditional Irish Music and is well respected across the length and breadth of Ireland, Europe and beyond.  Having recorded several television documentaries on bodhran and harp making Seamus is very much in demand for concert performances, workshops and most importantly impromptu music sessions wherever he travels which keeps him fully immersed in the music.

 Dónal O’Connoris the son of celebrated fiddler Gerry O’Connor and revered singer Eithne Ní Uallacháin of Lá Lugh.  Dónal is a multi-instrumentalist and has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading producers.  As a musician and composer he has played and recorded with the likes of Liam Ó Maonlaí, Duke Special, Grainne Holland, Davy Spillane, Moya Brennan, Dónal Lunny, Steve Cooney, Mary Dillon, Cathal McConnell, Bob Brozman, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, John Spillane, Lumiere and Barry Kerr. Having inherited a musical legacy of at least five generations of fiddle playing he has toured the world from a young age as both a lead and backing instrumentalist with a number of bands including Lá Lugh, At First Light, Ulaid and the Irish song super group A Stór Mo Chroí. He has composed music for theatre, television and film and has presented music shows for BBC ALBA, BBC NI, TG4, BBC Radio Ulster and Raidio na Gaeltachta. 

 “O’Connor’s winning blend of pace and lyricism transmits his enthusiasm for the music directly to the listener with irresistible impact”– Herald Scotland

 Edel Ní Churraoingrew up immersed in the vibrant Connemara music and dance tradition. Edel plays the tin whistle, button accordion and piano and is also a vocalist and sean-nós dancer. She is a regular performer at music sessions and festivals all over Ireland and further afield. Having now lived in Belfast for several years, Edel has become established as a highly regarded accordion player and for her work at Radió Fáilte.

Stevie Dunne is regarded as one of Ireland's finest banjo players. Having recorded three critically acclaimed albums ‘About Time’, ‘Banjo’ and ‘Live at the Crosskeys Inn’ Stevie spends a lot of time teaching his style. Described as "energetic and Rhythmical" IMM 2011 Stevie's style is routed deep in the tradition without losing the character of the tune. Also an accomplished guitar player Stevie is delighted to be part of this wonderful cause.

Diane Cannonis a singer and musician from Meenlaragh, a small town outside the village of Gortahork in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht who also has been based in Belfast for a number of years now. Following the success of her first single ‘Seán Ó Duibhir a’ Ghleanna’ that was produced and recorded by Donal O Connor last year, Diane is currently working on recording her new album of contemporary and traditional music which is due to be released later this year.

Good Morning to Your Nightcapis a collaboration of 4 musicians from counties Antrim, Derry and Tyrone; Desy Adams, Ruadhrai O’Kane, Ryan O’Donnell and Paul Maguire. The band released their eponymous album in 2015 and currently Good Morning to Your Nightcap is preparing material to record a second album later in 2018.

Desy Adams(flute) was born and bred in Belfast, Co Antrim and is a fine exponent of the Northern style of flute playing. Desy started playing tin whistle in the 1980s before moving onto the flute. He spent time living in Denmark and Galway before returning to Belfast in the early 2000s. Desy played with traditional group Na Dorsa with whom he recorded a CD in the late 1990s and has also featured on the Wooden Flute Obsession CD. Desy has toured and played at many festivals throughout Europe and America.

Ruadhrai O’Kane(fiddle) comes from just outside Dungiven, Co Derry and has lived in Belfast since going to university in 1995. Ruadhrai played fiddle with traditional Irish music group Óige for around 10 years up to 2001. In this time the band produced 3 albums together and toured extensively through Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond. Ruadhrai recorded a live CD 'Roguery Road' with Belfast based concertina player, Jason O'Rourke, in 2004. More recently he has taught fiddle for BelfastTrad and played at several European festivals where he has also given workshops.

 Ryan O'Donnell(banjo / bouzouki / guitar) hails from Omagh, Co Tyrone and moved to Belfast to study at University in 2002. Ryan has played with the band Pigeon Top and played on several solo CDs with artists including Paul McGlinchey, Stevie Dunne, Michael McCague and Shane McAleer. Ryan performs at many festivals in the traditional music calendar and has performed in many countries across Europe and the USA.

Paul Maguire(bodhran) is a Belfast native who is well known within traditional music circles as ‘The Brother’. Now retired, Paul spent several years in his youth traveling the high seas exploring far-away lands which developed his appreciation for music and culture. He has played the bodhran for over 30 years and is a veteran of many fleadhs and festivals. Paul has developed a very distinctive, unique playing style which although unconventional is highly effective.

“The last couple of years have seen the emergence of some cracking Irish collectives, and this is no exception – it is exceptionally good.” – The Living Tradition

Aiden Walshis a banjo player hailing from Tubbercurry in South Sligo, an area renowned for its unique style of Traditional Music. His foray into traditional Irish music began at a young age; he started on the whistle but later moved onto the Tenor Banjo, mainly learning from Tommy Finn, Peter Horan and Paddy Ryan. Aiden moved to Belfast in 1995 and has been a regular on the local traditional scene since. He has played with various bands throughout Ireland and Europe and has also performed on both radio and television programmes on BBC and TG4.

Jarlath McTernanhails from Co. Sligo and has been playing the Uilleann Pipes from the age of twelve.  He has performed with a variety of artists over the years including the mighty Dervish, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Seamie O'Dowd and other leading Irish Music luminaries. Jarlath has been based in Belfast for several years where he performs regularly within the traditional music scene and is noted for his extensive repertoire of fine piping tunes.

Ruairí Cunnane is a gifted singer and guitarist from Meigh, County Armagh who often duets with Barry Kerr, and has performed at numerous festivals throughout Ireland and beyond. Together with Forkhill singer/songwriter Briege Murphy, Ruairí has performed at many folk festivals, and counts Planxty, Woody Guthrie and Neil Young among his musical influences. His music, while mainly traditional/folk, can incorporate elements of blues, rock and country also, creating an appealing mix of sounds for his eager audience.

Lorraine O’Briengrew up in Toonagh, Co. Clare and started learning music at  a young age on tin whistle from Frank Custy. At the age of 7 she began to learn concertina and was taught by Dymphna O'Sullivan, Terry Bingham and Noel Hill. She was very influenced by the music of her teachers and the music of local musicians. Lorraine grew up playing in pub sessions in Ennis, Miltown Malbay, Lahinch, Doolin and Lisdoonvarna and continued to play regularly in Co. Clare until she moved to Belfast in 2011. Lorraine works as a music therapist and teaches concertina in Belfast and Castlewellan, Co. Down. She is a tutor at the annual Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay and the Consairtín festival in Ennis. 

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FIFTY
Apr
12
7:45 PM19:45

FIFTY

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Have you heard about FIFTY at The Duncairn? If not, where have you been? We started piloting them six months ago and they’ve become one of the most exciting projects in the city for anyone involved in the arts. FIFTY is an intimate music event, suitable for a wide spectrum of creativity ranging from spoken word to live music, visual art, photography, and whatever else occurs. With a maximum of 50 guests (to encourage good discussion) we are recreating a small intimate atmosphere where we welcome people with a glass of wine and some food — symbolic of communities breaking bread and creating a bond.

Actively targeting members of the community who have an interest in aspects and issues we are highlighting, we invite them to come along and join in. Discussions are topic-based on issues that impact on us all — underfunding communities, community cohesion and innovation, the environment, political change, homelessness, housing, and mental health are just some of the issues that we openly discuss on these nights. So, if you would like to join us for a glass of wine, some nibbles, some positive music, good company, and great conversation, then get your tickets now. Each FIFTY has sold out very quickly.

Indeed, from February 2019 onwards we will not be announcing who is appearing at our FIFTY events — let us surprise you — we won’t disappoint.

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Theatre: In the Shadow of Gullion [FREE]
Apr
9
8:00 PM20:00

Theatre: In the Shadow of Gullion [FREE]

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Presented by The Playhouse Theatre and Peacebuilding Academy.
by Laurence McKeown

Survival and retaining dignity in the face of adversity…

A live multi-media event exploring the landscape of South Armagh through the eyes of seven victims/survivors of The Troubles.

Through the prism of the personal stories of individuals severely impacted by the conflict in the South Armagh and Border Counties region, In the Shadow of Gullion uses film, sound, theatre, music, song, and narration to foreground South Armagh as an area of natural beauty, rich in folklore, culture, and tradition. This understanding and presentation is interwoven with an exploration of the region as a place that has been besieged by strife and conflict over many centuries.

Renowned playwright, scriptwriter and filmmaker Laurence McKeown presents a brand new work that does not interrogate the rights and wrongs of each shared story, but explores the different perspectives of those involved, and the legacy for individuals today.

This production is the latest by The Playhouse Theatre Peace Building Academy, a cross border arts programme that gives creative expression to the experience of living in Northern Ireland and memory of The Troubles. 

CLICK HERE for more information about The Playhouse Theatre and Peacebuilding Academy.

FREE. Booking Essential.

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
Apr
7
10:30 AM10:30

Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session

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FREE EVENT - EVERYONE WELCOME!

Our Super Sundays epitomize everything at The Duncairn that has worked, and their success is all about opening the arts to the community across generations, across cultures, and across the religious and social divide. Re-knitting the very fabric of the community they are well established as one of the best arts and community experiences on Belfast’s cultural calendar. They offer the opportunity to engage with high quality artists and performers over Sunday brunch, with live music, resident DJ, arts and crafts for the kids, good coffee, the resident artist’s shop just across the hall. Super Sundays are a place to meet old friends, meet with the family, bring the kids, or fly solo and see who you get talking to — they’re a fantastic opportunity to meet likeminded souls. So, please do join us on our five-year anniversary. Wake up and smell the coffee, in a good way.

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Ye Vagabonds & guests
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Ye Vagabonds & guests

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New Album Launch & Concert

fRoots Magazine described Ye Vagabonds as: “Capable and nuanced carriers of a flame ignited eras ago … Appalachian and Irish, folk revival, and so muchmore. Couched as the songs [are] in a timeless belonging, they [are] sieved through the 21st century lens of a new generation.” With fans including Lisa Hannigan, Roy Harper and Glen Hansard, a lot has been happening with the duo since they appeared at The Duncairn.
They’ve been touring Ireland, UK, Europe and Canada, and we’re delighted that the lads have chosen to launch their new album with us here in Belfast. You don’t want to miss this.

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Ben Glover / Orphan Brigade
Mar
30
7:45 PM19:45

Ben Glover / Orphan Brigade

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Presented by The Real Music Club

In early 2018 The Orphan Brigade played their first Belfast show at The Duncairn. A Nashville-based collective founded by local man Ben Glover, Neilson Hubbard and Joshua Britt, they’re drawn to the more esoteric elements of this world. Their first album, Soundtrack To A Ghost Story, revolved around a haunted Civil War house in Kentucky. After that, their time spent in 2500-year-old-caves in the Italian city of Osimo resulted in Heart Of The Cave. But 2019’s upcoming album will resonate with the rich folklore of County Antrim, the homeland of Ben Glover, where the album will be recorded on the sites that inspire the songs.

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Olivia Chaney
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Olivia Chaney

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‘Chaney's voice is a thing of sublime beauty...Forget the labels, she is a major artist, and completely her own person.' 

– The Telegraph ★★★★★

Classically-trained singer / pianist, Olivia Chaney, graduated from the Royal Academy of Music before teaching herself guitar and Indian harmonium. Carving out her own voice in London as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, she delved back to the folk music that inspired many of her favourite musicians and composers. Olivia Chaney signed to Nonesuch Records in New York, joining idols such as Philip Glass, Joni Mitchell and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. She has since released two full-length solo albums, a collaboration with Kronos Quartet, and a record with The Decemberists, which received a Grammy nomination. Her most recent solo album ‘Shelter’ has been described as 'A big, beautiful new record'– Mojo, a ‘finely wrought piece of work’ (Observer), and ‘a transcendent refuge from the storm.’ (Uncut). Combining her love of baroque harmony, modernist minimalism, and the earthiness of folk, she creates music that is both rapturous and melancholic, nostalgic and contemporary. ‘Her voice holds the purity, tension, dignity and sorrow of a heritage full of songs about lost love and cruel fate. But in her quiet way, she’s radical.’ (New York Times). Olivia is joined by regular collaborator, composer/multi-instrumantalist Jordan Hunt, bringing her moving, eclectic compositions and original interpretations of song.

‘Chaney establishes her own voice from the outset. Rare beauty.’ – The Sunday Times

‘A beautifully haunting meditation on the human condition.’ – Sun ★★★★★

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Exhibition: Prison Arts Foundation
Mar
28
to Apr 12

Exhibition: Prison Arts Foundation

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Presented by Prison Arts Foundation

The Prison Arts Foundation’s Exhibition… showcases an amazing body of multimedia work created by the men and women currently within the Northern Ireland prison system, as well as those on non-custodial community sentences. Along with showcasing the visual arts, the launch evening will be enhanced by the reading of some of the prisoner’swritings developed through the creative writing programme, with music and light refreshments being served.

Established in 1996, The Prison Arts Foundation Charity was founded to work within the Criminal Justice System to assist the rehabilitation and resettlement of (ex)offenders by engaging them in prosocial, artistic activities: music, ceramics / pottery, visual arts and creative writing, which in turn works to reduce re-offending rates and help build safer communities.

The artwork on display will be available for sale to the general public, and all proceeds will be donated to Victims Support and reinvested back into the programme managed by Prison Arts Foundation.

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
Mar
24
10:30 AM10:30

Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session

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FREE EVENT - EVERYONE WELCOME!

Our Super Sundays epitomize everything at The Duncairn that has worked, and their success is all about opening the arts to the community across generations, across cultures, and across the religious and social divide. Re-knitting the very fabric of the community they are well established as one of the best arts and community experiences on Belfast’s cultural calendar. They offer the opportunity to engage with high quality artists and performers over Sunday brunch, with live music, resident DJ, arts and crafts for the kids, good coffee, the resident artist’s shop just across the hall. Super Sundays are a place to meet old friends, meet with the family, bring the kids, or fly solo and see who you get talking to — they’re a fantastic opportunity to meet likeminded souls. So, please do join us on our five-year anniversary. Wake up and smell the coffee, in a good way.

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Brian Finnegan Band
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Brian Finnegan Band

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Brian Finnegan’s mastery of the whistle and flute, and his ability to compose melody entirely unique in resonance and identity, have positioned the Armagh man as a highly regarded, and significant voice in traditional Irish music. Frontman with pioneering bands Flook and Kan, he has also worked with artists as diverse as Cara Dillon, Bebel Gilberto and Ed Sheeran, and for the past decade he’s toured Russia and the Far East alongside Russian Poet Laureate, Boris Grebenshikov. He comes to The Duncairn in March with an electrifying line-up featuring former Kan bandmates, Aidan O’Rourke, Ian Stephenson and Jim Goodwin, with the sensational Sligo songstress Niamh Farrell.

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A-Level Art Clinic
Mar
13
to Mar 27

A-Level Art Clinic

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Wednesday 13th, 20th & 27th February
Free

Facing your A Level Art submission in the New Year?… Perhaps feeling a bit lost, isolated and looking for an opportunity to share, chat, hang out with other students feeling the same way about your creative portfolio? Well this is for you!

We are opening our doors in February to offer all you hard working students an opportunity to hang out with friends from your class and other local schools to share ideas or even break down that proverbial blank wall.

Some local artists and art teachers are kindly offering their time and expertise to assist you with all things arty in an effort to provide what you might feel is some much needed inspiration! Tea/Coffee will be on tap, you just need to turn up and make the space your own for a couple of hours.

To express interest, or tell us your coming, please contact debbie@174trust.org, we would love to see you.

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FIFTY
Mar
8
7:45 PM19:45

FIFTY

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Have you heard about FIFTY at The Duncairn? If not, where have you been? We started piloting them six months ago and they’ve become one of the most exciting projects in the city for anyone involved in the arts. FIFTY is an intimate music event, suitable for a wide spectrum of creativity ranging from spoken word to live music, visual art, photography, and whatever else occurs. With a maximum of 50 guests (to encourage good discussion) we are recreating a small intimate atmosphere where we welcome people with a glass of wine and some food — symbolic of communities breaking bread and creating a bond.

Actively targeting members of the community who have an interest in aspects and issues we are highlighting, we invite them to come along and join in. Discussions are topic-based on issues that impact on us all — underfunding communities, community cohesion and innovation, the environment, political change, homelessness, housing, and mental health are just some of the issues that we openly discuss on these nights. So, if you would like to join us for a glass of wine, some nibbles, some positive music, good company, and great conversation, then get your tickets now. Each FIFTY has sold out very quickly.

Indeed, from February 2019 onwards we will not be announcing who is appearing at our FIFTY events — let us surprise you — we won’t disappoint.

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
Feb
17
10:30 AM10:30

Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session

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FREE EVENT - EVERYONE WELCOME!

Our Super Sundays epitomize everything at The Duncairn that has worked, and their success is all about opening the arts to the community across generations, across cultures, and across the religious and social divide. Re-knitting the very fabric of the community they are well established as one of the best arts and community experiences on Belfast’s cultural calendar. They offer the opportunity to engage with high quality artists and performers over Sunday brunch, with live music, resident DJ, arts and crafts for the kids, good coffee, the resident artist’s shop just across the hall. Super Sundays are a place to meet old friends, meet with the family, bring the kids, or fly solo and see who you get talking to — they’re a fantastic opportunity to meet likeminded souls. So, please do join us on our five-year anniversary. Wake up and smell the coffee, in a good way.

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