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"DIY LK" Showcase
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

"DIY LK" Showcase

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Presented by Sizeable Bear Promotions

Sizeable Bear presents DIY LK, a Limerick city-based independent music collective helping to grow what is arguably Ireland’s healthiest and most vibrant music scene.  Tonight is a four-act Belfast celebration of what they’ve achieved.  Artists include Hey Rusty - the moniker for West Limerick 12-string indie-folk act John Ahern. Also, the raucous post-punk trio His Father’s Voice, who have been making waves since releasing their EP, Context and Perspective. Emo/post-rock trio Casavettes are the evening’s penultimate act, playing undoubtedly from their brilliant debut album Senselessness, released this year.  And finishing the night is noise-rock outfit Cruiser, who have been performing regularly across Ireland since the 2017 release of their stellar debut self-titled album.

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Slocan Ramblers
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Slocan Ramblers

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A co-promotion with Moving on Music

We’re delighted to host Canada’s Slocan Ramblers again, in partnership with Moving On Music.  If you’re a bluegrass fan and you missed them last year we would strongly recommend this band who are both rooted in tradition and yet fearlessly creative.  Their impeccable musicianship, inventive approach and old-time sensibilities make for a show that hits just about everything.  Indeed they’ve garnered quite a reputation for unforgettable live shows, boasting an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.  This is a band at the very top of their game. “If you’ve grown tired of the same old sounds, here’s a band who reinvents a genre.”  (Bluegrass Unlimited)

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100Club: Lemoncello & Friends w/Anna Mieke
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

100Club: Lemoncello & Friends w/Anna Mieke

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They’re a very special duo, Lemoncello.  Laura Quirke and Claire Kinsella have played The Duncairn on a number of occasions over the past few years, bringing their own specific ingredients with them— a guitar, a cello and two voices.  They’re presently busy working on a follow-up to their beautiful debut EP, Stuck Upon The Staircase, however, as part of our Creative Collective we have commissioned the duo to take over The Duncairn for this full weekend to bring their own specially curated collection of talent to Belfast.  The weekend starts here with the hugely talented Wicklow musician, songwriter and composer, Anna Mieke returning to The Duncairn stage.

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Lemoncello & Sam Amidon
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Lemoncello & Sam Amidon

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Lemoncello were asked: “if you had a bucket list of musicians you want to play with, who would you choose first?”  The immediate and unanimous answer was Sam Amidon.  He’s the US singer-fiddler-banjoist-guitarist who has released six solo albums often consisting of adventurous reworkings of traditional American ballads, hymns and work songs, with contributions from musicians such as composer Nico Muhly and guitarist Bill Frisell.  He has also recorded or performed as a guest artist with musicians such as Bon Iver, Emmylou Harris, and Amidon’s wife Beth Orton. 

Remember, the talent continues tomorrow at the Lemoncello curated Super Sunday, presenting musician and minimalist/ambient composer Gareth Quinn Redmond, and the bohemian-surrealist-dream tinged project, Baby Witch.

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
Nov
10
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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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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Aisling Urwin Trio & Dani
Nov
23
7:30 PM19:30

Aisling Urwin Trio & Dani

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Here is the opportunity to catch two profound contemporary talents. Aisling Urwin is a harper and songwriter from South Kerry who seeks to use her instrument of choice in a way that challenges traditional preconceptions of what the harp should sound like. Looking at Irish traditional music as an ever evolving tradition, she combines the organic sounds of lever harp and natural vocals with rich electronic sounds and textures. Also performing with her trio is singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dani, the recent Artist In Residence at Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. Rooted firmly in the contemporary Irish folk scene, with world music influences, her sound is inspired by the Irish traditional melodies and showbands she was raised with. “Wowing audiences with virtuoso guitar playing and highly individualistic self-penned songs.” Songlines Magazine

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Atlas
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

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Cillian Doheny of Moxie (Guitars) & Cillian King of Notify (Concertina), may have met through the Irish traditional music festival circuit, but they struck up an intense musical friendship through their diverse but similar tastes in music and composition - particularly orchestral, soundtrack and contemporary Irish music.  The collaboration started and in 2016 Atlas released their debut album, Affinity.  From delicate string arrangements reminiscent of Sigur Rós to cascades of sound from the ethereal world of Jon Hopkins, they have added an ingredient that is inherently Irish.  On the night they will be joined by Maria Ryan from Limerick & Lucia MacPartlin from Tipperary on fiddle, with Davie Ryan from Tipperary on drums and Limerick’s Maria O’Connor on cello.


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Skipper's Alley
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Skipper's Alley

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Once described as: “a young Irish ensemble who look like a punk band and sound like The Chieftains,” we at The Duncairn get a real buzz out of Skipper’s Alley.  It’s their contemporary Irish folk with an old-school approach.  And the mix of influences, from folk revival bands like Planxty and The Dubliners, to experimental solo players like Tommie Potts and Séamus Ennis.  And don’t forget that full-fisted grasp of raw, high-octane Irish dance tunes on uilleann pipes, flute, whistles, fiddle and banjo as well as those gritty, passionate renditions of traditional songs.  They’re presently working on a second album, due for release in winter 2019, so this is gearing up to be one hell of a show.

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100 Club: The Duncairn Songbook
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

100 Club: The Duncairn Songbook

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with JOSIE DUNCAN and EMMA LANGFORD, curated by CONOR CALDWELL

A one-off evening of song and music featuring some of our favourite musicians from recent seasons. BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Josie Duncan makes her Duncairn debut alongside RTÉ Emerging Folk Artists of the Year Emma Langford. The Duncairn House Band will provide the backdrop with resident musician Conor Caldwell, Dan Byrne-McCullough, and Matthew Jacobson. The show explores a variety of musical styles from the iconic Irish and Scottish folk music revivals through to contemporary and popular music. Songs are carefully selected to reflect themes of community, development and modern life in Ireland. 

Josie Duncan is a young folk singer from the Isle of Lewis whose crystal clear voice is equally at home in Gaelic, Scots or English. Limerick’s Emma Langford is riding a wave of success with growing tour schedule and frequent collaborations up her sleeve.

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The Music of Woody Guthrie
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

The Music of Woody Guthrie

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Concert in Aid of Huntingdon’s Disease Association of Ireland

This evening celebrates the work of one of the great songwriters of the twentieth century. Guthrie’s music chronicled the Great Depression and took aim at fascism and corporate greed in American society during his life-time. An inspirational figure to millions, he was perhaps the most well-known person in his era to develop Huntingdon’s disease, a rare genetic condition which affects around 1 in 10,000 people. Huntington’s attacks the brain cells, at first causing problems with coordination and memory then later problems with physical movement and communication.There is currently no cure and life expectancy from the onset of symptoms is around 20 years.  The show will also feature the music of the Dublin singer-songwriter Tommy Feeney (Sackville String Band) and a number of high-profile guest artists for an inspiring evening of music and conversation.

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100 Club : Joshua Burnside & Jarlath Henderson
Dec
28
7:30 PM19:30

100 Club : Joshua Burnside & Jarlath Henderson

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Two mighty talents from these shores who will be returning to The Duncairn to share the 100 Club stage for the first time.  Joshua was one of the first artists to blend traditional Irish and Ulster Scots folk sounds whilst weaving elements of world music, experimental rock, pop, Americana and electronica to create a sound that is wholly unique and modern yet firmly rooted in tradition.  Tyrone-born multi-instrumentalist Jarlath Henderson is renowned primarily for his extraordinary prowess on uilleann pipes and whistles.  However, over the years he has proved he is an equally gifted vocalist - his talents having led him to perform and record with artists including The Transatlantic Sessions, Jack Bruce, Lau, Capercaillie, and Michael McGoldrick.

Don’t forget that both Jarlath Henderson and Joshua Burnside will be performing at tomorrow’s Super Sunday session.

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
Dec
29
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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Ímar
Feb
29
7:30 PM19:30

Ímar

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After their success in 2019 Ímar for their only tour of Ireland this year.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners, Glasgow-based five-piece Ímar stand out

from the crowd - by taking things back to basics.

With a line-up featuring members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk and Barrule, and

a heavyweight collective haul of top prizes – including a the 2018 BBC Radio

2 Musician Of The Year, 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the

Year, BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, Young Folk Award, nine All-Ireland and

eight All-Britain titles – the group’s formation embodies a personal

reconnection with its members’ formative years, dating back long before

their recent camaraderie around Glasgow’s justly celebrated session scene.

Adam Brown (bodhrán), Adam Rhodes (bouzouki), Mohsen Amini

(concertina), Ryan Murphy (uilleann pipes) and Tomás Callister (fiddle) share

a strong background in Irish music – although only Murphy actually hails

from Ireland; Rhodes and Callister are from the Isle of Man, whilst Amini is a

Glasgow native, and Brown originally from Suffolk – and it is these

foundations which underpin many of Ímar’s distinctive qualities, in both

instrumentation and material.

The band’s unmistakable synergy centers on the overlapping cultural

heritage between Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. All three places once

shared the same Gaelic language and a similar kinship endures between

their musical traditions.

"energy that’s seemingly bursting to let loose" - The Herald

"exceptional" - The Living Tradition

"Genuinely jaw-dropping collective virtuosity" **** The Scotsman

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
Oct
20
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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 Ryan Young, Jenn Butterworth & Alfi
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Ryan Young, Jenn Butterworth & Alfi

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A co-promotion with Moving on Music

Ryan Young is one of the most exciting fiddle players working today and he returns to The Duncairn in another fine alignment of talent presented in partnership with Moving on Music.  His accolades include an MG Alba Music Award and multiple nominations for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.  Aidan O’Rourke (Lau) has described Young’s musicianship as: “Uniquely graceful and expressive playing…a future star of the Scottish fiddle world.”

Jenn Butterworth has performed on a host of award winning and nominated studio albums, including Kinnaris Quintet’s ‘Free One’, which was long-listed for Scottish Album of the Year in 2019. Kinnaris Quintet was also nominated for Folk Band of the Year at the 2018 Scots Trad Music Awards, and the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Opening the concert will be Appalachian old time and traditional Irish band, Alfi. You might have seen them here before? That fresh young Dublin-based trio with an unusual blend of harp, five-string banjo, low whistle, uilleann pipes and vocals. Also, check out tomorrow’s Creative Collective performance at the Super Sunday where Alfi will be guest curating.

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100 Club : Ye Vagabonds with Guests Brigid Mae Power and Natalya O'Flaherty
Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

100 Club : Ye Vagabonds with Guests Brigid Mae Power and Natalya O'Flaherty

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Brían and Diarmuid are returning, bringing with them Ye Vagabonds’ spellbinding album, The Hare’s Lament, a collection of traditional songs learned from some of the greats of Irish music. From precious archive recordings of a grandfather they never met; from the unique collection of singer Róise na nAmhrán from Arranmore Island in Donegal (their mother’s birthplace) and from contemporaries in the singing communities around Dublin.  It’s a record that might remind listeners of the harmonies and musicianship of Planxty, while musically the brothers are significant players in the current, innovative Irish folk scene, alongside the likes of Lisa O’Neill and Lankum.  On the night Ye Vagabonds will be joined by very special guests, you really don’t want to miss this.

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Lonesome George: FolkLove with Lappalie
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Lonesome George: FolkLove with Lappalie

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Tonight is our next instalment in The Duncairn’s Creative Collective sessions. Forward pushing trad group Lonesome George offer an exciting fusion of traditional tunes and contemporary song-writing that lends a rare immediacy to their sound – best served at a live setting.  Led by song-writing duo Joe Campbell-McArdle and Myles McCormack, they’re joined by Stephen Loughran on flute and Dermot Moynagh on bodhran. This alone guarantees an outstanding live show, but there’s more to add to the mix.  They will be joined on the night by German folk band Lappalie, a group more likely to be found playing on the streets and stages of northern Germany, singing about love, fear, drink and dreams.  Tonight though, we’ll give them a good Duncairn welcome. See you there.   

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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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Scullion & Friends
Oct
3
7:30 PM19:30

Scullion & Friends

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“We have an amazingly diverse musical language on this creative island and many of those strands are woven into Scullion’s musical DNA,” said the band’s Philip King.  And they’re coming to The Duncairn to remind us.  With five albums under their belt, their back catalogue include the anthems, Down In the City, Eyelids into Snow and John the Baptist.  Recent Scullion performances have rapidly sold out, reconfirming their status amongst music lovers. “What Scullion does like nobody else is use lushly-textured sound to stoke up unfamiliar atmospheres and strange moods,” said Luke Clancy of the Irish Times.  Come and see for yourself.

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
Sep
29
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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100 Club: Hatchlings & Emma Langford
Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

100 Club: Hatchlings & Emma Langford

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It’s our inaugural 100 Club, so it has to be a belter!  That’s why we invited our friend Emma Langford back to The Duncairn. On the night she’ll be joined by Hatchlings, a collaborative project of five songwriters and multi-instrumentalists who are pop-conscious, steeped in jazz, but keeping sight of the deeply Irish narratives they portray.  This sound works well with the music of 2018 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award winner Emma Langford, whose voice dances a line between sweetly seductive and defiant as she intricately blends folk, jazz and Irish traditional nuances.

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NI Hospice Fundraising Concert
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

NI Hospice Fundraising Concert

Fundraising Concert for Northern Ireland Hospice. Featuring Anthony Toner, Conor Scott and the Belfast Ukulele Jam.

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Anthony Toner is a singer songwriter based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He’s currently working on Our Lady of the Wind and Rain - his ninth album of original material, and hatching plans for an extensive run of tour dates in the first half of 2019.

Famed for his engaging between-songs patter and his accomplished guitar playing, he is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular live acts, chalking up dozens of live shows a year as a solo acoustic artist, ‘In the Round’ with friends, and also on electric guitar, playing slide blues in the Ronnie Greer Blues Band. In each setting, his command of the instrument and his voice are pressed into service to deliver some of the finest lyrics you’ll hear in contemporary roots music.

He’s been described as ‘James Taylor meets John Prine in a second hand book shop’, and that about captures his style – literate, warm, insightful and connected.

Belfast Ukulele Jam are an energetic, happy-go-lucky ukulele band whose main aim in life is to have fun and infect those around them with the same vibe.
The ukulele collective are definitely crowd pleasers and provide an enjoyable and often immersive experience. They go beyond being merely family friendly and come across as a happy family themselves. With their extensive catalogue of songs they have something for everyone, and are a must see at any festival or night out.
A distinctive vocal range of melodic dulcet tones to powerful heart-wrenching chants accompanied by pulsating guitar rhythms. Belfast singer/songwriter Conor Scott dwells bang centre within the Indie-Pop-Folk-Rock spectrum and most definitely is an act to catch live. Either when standing solo with just an acoustic guitar displaying the emotive release of his balladic infused jams or with full band capturing a complete sonic & visual representation of infectious grooves and transcendental singalongs. With new music recently being released for the first time in 3 years, a mixture of anticipation, excitement and preparedness can be expected.

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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.

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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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Slow Moving Clouds
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Slow Moving Clouds

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A co-promotion with Moving on Music

Having shared the stage with acts such as The National, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Lisa O’Neill, The Duncairn is delighted to welcome back the Irish/Nordic trio, Slow Moving Clouds in a proud co-promotion with Moving On Music.  Creating a minimalist sound world that is rich, darkly atmospheric and brimming with ideas, the trio are willing to explore, while never straying too far from their roots.  However, what sets Slow Moving Clouds apart is their ability to recreate the ethereal and atmospheric intricacies of their studio work in a live setting – and that’s why we are so keen to bring them back.  If you like The Gloaming, Lisa Hannigan or Lau, this one’s for you.

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Navá & Stephen James Smith
Sep
14
7:30 PM19:30

Navá & Stephen James Smith

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Tonight we’ll host two disparate and wholly outstanding talents. Navá returns with their fusion of two ancient musical cultures - Ireland and Persia, with threads of bluegrass, classical and more. In the words of fRoots magazine: “the fusion is real… Navá performs as four musicians accompanying and enhancing and allowing space for each other’s contribution.” They share the night with poet Stephen James Smith, perfectly described by Gerard Smyth: “… a poet whose sympathies lie with the addicted and the convicted, often responding to what he finds on life’s margins… his poems get their charge, as well as their shape and substance, from his use of demotic rhythms, the vividness of his vernacular and his emotional directness…”

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Myles  McCormack
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

Myles McCormack

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Multi- instrumentalist Myles McCormack has become a regular at The Duncairn, so we’re delighted he chose us for his album launch.  You may know him from hosting the trad sessions in Belfast’s Sunflower Public House, or as the brainchild behind anarcho-trad progressives Lonesome George. However, in this solo venture he deviates from the traditional and veers toward his more progressive roots.  While his songs use subtle metaphor to explore issues such as climate change, mental health, corruption and relationships, they are buoyed by finger picked guitar, harmonium, delicate vocals, heavy bodhrán grooves and some experimental analogue electronics.  Also, watch out for those harmonies from indie Irish folk outfit Taobh Eile who’ll be opening on the night.        

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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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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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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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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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