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THe 8th annual

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contents ★ Tour of Heaney Country Maria Doyle Kennedy Niamh McGlinchey The Picture of Dorian Gray Robert Newman Geno Washington Zoe Conway and John McIntyre The Strypes Kieran Goss Steve Hughes The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs Wild Thing Paul Durcan Karine Polwart One Rogue Reporter Sean Hughes – Life Becomes Noises Philomena Lynott Hollie Cook & Prince Fatty Keep it Cash Scroobius Pip Christine Tobin – A Thousand Kisses Deep Arlo Guthrie

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Booking Details The easiest way to obtain tickets for ‘Out to Lunch’ is online from www.cqaf.com. You will be able to print your tickets via any computer/printer and there will be no handling charges.

Mailing List The main Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival will take place from May 2-12, 2013. If you would like to add, update or remove your contact details from the Festival mailing list, please e-mail us at mailinglist@cqaf.com

In Person Tickets can be booked through Belfast Welcome Centre, 47 Donegall Place, Belfast (Beside Boots). Tel 028 9024 6609

General Enquiries For any general enquiries relating to the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival or the Out to Lunch Festival, please contact Sean Kelly, CQAF, Unit 8, Northern Whig House, 3 Bridge St., Belfast, BT1 1LU. Tel: 028 9023 2403 E. sean@cqaf.com

Times For afternoon events a hot lunch will be served on entry. Please ensure to arrive no later than 1.00pm. There will be no lunch with shows on Saturdays and Sundays. Disabled Access The Black Box is fully wheelchair accessible. In order to offer you the best possible service we recommend that you notify us at the time of booking of any special requirements or assistance you may need. Guide dogs welcome. Refunds The Festival can only refund money or exchange tickets in the case of a cancelled event. Please note The Black Box is a Licensed venue. Over 18s only permitted for evening events. Under 18s welcome at afternoon events if accompanied by an adult.

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Directions to the Black Box The Black Box is on Hill St. behind Donegall St. and accessed via Talbot St. or Waring St. (close to Nick’s Warehouse and the Duke of York.) Management Committee Chris McCreery (Chair), Will Chamberlain, Adam Turkington, Mark Madden, Caroline Wilson and Michael McLaughlin. Festival Team Sean Kelly, Kathy Young, Joe Nawaz. Programme Design Tonic Design. Website Design Pauric McAnespy.


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contents ★ Lennon v McCartney Tony Law – Maximum Nonsense Tom Paulin Mmoths & Ryan Vai Sigur Ros on Screen Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble Four Men and a Dog Lucy Porter – People Person Opera for Lunch Claudius Aurora The Steve Experiment Kelly Joe Phelps John Shuttleworth Usual Burns The Jim Jones Revue The Once John Murry Out to Lunch: La Grande Soirée Doris Day in Song and on Screen Daughter The Listening Project 25 Exhibition

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Tour of Heaney Country Leaves The John Hewitt Wednesday 2 January, 12 noon (5 hours)

★ Out to Lunch goes West! Enjoy a guided tour of ‘Heaney Country’ in Co. Derry and find out more about the people and places that inspired the area’s most famous son, poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. The tour’s first stop is Laurel Villa in Magherafelt, an awardwinning guesthouse with a unique Seamus Heaney exhibition. The tour then takes you through the villages of Castledawson, Toome and Bellaghy. Along the way discover townlands like Anahorish, retrace the writer’s footsteps along Lagan’s Road as a schoolboy and pass the blacksmith’s shop at the Hillhead, the inspiration for the poem The Forge. Finally, visit The Turfman statue, a life size representation of his most famous poem, Digging.

Tickets: £12.00 to include a light lunch www.cqaf.com

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★ in association with the Real Music Club

Maria Doyle Kennedy The Black Box Wednesday 2 January, 8.00pm

★ Not for nothing has Hot Press described Maria Doyle Kennedy as “the finest voice this country has ever produced.” Sometimes melancholy, other times joyful, always passionate – shot through with a potent soulful impulse. Her new 10-song collection Sing was co-written with husband Kieran Kennedy, and features duets with Damien Rice, Paul Brady and, on the jawdroppingly beautiful Yes We Will, the legendary John Prine. Her most accomplished and accessible work yet, Sing is a celebration of “the power of the voice, the sound a group of people can make when lifting their voices together – the human act of singing”. Touring Sing as much as her and Kieran’s four children will allow, Maria is also contributing to the Uncommon Folk project re-imagining the songs that made America. Again, Doyle Kennedy’s burgeoning status finds her rubbing shoulders with luminaries like Glen Campbell, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Mavis Staples. She belongs in such exalted company.

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Niamh McGlinchey The Black Box Thursday 3 January, 1.00pm

★ Reared in a musical home environment in Gulladuff, Co. Derry, Niamh’s vocal talent was evident from an early age. Moving with ease from mandolin, to tin whistle to guitar, Niamh has played in sessions, fleadhs and feiseanna all over the country. Recently Niamh’s distinctive talent caught the ear of Gerry Anderson who has featured Niamh’s debut CD Rainbow Days regularly in recent months. Audience feedback from the show has been phenomenal. With a repertoire informed by a range of influences including Cara Dillon, Kate Rusby and Alison Krauss, we think you too will be blown away by this major new voice in Irish folk.

Tickets: £6.00 (includes lunch) www.cqaf.com

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★ Wonderland Productions present

The Picture of Dorian Gray The Black Box Thursday 3 January, 7.30pm

★ Set in the decadent world of Victorian London, where the socialite Lord Henry Wotton seduces the beautifully boyish Dorian Gray into a hedonistic life of indulgence, vice and dissipation. Infatuated by Basil Hallward’s portrait, Dorian makes a Faustian pact that he will remain forever young while the picture charts his decline into sin and ultimate self-destruction. The Picture of Dorian Gray moves from drawing room comedy to Gothic horror and is a compelling and hugely entertaining theatrical event with the action happening all around the Black Box tables. “An exquisite adaptation.” The Sunday Times “An invigorating, luxurious piece of drama.” Totally Dublin Tickets: £12.50 (includes complimentary glass of wine and Victorian Canapes)

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Rob Newman The Black Box Friday 4 January, 1.00pm

★ Based on a true story, The Trade Secret is about the first Elizabethans to discover petroleum and coffee in Persia. The heart of the novel is the friendship between servant Nat Bramble and Darius Nouredini, a poet in a wrestler’s body. Together they set off in search of a secret oil well believed to lie under an abandoned Temple of Mithra. But their oil venture lights a trail of fire which will follow Nat all the way back to the Pool of London, where he becomes caught in the crossfire as King James and the City of London’s richest corporation the Levant Company fight for power. The Trade Secret is Robert’s fourth novel. His writing has appeared in the Guardian and in the newsletter of Brazil’s Movement of the Landless (MST). Previous work in the last few years includes Robert Newman’s History Of Oil (DVD) and the BBC4 series History of the World Backwards.

Tickets: £6.00 (includes lunch) www.cqaf.com

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Geno Washington & Yo Yo Blues! The Black Box Friday 4 January, 8.00pm

★ Geno Washington is the UK’s very own, resident Godfather of Soul. Geno enjoys legendary status on the Soul, Blues, R&B and Northern Soul scenes today due to his unsurpassable reputation as a live performer. His magnetic stage presence and his love of performance makes him an inspiration and a joy to behold. Geno’s recession busting, ‘kick ass’, up-tempo, house rockin’, R&B band features members of the legendary Ram Jam Band who join him for a blistering set of Street Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll and down and dirty Blues… And the joints are jumping! Geno’s house party style blues is straight from the heart and always uplifting. Before he became the ‘Godfather of Soul’, Geno was raised on the blues and has released three blues albums in recent years Loose Lips, ChangeYour ThoughtsYou ChangeYour Life and What’s in The Pot? This is no time to be cryin’ in your beer… this is a house rockin’ party!

Tickets: £10.00 www.cqaf.com

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★ In association with An Droichead

ZoË Conway & John McIntyre The Black Box Saturday 5 January, 2.00pm

★ With a seamless blend of fiddle and guitar music, Zoë and John bring to the stage dynamic arrangements of traditional Irish music, compositions and songs, old and new. Drawing on genres such as classical, jazz and world music their performances displays the sheer range of both instrumentalists and also the wonderful versatility of their instruments. This is the Belfast launch of their beautiful new album Go Mairir I bhFad – Long Life to You. Twelve leading Irish composers have been commissioned to each create a piece specifically for Zoë and John, for fiddle and guitar. Liz Carroll, Máirtín O’Connor, Steve Cooney, Frankie Gavin, Andy Irvine, Charlie Lennon, Donal Lunny, Tommy Peoples, Peadar O Riada, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Niall Vallely and Bill Whelan stepped up to the plate and the results are astonishing. Do not miss.

Tickets: £6.00 www.cqaf.com

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★ Strange Victory and Out to Lunch present

The Strypes with The Freedom 35’s + DJs

The Black Box Saturday 5 January, 8.00pm

★ The Strypes are a 4-piece beat group from Cavan who came together out of a shared love for The Beatles, the Blues, British Beat and Skiffle music. With an average age of just 15, the incendiary live shows of these hep cats (who look like a young Beatles but rock it like the Rolling Stones) channel the musical spirit of The Who, Bo Diddley and every mod who ever gave a damn. Recently touted by the NME as one of their Top 5 acts to watch in 2013. The Freedom 35’s are a 4 piece instrumental funk soul band influenced by Hammond groups Booker T And The MG's, James Taylor Quartet and Sugarman 3 to name but three.

Tickets: £8.00 www.cqaf.com

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★ David Hull Promotions presents

Kieran Goss in Conversation and song with

GErry Anderson The Black Box Sunday 6 January, 2.00pm

★ Kieran Goss has long been considered as one of Ireland’s leading songwriters and performers. He will be talking to Gerry Anderson about his life and career, the craft and discipline of songwriting, his approach to live performance and offer insights into what it means to be a musician in an ever changing music industry. “The sense of fun is tremendous, the playing first rate and the songs are sheer quality. The encores were genuine, but only because the man is too.” Irish Times

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★ in association with Infinite Jest

Steve Hughes The Black Box Sunday 6 January, 8.00pm

★ Steve Hughes spent his formative years in Australia as a heavy metal drummer before becoming a hugely acclaimed stand up. Steve’s unique style has led to sell-out shows at the Edinburgh and Melbourne Comedy Festivals and storming sets on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Stand Up For The Week (CH4) & One Night Stand (Dave). Expect intelligent, straight-talking social commentary from one of the most original and thought-provoking comedy performers. A chain-smoking, beer-swilling, plain talking Australian, Steve’s comfortable operating in the realms of such familiar subjects as drugs and sex but his real passion is the topical, political and intellectual – delivered in a frequently provocative manner. “Outstanding. Hughes is gold.” Metro “Hard-edged social commentary at its best.” The Times “Intelligent, provocative, profound. See him while it's still legal” Chortle Tickets: £10.00 www.cqaf.com

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs The Black Box Tuesday 8 January, 1.00pm & 8.00pm

★ MacBooks, iPhones, iPods and iPads have made Apple the most profitable company in the world. For believers, Steve Jobs became a technological messiah and Apple the religion. The bitten apple icon is now instantly recognisable across the world yet how many of us ever stop to think about how these products are made? Where do they come from? Skewiff Theatre Company present The Agony and the Ecstasy Of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey, heralded by many critics as the best original American play of the year.

Lunchtime Show: £6.00 (includes lunch) Evening Show: £7.00 www.cqaf.com

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Wild Thing The Black Box Wednesday 9 January, 1.00pm & 8.00pm

★ In this blistering solo show, join legendary hellraiser Oliver Reed as he knocks back a few drinks and shares his incredible life story. From the boyhood excitement of learning he was a descendant of Peter the Great, through the success of Oliver!, boozy adventures with Keith Moon and disastrous chat show appearances – this was a life well lived. But though Ollie may appear an unstoppable force of nature, this is Malta in 1999, and time is fast running out for the Wild Thing. Rob Crouch brings Reed back to vivid life in this swaggering, brilliant and mesmerising performance.

Lunchtime Show: £6.00 (includes lunch) Evening Show: £8.00 www.cqaf.com

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Paul Durcan The Black Box Thursday 10 January, 1.00pm

★ Paul Durcan’s readings have attained semi-legendary status, both in Ireland and abroad. They sell out fast and are famous for reducing audiences to tears of helpless laughter. Currently enjoying terrific reviews for his latest collection Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being, this reading promises to be a highlight of this year’s Out to Lunch. There are poems of love lost and won, and poems in memory of friends and relatives who have passed on, but there is also joy to be found in the birth of a grandson, and there is praise, too, for the modest heroism of truckers, air traffic controllers and nurses. If for Sartre ‘hell is other people’, for Durcan ‘heaven is other people, especially women’. “It was mesmerising and spellbinding and deeply affecting each poem received in awed silence.” Herald

Lunchtime Show: £6.00 (includes lunch) www.cqaf.com

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Karine Polwart The Black Box Thursday 10 January, 8.00pm

★ With glowing reviews for the evocative lyricism and cinematic musical depth of her new album Traces, songwriter Karine Polwart makes a hugely welcome return to Belfast. Karine draws from folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times. Her talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies, her gift for saying just enough without overstating her case, the range and dynamism of her arrangements, all come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance. She also has the purest and most approachable of singing voices, drawing the listener towards her in the same way one might lean towards a late night tale by the fireside. We invite you to enjoy a night in the company of this rare and fine talent.

Tickets: £10.00 www.cqaf.com

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One Rogue Reporter The Black Box Friday 11 January, 1.00pm

★ Grab the inside scoop as red-top renegade Rich Peppiatt delivers a merciless dissection of his former trade, testing the public’s right to know to its side-splitting extremity… against the tabloid bully boys themselves. Following his sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Rich is bringing his controversial assault on the Street of Shame’s finest to the industry’s heartland – leaving the likes of Kelvin MacKenzie exposed in more ways than one. So come join Rich as he hilariously plots a path to redemption – save one final rampage through Fleet Street’s gutters.

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Sean Hughes life becomes noises The Black Box Friday 11 January, 8.00pm

★ It has been over a year since his father died, and Sean is dealing with his death in a way that only Sean can. Although dealing with the taboo subject of death, it has always been Sean’s willingness to tackle difficult topics head-on, and with humour, that makes him shine. This hilarious yet poignant tale is a beautiful insight into the lighter side of dying and getting older, going to places that comedy rarely goes, highlighting how ridiculous life is and how quickly it can be taken away. “Hugely impressive and intelligent.” Time Out “One of the best stand-ups of his generation.” Telegraph

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★ Philomena Lynott The Black Box Saturday 12 January, 2.00pm

★ It is an extraordinary story. In 1949, at the age of just 18, Philomena Lynott gave birth to her first son, Philip Parris Lynott. She was Irish, Catholic, unmarried and living in Birmingham. And her son was black. Phil Lynott grew up to become one of the most important and influential Irish musicians of all time. He was a songwriter and a poet. And as lead singer with the legendary Thin Lizzy, he had hit records all over the world. However, the dream ended in ruins in 1986 when Philip died as a result of drug addiction. Devastated, Philomena Lynott was plunged into inconsolable grief. In 1995, she wrote My Boy, an astonishingly intimate and moving account of her life with the rock star son she loved. Acclaimed by critics and fans alike, it went to No.1 in the best sellers. But what no one knew at the time, except Philomena, was that there were remarkable secrets which remained untold in that powerful and emotional work. In the new edition of My Boy, Philomena Lynott tells the astounding, true story of Philip Lynott and the brother and sister that he never knew. One of the most heart-breaking and profoundly inspiring books you will ever read.

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Hollie Cook Prince Fatty MC Horseman The Black Box Saturday 12 January, 9.00pm

★ From dubbed out rhythms and classic reggae to tropical pop, Prince Fatty and Hollie Cook take us on a journey back to their roots with Horseman doing MC. Out to Lunch brings you the Prince Fatty Sound System, featuring the main man Fatty at the controls, Hollie Cook singing sweet vocals and MC Horseman dropping lyrics. Their 90-minute set will cover a selection of tracks dub-mixed live on analogue reel-to-reel, from Prince Fatty’s vaults and Hollie Cook’s incredible debut album. Hollie Cook was born and bred in West London in a household dominated by music. She gravitated to the sounds of Marc Bolan, David Bowie and The Cure. With Sex Pistol Paul Cook as her dad, music was a major part of her upbringing. The three together are an incredibly tight unit poised to deliver a true Out to Lunch Festival special.

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Keep it Cash The Black Box Sunday 13 January, 3.00pm

★ Taking you through from the humble gospel beginnings of the Tennessee two, right to the emotional and final American Recordings, this is the Johnny Cash celebration. Keep It Cash fully capture the energy and spirit of the music, in a professionally arranged multi-instrumental stage show with lighting and narrative. During the show you will hear the echoes of blues, black gospel and the spiritual music, that influenced Johnny Cash as a musician and ultimately immortalized him as a cult figure. The band is a genuine labour of love. Seeing them live, you will witness a lifetime of listening, practice and dedication. Keep It Cash formed in 2001, starting performing for fun, in small pubs and back rooms. Since those humble beginnings, the band has developed into the most accomplished celebration of the work of the Man in Black in the world.

Tickets: £10.00 www.cqaf.com

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Scroobius Pip The Black Box Sunday 13 January, 8.00pm

★ At Latitude 2012, Scroobius Pip headlined the spoken word tent on a Saturday night to a crowd of, to his surprise, over 4000 festival goers. All of whom stood in silence during each piece and engaged like a good drunk festival crowd should in between. Following the show Pip decided to embark on a special spoken word tour. Having toured the globe with Dan Le Sac for throbbing electronic accompaniment for the last five years it became clear that it was time to return to his roots for this one off run. Pip is not touring a watered-down version of his live shows. He is touring a completely different beast. A full and engaging 60 minute live show with the intent of taking you on a journey through more than just chin-stroking nods. This tour will coincide with the release of the No Commercial Breaks – Special Edition. A much demanded and finally delivered re-release of Pip’s debut record, of which he only made 1000 copies which all sold out many years ago.

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A Thousand Kisses Deep The Black Box Tuesday 15 January, 1.00pm & 8.00pm

★ BBC Award-winning vocalist Christine Tobin presents two wonderful shows of poetry and song celebrating the spellbinding words and music of Leonard Cohen. Together with long time collaborators Phil Robson (guitar) and Dave Whitford (double bass), this amazing trio take you on a journey through Cohen’s classic repertoire, with a few diversions to admire fellow Canadian songsmiths Joni Mitchell and Rufus Wainwright. “The voice is a killer.” Froots “Sexy, gutsy, bluesy and beautiful.” Lionel Shriver “A jewel of the London Jazz scene, streets ahead of the pack.” The Guardian

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★ in association with Old Flat Top

In Conversation with

Arlo Guthrie The Black Box Wednesday 16 January, 1.00pm

★ Arlo Guthrie has long honoured his father, both in song and in life. In this year long celebration of Woody’s 100th birthday, Arlo is highlighting Woody Guthrie’s immeasurable contributions to the landscape of American folk music. Since childhood, Arlo was amazed by the creative genius of his father and the friends that would drop by: Leadbelly, Brownee McGee, and Cisco Houston to name a few. Not surprisingly, Arlo in turn became a delineative figure for a new generation. He has long paid homage to his dad with his own renditions of Woody’s songs, and Woody’s legacy is well defined in Arlo’s own works: in his humour, his political and social activism, and his undeniable gift for storytelling.

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★ Lennon v McCartney and John Lennon’s Last Day

The Black Box Thursday 17 January, 1.00pm

★ Written and Directed by Stephen Kennedy Lennon v McCartney Since the dawn of time human beings have gathered in pubs and argued about who is greater – John Lennon or Paul McCartney. Finally we have a short play that definitively sorts out the argument once and for all. Well… sort of… Performed by Dylan McDonough and Jonathan Judge. John Lennon’s Last Day The most complete account of John Lennon’s last day that has ever been presented. With the use of a single actor, a simple stage set, some projected images and some very rare audio clips, this piece guides the audience through the strange and tragic events of John Lennon’s last day. Performed by Seamus Brennan.

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★ Out to Lunch and Fireworks and Mash present

Tony Law maximum nonsense The Black Box Thursday 17 January, 8.00pm

★ Edinburgh Comedy Award 2012 Best Show Nominee: Join Tony Law, “the sherpa of stand-up” (Stewart Lee), for some gloriously absurd, loud and ridiculous comedy. Tony is striding out on tour with his five-star, Edinburgh Festival 2012 total sellout show. As seen on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Russell Howard’s Good News and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. Tony won the Amused Moose Laughter Award 2011, the Chortle Breakthrough Award 2012 and was nominated for the most prestigious prize in live comedy, the Edinburgh Comedy Award in August 2012. “Law’s genius for the random makes Salvador Dali look about as abstract as Constable” Metro

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Tom Paulin The Black Box Friday 18 January, 1.00pm

★ Tom Paulin was born in Leeds in 1949 but grew up in Belfast, and was educated at the universities of Hull and Oxford. He has published ten collections of poetry as well as a Selected Poems 1972-1990, major anthologies, versions of Greek drama, and several critical works. His most recent collection of poems Love’s Bonfire (2012) sets poems about early life and marriage alongside minutely registered perceptions of post-settlement Ireland, scanning the look of things - bypasses and bridges, breezeblocks, bothies and bungalows, sheds and warehouses. At the book’s core are delicately inward translations of Paulin’s contemporary, the Palestinian poet Walid Khazendar: versions which resonate with the soundless proximity of other lives, other exiles and destinies, as of an autobiography by other means.

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★ Strange Victory and Out to Lunch present

Mmoths with full live band and AV show

+ special guest

Ryan Vail The Black Box Friday 18 January, 8.00pm

★ A native of Co. Kildare, Mmoths (aka Jack Colleran) has had blogs the world over buzzing with excitement about his fresh and new approach to organically created electronica, resulting in tracks of overwhelming depth, fragility and beauty. Mmoths has had a busy year, getting signed to SQE Music (alongside dubstep mega-giant Rusko), festival dates at Electric Picnic, Eurosonic, Forbidden Fruit and getting shout-outs from Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin and Fourtet. With a new EP Diaries dropping in March alongside remixes for Passion Pit, Interpol, Bon Iver and Villagers, Mmoths look set to skyrocket to the front lines of indie electronica in 2013.

Tickets: £8.00 www.cqaf.com

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★ Out to Lunch and QFT present

Sigur RÓs on Screen The Black Box saturday 19 January, 2.00pm

★ Valtari (2.00pm) Upon the release of their album Valtari, Sigur Rós asked 12 filmmakers to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the album. The idea was to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. Filmmakers included Clare Langan, Melika Bass, and John Cameron Mitchell. The results are breathtaking. Inni (4.00pm) Inni is a follow up to Sigur Rós’ 2007 tour documentary Heima. Where Heima was lush and colorfully expansive, Inni is spare and near-monochromatic in its tunnel vision. Filmed in a manner that invites both intimacy and claustrophobia, Inni eschews audience shots for closeness, depicting how it feels for both band and fan to experience Sigur Rós live.

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The Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble The Black Box Saturday 19 January, 9.00pm

★ Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble is an irresistable 12-piece musical force drawing deep on the influence of the pioneers and modern-day Afrobeat heavyweights. Firmly rooted in Dublin City, and with members from Armenia, Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Italy, Ukraine and of course Nigeria and Ireland, DAE represent a truly multicultural powerhouse of music. With their mesmerising flow of extended grooves, Afrobeat originals and covers, DAE are Ireland’s top Afro-funk merchants.

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★ In association with An Droichead

Four Men and a Dog Black Box Sunday 20 January, 2.00pm

★ One of the most ferocious and exciting Irish super groups on the planet, Four Men and A Dog combine the talents of five of Ireland's most exhilarating musicians. Blending vivacious high energy Irish 'trad' with Southern rock, rap, jazz, blues, bluegrass, polka, country, swing and even salsa, their live shows are a fast and infectious, furious musical force. Four Men and A Dog have headlined top music festivals and sold out stadiums all around the globe. Any time the band hit Belfast, they raise the rafters. Don't miss them! This concert is dedicated to journalist Neil Johnston, a true champion of Irish folk and traditional music who sadly passed away in August.

Tickets: £12.00 www.cqaf.com

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Lucy Porter ‘People Person’ The Black Box Sunday 20 January, 8.00pm

★ Lucy Porter's brand new show is based around a fascinating true story with a stunning twist in the tale. Along the way, the thirtysomething mum of 'Irish twins' (not Jedward thankfully) brings us her hilarious stand up observations. She tackles the big subjects; happiness, home shopping, friendship and the psychological impact of daytime TV's Dom Littlewood. It's a feel-good night of comedy that will appeal to audiences of all ages. Lucy continues to appear regularly on BBC Radio 4 on The Unbelievable Truth and Life: An Idiot’s Guide and has copresented the magazine show What’s So Funny on BBC Radio 4 extra. TV wise she featured heavily on BBC2’s I’m In A Boy Band! I’m In A Girl Band! and I’m a Pop Star! “Fizzing with inventive one-liners and bitchy asides…a treat from start to finish.” The Herald “A terrific performance from a rare talent.”SG Fringe

Tickets: £8.00 www.cqaf.com

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★ opera for lunch (or Sex, subterfuge and snuff!) The Black Box Tuesday 22 January, 1.00pm

★ Anyone who has seen Peter Shaffer’s stage play Amadeus, or the Oscar-winning movie of the same name, will know that behind the refined veneer of 18th century opera lies numerous stories of intrigue, seething jealousy and sabotage. Join NI Opera for a fascinating look at the hidden underbelly of opera. Featuring stunning music by Handel, Mozart, JC Bach and Nicola Porpora, this Out to Lunch concert will take you behind the scenes and into the darker corners of the opera world. Introducing three great young opera talents; Soprano Laura Sheerin from Derry, baritone Aaron O’Hare from Co. Down, and mezzo-soprano Laura Murphy from Wexford are all current members of NI Opera’s Young Artists’ Programme. Mark Chambers, Vocal Facilitator of the programme, will provide the background context, and Gail Evans will accompany the singers. Sex, subterfuge and snuff – the perfect ingredients for a lunchtime concert!

Tickets: £6.00 (includes lunch) www.cqaf.com

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Claudia Aurora The Black Box Tuesday 22 January, 8.00pm

★ With a following to rival flamenco, the haunting melodies of Portuguese fado have always held listeners spellbound; Claudia Aurora is its powerful new voice. Claudia Aurora sings fado – traditional Portuguese folk-blues – like no one else. The singersongwriter's debut album, Silêncio is the first collection of original fado songs to be recorded in the UK since the great Portuguese Fado diva Amália Rodrigues recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1952. Claudia Aurora is a fadista and songwriter from Oporto, Portugal who has been building a reputation as a stunning live performer. Claudia has sung fado at numerous venues in the UK, including the prestigious Kings Place and The Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre) Her shows have been recorded and broadcasted by BBC Radio 3.

Tickets: £8.00 www.cqaf.com

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The Steve Experiment The Black Box Wednesday 23 January, 1.00pm

★ Stephen Catherwood is a Northern Irish based self taught guitarist of 14 years. Inspired by soundtracks, scores and compositions for TV, film and games, Steve’s main influences include Hans Zimmer, Henry Jackman, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Metallica, Cat Stevens and Clutch! Adopting a range of styles including percussive tapping, finger picking and live composition, with the use of a loop station, he quickly made a name for himself on the live circuit and playing on the streets of Belfast. Check out amazing footage of The Steve Experiment on YouTube, most famously, his stunning version of the Game of Thrones theme.

Tickets: £6 (includes lunch) www.cqaf.com

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★ in association with the Real Music Club

Kelly Joe Phelps The Black Box Wednesday 23 January, 8.00pm

★ Kelly Joe Phelps is one of the finest blues singers and guitarists on the planet right now. He’s that rare thing, a musician and singer who makes the complex seem easy, the present a timeless moment of beauty and musical truth. Playing in a style that both evokes the sounds of the ancients and points towards new possibilities for the instrument, Kelly Joe sings with the voice of an old soul, weary with experience, yet excited with all of the prospects that life brings. His new album Brother Sinner and the Whale is a stunning achievement capturing a craftsman at the top of his game. Don’t miss this exceptional musical experience, live and upclose in The Black Box’s intimate surroundings.

Tickets: £10.00 www.cqaf.com

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john shuttleworth Out of our Sheds The Black Box Thursday 24 January, 1.00pm & 8.00pm

★ “A National Institution...the 42nd Best Reason to Love Britain” (Sunday Telegraph) is back on the road after a longish absence. The Perrier nominated Shuttleworth ventures beyond the garden gate to tread the mean streets of the UK. Which is better: city life or country living? Supermarket or village shop? Or is it better to sit in your shed and count the cobwebs? Star of Radio 4’s The Shuttleworths, and TV’s 500 Bus Stops and It’s Nice Up North . “His stand up is second to none, his timing is impeccable, and you can practically warm your hands on his good nature.” The Guardian Guide “Wonderful, wacky, and weird.” Radio Times “Shines like a beacon of humanity.” Evening Standard

Lunchtime Show: £6.00 (includes lunch) Evening Show: £10.00 www.cqaf.com

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Ursula Burns The Black Box Friday 25 January, 1.00pm

★ Ursula Burns, Belfast born singer-songwriter grew up in a musical family and promptly ran away to join the circus in a vain attempt to escape her fate - living as a musician in Northern Ireland. After many years and a few thousand miles walking with a horse-drawn Theatre Company, Horse and Bamboo, she decided to come back home to start a highly regarded career in music. Some more recent writing has taken her in a new direction of musical comedy and, to her surprise, a coveted Irish Musical Comedy Award. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch one of the city’s most engaging, creative and entertaining artists.

Tickets: £6.00 (includes lunch) www.cqaf.com

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★ in association with Red Roof

Jim Jones Revue The Black Box Friday 25 January, 9.00pm

★ Described as sounding like a car crash between Little Richard and The MC5, The Jim Jones Revue were formed in 2007 by Jim Jones and Rupert Orton on a mission to strip rock’n’roll right back to the bone. Now touring the world on the strength of the hugely lauded third album The Savage Heart, the Sunday Times recently called them ‘possibly the most dynamic live band in the world’. The Savage Heart sees the band exploring new musical and lyrical territory, while still harnessing their renowned powerhouse sound. The JJR are here to remind you there's nothing more thrilling than the primal howl of proto-rock‘n’roll. Come and witness the fierce energy of these snake-hipped rockers live at the Black Box in a show guaranteed to be one of the gigs of 2013. “This is no-holds-barred rock n roll in its rudest, most thrilling state” Classic Rock

Tickets: £10.00 www.cqaf.com

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★ in association with Frontier Promotions & The Real Music Club

The Once The Black Box Saturday 26 January, 2.00pm

★ The Once singer Geraldine Hollett has an instrument of rare power; a voice that can still a noisy room and one so expressive she can tell a novel-length story with a few words. Accompanied by Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bouzouki, they create a perfect blend of voice and melody. Sometimes melancholy, sometimes funny, always poignant, The Once sound like nothing else that has ever come from Newfoundland. The band have built a gradual but fervent following with a live show unique in its combination of intimacy and power. They have won several East Coast Music and Canadian Folk Music awards, and the country is slowly waking up to just what an amazing band they are. With Row Upon Row of the People They Know, The Once will take their place amongst Canada’s finest performers. “The first time I heard it (the album), I was floored, the second time elevated, and everytime since entralled!” SignalBlog

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★ Open House festival & Out to Lunch presents

John Murry The Black Box (Green Room) Saturday 26 January, 3.00pm

★ This will be special. Mississippi-born John Murry’s backstory includes 18 months in fundamentalist-run rehab as a teenager, and a subsequent near-death heroin overdose. Such extremes of dark-side experience potently fuel his 2012 solo debut The Graceless Age, hailed by Uncut as an album of almost symphonic emotional turmoil, and by R2 as a genuine American masterpiece. Special guest for today’s show, Danny George Wilson.

Tickets: £9.50/£12 on the door www.cqaf.com

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Out to Lunch la grande SoirÉe The Black Box Saturday 26 January, 8.00pm

★ A low cost, end of the month, end of the festival, no holds barred party night as OTL draws to a close featuring the celebrated LCD Sound system documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, legendary DJ Noel Watson and some special guests. On April 2nd, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. Capture the moment in this emotional and uplifting film.

Tickets: £4.00 www.cqaf.com

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Doris Day in Song and on Screen The Black Box Sunday 27 January, 2.00pm

★ One of America's best-loved entertainers, Doris Day loved, laughed, cried and sang her way across the silver screen for decades winning fans all over the world. Local singer Brigid O’Neill will be singing the songs of Doris that cross musical genres from jazz-influenced swing to romantic ballads. Brigid will be joined on stage by Rod McVey on keyboards and Rod Patterson on double bass. The live interpretations of Doris’s songs will be complemented by clips from some of her most memorable on-screen moments. Best remembered scenes from classics such as Pillow Talk, The Thrill of It All, Calamity Jane, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Love Me or Leave Me, to remind us of how this magical actress moved effortlessly between romantic comedies, thrillers and dramatic performances.

Tickets: £6.00 www.cqaf.com

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Daughter The Black Box Sunday 27 January, 8.00pm

★ If you still haven’t heard of English band, Daughter, you need to get moving, pronto. Their stunning, heart-achingly honest songs and devastating-yet-calm stage presence make them our pick for the best band of Out to Lunch. With just two EPs under their collective belts – HisYoung Heart and The Wild Youth – Daughter have already established a dedicated following, with their last headline show at the 700capacity Assembly Hall in London sold-out well in advance of the event. The trio consists of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella.

Tickets: £8.00 www.cqaf.com

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The Listening Project The Black Box foyer Show times: Noon-2pm Tuesday 8th January - Saturday 12th & Tuesday 15th january - Saturday 19th

★ The Listening Project is an ambitious new partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library. People across the UK have been asked to share an intimate conversation with a close friend or relative, to help build a unique picture of our lives today. The project has covered everything from living with Alzheimer’s to falling in love in the front seat of a Reliant Robin. Now The Listening Project comes to Out To Lunch courtesy of BBC Radio Ulster and a mobile listening booth. If you’re on your way to a show or just want to experience a sublime audio snapshot of what we’ve been talking about locally, here’s your chance. It’s surprising what you hear when you listen.

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★ Champion Sound Music and DSNT present

25 Black Box Café January 3-27

★ 25 is a celebration of dance music in Belfast. It starts with the early tremors of acid house and takes in the pioneering clubs, the DJs, the composers, the game-changers and the many future prospects. 25 will feature a large selection of memorabilia and artwork including flyers, posters and photography from Ruari Drayne. This exhibition is not exhaustive. We know there were many more nights and people who are not covered but there were limits of time and resources. We hope to develop this into a more permanent exhibition over time where more research can be pursued. With thanks to Red Bull Music Academy, Stuart Bailie, Ashlee Dickinson, DSNT, Joe Dougan, Angus Barry, Timmy Stewart, Gawain Morrison, Aaron Heron, Simon Sheldon, Gary McGuigan, Gerard Sheppard, Stan Ferguson, Richie Stubbs, Aaron Eakin, Ruari Drayne and Michael Walsh. Launches Thursday 3 January, 7.00pm – 9.00pm with music from Timmy Stewart and Lyndon Stephens. 91


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DAN DEACON Sunday 10th February - Black Box

VILLAGERS Saturday 16th March - The Empire Music Hall

VERONICA FALLS Saturday 19th April - Voodoo

Tickets available for all shows through Ticketmaster outlets. See www.strangevictory.co.uk for more details.


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The Cookery School is the perfect venue for Christmas parties or if you’re stuck for a Christmas gift idea the Cookery School is perfect; book a class or buy a gift voucher – guaranteed to make the perfect stocking filler! www.belfastcookeryschool.com


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The Real Music Club Special Consensus - 10th January Alana Levandoski - 1st February Declan Sinnott - 7th February Dolly Varden - 9th February Mark Eitzel - 26th February Gretchen Peters - 1st March Eleanor McEvoy - 2nd March Eliza Gilkyson - 23rd May The Paperboys - 5th June

More info & tickets from www.realmusicclub.com


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Black Box is delighted to host Out To Lunch!

The Green Room is open; Mon-Wed 10am - 3pm Thur - Fri 10am - 11pm Sat Noon - 11pm Teas/Coffees/Traybakes onsale

www.blackboxbelfast.com

The Black Box 18-22 Hill Street, Cathedral Quarter Belfast BT1 T: 028 9024 4400

Out To Lunch 2013 Programme  

Out To Lunch 2013 Programme

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