The 17th Annual Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 28 April - 8 May 2016
Foreword Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2016
2016 is obviously a big year for commemorations on this island. So, lest we forget, it was 40 years ago this year when a small group of punk insurrectionists took to the barricades to overthrow the oppressive forces of progressive rock. To mark this momentous anniversary, we have invited John Cooper Clarke to share his lyrical genius with us, we’ve asked Michael Bradley to recall heady and not so heady days with The Undertones. We will rejoice at Shonen Knife channelling The Ramones, pay tribute Joe Strummer and hear tales of life in The Fall with Brix Smith. If punk means breaking with the past and forging something new, then Samuel Beckett, whom we celebrate several times this year, fits the bill. The Zombies broke new ground with their incredible Odessey and Oracle album.
Courtney Pine kicked through the doors of the UK Jazz scene 20 years ago and when he cut ‘The Message’ Grandmaster Flash pretty much invented a new genre. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s studio innovations were decades ahead of their time while The Unthanks take tradition and bend it into new shapes in altogether exhilarating ways. These are just some of this year’s CQAF artists - a festival looking back, looking forward, a festival proudly celebrating the best local creativity. Something to write home about, we think. We hope you agree.
Buying Tickets The easiest way to obrtain tickets for the festival 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. If you haven’t access to a printer, please bring your confirmation number. In Person Tickets can be purchased in person from the box office at the Visit Belfast Centre, 8-10 Donegall Square (opposite the Front of City Hall). Tel. 028 90246609, and at the International Airport from the Visit Belfast desk. Refunds The Festival can only refund money or exchange tickets in the case of a cancelled event. Disabled Access The Festival aims to be as accessible as possible however a small number of venues used have restricted access. Please let us know your requirements when booking tickets. The festival offers 2 for the price of 1 in the case of a disabled attender requiring an assistant to attend an event. Community/School Groups The Festival strives to develop new and first time arts attendee’s. If you would like your school or community group to attend, please contact Kathy Young (email@example.com) to discuss opportunities for your group to attend. Mailing List If you would like to add, update or remove your contact details from the Festival mailing list, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Age Restrictions in Venues Due to licensing laws, CQAF exercises a strict over 18s only policy in any venue that sells alcohol. Golden Ticket Recommended for hardcore festival goers only. We’ve got a limited number of special passes offering access to all events (excluding shows in the MAC). Golden Tickets cost £100 and contribute to the ongoing development of the Festival. 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 90232403 E. email@example.com Festival Team Director: Sean Kelly Administrator: Kathy Young Press/Marketing: Joe Nawaz Production: Louise McElvanna, Barry Hollywood, Connie Bree Programme Design: Tonic Design Website: Pauric McAnespy Management Committee: Chris McCreery (Chair), Noyona Chundur, Ciara Hickey, Caroline Wilson, Adam Turkington
Comedy 4 Theatre 16 Literature 31 Music 37 Sound & Vision 79 Visual Arts 82 Special Events 90 Artist in Residence 94 At A Glance Guide 96
John Shuttleworth The Black Box Thursday 28 April, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com ‘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 ‘Shines like a beacon of humanity.’ EVENING STANDARD
The Black Box is 10! There have been many great gigs over those 10 years but the very first show in the Black Box was by the versatile singer/organist from South Sheffield, Mr John Shuttleworth himself. John Shuttleworth, star of Radio 4’s The Shuttleworths, and TV’s 500 Bus Stops and It’s Nice up North, is returning to Black Box for a big 10th birthday celebration where he promises all the classics from the Shuttleworth catalogue.
The Sony and Perrier Award-nominated Shuttleworth ventures beyond the garden shed to tread the mean streets of Belfast one more time.
Those Who Can’t present
Crystal Mess The Barracks Friday 29 & Saturday 30 April, 8.00pm Tickets £9.00/£7.00 www.cqaf.com
A brand new comedy sketch show cooked up by Rachael McCabe, Dan Leith and Stephen Beggs. Fifteen years after they performed their first show at The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Those Who Can’t are back with a brand new comedy show to celebrate their Crystal Anniversary!
Hard bitten cops Toil & Trouble try to put their sexual tension to one side as they track down the merciless serial killer Sweater Vest; insatiable monarch Henry the Eighth is forced to face his six awful wives on The Jeremy Kyle Show; Morrissey joins The Morris Men; The Inner Children welcome you to the horror that is their 15th anniversary retrospective performance art extravaganza; and just what is the dreadful secret of Captain Corelli’s Mandarin? All this and more awaits you in the company of Northern Ireland’s most attractive comedy troupe!
Roy Walker The Dockers Club Thursday 28 April, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com
Viewers of the recent hit show Real Marigold Express will have learned what we at CQAF have known for a long time – Roy Walker is a gentleman and a scholar. A man for whom we can legitimately use the word legend.
In this special event for CQAF, Roy brings his unique brand of Northern Irish humour right back home to a venue he played many times, the Docker’s Club.
Roy has been a household name from his years presenting Catchphrase right up to the more recent recent Carpark Catchphrase on the Chris Moyles Radio 1 Breakfast Show. Roy has done a lot of TV over the years, but these days he can be found touring major venues and universities around the country and playing to sellout audiences.
In association with NI Science festival
Robert Newman The Black Box Saturday 30 April, 2.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com ‘He is the funniest comedian I have ever seen…a passionate, chaotically brilliant comedian.’ THE SUNDAY TIMES
‘You see that chink of gleaming light in the dark, overcast sky? That’s you that is.’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
One of Britain’s finest comedians – Rob Newman – is back on the road with his brand new show, The Brain Show, in which he takes a sceptical approach to some grand claims made by neuroscience. After volunteering for a brain-imaging experiment meant to locate the part of the brain that lights up when you’re in love, Rob emerges with more questions than answers in his latest acclaimed comedy offering. Can brain scans read our minds? Are we our brains? How can you map the mind? If each brain has more connections than there are atoms in the universe, then how big will a map of the brain have to be?
Seeking answers to these questions, The Brain Show explores everything from the thought-processes of stripy spiders to the neurobiology of romantic love, and from Alan Turing in a fortune-teller’s tent to Isaac Newton having a meltdown at a County Fair.
Craig Campbell: Don’t Look Down McHugh’s Sunday 1 May, 8.00pm £10.00/£8.00 www.cqaf.com ‘Loud, beautifully crafted tales of outsider adventure.’ INDEPENDENT
‘A fantastic yarn weaver, with charming tales of his travels and hugely funny observations.’ TIME OUT ‘Perfectly observed and hilarious storytelling.’ CHORTLE
With Craig Campbell’s record Everest base camp show looming (www.standuponeverest.co.uk) beyond his hip-reshaping operation and a winter of snowboarding comedy shows, the challenge of keeping the wounded Moose’s chin up ensures Don’t Look Down to be his most appropriately titled show yet! This internationally acclaimed comedian is one of stand-ups most charismatic and inventive performers with hilarious tales of globetrotting adventure never failing to impress (one expectant mother laughed so hard her waters broke!).
Craig’s been seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC 1), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC 3) and Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled (Dave) and smashing it live in front of Frankie Boyle on two sell-out tours. In addition to this third solo stand-up tour, Craig regularly performs all over the world from New Zealand to Iceland including such exotic locations as Kazakhstan and Vietnam (proudly Vietnam’s first ever stand-up). Don’t miss this brand new show from Canada’s funniest export!
CQAF & The MAC in association with IBT presents
Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone The MAC Downstairs Tuesday 3 May, 7.45pm Tickets £12.00-£17.00 www.cqaf.com www.themaclive.com ‘Fearless and tender.’ EVENING STANDARD ‘Hilarious, unforgettable, even moving.’ TIMES ‘To say that Kim Noble’s show lingers long in the memory is an understatement.’ INDEPENDENT
Blending performance, comedy and film, Kim Noble tries to get close to other people on this planet. Keith for instance. You maybe. ‘We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.’ ORSON WELLES You’re Not Alone is provocative, moving and darkly comic, chronicling one man’s attempts at connection, friendship and employment at B&Q. Kim Noble takes his audience on a journey through tower blocks, supermarkets and Facebook, seeking an escape from the loneliness of modern society. It is an intimate glimpse into the mind of an eccentric genius.
A performance and video artist, Kim is best known as one half of Perrier Award-winning, BAFTAnominated comedy duo Noble and Silver. He was also starred in TV Shows like The Mighty Boosh, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy and Garth Marenghi’sDarkplace. He currently works at B&Q. Strictly over 18s only: Contains adult content and material that some audience members may find offensive. ID may be required when collecting tickets.
Rob Delaney Festival Marquee Wednesday 4 May, 8.00pm Tickets £17.00/£15.00 www.cqaf.com ‘Like Louis CK and Chris Rock… Delaney’s delivery is fast but brilliantly structured.’ THE GUARDIAN ‘A genius appraiser of modern sexual politics Delaney is a new male icon. Worship his mighty frame.’ SHORTLIST ‘Exquisitely phrased and strikingly candid.’ THE TIMES ‘Sharp and bitingly funny.’ TIME OUT
Star of the hit Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe, Rob Delaney brings his critically acclaimed Meat tour to venues nationwide. Widely regarded as one of America’s most gifted stand-ups, Delaney has also appeared on Have I Got News For You, 8 out of 10 Cats, The Graham Norton Show, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Bad Robots and Would I Lie to You? as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Conan in the US.
His stand-up special Live at the Bowery Ballroom is currently available on Netflix and his book Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage is available from Little Brown UK.
Tina C The MAC Downstairs Sunday 8 May, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com www.themaclive.com ‘The political person’s Barry Humphries.’
‘Christopher Green’s Tina C is one of the great comic creations of the age. A genuinely fine country singer, but with a twist of satire and insight which is rare and to be highly prized.’ STEPHEN FRY
Country music legend Tina C. is in town for a special evening of love, self-empowerment, geo-political musings, damn-fine hollering and the best legs in the business!
2015 saw the long awaited release of the second volume of Tina’s biography, Complete & Utter Country, so expect stories about everyone from Tammy to Taylor, Mother Teresa to Bashar al-Assad, all illustrated with some of the finest country songs ever penned, like If You Can’t Live Without Me (Why Weren’t You Dead When I Met You?).
Richard Herring – Happy Now? The Black Box Sunday 8 May, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com
After years of drifting aimlessly and alone, Richard Herring is now settled down with a wife and a tiny baby. Is he finally happy now? Or does responsibility for the lives of others come with its own terrors? In his twelfth solo stand up show, Richard examines whether we are can ever hope to be or are meant to be truly content. If we were never unhappy would happiness have any meaning? Why do our brains force us to envision the worst possible outcomes even on a day when everything seems fine?
How likely is it that Richard’s baby will be skewered by a stalactite of frozen urine falling from a plane and is it really worth him wasting his time thinking about it? Does being happy mean a comedian loses his edge and true belly laughs only come from depression? How much pressure was there on Happy the dwarf to live up to his name? Is there any system that will guarantee us eternal bliss or should we just embrace the fact that life is a vale of tears and our only option is to laugh in its face?
Broken Bone Bathtub Secret Cathedral Quarter Location Saturday 30 April, Sunday 1 May, 2.00pm & 8.00pm Tickets £6.00 www.cqaf.com
It’s ‘taps off ’ for Broken Bone Bathtub! After a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help, and shares her story, exploring themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity and connection. Shot Glass Theatre is proud to present New Yorker Siobhan O’Loughlin in a (literally) immersive performance that takes place inside a bathtub - for as many audience members as can fit in the room!
The audience lend a hand; not only listening to her tale, but sharing in their experiences, and assisting the cast-clad artist in the actual ritual of taking a bath. Join Siobhan for a funny, moving and thoroughly thought-provoking experience
Me Here, Me by Jane Coyle The Dark Horse Thursday 28 April, 7.30pm Tickets £3.00 www.cqaf.com .
A young woman sits alone in a Paris cafe, watching the life of the street unfolding. Almost every passerby seems to have a story. She has a story too. Is it about to be revealed?
Jane Coyle is an arts journalist and critic. Her play The Suitcase was premiered in the Belfast synagogue during the 2015 Belfast International Arts Festival and won the Belfast Telegraph Audience Award
This monologue was inspired by the plays of Samuel Beckett, as well as by the time the writer has spent in Paris over the years. It will be read by Hannah Coyle, a professional actress from Belfast, who is currently studying at the Cours Florent École de Théâtre in Paris.
The Man In The Woman’s Shoes Written and performed by Mikel Murfi The MAC Upstairs Sunday 1 May, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com www.themaclive.com ‘A physical comedian, blessed with plastic features, and with the vocal range of a ventriloquist, Murfi makes sheep, pigs, dogs, and even bees, come to life.’ IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE
Set in October 1978 - Pope John Paul the First is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has ‘some business’ to do in town. The Man In The Woman’s Shoes follows Pat Farnon as he walks to town and back again. It is a beautifully observed piece, utterly simple and Murfi’s ‘astonishing acting’ has been widely praised. The show is funny, tender and at times downright daft. You might just fall in love with life again.
The show was originally created with Sligo County Council Arts Service and The Hawk’s Well Theatre, as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2012. In 2015 it toured to Manhattan and Philadelphia as well as a sell out, three week run at the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock stage in Dublin. In 2016 it returned to NYC and has just completed a three weeks at the Tricycle Theatre in London.
Shot Glass presents
Primal Squeam! Voodoo, Fountain Street Monday 2 May & Tuesday 3 May, 8.00pm Tickets £5.00 www.cqaf.com ‘Cunningly devised, skilfully delivered and downed like a free shot by tonight’s thirsty drinkers.’ THIN AIR
Primal Squeam! finds Belfast's shiniest and best lubricated theatre company poking a grubby sausage finger at life’s little foibles. Or men, as they’re sometimes known. In The Man who would be Kinky Stewart is a long standing enthusiast for cheap thrills in cheaper binding. Wendy works in a newsagents and has seen it all before. But when Stewart attempts to abscond with a copy of Knave up his jumper, she confronts him with his theft (and the nature of his motivations). The man who would be kinky is rude, crude, food for thought. Everything you might expect from Shot Glass Theatre.
Hey You! Yes, You! Best-selling author of Carbed Wire and Yes You Can: Saucy Adventures in the Tinned Foods Section, Brad Peel-On wants you to rediscover your Master Male Hormone. And that means all of you. And no, it’s not down the back of the sofa. Join Brad as he helps you rediscover your inner animal - without doing your back in.
Flann’s Yer Only Man The Dark Horse Monday 2 May, 8.00pm Tickets £8.00 www.cqaf.com ‘Flanns Yer Only Man, a one-man show by Val O’Donnell, based on the works of Flann O’Brien, was a howl.’ IRISH THEATRE ‘It is an unassuming venue for a theatre but...great theatre and great performances can happen behind any Dublin door.’ THE PUBLIC REVIEWS
Following a very successful presentation of The Great Hunger last year, Bare Bodkin Theatre Co brings Val O' Donnell's hilarious Flann’s Yer Only Man to the Cathedral Quarter for one night only. Hugely entertaining, the play is based on the life and work of Flann O’Brien (1911-1966), widely regarded as Ireland’s finest satirist since Jonathan Swift.
Val O’Donnell re-enacts a wide range of extracts from the humorist’s novels and his celebrated Cruiskeen Lawn column in the Irish Times. These are linked with key biographical events in the writer’s life. Flann’s Yer Only Man was first performed in the Palace Bar, Dublin on the centenary of the writer’s birth.
DocNite The MAC Upstairs Wednesday 4 May, 8.00pm Tickets £12.00 www.cqaf.com www.themaclive.com ‘Enjoyed Oona’s limitless and brutal physicality and the use of language. Humorous, original, visceral magic.’ AUDIENCE MEMBER, 2015
Experience original dance theatre with Oona Doherty. ‘A nervous system shouts in the dark’ Oona has choreographed three thumping pieces. The show has been described by audiences as ‘vanguard of modern dance. Genius. Urban genius capturing the Zeitgiest of urban energy and absurdity of modern existence. Primal’
Programme: Leather Jacket Deluxe 2013: Oona Doherty’s solo. Echo Hunt 2015: A collaboration with Echo Echo Dance Company. Hope Hunt 2014: Solo for Neil Brown. In collaboration with Chris McCorry Sound. Created by Oona Doherty, who is a HATCH artist at the MAC in 2015/16 Starring: Neil Brown, Oona Doherty, Kelly Nicholl, Janie Doherty and Zoe Ramsey Performers
Aisling Ghéar present
Alice Milligan – A Girl of Genius by Susannah McKenna The Black Box Friday 6 May, 1.00pm Tickets £6.00/£5.00 www.cqaf.com
Alice Milligan – journalist, political activist, feminist, human rights campaigner, ‘Cultural Ambasasador’ and theatre pioneer, was an icon of Ireland’s great renaissance of the late 19th Century. Born in 1866, one of 13 children into a middle class Protestant, Unionist family in Co. Tyrone, she attended Methodist College, Belfast and then King’s College, London.
She was hailed as the ‘infant nurse’ of the biggest Irish political movement in the 1920’s, and was a tireless human rights campaigner as well as an organizer of the Irish Language movement in Ulster. This unique one woman show charts the extraordinary life of a remarkable pioneer. Presented in English. Running time 55 minutes.
Second Minute Hour The MAC Upstairs Friday 6 May, 8.00pm Tickets £12.00 www.cqaf.com www.themaclive.com
A fast paced solo session through reliance and need. Feel the room spin and your body shake, your heart race and your muscles ache. Your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth but the want, it bubbles below. So go on, quench your thirst - what harm will it do?
Devised and performed by Paula O’ Reilly. Devised and directed by Patrick J O’ Reilly. Paula O’Reilly is a HATCH artist at the MAC in 2015/16.
In this visceral, physical performance we strive to find out what makes a woman of substance tick. While she strives to remember......Never again.
Gare St Lazare Players present
First Love by Samuel Beckett The MAC Downstairs Friday 6 May, 8.00pm Tickets £12.00 www.cqaf.com www.themaclive.com ‘Supremely funny.’ NEW YORK TIMES ‘The great Irish actor and Beckett interpreter Conor Lovett.’ THE GUARDIAN ‘Funniest man on an Irish Stage.’ BELFAST NEWSLETTER
Celebrating 20 years of their acclaimed stage adaptations of Beckett’s prose, Gare St Lazare return to Belfast with First Love, an early short story by Beckett in which a man recalls an encounter with a woman which he interprets as his ‘first love’. Whether the audience see it the same way is up for grabs.
Director Judy Hegarty Lovett toured Waiting for Godot to the Lyric for the Belfast Festival 2013 and the company are regular visitors to Northern Ireland having recently performed at Coleraine and Bangor. Performed by Conor Lovett, First Love is one of the company’s most successful shows and has toured all around the world.
First Base at The Barracks The Barracks is getting to First Base with a series of first-look theatrical treats. A smorgasbord of queer rehearsed readings, cross-dressed shenanigans and new gay plays. In association with Outburst Queer Arts Festival
Bash: Latterday Plays The Barracks Sunday 1 May, 7.30pm Tickets ÂŁ5.00 www.cqaf.com
Bash: Latterday Plays is Neil LaButeâ€™s collection of three dark one act plays, almost confession-like in their intimacy. Each play is an exploration of the complexities of evil in everyday life, each part updating a different Greek tragedy to modern-day America with the gruesomeness intact. Directed by Rhiann Jeffrey and performed by Michael Patrick and Amanda Doherty, this production is brought to you by Pan Narrans Theatre Company.
Pintsized Productions presents a reading of
The Pass by John Donnelly The Barracks Monday 2 May & Tuesday 3 May, 7.30pm Tickets ÂŁ5.00 www.cqaf.com
Set in a hotel room over a period of years, we follow the story of the ambitious footballer Jason. Jason is first seen as a 17-year-old sharing a room in Bulgaria with his team-mate on the tense evening before a match that will make or break their careers.
Donnellyâ€™s acerbically witty and horribly gripping new play tackles the topical subject of the homophobia that seems to be entrenched in the culture of football. The play is rated 12+ as it contains bad language, sexual content & adult themes. Please bear this in mind when booking.
Shakespeare’s Women The Barracks Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 May, 7.30pm Tickets £5.00 www.cqaf.com
What if Ophelia met Juliet? Would she give her some relationship advice? What if Portia told Cleopatra to wise up? All headstrong, feisty and in the thralls of love, but what can they learn from each other? ‘Shakespeare’s Women’ is a brand new show written by and starring Clare McMahon. This new play sees 2 actresses play over 15 of Shakespeare’s Women.
The original plays shine as we bounce from character to character and scene to scene. Can one woman’s advice stop the other doing something stupid? Would they be happier (and less dead) if they just dumped their men? Shakespeare’s Women is sure to entertain, enlighten and enthral in this 400th year since Shakespeare’s birth. Clare McMahon trained at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. She made her West End debut in The Cripple of Inishmaan and has worked extensively in the UK and Ireland.
To-Build-A-Bear The Barracks Wednesday 4 May & Thurdsay 5 May, 10.00pm Tickets ÂŁ5.00 www.cqaf.com
To-Build-A-Bear is a work in progress of an original musical/cabaret hybrid from The Voice Bear Ross Anderson-Doherty and musician and sonic artist Marty Byrne. Perhaps a witty, insightful and interrogative piece investigating an increasingly commodified queer subculture?
Perhaps a way for Ross to deal with being a big, fat, sexy, hairy bloke in a big gay world? Either way itâ€™s going to be a hoot!
Lavinia The Barracks Friday 6 May, 7.30pm, Sunday 8 May, 2.00pm Tickets ÂŁ5.00 www.cqaf.com
Letâ€™s spin our lovely queer disco ball over the moral fabric of the city revealing its everyday up-to-nogooders in all their vivid glories! Sarah Baxter and Alice Malseed return to Belfast with a work-in-progress sharing of their new show Lavinia.
Turtle by James Johnson The Barracks Saturday 7 May & Sunday 8 May, 5.30pm & 8.00pm Tickets ÂŁ5.00 www.cqaf.com
Punched Canvas return with a tale about three women, two murders and a turtle.
Lily is marrying Aubrey at the weekend, but her alcoholic sister Polly gatecrashes her Hen Do. Why does Polly keep calling her sister Turtle? Will the past she left behind come back to shatter everything?
Red Pill presents
Tony Walsh ‘Longfella’ Sunflower Public House Friday 29 April, 7.30pm Tickets £6.00 www.cqaf.com ‘Some poets can make you laugh, a few can make you cry but only a handful can do both. Tony Walsh is one such poet ‘...taking audiences on a rock ‘n’’ rollercoaster ride from comedy to tragedy, from the deadly serious to the seriously deadly.’ Splitting your sides AND breaking your heart? Be warned - this guy should come with a health warning!’ GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, 2011
Following a standing ovation at his 2012 performance in Belfast, Red Pill Spoken Word is delighted to host Tony Walsh, aka Longfella; ‘one of the UK’s most renowned performance poets.’
Tony will be supported by Red Pill spoken-worders Alice McCullough, Chelley McLear, Colin Hassard and David Braziel.
Based in Manchester and the son of a Cavan man, his trademark mix of intimacy and controversy, comedy and tragedy has been stunning audiences from grassroots poetry gigs to international literature festivals since 2004.
Michael Bradley Teenage Kicks - My Life as an Undertone Oh Yeah Centre Saturday 30 April, 6.00pm Tickets £4.00 www.cqaf.com
Undertones bass player Michael Bradley tells his own story, from inauspicious beginnings as a band of hopeful schoolboys in Derry in Northern Ireland in 1975, to becoming one of the most fondlyremembered UK bands of the post-punk-era, and their final break up in 1983. Michael’s story is a bitter-sweet tale of success against the odds, petty feuding and the realisation that being a pop star is rarely as glamourous as the media makes it out to be. Even the support of the great DJ John Peel, whose all-time favourite song was Teenage Kicks, wasn’t enough to sustain them beyond a five-year career of highs, lows and, occasionally, laughter.
Michael ‘Mickey’ Bradley continues to play bass with the Undertones, who reformed in 1999. He is also a radio producer with BBC Radio Foyle, and presents a two-hour weekly programme on Radio Ulster.
John Cooper Clarke Festival Marquee Tuesday 3 May, 8.00pm Tickets £12.00/£10.00 www.cqaf.com
The Bard of Salford, whose poems have provided the opening soundtrack for some of the biggest bands in the world will be weaving his lyrical magic in this special festival performance. John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original punk poet whose sparse, rapid-fire prose defined the experiences of the working classes on the streets of the UK’s big cities and he became known as one of the leading voices of youth culture.
The vitality of John’s work has seen its inclusion in a variety of different media. Bands such as Arctic Monkeys and Reverend and the Makers cite him as a major influence on their work and his poem Evidently Chickentown featured in an episode of US TV gangster drama The Sopranos.
In his early years John made his name performing to small crowds in the pubs and clubs of Manchester before appearing on the same bill as bands such as The Sex Pistols, Joy Division and Elvis Costello.
Blackstaff Press Book Launch New Poets from the North of Ireland The John Hewitt Thursday 6 May, 6.00pm Admission Free No Booking Required
Join Blackstaff Press and editors Sinead Morrissey and Stephen Connolly to celebrate the launch of New Poets from the North of Ireland, a landmark anthology that brings together the best and brightest of Northern Irelandâ€™s poetic talent.
From prize-winners such as Miriam Gamble and Stephen Sexton to new voices such as Adam Crothers, Padraig Regan and Emma Must, this anthology shows why another generation of poets from Northern Ireland looks set to dominate the world stage for years to come. A night of readings, wine and all things poetic!
Jo Baker McHugh’s Saturday 7 May, 3.00pm Tickets £5.00 www.cqaf.com ‘Jo Baker’s A Country Road, A Tree a reimagining of Samuel Beckett’s Resistance years in Paris - something the great writer rarely spoke about’ IRISH INDEPENDENT
Jo Baker, Sunday Times bestselling author of Longbourn, takes the reader behind the scenes once more with the life and loves of a twentieth century literary icon. Paris, 1939: The pavement rumbles with the footfall of Nazi soldiers marching along the Champs Elysees. A young writer, recently arrived from Ireland to make his mark, smokes one last cigarette with his lover before the city they know is torn apart. Soon, he will put his own life and those of his loved ones in mortal danger by joining the Resistance...
Spies, artists, deprivation, danger and passion: this is a story of life at the edges of human experience, and of how one man came to translate it all into art. Jo Baker was educated at Oxford and Queen’s University, Belfast. She lives in Lancaster with her husband and their two children. Her novel Longbourn is due to be made into a film.
Brix Smith Reading from The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise The Dark Horse Saturday 7 May, 6.00pm Tickets ÂŁ4.00 www.cqaf.com
The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise is the extraordinary story, in her own words, of Brix Smith Start. Best known for her work in The Fall at the time when they were perhaps the most powerful and influential anti-authoritarian postpunk band in the world.
Growing up in the Hollywood Hills in the '60s in a dilapidated pink mansion her life has taken her from luxury to destitution, from the cover of the NME to waitressing in California, via the industrial wasteland of Manchester in the 1980s.
Brix spent ten years in the band before a violent disintegration led to her exit and the end of her marriage with Mark E Smith. But Brix's story is much more than rock 'n' roll highs and lows in one of the most radically dysfunctional bands around.
Too bizarre, extreme and unlikely to exist in the pages of fiction, The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise could only exist in the pages of a memoir.
The Zombies Festival Marquee Thursday 28 April, 8.00pm Tickets £14.00 www.cqaf.com
It’s been a highly productive past 18 months or so for influential band The Zombies. Led by founder members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, there has been a raft of shows across the US, the SXSW festival, Time of The Season sampled by Eminem, a nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and a new studio album.
Still Got That Hunger has all the elements of an enduring rock opera, with sleeve artwork created by Terry Quirk, the original artist of their iconic album Odessey and Oracle, hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine and NME earlier this year as one of the greatest albums of all time.
Originally formed in St Albans back in 1961, the band disbanded in 1967, but since 2004 the reformed line-up have been assisted by songs being used in numerous films, television series and global advertising campaigns. From the hugely popular Mad Men through to last year’s Chanel campaign for Coco Mademoiselle, featuring Kiera Knightley.
Jeffrey Lewis and Los Bolts plus support McHugh’s Thursday 28 April, 8.00PM Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com
Born and raised New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis is a comic book artist and indie-rock musician. Beginning with homemade cassettes in the late 90s, and moving on to touring the world and releasing ‘proper’ albums since 2001. Jeffrey’s newest band incarnation is Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts featuring Mem Pahl on bass and Brent Cole on drums. In between his contemplative folk narratives and bashed-out indie-punk songs Jeffrey is known for including illustrated songs in concert, sometimes covering historical topics (like The History of Communism), or strange flights of fancy (like The Creeping Brain).
Rough Trade Records has just released the seventh Jeffrey Lewis album, Manhattan, widely acclaimed as the best Jeffrey Lewis album to date, and appearing on many best-of-2015 lists; Jeffrey has also selfpublished eleven issues of his comic book series Fuff.
Richmond Fontaine Voodoo, Fountain Street Thursday 28 April, 8.00pm Tickets £12.00/£10.00 www.cqaf.com
Touring as a band for the first time since 2012, The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival is very proud to present the kings of literate rock, Richmond Fontaine, with their astounding new album You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To.
Richmond Fontaine rose to fame in 2004 off the back of their 5th album Post To Wire which went on to sell over 20,000 copies and earned them Album of the Month in UNCUT again happening the following year with The Fitzgerald.
The album sees the band at its best. From the epic A Night in the City to the pared-down, acoustic Three Brothers Roll into Town, to Dan Eccle’s inspired guitar work on Don’t Skip Out on Me, RF again has produced a wealth of beautifully executed story songs, the like of which is rarely matched in today’s musical landscape.
The press snowballed with those and the following three albums which saw the band playing Green Man, Primavera, End of the Road Festivals while building a loyal following over the last 11 years.
In association with Open House Festival
Ryley Walker McHugh’s Friday 29 April, 8.00pm £10.00 www.cqaf.com
Raised on the banks of the Rock River in northern Illinois isn’t a bad place for a musician’s story to start, though Ryley Walker’s career didn’t start to take-off until he moved to Chicago and began playing shows at the age of 17 in 2007. After a reinvention, of sorts, in 2011 and a bike accident in 2012, Walker became much more disciplined to his craft and the seeds for what was to follow would be sewn. A majestic player in the vein of Bert Jansch and Nick Drake, Walker carves beautifully romantic songs out of the scraps of inspiration he finds.
With nods to 70s British folk music and more recent alt-country leanings of his home country, his beautiful 2015 record Primrose Green was an experimental and wonderfully crafted collection that seemed to stem from someone far richer in years than the young troubadour. Musically raw and lyrically affecting, Ryley Walker comes across as some throw-back to a long-forgotten age; a bruised and somewhat battered character but one who comes alive with a guitar in his arms.
The Afro Celt Sound System Festival Marquee Friday 29 April, 8.00pm Tickets ÂŁ14.00 www.cqaf.com
One of world music's top acts, with sales of two million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrate their 20th anniversary with a stunning new album The Source. The band also take their exhilarating live show to another level as evidenced by their rapturous reception at the sell-out Celtic Connections gig in January.
The Source celebrates the African and Asian roots brought to the band by long-term members vocalist and kora player N'Faly KouyatĂŠ and Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi. Along with founder member Simon Emmerson (producer, guitars, cittern), Davy Spillane (uillean pipe, whistles), Ronan Browne (uilleann pipes), Emer Mayock (Uilleann Pipes and Whistle) and Moussa Sissoka (talk drums and djembe). The album also features contributions from a host of other outstanding musicians which together fully demonstrates the eclecticism of the band's music.
In association with Belfast Film Festival
Aidan Moffat Where You’re Meant to Be + Live Performance The Black Box Friday 29 April, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com
Cult pop raconteur Aidan Moffat sets out to explore Scotland’s past by rewriting and touring its oldest songs. But he doesn’t count on running into 79 year old force of nature Sheila Stewart, a travelling balladeer who upturns Moffat’s folk assumptions. He believes the old songs are ripe for updating. She does not.
Falkirk’s bearded bard Aidan Moffat has been dubbed ‘Scotland’s Bukowski’ for his brutally frank, and often hilarious, tales of relationships, drinking and depression. Since the amicable disbanding of Arab Strap in 2006, Aidan has struck out in a number of directions, releasing a spoken word album, producing the boozy jingle for a musical bottle opener and continuing to release electronic music under the L.Pierre alias.
Steve Mason Black Box Saturday 30 April, 9.00pm Tickets £12.00 www.cqaf.com ‘Fans of any of Mason’s earlier projects will find something to love on what is easily the gifted popsmith’s best solo effort to date.’ ALL MUSIC ‘Meet The Humans is not just his best solo release to date, but also arguably the finest album in which he has been involved full stop.’ CLASH MUSIC
Founding member of the legendary Beta Band and all round electronic folk pop visionary, Steve Mason arrives in Belfast with his third, universally adored solo album Meet the Humans in tow.
But whatever Mason turns his musical hand to, there’s always that blissed-out sun-dappled-folklaced-with-old-raver feel that’s remained a constant throughout his remarkable back catalogue. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are floating with Mason.
Following two decades of producing lush melancholic pocket symphonies in a variety of guises, Mason has made perhaps his most accessible (and, yes, contented) collection of songs to date.
David Holmes – God’s Waiting Room The Black Box Green Room Saturday 30 April, 8.00pm Admission Free No booking required
Taking inspiration from a bag full of European films and turning up with a crateful of records he couldn’t play anywhere else, don’t miss this five hour DJ set from legendary Belfast musician, DJ and producer David Holmes – AKA God’s Waiting Room.
In the words of the man himself: ‘No dance floor just a great room that changes from record to record….. that’s what I want to achieve with God’s Waiting Room. Sometimes it’s just great to listen and wonder ‘what the f*** was that!’
Marc Almond Festival Marquee Saturday 30 April, 8.00pm Tickets £18.00 www.cqaf.com
After 30 million record sales worldwide and 35 years in the business, few artists still manage to surprise their fans - but then they don’t have the breathtaking vocals and stage skills of Marc Almond, an icon and influence to a generation of musicians. With an impeccable range, enviable strength and wonderful tone, Marc Almond’s legendary voice still rises far above the rest. Combined with his songwriting skills and dramatic, professional stage presence, he simply has it all.
An artist at the top of his game, in 2015 he released the superb The Velvet Trail to widespread critical acclaim and ended the year winning the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award. Join this eclectic artist for a memorable evening as he performs a mixture of old and new material in the superb atmosphere and acoustics of The Festival Marquee.
Sunglasses After Dark and CQAF proudly present
Guadalupe Plata Voodoo, Fountain Street Saturday 30 April, 9.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com
Make no mistake - the music of Guadalupe Plata derives from the murkiest of depths. Channelling red hot passion for the blues into Hispanic roots, theirs is a sound that lingers in the sunset like a voodoo curse. It is a pounding sound, blending blues, bebop and rockabilly to the Andalusian tradition, which draws from Romany, Sephardic and Moorish strains of music. Lyrically casting spells via a curious mythology centred around dogs, the devil, Christ, rats, black snakes and cats, where all the lovers are Frankie and Johnny.
A band for which convention is a dirty word, it is only right that irregular methods create their distinctive tribal sound. Whether hammering out a rhythm on a handcrafted cigar box, a whisky bottle and old cans of coffee late at night, or combining traditional blues guitar riffs and jazz drumming with an electrified wash tub. Hosted by Sunglasses After Dark, those who gather can expect DJs spinning the rarest, greasiest and wildest records from the roots of 1950’s rock’n’roll before and after the band until late.
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman The John Hewitt Sunday 1 May, 7.30pm Tickets £8.00 www.cqaf.com
The festival is delighted to welcome the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning husband-and-wife duo whose Tomorrow Will Follow Today is ‘folk music for the modern age’ (The Telegraph). Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman first collaborated in the 1990s before taking time out to raise a family and returning in 2012 with the acclaimed album Hidden People.
The comeback continues with their latest offering, and serves as ‘a further reminder of their songwriting skill and range’ (The Guardian). ‘Their new work seems set to not so much propel them back into folk ascendency, but maintain their current high status at the top of the tree in a highly competitive field,’ says Louder Than War. In the intimate environs of the John Hewitt, this has all the hallmarks of a very special CQAF show.
Guy Garvey Festival Marquee Sunday 1 May, 8.00pm Tickets £20.00 www.cqaf.com
This will be a very special show and a rare opportunity to see one of Britain’s great vocalists and songwriters perform in the relatively intimate setting of our Festival Marquee. After 25 years and counting as the singer in Elbow, Guy Garvey is now making a success of a solo career. Guy will be performing from his highly acclaimed solo album Courting The Squall and will be accompanied by musicians from the album, including Pete Jobson of I Am Kloot on guitar, Nathan Sudders of The Whip on bass and Alex Reeves on drums. Elbow’s brass section complete the live line-up.
Live shows earlier this year garnered huge praise and saw the big-hearted baritone move from quintessentially Elbow-like sounds, through R&B and blues to inventive, vivid rhythms inspired by Fela Kuti and Afrobeat.
Shonen Knife plus support Leggy The Black Box Sunday 1 May, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com
Shonen Knife are a ground-breaking all-female Japanese, pop-punk rock trio formed in Osaka in 1981, when Naoko first heard late ‘70’s punk-pop particularly The Ramones. They subsequently toured with Nirvana (on the Nevermind tour), The Breeders and as part of Lollapalooza. They recorded sessions for John Peel and appeared on MTV’s Beavis and Butthead. In recent years they released the critically acclaimed albums Supergroup, Freetime, Osaka Ramones, Poptune and Overdrive and recorded regular BBC6 Music sessions for Marc Riley and Gideon Coe.
2016 will be the bands 35th year of Rock and see them release their 20th studio album. Simply one of the worlds most incredible and happy Rock bands, Naoko shows no signs of slowing down and continues to say: ‘Let’s Rock!’
In association with The Real Music Club
Teddy Thompson with Kelly Jones The Black Box Monday 2 May, 8.00pm Tickets £14.00 www.cqaf.com ‘Glorious country-edged duets that have the easy charm of the Everly Brothers.’ GUARDIAN ‘Sparkling pop gems and sobering country ballads.’ ROLLING STONE
On their debut Cooking Vinyl album, Little Windows, exceptional folk artist Teddy Thompson and American singer Kelly Jones give audiences engaging views of the joys and sorrows of love and the vagaries of the human heart.
After their first London show sold out in eight minutes and their Celtic connections concert in Glasgow had to transfer from a small theatre to the 2,000 capacity Royal Concert Hall, Teddy and Kelly are looking forward to their first national tour together.
Longtime mutual admirers, Teddy and Kelly first sang together at LA’s Club Largo in 2011. The songs that they’ve written since capture complex emotions with simple honesty. You can hear the give and take, the dynamics, the occasional imperfections, the deep human soul of performances.
Birds of Chicago First Presbyterian, Rosemary St. Monday 2 May, 7.30pm Tickets £12.00 www.cqaf.com
Birds of Chicago is the collective centered around Allison Russell and JT Nero. Both artists were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. Nero had found the perfect voice for his rock and roll psalms. The Birds draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new, secular gospel of sorts. Real Midnight, the band’s poignant new Joe Henry produced album, throbs with an urgency that feels quietly seismic.
For these Birds, singing for a room full of new people, hearts wide open, keeps off the cold and chases off the shadows. 2016 will find the band in constant motion - from sea to sea and beyond.
Amanda St John Debut Album Launch ‘Grow’ plus eight-piece band The Black Box Tuesday 3 May, 8.00pm Tickets £8.00 www.cqaf.com
Amanda St John is a soul/r&b/pop singer from Glenariff, Co. Antrim. She is a mainstay on the local radio, festival and gig circuit and has been described as ‘An incredible vocal performer and songwriter’ by BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean.
Amanda is known for her passionate, powerful vocals and engaging stage presence. She is joined tonight by an 8 piece band which is made up of some of the best musicians in NI. It’s sure to be a fun and lively night of celebration!
This is the launch gig for her debut album Grow which includes collaborations with David Lyttle (MOBO nominated Jazz musician) and Jon Tiven (Nashville writer/producer who has worked with BB King, Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones).
Gavin James plus support Craig Gallagher The MAC Downstairs Wednesday 4 May, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com www.themaclive.com
After a hugely successful 2015 which saw Gavin James perform to over 1 million people around the world supporting acts including Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, Gavin James now embarks on his first European headline tour. Gavin started out playing Jimi Hendrix covers at home in the garden shed. Growing in confidence, he began playing Dublin’s pubs virtually 7 nights a week during college, in a marathon of 3-hour shows.
Gavin’s own material started to draw an impassioned following - his first ever single won the Choice Prize for ‘Song Of The Year’ and then came the No 1 Live at Whelans album. A cover of The Magnetic Fields’ The Book Of Love, accelerating Gavin’s word-ofmouth success story becoming a platinum-selling hit around Europe, with upwards of 6 million plays on Spotify.
Ursula Burns The Dangerous Harpist Sunflower Public House Wednesday 4 May, 8.00pm Tickets ÂŁ6.00 www.cqaf.com
Join us for this special festival event as Ursula Burns launches her 5th solo Album The Dangerous Harpist. Recorded and Produced by Northern Irelandâ€™s Rock God of supreme skills Michael Mormecha.
Who knew Burns and Mormecha would produce this rabbit out of a hat in a one week recording session. Come, celebrate and get your copy hot off the press.
A rich lifetime spent touring in circus, flea pits, theatres, and music venues is reflected in the songs dark, light, deep and lovely with a handful of dirt in the mix.
Terry Reid The Black Box Wednesday 4 May, 8.00pm Tickets £15.00 www.cqaf.com ‘A triumph…Terry Reid’s voice has the power to provoke an intense reaction…’ THE TIMES ‘Astonishing by any standards: spine tingles, hair prickles on back of the neck…’ THE INDEPENDENT
Terry Reid, Superlungs as he’s affectionately known, is without doubt one of the greatest rock/soul voices the UK has ever produced. The legend is of turning down the front man’s job with Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, US tours with The Rolling Stones and Cream, UK tours with Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac, The Isle of White Festival in 1969 and Glastonbury in 1970 then soured record deals and leaving Britain for America nearly 40 years ago.
Then there were numerous collaborations with Graham Nash, covers of his songs by Marianne Faithfull, The Hollies, The Raconteurs and Rumer. With the recent re-release of the albums The River, Rogue Waves and Seed of Memory and a new generation of fans, it’s clear that there is an undeniable resurgence in recognition for this outstanding vocalist.
In association with Frontier Promotions
Underhill Rose The John Hewitt Wednesday 4 May, 8.00pm Tickets £6.00 www.cqaf.com ‘One of the most promising rootsy women artists in the Americana scene.’ NO DEPRESSION
Harmonies. Soul-touching lyrics. Underhill Rose has put its talents to work to become synonymous with fresh, beautiful Americana music. With Eleanor playing her distinctive claw-hammer style on a Deering banjo along with harmonica, Molly Rose on guitar and Salley plucking the upright bass, the trio has carved out a place in the roots music scene with songs that run the gamut from heart-wrenching to sassy and playful to thoughtprovoking.
Eleanor’s salty blues-inspired voice and Molly’s soaring range lead the group in tandem with Salley’s country twang to create three-part harmony music that is real and inspired, and rooted in everything life has thrown at Asheville, North Carolina’s preeminent female trinity.
Add In association with Moving on Music
Sam Lee and Friends The Black Box Thursday 5 May, 8.00pm Tickets £12.00/£10.00 www.cqaf.com ‘Lee’s baritone vocals are supple rather than wild, delivering time-honoured tales of love, estrangement and betrayal with engaging intimacy.’ THE OBSERVER
Mercury Prize nominated folk singer Sam Lee has journeyed intrepidly throughout the British Isles and Ireland seeking out and recording ancient songs from the last of the Gypsy travellers. The result is new interpretations of traditional song infused with vital new energy. His latest album Fade In Time goes even further encompassing world-wide traditions, from Japanese court music to Tajikistan wedding marches, all alongside traditional British folksong.
Sam Lee burst onto the music scene in 2012 with his aptly named debut album, Ground of its Own. This startlingly original work garnered instant acclaim, an Album of the Year nomination from the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, 3 x BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations and was awarded Roots Magazine Album of the Year. This promises to be an exceptional night of exciting and evocative folk music
In association with Moving on Music
Courtney Pine feat Zoe Rahman: Song (The Ballad Book) Festival Marquee Thursday 5 May, 8.00pm Tickets £12.00 www.cqaf.com ‘Great songs, intimate solos and Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman sounding tender and true.’ FINANCIAL TIMES ‘Nothing short of breathtaking.’ THE TELEGRAPH ‘Masterly.’ JAZZWISE
The Evening Standard called it ‘a match made in jazz heaven’ – master reed-player Courtney Pine on bass clarinet, accompanied by pianist Zoe Rahman, with beautiful interpretations of timeless ballads. In this intimate duo, they perform a mixture of originals and great songs by Donny Hathaway, Duke Ellington, Chaka Khan and more.
Pine strips everything right back for the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career as he takes to the stage playing bass clarinet accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning Pianist, Zoe Rahman. A vibrant and highly individual pianist/composer, her style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste.
In the Shadows of Steam Feat Hannah Peel, Erland Coopper, Michael Keeney, Tommy McLaughlin 101 Donegall Street Thursday 5 May, 8.00pm Tickets ÂŁ8.00 www.cqaf.com
In the Shadows of Steam is a stunning new collaboration between four acclaimed artists, producers and composers from around the UK. Tracing the lost lines of the railways of Donegal and Northern Ireland, this specially commissioned work draws on the wonder and memories of a time only now visible now by a track through the hills and country.
Michael Keeney is an orchestral arranger, pianist and composer and a recipient of the prestigious BBC Radio3 Composers Award. Tommy McLaughlin is a composer, guitarist, singer and producer. As composer and producer with bands such as Villagers and more recently SOAK, he has produced several No.1 Irish albums.
Hannah Peel is an Irish singer-songwriter, multiinstrumentalist, composer and arranger from Northern Ireland and a recent 2013 Royal Television Society award for best original title music for the show Dates. Erland Cooper is an Orcadian Scottish artist, singer, producer and front man of cult, British band Erland and the Carnival.
In the Shadows of Steam is commissioned by Earagail Arts Festival Management Company Limited in partnership with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Celtic Connections and is supported through Beyond Borders.
Hillbilly Moon Explosion plus support The Sabrejets The Black Box Friday 6 May, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com
The Hillbilly Moon Explosion are a pan European rock’n’roll band fast becoming an online and vinyl phenomenon. The band, led by chanteuse Emanuela Hutter, emerged from the rockabilly scene in their home base of Zurich, a recent retrospective has propelled them gigging across Europe, including TV shows and a tour supporting Jeff Beck climaxing at the legendary Paris Olympia.
The band’s new album studio With Monsters & Gods was released worldwide in March 2016. With Monsters and Gods is The Hillbilly Moon Explosion’s sixth album, and certainly their best. Who knew that rock’n’roll could still be so exhilarating … and musically diverse?
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club plus The Haggis Horns Festival Marquee Friday 6 May, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com
Yes, the legendary actor, host and broadcaster Craig Charles of Red Dwarf, Robot Wars and Coronation Street fame is also one of the UK’s best loved Funk and Soul DJ’s. Playing live every Saturday Night for 3 hours on BBC 6 Music has garnered Craig global support as one of the UK’s foremost Funk and Soul commentators, DJ’s and promoters of new music. With lots of UK festival gigs under his belt and three compilation albums released on Freestyle Records, it doesn’t look like the funk is going to stop anytime soon!
The Haggis Horns are a live funk extravaganza with the virtuosity of trained jazz musicians. Riding the crest of a wave with new album What Comes to Mind, they have been rocking crowds the world over with their distinctive funk sound combining ass-shaking breakbeats, afrobeat, soul and hip-hop.
Ciaran Lavery Special Album Launch Show St George’s Church Friday 6 May, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com
CQAF have been supporting Ciaran’s career for a long time now, appointing him Artist in Residence last year, so we’re very proud to be involved with the launch of his new album, a work that fulfils all the promise we first saw in this most talented of local artists.
With more than 30 million listens on the Spotify, it’s all about momentum and there is a real sense that this time belongs to Lavery, that his star will continue to soar in the ascendant. Don’t miss this show.
The County Antrim native’s second album, Let Bad In, blends Americana and hip-hop influences in a grainy voice with a deep soul impulse over processed beats and sumptuous strings.
Hannah McPhillimy 101 Donegall Street Friday 6 May, 8.00pm Tickets £8.00/£6.00 www.cqaf.com
Since the release of her acclaimed debut E.P Seeing Things in 2013, Hannah McPhillimy has already had a jam-packed and varied career – whether touring America with indie-pop band Go Wolf, or collaborating with novelist Jan Carson - as well as building her own reputation for a ‘quietly captivating’ (Culture NI) live show with appearances at RTE’s Other Voices, SXSW and alongside The Gloaming, SOAK and Foy Vance.
Join us as Hannah launches her new record Wind Machine in the beautiful surroundings of 101 Donegal Street. Hannah will showcase her unique brand of soul-searching, jazz-inflected indie warmth with the help of singer-songwriter Beulah Kim and North Coast swing band the Rhythm Rascals.
Cheeba and Moneyshot Return to the Boom Bap Love and Death Friday 6 May, 10.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com
Turntable tearaways Cheeba & Moneyshot are back on the road with a brand new four deck, big screen, DJ show. Return to the Boom Bap features the pair cutting and scratching classic Rap videos, and blending up the dopest acapellas and instrumentals to live remix some of the heaviest cuts from HipHop’s Golden Era.
Expect; Gangstarr, Black Moon, Nas, Beastie Boys, The Alkaholics, A Tribe Called Quest, Black Star, KRS-1, Biggie Smalls, Pete Rock, Lords of The Underground, Mob Deep, Das EFX, Rakim and many many more…
This club-friendly set has already shared a stage with Mos Def & Africa Bambaataa and will be a sure shot hit with fans of that early ‘90s Yo! MTV Raps flavour.
Of Ladies Lost and Found with Karen Underwood The Black Box Saturday 7 May, 2.00pm Tickets £12.00 www.cqaf.com
Chicago Queen of Soul and all-round force of nature Karen Underwood comes back to the Black Box after the success of her roof-raising Singing Nina. Karen has trawled jazz, blues and soul to find artists whose rise to fame was followed by a fall from grace. Of Ladies Lost and Found is a celebration of love and loss. It offers a concert that celebrates the lives of divas who left the world too soon but whose music lives on in popular culture - Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Dinah Washington, Edith Piaf and Amy Winehouse – all ladies who were lost and found
Of Ladies Lost and Found is a night in concert with the divas that left us too soon. The women whom enjoyed excesses and excellence and whose songs sing a story of love and pain. Directed and arranged by John O’Brien who was the inspiration behind Pagliacci (Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Opera 2012), Orpheus, and Der Vampyr.
Malcolm Holcombe Sunflower Public House Saturday 7 May, 2.00pm Tickets £7.00 www.cqaf.com ‘songs that are at one moment frightening in their intensity, the next tugging your heartstrings’ ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE
‘Renowned for live performances that glow with gospel fervour in a voice that has been described as ‘half howl, half hosanna’ BBC COUNTRY
A live performer like no other; at times Zen-like, at others quite terrifying in his intensity. Once you’ve seen Malcolm Holcombe, you won’t forget him. This time with a brand new album, Another Black Hole and accompanied by long-time friend and accompanist, Jared Tyler on dobro.
While you plan for this important experience, collect Malcolm Holcombe albums… He is cryptic, demanding, polarizing, bold, passionate and free. He’s even more interesting for having made a remarkable journey of recovery and discovery.
If you’ve not seen him in a live setting, this is what you have to do. His presence is spooky and timeless, as one imagines it was like to see Son House or Leadbelly. No emotional stone is left unturned.
The Unthanks St George’s Church Saturday 7 May, 8.00pm Tickets £12.00 www.cqaf.com ‘Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence.’ THE INDEPENDENT ‘Rachel and Becky’s voices are one of the true wonders of 21st-century music’ NME ‘Haunting, original and magnificent.’
The Unthanks celebrated their 10th anniversary at the back end of 2015 and what a 10 years it has been. Among the accolades have been a nominatin for the Mercury Music Prize and being the only British folk representation in The Guardian’s and Uncut’s best albums of last decade. The Unthanks is a family affair for Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, with Rachel married to pianist, producer, arranger and composer, Adrian McNally.
Using the traditional music of the North East of England as source, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons and Tom Waits can be heard in the band’s 8 albums to date, including Mount The Air, released to huge critical acclaim last year.
Danny and the Champions of the World The Black Box Saturday 7 May, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com ‘A gold standard album for UK American.’
‘Rivals Springsteen in its blue-collar brilliance.’ DAILY EXPRESS
‘If there’s a better country soul band in the UK, hats may have to be eaten.’ MOJO
Danny Wilson and his band, Danny & The Champions of the World, spent much of 2015 on the road, playing shows all over the world, the kind of legendary, life-affirming rock and soul revues (with country fringing) that have seduced them a global following.
And to prove it they won the awards for Best Album, Best Artist and Best Song at the February 2016 UK Americana Music Association Awards Ceremony! This is the sort of show that will restore your faith in the power of live music.
Released in May, What Kind of Love has obtained 5 star reviews throughout the national press and music press. Live Danny and The Champs take their music to another level, they are like Springsteen filtered through a stash of Stax 45’s.
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Festival Marquee Saturday 7 May, 8.00pm Tickets £12.50 www.cqaf.com
We are thrilled to welcome seminal reggae producer Lee Scratch Perry to the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival to celebrate the great man’s 80th birthday. Grammy-winning reggae icon Lee 'Scratch' Perry is one of the most important figures in the history of reggae music. As an artist, songwriter, innovator, performer, creator and especially a producer, Perry has been at the forefront of reggae music since the late 50's ska movement. Cited by many as the inventor of dub reggae and the ‘scratch’ turntable effect since used by DJs everywhere. He was also a seminal influence on the works of Bob Marley and shaped the machinery that became his celebrated sound.
Perry’s studio innovations made him such a sought after producer that he influenced not only reggae but also rock, punk, pop and dance music, having collaborated with such icons as The Clash, Junior Murvin and The Beastie Boys. Now back and with his unique sound stylings burning as brightly as ever, get ready and tighten up for one of biggest nights of the year.
In association with Moving on Music
Julia Biel Saturday 7 May, 8.00pm The MAC Upstairs Tickets £12.00 www.cqaf.com www.themaclive.com
Award-winning singer, songwriter, and multiinstrumentalist Julia Biel is blazing a trail on the British music scene with her vocals reminiscent of the greats of jazz’s golden age and poetic yet conversational lyrical style. Her pioneering and self-produced debut album Not Alone received exuberant critical praise on its release in 2005 (and led to a BBC Jazz Award nomination in the ‘Rising Star’ category). Ten years after her debut, she released her long awaited second album, Love Letters and Other Missiles to no less acclaim.
A former Perrier Jazz Vocalist of the Year winner, her credits also include a MOBO nomination, an Urban Music Award nomination and featured guest vocals with the Mercury Prize nominated act Polar Bear on two out of their four albums released to date.
Daniel Champagne Sunflower Public House Sunday 8 May, 2.00pm Tickets £5.00 www.cqaf.com ‘The superb talent of Daniel Champagne can’t be explained by mere words; it must be seen to be believed.’ FASTERLOUDER
‘Champagne has proven that he’s a talent you can’t possibly ignore. His live shows have drawn rapturous responses from all corners’ RHYTHMS MAGAZINE
The festival is delighted to welcome young Australian singer / songwriter and acoustic guitar virtuoso, Daniel Champagne. Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes.
His blistering hot percussive guitar technique, powerful lyrics and melodies and jaw dropping performances are creating legions of followers wherever he goes. Daniel has produced three albums and is preparing for his fourth, to be released later in 2016. Get ready for an amazing show that will leave you captivated.
David Hull Promotions presents
Northern Lights Featuring Ben Glover, Malojian & Matt McGinn The Black Box Sunday 8 May, 3.00pm Tickets £12.00 www.cqaf.com ‘Matt’s latest album, Latter Day Sinner, just keeps getting better with every play.’ RALPH MCLEAN (BBC) ‘I Love your Music’ BOB HARRIS, RADIO 2 (ABOUT MALOJIAN)
‘A must listen’ HOT PRESS (ABOUT BEN’S NEW ALBUM) Songs are written by osmosis, the soaking up of a life’s experience distilled into a conversation with the listener. Three of the North’s finest songwriters take to the stage in a special collaborative tour, weaving together their stories of the highs and lows, the laughter and tears of everyday living.
The Donegal Master Fiddlers The MAC Upstairs Sunday 8 May, 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 www.cqaf.com
The Donegal Master Fiddlers concert is a celebration of the lifetime achievement of two of the county’s greatest living traditional fiddlers – Danny Meehan and Dinny McLaughlin. The concert will provide a rare opportunity to see several generations of leading Donegal fiddlers on stage at the same time. In addition of having a chance to witness the larger than life personalities and distinctive fiddle styles of Danny and Dinny, there will be a host of other Donegal fiddlers who have been influenced by them.
This feast of traditional Irish music will also feature Dinny McLaughlin’s group (Dinny, Clodagh Warnock, Edel Mc Laughlin and Roisin Harrigan)and Fidil featuring Ciarán O’ Maonaigh and Aidan O’Donnell. The opening performance will come from the 12 piece multi-instrumental group Coirm, an emerging, younger generation of musicians drawn from Paul Harrigan’s Ceol na Coille music school.
CQAF and Strange Victory Proudly Present
Grandmaster Flash Festival Marquee Sunday 8 May, 8.00pm Tickets £15.00 www.cqaf.com
DJ Grandmaster Flash and his group the Furious Five were hip-hop’s greatest innovators, transcending the genre’s party-music origins to explore the full scope of its lyrical and sonic horizons. He developed a series of ground-breaking techniques including ‘cutting’ (moving between tracks exactly on the beat), ‘back-spinning’ (manually turning records to repeat brief snippets of sound), and ‘phasing’ (manipulating turntable speeds) – in short, creating the basic vocabulary which DJs continue to follow even today.
We’re absolutely delighted to welcome this legend of Hip-Hop to round of the 17th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in some serious style.
The Comedians Comedy Club The Black Box Sunday 1 May, 2.00pm Tickets £8 www.cqaf.com ‘The CCC’s movies are chaotic, alcohol-fuelled and very funny indeed.’ TIME OUT ‘An unforgettable hour of movie madness’ BROADWAY BABY
Chaotic, alcohol-fuelled and very funny indeed – The Comedians Comedy Club is a sure-fire blockbuster hit if you’re looking for a good laugh.
Created by Eric Lampaert – who appears alongside regulars Will Seaward and Matthew Highton, plus a whole host of their funny friends – these movies are brash, hilarious and nothing like the originals.
In association with Belfast Trades Council
The Divide Black Box Green Room Sunday 1 May, 3.00pm Tickets £3.00 www.cqaf.com
The Divide tells the story of seven individuals striving for a better life in modern day US and UK where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By plotting these tales together, we uncover how every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor. This isn’t based on real life. This is real life.
By weaving these stories with news archive from 1979 to the present day, The Divide creates a lyrical, psychological and tragi-comic picture of how economic division creates social division. It serves as both a call to arms, and a powerful warning. The film is inspired by the critically-acclaimed, best-selling book The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
Wall Street psychologist Alden wants to make it to the top 1%; KFC worker Leah from Richmond, Virginia just wants to make it through the day; Jen in Sacramento, California doesn’t even talk to the neighbours in her upscale gated community – they’ve made it clear to her she isn’t ‘their kind’.
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Tom Waits Big Time Black Box Green Room Monday 2 May, 7.30pm Tickets £4.00 www.cqaf.com
Bringing his unique sense of humour to this bizarre and original piece of moviemaking, Tom Waits’ overthe-top personas, weird alter egos, broken cut-scenes, creepy vaudeville, and outstanding songs from his repertoire are all heavily present.
Filmed after the release of his big three breakthrough albums – Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs and Frank’s Wild Years – the footage comes mostly from the closing two nights (in Los Angeles and San Francisco) of his ‘best ever tour’ in 1987. Big Time is a glimpse of a Tom Waits that we won’t see again.
Life Offa Rude Oh Yeah Centre Friday 6 May, 9.00pm (pre show screening, 7.00pm) Tickets ÂŁ10.00 www.cqaf.com
The Clash formed 40 years ago in May 1976. To mark the occassion Back Entry Productions and CQAF will host Ray Gange, star of the Clash film Rude Boy, being interviewed by Stuart Bailie about his involvement with the band.
After the interview local band ARSE will do a complete set of The Clash songs from the film and the evening will be rounded off with a DJ set by Ray Gange. For those attending the event there will be a free pre-show screening of a fan edit of the Rude Boy film.
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The Death of Orpheus and Other Myths The Black Box 28 April â€“ 28 May Opening Thursday 5 May, 6.00pm
In this new series of experimental screen prints Leo Boyd takes the demolition of the Orpheus Building, a recent occurrence in the mythology of Belfast, and works into it to create a vision of a city where gods, ghosts and robots walk side by side with the cityâ€™s human inhabitants.
Leo Boyd is a screen printer based in the Belfast Print Workshop. His work is a mash-up of styles, from sci-fi b-movies to advertising and propaganda photos. Belfast often features in his work where the city plays as a backdrop to day-glo alien invasions and surreal, dystopic visions.
Wet Plate portraits Matthew Gordon and Jim Maginn John Hewitt 28 April â€“ 28 May
A two person show of contemporary Wet Plate Portraits by Matthew Gordon and Jim Maginn. Wet plate / Collodion technology revolutionised the photographic world in the early 1850s. Much in the same way that digital supplanted film. It was in the ascendency for about 30 years, but was replaced by better technology. The handmade, preindustrial nature of the process means that each plate is prepared exposed and processed all within 20 minutes. Therefore a darkroom has to be on hand.
In the modern era there has been a renaissance. People are eschewing the perfection and mega pixel fixation of digital. The lengthy process and handmade qualities of the wet plates are the very things that make it attractive. Incredibly, more photographs have been taken in the last two minutes than during the entire 19th century.
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Rumpelstiltskin Revisited Arts and Disability Forum 29 April - 10 June Opening: Thursday 28 April, 5-7pm www.adf.ie
The ADF Gallery presents a solo exhibition of large scale knitted paintings by Jacqueline Wylie. An Arts Council ACES grant recipient for 2016, Jacqueline is a visual artist using wool, photography, video, text, and social media to make work. The work is tactile and inviting but often visually disturbing. It offers a reflection of how the artist views the world - in a dyslexic, dancing blur.
Originally from Moygashel, Jacqueline has worked as an archaeologist and then as a visual artist based in Manchester, returning to Northern Ireland in 2012 for PhD research at the University of Ulster. This show will include participation opportunities.
Real Life Experience PS2 25 April – 14 May Opening hours: Wed-Fri1-5pm, Sat 11am-3pm
This film/documentary, slice of life and art allows us an insight into the world of Adrianne and Michael.
With artists Hugh O’Donnell and Yvonne Kennan, we journey to their home, play drums and have a train trip with a difference.
They share their hobbies, likes, dislikes and the challenges they encounter as a Transgender couple with Asperger’s in Northern Ireland.
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Lexington Eternal [Installation / Composition / Performance] Venue TBC - See website for details Friday 6 May, 8.00pm
Feat Bill Drummond (Artist), Paul Sullivan (Artist / Architect / PRODUCT), Ade Blackburn / John Hartley (CLINIC / Higher Authority), Sam Wiehl (Artist / Video / PRODUCT). Catalyst Arts has commissioned an immersive, audio-visual installation by Lexington External, a collective formed through previous residencies at Cushendall, Co. Antrim.
While at the ‘Curfew Tower’ a series of boxes concealed in an overhead storage space containing records and notebooks belonging to Bill Drummond were excavated and a subsequent video of Drummond discussing why he edited the record collection down into twelve sets of 7” records starting with Cinnamon Cinder by The Pastel Six, 1963 and ending with 3am Eternal by the KLF, 1992 was recorded by Paul Sullivan of Static. Lexington External is part gig, part architecture installation, part audio-visual drone, part merchandise stall and part site-specific response to each new location on the tour.
Late Night Art Walking Tour Departs St Anne’s Cathedral Thursday 5 May, 6.30pm Tickets £5.00 www.cqaf.com
Join one of our professional artists on a fully guided and entertaining tour of the art scene in and around the Cathedral Quarter. Visit exhibitions, galleries, workshops, artists’ studios and meet the artists themselves. Learn a little of the history of the area, explore the public art and the ever changing street art that makes this area so vibrant.
Tour departs from outside St Annes Cathedral Donegal Street at 6.30pm and finishes at 8.45pm.
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Late Night Art Film Beanbag Cinema Thursday 6 May, 7.00pm-9.00pm No booking required
Opening the vast NI Screen Digital Film Archive, this special film event will be screened as part of Late Night Art. The archive includes home movies, interviews, documentaries and locally produced films digitised as part of the BFIâ€™s Britain On Film project. A great opportunity to see some rare films, this varied programme will feature archive shorts made by and about Northern Irelandâ€™s arts community.
This screening is programmed by Rose Baker as part of the Late Night Art Film series. Screenings will take place between 7-9pm, listings available at facebook.com/nightartfilm
Monochrome Cathedral Studios, 64 Donegall Street Thursday 5 May, 7.00pm-9.00pm
Cathedral Studios is based on Donegall Street, Belfast. Formed in 2003 by six newly graduated artists the group has been supporting artists with studio space and facilities ever since. Since its inception the organisation has housed many members specialising in a wide range of disciplines.
The current members work across a range of media including painting, drawing, design, installation and sound. For Late Night Art, the studio will present work responding to the theme â€˜monochrome.â€™ John Macormac will create a live drum performance on the night using both electronic and acoustic drums to draw with sound. The performance will take place at 8.30pm, all welcome!
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Vegstock! Monday 2 May, 1.00pm – 8.00pm Festival Marquee Tickets: Adults £4.00 Under 12s £2.00 www.cqaf.com
To mark Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival has cooked up something a little special. Vegstock is Ireland’s first meat-free, one-day festival of high quality food, drink and music! Enjoy a range of amazing locally-sourced products, including cheeses, yoghurts, breads, oils, hot sauces, ice creams, beers and gin. We've also (ahem) beefed up proceedings with a full line-up of top live music from the festival stage (see www.cqaf.com for acts and timings).
Come join us at Vegstock and soak up the atmosphere, explore the exciting array of stalls and enjoy some of the finest locally sourced food and musical produce. PS. Book early to avoid the squash. Sorry - we couldn't resist.
A Cultural Exploration of 1932 through Song and Music The Linenhall Library Tuesday 3 May, 5.30pm Admission Free No Booking Required
An evening will include a talk by John Gray (Historian and former Librarian, Linen Hall Library) on Thomas Carnduff, the Protestant shipyard worker and playwright, who as an unemployed in the 30s wrote Songs of an Out of Work and the life and work of the poet, Robert Atkinson.
The evening will include readings and song from the era, performed by Alice McCullough (Poet) and Maurice Leyden (Singer/Songwriter) Presented by Green Shoot Productions as part of a series â€“ 1932: The Forgotten Year.
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The Makey Makey Mob Free Under 5â€™s Art Project Golden Thread Gallery Saturdays during the festival, 12noon - 1pm Admission Free
Suitable for any child under 5* and their parents or guardians. Wakey Wakey! with the Makey Makey Mob â€“ the perfect opportunity to spend a creative hour with your toddler, meet new people and look at some of the exhibitions in the Gallery as well. Saturdays: 12 noon to 1pm
We welcome children with or without disabilities, parents and guardians to our child friendly, accessible venue. Baby changing facilities are available. If your child has any special requirements or would require support to participate, or if you have any other queries, please contact us.
Places are limited so please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Please note that Makey Makey Mob is usually oversubscribed.
Free Tea, coffee & toddler snacks provided and no experience necessary!
*If you have a child who has any additional requirements and is over the age of 5 please give us a call on 028 90330920 and we can have a chat.
Community Arts Partnership presents
They’ll Never Forget How You Made Them Feel! A Poetry Workshop With Tony Walsh Community Arts Partnership, 3-5 Commercial Court Saturday 30 April, 1.00pm £10.00 booking essential
Tony Walsh, aka Longfella, is one of the UK’s most renowned spoken word poets. ‘He is the real deal!’ Benjamin Zephaniah.
A skilled writer, a spine-tingling performer and an acclaimed educator, don’t miss this opportunity to share some of Tony’s hard won insights into how to make your poems and performances more... hole filling, soul thrilling, jaw dropping, war stopping, tub thumping, blood pumping, life changing, wide ranging, fist shaking, risk taking, worth waiting and earth quaking. Because, as Maya Angelou famously said: ‘...people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’
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Jealous of the Birds Artist in Residence
Jealous of the Birds is the solo project of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Naomi Hamilton. Her debut album Parma Violets, released in April, matches introspective indie-folk with fiery post-punk.
Hailing from County Armagh, Naomi quietly unleashed her debut EP Capricorn in March 2015, where her wonderfully understated bedroom indiefolk has won her an ever-growing legion of support.
Beautifully crafted songs have been given contrasting arrangements, veering from strippeddown acoustic guitar to full-band anthems, all overlaid by Naomiâ€™s compelling layered vocals. Equal parts light and shade, the songs are poignant and vulnerable, bursting with honesty and raw passion.
Parma Violets is a startlingly realised offering, poignant and beguiling, the album has a lo-fi organic integrity that is utterly bewitching. Recalling Girlpool, Karen Dalton, Cat Power, Laura Marling and even The Moldy Peaches at times. Describing her music she has said; â€˜My only hope is that the songs sound like a real friend talking.â€™
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At A Glance Guide Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2016
Thursday 28 April Me Here, Me 7.30pm The Dark Horse p17
John Shuttleworth 8.00pm The Black Box p4
Jeffrey Lewis 8.00pm McHugh’s p38
The Zombies 8.00pm Festival Marquee p37
Richmond Fontaine 8.00pm Voodoo p39
Roy Walker 8.00pm The Dockers Club p7
Crystal Mess 7.30pm The Barracks p6
Afro Celt Sound System 8.00pm Festival Marquee p41
Aidan Moffat + Screening 8.00pm The Black Box p41
Red Pill feat Tony Wash 7.30pm The Sunflower p31
Ryley Walker 8.00pm McHughs p40
Friday 29 April
Saturday 30 April Poetry Workshop 1.00pm Comm Arts P’ship p93
Michael Bradley 6.00pm Oh Yeah Centre p32
Steve Mason 8.00pm The Black Box p43
Broken Bone Bathtub 2.00pm, 8.00pm Secret Location p16
Crystal Mess 7.30pm The Barracks p6
Guadalupe Plata 8.00pm Voodoo p46
Rob Newman 2.00pm The Black Box p8
Marc Almond 8.00pm Festival Marquee p45
David Holmes 9.00pm The Green Room p44
Comedian’s Cinema Club 2.00pm The Black Box p78
Bash: Latterday Plays 7.30pm The Barracks p25
Guy Garvey 8.00pm Festival Marquee p48
Broken Bone Bathtub Secret Location 2.00pm, 8.00pm p16
K Roberts & S Lakeman 7.30pm The John Hewitt p47
Craig Campbell 8.00pm McHughs p10
The Divide 3.00pm B B Green Room p79
Shonen Knife 8.00pm The Black Box p50
Man in Woman’s Shoes 8.00pm The Mac Upstairs p18
Sunday 1 May
Monday 2 May Veg Stock 1.00pm – 8.00pm Festival Marquee p90
Birds of Chicago 7.300pm 1st P’terian Church p52
Teddy Thompson 8.00pm The Black Box p51
The Pass (Pintsized) 7.30pm The Barracks p26
Big Time (Tom Waits film) 7.30pm BB Green Room p80
Primal Squeam 8.00pm Voodoo p19
1932: In Song and Music 5.30pm The Linenhall Library p91
John Cooper Clarke 8.00pm Festival Marquee p33
Flann’s Yer Only Man 8.00pm The Dark Horse p20
The Pass (Pintsized) 7.30pm The Barracks p26
Amanda St John 8.00pm The Black Box p53
Kim Noble 8.00pm The MAC p11
Shakepeare’s Women 7.30pm The Barracks p27
Terry Reid 8.00pm The Black Box p56
Underhill Rose 8.00pm The John Hewitt p57
DocNight 8.00pm The Mac Upstairs p21
Rob Delaney 8.00pm Festival Marquee p12
Gavin James 8.00pm The Mac p54
Ursula Burns 8.00pm The Sunflower p55
To-Build-A-Bear 10.00pm The Barracks p28
Blackstaff Poetry Launch 6.00pm The John Hewitt p34
Monochrome 7.00pm – 9.00pm Cathedral Studios p89
Sam Lee 8.00pm The Black Box p58
Late Night Art 6.30pm St. Anne’s Cathedral p87
Shakespeare’s Women 7.30pm The Barracks p27
In the Shadow of Steam 8.00pm 101 Donegall St p60
Late Night Film 7.00pm – 9.00pm Beanbag Cinema p88
Courtney Pine 8.00pm Festival Marquee p59
To-Build-A-Bear 10.00pm The Barracks p28
Alice Milligan 1.00pm The Black Box p22
Craig Charles/H Horns 8.00pm Festival Marquee p62
Ciaran Lavery 8.00pm St George’s Church p63
Lavinia 7.30pm The Barracks, p29
Hillbilly Moon Explosion 8.00pm The Black Box p61
Hannah McPhillimy 8.00pm 101 Donegall St p64
Tuesday 3 May Primal Squeam 8.00pm Voodoo p19
Wednesday 4 May
Thursday 5 May
Friday 6 May First Love 8.00pm The MAC Downstairs p24
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Friday 6 May - cont Second Minute Hour 8.00pm The Mac Upstairs p23
DJ’s Cheeba & Moneyshot 10.00pm Love and Death p65
Life Offa Rude 9.00pm (film 7.00pm) Oh Yeah Centre p81 Saturday 7 May Under 5’s art project 11.00pm - 2.00pm Golden Thread Gallery p92
Turtle 5.30pm/8.00pm The Barracks p30
Le Scratch Perry 8.00pm Festival Marquee p70
Of Ladies Lost and Found 2.00pm The Black Box p66
Brix Smith reading 6.00pm The Dark Horse p36
Danny and the Champs 8.00pm The Black Box p69
Malcolm Holcombe 2.00pm The Sunflower p67
Julia Biel 8.00pm The Mac Upstairs p72
Jo Baker 3.00pm McHughs p35
The Unthanks 8.00pm St George’s Church p68
Sunday 8 May Daniel Champagne 2.00pm The Sunflower p73 Lavinia 2.00pm The Barracks p29 Northern Lights 3.00pm The Black Box p74 Turtle 5.30pm/8.00pm The Barracks p30 Tina C 8.00pm The Mac p13 Donegall Master Fiddlers 8.00pm The Mac Upstairs p75 100 CQAF2016
Richard Herring 8.00pm The Black Box p14
Grandmaster Flash 8.00pm Festival Marquee p76
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Belfast's most vibrant arts festival returns from 28 April - 8 May with 150 events in over 30 venues across the city's historic Cathedral Qu...