Just the tonic for a Friday afternoon in January, to open this year’s Out to Lunch, we’re delighted to present Karen Rush and Tricia Murphy – Lust in Music.
Featuring two of NI’s finest vocalists, Lust in Music will bring the ‘Good Times’ to the Black Box with a set of the finest disco, funk and soul to come out of the 70’s and 80’s.
LiM wonderfully re-create the look and feel of the roller disco era with an irresistible dance-floor filling playlist.
If that wasn’t enough, star of stage and screen, Mr Terri Hooley will don his parallel trousers and provide some suitably eclectic classics from the era. Yowsa, yowsa, yowsa.
Doors 12.45pm | Unreserved Seating
Combining the finest West African musicians on the planet with one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 20th Century, the London Astrobeat Orchestra will bring their unique interpretation of the music of Talking Heads to Out to Lunch.
London Astrobeat Orchestra have become renowned for their uplifting performances of songs from the iconic Talking Heads movie, Stop Making Sense.
Focusing on cult classic albums Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues, London Astrobeat Orchestra are a funky, rhythmic, and earth-shatteringly tight live band.
Considering the afrobeat vibes that run through all the best Talking Heads albums, it makes total sense that this collective from West Africa, Europe and beyond should offer this unique, razor sharp take on the finest of Mr David Byrne & Co’s timeless compositions. We couldn’t be more excited for this Friday night OTL special.
Doors 8.00pm | Limited Unreserved Seating
Sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin, collectively known as The Henry Girls, make music that will give you goosebumps. The harmonising, lilting, melting voices imbue their music with overwhelming romanticism, although the very classic and traditional folk sound is given an edge with Americana, bluegrass and blues sounds.
Recent album Far Beyond the Stars has won massive praise, not least for the sister’s knack of creating authentic original material rich in traditional values. Their tight three-part harmonies are matched by soulful musicianship across a range of instruments including harp, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, piano and a few more in-between.
In our view there are few better ways to spend a Saturday afternoon.
King Kong Company have “21st century swagger” (Irish Times) are “festival legends in the making” (Irish Examiner) and are “the best live act in Ireland today” (Pure M Awards).
Described as a “dubbed up Prodigy, a reggae-d up Chemical Brothers or a danced-up LCD Soundsystem” King Kong Company are most likely better summed up as a band that sound like a DJ playing at a party you wish would never end.
That ‘festival legends in the making’ comment comes from a series of mind melting performances at Irish & UK festivals in the last year.
There were 10,000 revellers screaming their hearts and lungs out at King Kong Company’s Electric Picnic mid-afternoon rave. There was the gig that set Townlands ablaze (literally) and what about that 2am slot at Body & Soul? If you can remember that, were you really there?
This is the band that have their own Buckfast infused beer named ‘Commotion Lotion’, who played a private gig at Aras An Uachtarain and asked the President of Ireland if he was ‘getting anything off that’, who took their award winning show on a 15 date tour of the UK and Ireland and where, on the final date at The Academy, having had the sold out audience eating out of their hands, there was a marriage proposal.
You don’t know what you’ll get at a King Kong Company gig. King Kong Company in 2019; new show, new tracks, same crazy.
Doors 8:30pm | Unreserved Seating
A man. A guitar. And a song.It sounds simple, doesn’t it? And it is.
Scott Matthews’ new record, The Great Untold, is a career-defining masterpiece. The sixth studio album by the Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter is the one that many have craved: it is a masterclass in honesty, instinct and reflection.
The ghosts of Paul Simon, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake and John Martyn loom large on a collection that ranks alongside work by some of the world’s great singer-songwriters. On his sixth record, Matthews has created songs that are breathtaking in their beauty and audacious in their simplicity.
There is no orchestration, no layered instrumentation, just, for the most part, sparse, minimal piano and acoustic guitar accompaniment and that glorious grainy, otherworldly falsetto.
Matthews has tested himself as a songwriter. The absence of a band means he is vulnerable and exposed. But, in many ways, it was ever thus. He started as a soloist and is ready to fly alone.
Doors 7.45pm | Unreserved Seating
Well Hello Gorgeous – don’t let the January blues Rain On Your Parade – Lady Portia Di’Monte, Northern Ireland’s First Lady of Drag and a very Funny Girl Brings you The Queen Bee of Broadway Barbra Streisand, with Brunch and lots of #HIJINKS from the from the sliver and small screen along with Fun and Games.
Join Lady P and special guest act The Queen of Camp Miss Onya Becks. It may only be an hour of high camp, musical mayhem but you’ll want it to last All Night Long. You’d be Nuts to miss it so get booking and say Hello Dolly to the Girls!
A Lady P and Me Production.
A film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music, Trojan Records.
Combining archive footage, interview and drama, Rudeboy tells the story of the label by placing it at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and dancefloors of late 60s and early 70s Britain, as immigration and innovation transformed popular music and culture.
A cast of legendary artists including Lee “Scratch” Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths, Dave Barker, Dandy Livingstone, Lloyd Coxsone, Pauline Black, Derrick Morgan and more bring the sounds, stars and stories to life.
Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium.
From DJing at The Roxy to filming promos for The Clash and Public Image Limited, Don is credited with bringing punk and reggae audiences together for the first time.
Renowned for his Reggae DJ sets and much loved weekly BBC 6Music Radio show, Don was the founder member of Big Audio Dynamite. His film direction credits include Clash on Broadway, Punk in London and Westway to the World (The Story of The Clash).
Don currently presents a weekly radio show on BBC 6 Music called Culture Clash Radio and still DJs nationally and internationally.
Doors 7.15pm | Unreserved Seating
”These guys play with dust in their Levis and the road their hearts”.
We are delighted to host The Dodge Brothers performing songs from their long-awaited new album Drive Train and bringing their exuberant hybrid of country blues, rockabilly, jugband and skiffle back to Out to Lunch.
You will be one of the first to hear this long-awaited new album, coming 5 years since The Sun Set and described as “wonderful stuff” by Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris.
Firmly rooted in these traditions The Dodge Brothers bring to them a freshness that has feet stomping and hands clapping from California to Cropredy, from the Mississippi to the New Forest. Their songs feature vocal virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies underpinned by joyous guitars, thumping double bass and rattlin’ snare and washboard.
The Dodge Brothers features Mike Hammond (lead guitar, lead vocals, banjo), Mark Kermode (bass, harmonica, vocals), Aly Hirji (rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Alex Hammond (washboard, snare drum, percussion).
Their music has an authentically American tang – lead guitarist/vocalist Mike Hammond was raised in Alabama and his youthful musical travels took him all over the southern and western USA – but with a strong British perspective from Culture Show presenter and film critic Mark Kermode.
Afternoon Doors 1.45pm | Limited Unreserved Seating
Evening Doors 7:45pm | Limited Unreserved Seating
SUPERFLY FUNK AND SOUL BELFAST & OUT TO LUNCH PROUDLY PRESENT THE ALLERGIES.
Since forming in 2012 The Allergies have made a massive name for themselves with their take on sample-led beats and breaks.
Over the course of two funk-fuelled albums on Jalapeno Records the dynamic duo of DJ Moneyshot & Rackabeat have stacked up accolades and topped charts along the way.
Their last album, Push On, was a melting pot of vintage licks and modern production. It featured heavily on many end of year roundups when it dropped in 2017, and took the Album of the Year gong on BBC 6 Music, thanks to Craig Charles’constant championing.
On record their infectious fusion of hip-hop and rare grooves has won them fans worldwide. And live they recreate that old block party madness on the turntables, cutting up wax like no others with their party-starting DJ sets. From ram jam stages at Glastonbury festival to rocking the legendary Space in Ibiza, they have one mission – to rock the spot.
The Allergies are fast becoming ones to watch, and with a new album release, Steal The Show, this year, these Bristol-based B-boys are just getting started.
“The Allergies are neck deep in the world of scratchy samples…This is truly funk and soul for the 21st century!” – Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music.
Doors 8:00pm | Limited Unreserved Seating
CHRIS SMITHER. Songwriter. Guitarist. Performer. Bluesman.
A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work and gravelly voice. Call Me Lucky is the new record from Chris Smither and is his first set of brand new originals in six years.
The record features Smither – trademark songs that offer commentary on the human condition with a wink of an eye and pulls from deep in the soul. A couple of surprise covers remind us of Chris’ deftness as a song interpreter as he makes the songs his own.
‘His songbook is overflowing with rollicking, clever blues-based folk tunes, and he has been a consistently engaging live performer for more than four decades”’ – THE WASHINGTON POST
On this tour of the UK and Ireland The Suitcase Junket (Matt Lorenz) who also played on Call Me Lucky will play a short opener set of his music that is rooted in the salvaged sounds of mountain ballads, blues manifestos, American juke joints and back porches; it’s that and his road-worn voice rising over the grind of a tube-amped dumpster guitar, and the wild double pitches of throat singing that drew Chris to Matt’s music.
Doors 7.45pm | Unreserved Seating
NI Opera Studio presents music by Stephen Sondheim
An empty theatre at night, a mysterious visitor: the members of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio present a tale of escape, longing, and love in an unexpected place – set against the evocative music of Stephen Sondheim ahead of the NI Opera and Lyric Theatre co-production of Sweeney Todd.
The Sazeracs are a band consisting of Linley Hamilton on trumpet, Kyron Bourke on vocals and piano and Steve Davison drums. Each member of the band boasts years of experience playing in an eclectic mix of bands ranging across genres.
The main premise of this project is to breathe new life in to some classic songs from the New American songbook by adding their own unique Jazz interpretation of songs from the like of Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed.
The Sazeracs have a unique approach to the material they play, with melodic referencing and intricate arrangements making this proposition one of the highlights of this year’s Out to Lunch.
Doors 12.45pm | Unreserved Seating
The Revisited Series, which proved popular in the early days of Oh Yeah, returns for another special event as part of Out to Lunch 2019.
This year it’s the turn of Doolittle, the seminal rock record by The Pixies. Released in 1989 on 4AD, Doolittle changed the face of alternative rock with songs like Monkey Gone To Heaven, Here Comes Your Man and Debaser – influencing everyone from Nirvana to Bowie, PJ Harvey to Pavement.
To celebrate the legacy of an insistent, dynamic and ground-breaking alternative rock record the Oh Yeah will re-imagine the album with local artists including Arborist, Hand Models and Sister Ghost
Doors 7:45pm | Limited Unreserved Seating
Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as “a tradition in himself”.
Musician, singer, songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his over 50-year career.
Andy has been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxtyin the 70s, and then Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD and recently Usher’s Island. Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.
As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie. To quote the Irish Times, “Often copied, never equalled”, his repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes and a compelling cannon of his own self-penned songs.
Between the achievements of his solo, group work and collaborations, he is a highly revered troubadour of the Irish music world. Andy never fails to deliver a pulsating, heartfelt performance.
‘Andy Irvine’s solo stage show is a musical travelogue through time and space. His right hand dexterity on bouzouki was nothing short of amazing.’ – FRETS MAGAZINE
‘His artistry is quite simply unique.’ – THE INDEPENDENT
Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating
Bronagh Gallagher is a singer, songwriter, and actress from Northern Ireland. She is delighted to bring her new show to the Black Box.
Bronagh and her band are currently in the studio recording new material, and planning the next album.
Since releasing their third album “Gather Your Greatness” in 2016, Bronagh and her band have toured extensively in Ireland, and also in the UK and Europe. Furthermore, Bronagh’s acting career continues to blossom, not least with a starring role in ‘Girl From The North Country’ in 2018 – a new play written and directed by Conor McPherson with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan.
At the age of 17 Bronagh was cast as Bernie McGloughlin in Alan Parker’s The Commitments. Since then her music has alternated with film roles in Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and Sherlock Holmes, plus theatre work in War Horse, The Street Of Crocodiles and TV dramas Pramface, The Street, and You Me And The Apocalypse.
Bronagh maintains a special place for singing, writing, producing and performing her music. Bronagh’s first album was the Meteor-nominated “Precious Soul”, followed by her second album “Bronagh Gallagher”.
‘One of the purest, clearest talents I know – a fabulous singer, bursting with raw Irish soul. Striking and original songs and an effortlessly brilliant band’– BRIAN ENO
‘Swaggering like Carole King in her golden years ‘ – **** Q
‘A deep Irish Soul record full of passion and tunes.’ – MAIL ON SUNDAY
Doors 7.45pm | Unreserved Seating
Twin Bandit and Steph Cameron join forces on The Winterwood Tour which comes to Europe in January and February 2019.
Life and art both move in cycles. While Twin Bandit were working on their second full-length album, the aptly titled Full Circle, Twin Bandit grew personally and creatively amidst life’s unpredictable ebb and flow.
Throughout that experience, the Vancouver-based duo—Hannah Walker and Jamie Elliot—progressed as songwriters and musicians, delicately expanding their sonic palette of folk, alternative, and country and opened up lyrically like never before.
Steph Cameron arrived on the scene like a bracing gust of fresh musical air with her 2014 debut record Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady receiving unanimously enthusiastic reviews. Superlatives again to describe Daybreak Over Jackson Street– Steph’s new album – navigating subtle changes in stylistic terrain.
If the debut felt as if it emerged fully-formed from the bohemian streets of Greenwich Village circa 1963, then the extra maturity of Daybreak gives it more of an early ‘70s Laurel or Topanga Canyon atmosphere.
Doors 7.45pm | Unreserved Seating
Kathryn Joseph is a Scottish singer-songwriter and musician. Her debut album Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled won the 2015 Scottish Album of the Year Award.
Intimate, fearlessly frank and with a fathoms-deep emotional resonance, Kathryn Joseph’s second release From When I Wake the Want Is takes its listeners on a turbulent journey through her psyche in a “constant exchange between pain and beauty” (The Skinny).
Bringing together heavily rhythmic piano, striking vocals and vivid lyrics, Joseph’s modern folk songs of devastating intensity will have you entranced.
From When I Wake… isa compellingly soulful set that suggests Aldous Harding, Joanna Newsom, Talk Talk and Kate Bush as kindred spirits and documents both life’s traumas and their resolutions.
“Possibly the best album we’ll hear all year.” (Clash)
Joseph, along with director, actor and musician Cora Bissett, wrote the music for a stage version of Emma Donoghue’sbook Room, which was produced by Theatre Royal Stratford East and Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. In 2017, Joseph collaborated with Marcus MacKay and The Twilight Sad’s James Graham on the project Out Lines. Their debut album Conflats was released in October 2017.
Kathryn was invited by Robert Smith to play his curated Meltdown Festival this year.
Doors 2.45pm | Unreserved seating
Space Oddity. Suspicious Minds. Pinball Wizard. Whole Lotta Love. Come Together – 1969 could easily be said to be a vintage year for music, the end of a decade that changed the world and the introduction to one that would prove equally inspirational.
It would also see the birth of a band that would start as an idea to electrify traditional music and would go on to become one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond.
Fifty years on and Steeleye Span are set to mark this incredible milestone with a tour that will celebrate a band that are still as creative and vital now as they were all those years ago.
Led as ever by the iconic Maddy Prior, the latest seven-piece line-up will draw on the group’s incredible history to provide a night of favourites and surprises from down the decades.
Doors 7.45pm | Unreserved Seating
Glasgow born sisters Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians who use their Donegal ancestral culture to create a sound that encompasses the soul of Irish music.
Being siblings helps them achieve a stunningly close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes, interspersed with songs in English and Irish, many from their family and local repertoire.
Since the launch of their debut album, they have performed in various venues and festivals across Europe, America and Asia and have appeared as guests on stage or toured with acts such as Altan, The Chieftains, and Sharon Shannon.
Clare has recently become the Young Traditional Musician of the Year at the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards, the first person Scottish person ever to win this.
The Friel Sisters represent a new strand in traditional Irish music – they superbly balance a contemporary approach with an informed understanding of the Irish origins of their song and music.
Doors 12:45pm | Unreserved Seating
Born and raised in Belfast, Gráinne Holland’s love of music and song began at an early age. A product of the Irish language revival in the North of Ireland, she was raised in both Gaelic and English and she attended the first Irish-medium school in Belfast.
It was here that her love of traditional song was fostered. Gráinne has to date, released two albums of traditional Gaelic songs with contemporary arrangements; Teanga na nGael in 2011 and Gaelré in 2015 to great critical acclaim.
Now Gráinne will celebrate the release of her third studio album with a concert at Out To Lunch. Produced by Brian Finnegan and featuring some of Ireland and Scotland’s finest musicians; Corcra is an album of Gráinne’s own original songs in both Gaelic and English.
Performing with Gráinne will be Brian Finnegan, Sean Óg Graham, and Liam Bradley.
Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating
The second Yorkston/Thorne/Khan album was released by Domino in April and represents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists.
The combination is unusual: YTK’s Everything Sacred, released in 2016, may be the only precedent. Yet while, on paper, the constituent elements might seem disparate, the recent, hugely acclaimed album is, if anything, even more coherent than its predecessor.
It also basks in a truly magnificent title: Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars. Just don’t call it fusion.
Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating
The Swingtime Starlets are an all-professional close harmony trio, who perform songs from the 40’s Wartime Era, Hollywood’s Golden Age and Retro Pop!
Get your toes tapping, your sweetheart swaying, your jitterbug jiving and become entranced in the romance as this diverse, dynamic duo transport you through the eras of Swing, Jazz and Blues.
Let their renditions of the Great American Songbook and Hollywood’s Golden Era transport you through the years with their beguiling voices, close harmonies & vintage style!
Doors | Unreserved Seating
An acclaimed singer-songwriter with a career that has consistently garnered critical praise. NPR proclaims that he’s “the musical equivalent of an arrow to the heart,” while The New York Times calls his work “beautifully finessed.” Teddy released his first, self-titled album in 2000.
Thompson also toured as part of Rosanne Cash’s band before signing with Verve. Soon after, Thompson released his much lauded 2006 sophomore album Separate Ways, which demonstrated how much his songwriting, performing and record-making skills had evolved since his debut.
It was followed in 2007 by Up Front & Down Low, a collection of personally charged readings of classic American country songs that demonstrated Thompson’s increased assurance as a performer and interpreter.
In 2008, Thompson released the upbeat and highly acclaimed, A Piece of What You Need, which was declared “one of this year’s best” by The Guardian and debuted at #9 in the UK charts. A fifth studio effort, Bella, was released February 2011 to much acclaim and led to touring the world with Elton John among other things.
In 2014 Thompson gathered his musical clan to release Family, one of the folk records of the year which garnered a multi-page, in depth piece from The New York Times magazine.
In 2016 Teddy released Little Windows, a record of original duets with singer Kelly Jones. The album was recorded live to tape and features an all-star band of backing musicians. Teddy also produced Dori Freeman’sdebut album which was hailed by The New York Times as one of the year’s best.
2017 saw the release of the long-awaited Shelby Lynn & Allsion Moorer duets record produced by Thompson.
Doors 7:45pm | Unreserved Seating
Martin Harley is a supremely talented Roots and Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.
He’s a devotee to the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta and many other forms of roots music. Though Harley’s sound is rooted in the blues it seeks to tell his own story and draws on the ruminations of a musician who has spent much of his life on the road.
Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, Martin is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. During year-round worldwide touring he’s absorbed a plethora of diverse influences, honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.
In the US, Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville and toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron and Wine, Bruce Hornsby, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others.
‘Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues’ – GUITARIST MAGAZINE
‘No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business.’ – ROOTS MAGAZINE
‘Awesome’ – Johnnie Walker, BBC RADIO 2
‘Quite simply a great live act’ – TIME OUT
Doors 7.45pm | Unreserved Seating
Cutting her teeth as a sideman in Boston’s roots music scene, Laura Cortese forged a unique path through a pool rich in talent (due to a large population of Berklee School of Music graduates like herself) including stints as an instrumentalist with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Rose Cousins, Jocie Adams (of The Low Anthem), and Uncle Earl.
Her Compass Records debut, California Calling, is the next step in her career as a frontwoman and bandleader – she & the Dance Cards (Valerie Thompson – Cello, Jenna Moynihan – fiddle & banjo, and a rotating cast of North America’s preeminent bassists) break new ground with a bold and elegant new album, based in the lyrical rituals of folk music but exploring new territories of rhythm and sonics.
With the support of Sam Kassirer, album producer of folk-pop favorites like Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow, they’ve created something that’s simultaneously rowdy, delicate and cinematic. This is post-folk that seriously rocks. Out to Lunch anticipate a truly show-stopping performance.
Doors 2.15pm | Unreserved Seating
The Delines debut album Colfax surprised fans and critics alike. The band had only been together a week when they went into the studio and cut the record.
Uncut gave it 9/10 stars and praised its “widescreen romanticism”, calling it “the richest collection of songs Vlautin has written.” Evoking the feel of a beat-up Dusty Springfield or a weary Rickie Lee Jones, Colfax made a dozen top ten records of the year lists and the Delines sold out venues in the UK, Ireland, and had successful tours in the Europe and Australia.
The Guardian declared them the surprise hit of the End of the Road festival and then it all came to a stop. Lead singer Amy Boone was hit by a car and put into the hospital and recovery for many months, finally putting the band on hold for over three years.
Amy is finally on the mend and The Delines are back with their sophomore effort released next January ahead of their UK tour.
The Delines are led by vocalist Amy Boone( The Damnations, TX), the keyboard and horn work of Cory Gray, Tucker Jackson (The Minus 5) on pedal steel, as well as Richmond Fontaine members: Sean Oldham, Freddie Trujillo, and Willy Vlautin.
Vlautin, the acclaimed novelist and songwriter for Richmond Fontaine, has penned all ten tracks. Vlautin’s book Lean on Pete was recently released as a major motion picture. Richmond Fontaine broke up in 2016 after releasing over ten records.
Doors 7.45pm | Limited Unreserved Seating
Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story. Within the nine songs on their new album Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career.
They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they’ve always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls “perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on.”
The Once are propelled by the rare chemistry that comes from a decade of writing and touring together. Their songs have been placed in international film and television, they have YouTube videos with millions of hits, and there’s a trail of trophy nominations and wins from the East Coast Music Awards, the Canadian Folk Awards, and the JUNO Awards in their wake.
Since first hitting the road in 2009, The Once has earned one of the most loyal followings in the country. Geraldine Hollett’s voice is a large part of the band’s ethereal sound, and there is nowhere it would sit better than in between the rhythmic and supportive voices of Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale, and the lush soundscapes they build.
The trio’s instrumentation and vocals meld together like gold, building something stronger together than any one songwriter could muster alone. Their harmonies grab you by the heart, and their music melts what’s left of it. Building on the wave of creative energy that defined their last album, Time Enough is a striking and subtle sea change for the band. Dive in, get lost, click repeat.
Doors 1.45pm | Unreserved Seating
Colin MacIntyre – aka Mull Historical Society – has been rather busy these last few years. Most notably, the man responsible for 2001’s gold-selling debut album Loss wrote his debut novel in 2015 and The Letters of Ivor Punch went on to win the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award.
More recently, Colin has released two new stories; The Boy In The Bubble is a memoir about growing up on the Isle of Mull, while The Humdrum Drum is his first children’s picture book and comes complete with accompanying CD of original related songs and an audiobook.
Thankfully for fans of the Mull Historical Society side of his persona, he has just released his first music in over two years. Wakelines is produced by Bernard Butler and features songs about family, home, islands, dreams and travel.
This is Colin’s eighth album and from the title track onwards it is another collection of masterful, no holds barred, joyously quirky, epic pop.
Born into a family of writers and storytellers, Colin is a descendant of the Gaelic warrior-poet, Duncan Ban MacIntyre,and grew up on the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides (pop. 2,500 people, 26,268 sheep).
Doors 7:30pm | Limited Unreserved Seating