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Posted on Thu 16 Apr 2015

The Lost Brothers

In Association with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

The Black Box, County Antrim on Tuesday 5 May 2015
Doors Open at 7:45PM
Starts at 8:00PM
Ticket Price: £10.00

Posted on Thu 16 Apr 2015

Josh Rouse, The Black Box, Belfast

In association with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse’s journey has taken him from his rural Oshkosh, Nebraska home through a stint in Nashville and now to his adopted hometown of Valencia, Spain, where he wrote and recorded much of his upcoming album The Embers of Time (out April 7 on Yep Roc). He says the songs were inspired by an existential crisis—he calls it “my surreal expat therapy record”—and on the lead single “Some Days I’m Golden All Night,” he grapples with some of his faults, but it’s far from a heavy listen.
It's also one of the finest collections in a celebrated career that's earned him plaudits everywhere from the NY Times to NPR for his "pop-folk introspection" and "string of remarkable records." Hailed for his "sharp wit" by Rolling Stone and as "a talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst" by Uncut, Rouse has long since solidified his status as a songwriter of the highest caliber over his ten preceding studio releases. 
Q called his acclaimed critical breakout album '1972' "the most intimate record of the year," EW dubbed the follow-up album 'Nashville' "persistently gorgeous," and PopMatters called his most recent record, 2013's 'The Happiness Waltz,' "a big contender for Rouse's best work."
On The Embers of Time, Rouse offsets the confessional lyrics with a arrangement of vibraphone, steel guitar, and gently propulsive drums that gives his bluntly honest self-assessment a remarkable buoyancy, as well as a more-than-passing resemblance to the softly rocking countrypolitan sound that came out of Nashville during the ’70s.

Posted on Thu 16 Apr 2015

I'm With Her – Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan

St Georges Church, Belfast on Friday 1 May 2015
Doors Open at 7:30PM
Starts at 8:00PM
Ticket Price: £12.00
In association with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

Posted on Thu 26 Feb 2015

Mary Gauthier Festival Marquee, Belfast on Sunday 10 May 2015

In association with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

Adopted child, teen runaway, addict, convict—instead of wearing her many pasts on her sleeve, Mary Gauthier wears them sewn into her songs like trophies from battles mainly lost. 

Now deep into her second decade of spinning dark poetry into lyrics that are three parts autobiography, two parts short story, and five parts brutal candour, Gauthier has rightfully taken her place alongside America’s premier songwriters.

While the sentiments may be stark, they are beautifully disrobed, and the musical phrasing provides gentle relief. Listening to Gauthier perform is like finding hidden gems in a vintage clothing store. 

We are delighted to welcome Mary back to CQAF with her new album Trouble & Love, one of the wisest testaments of broken-heartedness an Americana singer-songwriter has ever committed to tape

“To be affected by these songs, you don’t have to know anything of Gauthier’s backstory (Louisiana orphan addict chef turned sober troubadour), the respect she commands across gender lines in the Americana scene, or the heavyweight catalog she’s built out of unflinching introspection and Southern Gothic-shaded storytelling.” NPR Music
“Every tune is a rough gem of melody, misery and economy, as Gauthier excavates romantic wreckage like an archaeologist telling the story of a fossilized love.” Rolling Stone

“…her razor-sharp eye for detail and her commitment to unsentimental self-reflection puts her in a class with greats such as Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and yes, Bob Dylan.” Los Angeles Times