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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

Posted on Wed 25 Feb 2015

Na Leanai The Errigle Inn, Belfast on Saturday 28 March 2015


Posted on Thu 19 Feb 2015

Kimmie Rhodes The Black Box, Belfast on Thursday 19 March 2015

Singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes is a native Texan who calls Austin home. A creative and prolific artist, she has recorded and released a total of sixteen solo CDs to critical acclaim in publications worldwide, including Vogue, MOJO and Oxford American Magazine. USA Today included her album "West Texas Heaven" in their Top Ten of the Year. She has written and produced three musical plays and a catalogue of hundreds of songs, many of which have appeared in major motion picture soundtracks. Kimmie's multi-platinum selling songs have been recorded by such stellar acts as Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Joe Ely, Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. She attributes much of that success to her affiliation with Rondor Publishing International. Together with Willie Nelson she recorded two of her originals for his album "Just One Love" and they co-produced their duet album, "Picture in a Frame."

Kimmie is currently serving as an associate producer for a documentary, "They Called Us Outlaws" to be presented by the Country Music Hall Of Fame In Nashville, TN. She is also starring with Jaston Williams and Joe Ely in a theatrical production, "Is There Life After Lubbock" and completing a book of memoirs, "Radio Dreams." Kimmie's promotional tours created a solid fan base in the UK, Ireland and Europe. She has headlined with her band at festivals all over the world and has appeared on many European and American TV and radio broadcasts including Late Night with David Letterman, Austin City Limits, BBC Documentary "Back To Beth's" and "Bob Harris Country Sessions" on BBC Radio 2. Kimmie has just completed recording a new album "Cowgirl Boudoir", dedicated to her mentor Cowboy Jack Clement , which will be released spring 2015 with a tour to follow.