Friday 10.30pm

ROOTS

 

…where the music comes from

ADMISSION: FREE

A night sure to unearth some awesome renditions of long forgotten classics and modern hits whilst showcasing some phenomenal talent

A whole new look at how local music is presented in Belfast… Think of a real life live lounge scenario, in the Empire, on a Friday night and its free!



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RACKHOUSE PILFER


Friday 28 July

RACKHOUSE PILFER are a fiery & exciting 6-piece Irish band who have been getting rave reviews with their Roots blend of Irish-Americana. After a storming 2014 which included being awarded 'LIVE BAND OF THE YEAR 2014' by Hot Press & Jagermeister, recording in Nashville, their first headline tour of Ireland, playing for the Irish President, headlined Europe's 2 biggest Bluegrass Festivals & loads of great Irish Festival performances. 



UNHOLY GOSPEL BAND


Friday 04 August

They ain't holy but the music is gospel!


www.facebook.com/unholygospelband



CONOR SCOTT


Friday 11 August

www.facebook.com/ConorScottMusic



THE HARDCHARGERS


Friday 18 August

“Dirty Blues from Belfast”... Taking Blues/Roots/Rock into exciting mercenary territory from aggressive washboard/resonator driven Roots Music, to provocative raunchy roadhouse style Blues rock. The HardChargers have performed across Ireland since 2009, opening for cult US artists Bob Log III and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Australia's The Beards; The Waterboys and The Alabama 3. Legendary Terri Hooley to describe them as “My kind of fecking band”.



THE EL DUDE BROTHERS


Friday 25 August

The band consists of Eamon Ferris (liquid groove band & rhythm method) drums; Phil Edgar (The K-Boys) guitar; Matthew Wilson (Ignatius Chombo and the Israelites) bass and vocals. With a wide ranging repertoire of rock, soul, pop, reggae and country classics you're guaranteed a great night's festivities when the El Dudes are around.



NATHAN O'REGAN


Friday 25 August

After a 4 year stint signed to Jimmy Hogarth's (Paolo Nutini/James Morrison) KidGloves (Universal Music Group), Cork born singer-songwriter Nathan O'Regan has already begun making waves in the Northern Irish music scene, since moving there over a year ago. 



UNHOLY GOSPEL BAND


Friday 01 September

They ain't holy but the music is gospel!


www.facebook.com/unholygospelband



THE SKATUESQUES


Friday 15 September

The Skatuesques are an all Female, 6 piece Ska Band from Dublin, The ladies bring you their fabulous set of favourite classic ska tune covers, as well as their own mind blowing originals! The consists of Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Guitar and 2 vocals that bring harmonies to an all-time high. They have played many Festivals and Venues across Ireland and the UK. 



CROW BLACK CHICKEN


Friday 22 September

Since forming in 2009, Crow Black Chicken have earned back-pats aplenty for their charming Southern sound, most notably after their performance on the BBC Introductory Stage at Glastonbury in 2011. This power trio of Christy O Hanlon (Vocals, Guitar), Stephen McGrath (Bass) and Gev Barrett (Drums, backing vocals) combine elements of folk and hard rock with the blues rock of bands like Gov't mule, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin to create their greasy no bullshit blues rock sound.



TWO TIME POLKA


Friday 29 September

Award winning Irish group Two Time Polka play a fiery mixture of Cajun, Bluegrass and rock ’n roll music. They are not unknown to spice up their live performances with flavours such as tangos, east European tunes and a handful of politically insightful original songs. With five albums to their credit, Two Time Polka has proven popular with radio stations receiving both national and international airplay.