Stripped Down at The Crescent

10 August 2023

Activity at The Crescent is a collaborative endeavour.

Each year, we work with a pool of Freelancers to inform and shape our programmes. We're delighted to reveal a new series of events, curated by our Music Associate 2023/24, Donal Scullion

Stripped Down at The Crescent


Stripped Down at The Crescent is a series of gigs that brings together some of the most talented original acts currently working in Northern Ireland, and who will be performing stripped down versions of their songs. 

Stripped Down has been programmed by The Crescent’s Music Associate 23/24Donal Scullion, who has been collaborating with our Technical Manager Gareth Doran, to curate a series of events.

We asked Donal what inspired ‘Stripped Down’?

Usually, a song starts life in a bedroom, a living room, or a rehearsal room, and it grows over time. Eventually by the time it gets performed by a full band or recorded in the studio it has matured and developed.

Taking a little inspiration from NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, the acts will perform stripped back versions of their sets bringing some of these songs back to that early, genuine stage of life.

The Cube at The Crescent’s heritage as a venue for live music lends itself perfectly to this series, and is one of Belfast’s best spaces for an intimate cabaret style gig.

Two acts each show, 80 seat cabaret style, BYOB, showcasing some of (in my opinion) the best acts in NI right now... .


Over a number of shows you will discover a mix of established acts, rising stars and emerging talent, representing Northern Irish Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop, Rock, Indie and more.  

For September’s edition the focus is on Hip Hop & Soul as we welcome to The Crescent Leo Miyagee and the Belfast Groove Collective. In November, focus is on Funk and Soul with the incredible Winnie Ama taking to the stage with support from Célia Tiab and Ben Flavelle-Cobain. Tickets for these events are now on sale, and we shall soon be announcing the rest of the programme.  

These events are BYO; bring along a bottle, sit back and let the music take over, and enjoy these two incredible acts perform in an intimate setting.


About Donal Scullion

Donal Scullion is a performer, songwriter and arranger working with a wide variety of acts over 20+ years. A solo acoustic performer of original music, band leader and songwriter for 10-piece original soul machine NI Soul Troop, member of 8-piece original reggae outfit The Vibes, and guitarist and vocalist in The Unholy Gospel Band. As an arranger and session musician worked with many great local acts including Cormac NeesonMalojianCiara O’NeilOwen Lamont and many others. This eclectic background has led to performances at Edinburgh Fringe FestivalThe Ulster Hall, festivals, theatres, pubs and clubs all over UK and Ireland, support slots with a wide variety of artists including Lee “Scratch” Perry, The SpecialsThe Brand New Heavies, Craig CharlesDamien DempseyThe Answer and And So I Watched You From AfarClick here to read more about Donal. 


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