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Fri­day 1 BELFAST Peter, Bjorn and John Swedish class-pop act – by now reg­u­lar vis­i­tors to th­ese shores. Speakeasy Bar 9pm £10 Also Sat, Dublin; Sun, Cork Di­rec­tor New Ir­ish band – very good. Go see. Cyprus Av­enue 9pm ¤13.50 021-4276165 Also Sun, Lim­er­ick DONE­GAL Fionn Re­gan One of the best singer­song­writ­ers of the year? We think so. And is The End of His­tory one of the best records of the year? Think so, too. An Gri­anán Theatre, Let­terkenny 8pm ¤12/¤10 074-9120777 Also Sat, Louth; Sun, Dublin DUBLIN Win­ter Café Slinky chanteuse Derby Browne cel­e­brates her ver­sion of a Win­ter Won­der­land through songs and mu­sic by the likes of Henry Mancini, Nino Rota and oth­ers. NCH, John Field Room 1.05pm ¤14/¤12 01-4170000 BellX1 The fi­nal gig of this fine Ir­ish band’s most re­cent tour. Sim­ple Kid and Deloren­tos are spe­cial guests. Point 8pm ¤35.70/¤33.20 0818-719300 Pete Murray Ac­claimed Aus­tralian singer-song­writer. Spirit 9pm ¤22.50 01-8779999 The Sul­tans of Ping Back with some­thing of a loud whim­per – the Cork band that we wanted to for­get but couldn’t. And we still think that their de­but album, Ca­sual Sex in the Cine­plex, is a lost Ir­ish punk rock clas­sic. Whe­lan’s 9pm ¤21 01-4780766/1890-200078 Also Sat, Dublin Hal South­side Dublin­ers and Beach Boys fans re­turn to the live gig fray. Sugar Club 8pm ¤14.50 01-6787188 Chamil­lion­aire New hip-hop star makes his Ir­ish de­but. See panel. Tri­pod, Harcourt St 8pm ¤29.65 0818-719300 Solo Ensem­ble Um­brella ti­tle gig; acts fea­tured tonight in­clude Tommy Hickey, Groom, Mum­blin’ Deaf Ro, Richer Than As­tro­nauts, Si­mon Dick, Crumb and United Bi­ble Stud­ies. Lans­downe Ho­tel, Pem­broke Rd 8.30pm ¤8 GAL­WAY Sin­ner­boy Rory Gal­lagher trib­ute band – one of the best in the busi­ness. Róisín Dubh 9pm ¤12.50/¤10 091-586540 KERRY De­clan O’Rourke Feted Ir­ish singer­song­writer em­barks on a na­tion­wide tour. Gle­nea­gle Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney 8pm ¤28 064-71555 Also Sat, Lim­er­ick; Sun, Cork; Wed, Car­low; Thurs, Mayo LIM­ER­ICK The Frank and Wal­ters Cork band – re­formed and re­ju­ve­nated. Dolan’s Ware­house 9pm ¤17.50/¤15 061-314483 Also Sat, Gal­way Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly Fun punk/dance/funk crowd. Dolan’s Up­stairs 8pm ¤10/¤7.50 061-314483 Also Sun, Cork; Tues, Gal­way MEATH Char­lie McGet­ti­gan Ir­ish singer-song­writer con­tin­ues his na­tion­wide tour in sup­port of his latest album, Stolen Mo­ments. Meath Arts Cen­tre, Na­van 8pm ¤22 Also Sat, Of­faly Satur­day 2 CAR­LOW The Spikes Bois­ter­ous rock­ers on tour. Sup­port band is Fran­tic State. The Mu­sic Fac­tory 9pm Adm free 059-9135920 Also Thurs, Wick­low DUBLIN Peter, Bjorn and John See Fri­day, Belfast. The Vil­lage 8pm ¤15 01-4758555/1890-200078 Also Sun, Cork Michael Franti & Spearhead Poet, mu­si­cian and com­poser mixes hip-hop with strands of funk, reg­gae, rock and jazz. Tri­pod, Harcourt St 7.30pm ¤29.50 0818-719300 Lil’ Chris Re­al­ity show rock star, in a man­ner of speak­ing. Note the early af­ter­noon open­ing time. Tem­ple Bar Mu­sic Cen­tre 12.30pm ¤15 01-6709202 The Chap­ters One of Ire­land’s hotly tipped 2007 acts; spe­cial guests are The Gor­geous Colours and The OKs. Tem­ple Bar Mu­sic Cen­tre 7.30pm ¤5 01-6709202 The Sul­tans of Ping See Fri­day, Dublin. Whe­lan’s 9pm ¤21 01-4780766/1890-200078 Boss Vo­lenti Boss Vo­lenti head­line the first in a se­ries of show­case gigs to be held by Phan­tom 105.2 in as­so­ci­a­tion with mo­bile phone op­er­a­tor 3 Ire­land. Spe­cial guests are Juno Falls and singer-song­writer Paul Houri­can. Ra­dio City 9pm ¤10 01-8555021 Cold­spoon Con­spir­acy Dublin’s CC play last ever gig; they also launch their new (and fi­nal) 6-track EP, Cherry to Pony. Craw­daddy 7.30pm ¤10/¤5 01-4780225 GAL­WAY The Frank and Wal­ters See Fri­day, Lim­er­ick. Róisín Dubh 9pm ¤17.50¤15 091-586540 LIM­ER­ICK De­clan O’Rourke See Fri­day, Kerry. Dolan’s Ware­house 9pm ¤28 061-314483 Also Sun, Cork; Wed, Car­low; Thurs, Mayo LOUTH Fionn Re­gan See Fri­day, Done­gal. Spirit Store, Dun­dalk 9pm ¤10 042-9352697 Also Sun, Dublin OF­FALY Char­lie McGet­ti­gan See Fri­day, Meath. Birr Theatre & Arts Cen­tre 8pm ¤22 0509-22911 Sun­day 3 CORK Peter, Bjorn and John See Fri­day, Belfast. Cyprus Av­enue 9pm ¤15 021-4276165 De­clan O’Rourke See Fri­day, Kerry. Opera House 8pm ¤28 021-4270022 Also Wed, Car­low; Thurs, Mayo Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly See Fri­day, Lim­er­ick. Savoy Theatre 8pm ¤12/¤10 021-4253000 Also Tues, Gal­way DUBLIN Fionn Re­gan See Fri­day, Done­gal. Whe­lan’s 9pm ¤15 01-4780766/1890-200078 Kevin Bloody Wil­son Aus­tralian singer­song­writer – a funny guy, too. Vicar St 7.30pm ¤33.20 0818-719390 LIM­ER­ICK Di­rec­tor See Fri­day, Cork. Dolan’s Ware­house 9pm ¤12 061-314483 Cerys Matthews For­mer Cata­to­nia singer – now more rough’n’ready roots than balls-out rock, but still sturdy enough. Dolan’s Up­stairs 9pm ¤12 061-314483 Mon­day 4 CORK The Bliz­zards User-friendly punk/pop band, whose de­but album, A Pub­lic Dis­play of Af­fec­tion, is win­ning con­verts left, right and cen­tre. Old Oak 10pm Adm free 021-4276165 DUBLIN Blood Arm Hotly tipped LA indie band; spe­cial guests are Pull Tiger Tail and Large Mound. Craw­daddy 8pm ¤12.50 01-4780225 Ro­drigo y Gabriela A four-night run of gigs for this pop­u­lar Mex­i­can duo. Vicar St 7.30pm ¤31.20 0818-719390 Also Tues/Wed/Thurs, Dublin Damien Ju­rado Cult US singer-song­writer – some­thing spe­cial go­ing on here, folks. Check out him and his new album ( And Now that I’m in Your Shadow) at your plea­sure. Whe­lan’s 9pm ¤21 01-4780766/1890-200078 Tues­day 5 DERRY The Zu­tons Liver­pool band bring their Tired of Hang­ing Around album to their Ir­ish fans. Nerve Cen­tre 9pm £18 048-71260562 Also Wed, Dublin; Thurs, Belfast DUBLIN Cliff Richard The wrin­kles are show­ing – for­mer Peter Pan of pop re­turns for two nights at this venue. Point 8pm ¤69.50/¤59.50 0818-719300 Also Wed, Dublin Ro­drigo y Gabriela See Mon­day, Dublin. Vicar St 7.30pm ¤31.20 0818-719390 Also Wed/Thurs, Dublin

The Game Puffed up, come-and-have-a-go- if-you-think-you’re-hard-enough West-side hip-hop. See panel. Olympia Theatre 8pm ¤46/¤45 (sold out) 0818-719300 The Ruby Ses­sions Weekly col­lec­tion of ris­ing and oc­ca­sion­ally es­tab­lished singer-song­writ­ers. This week’s acts in­clude Nigel Place, Jinx Len­non, Miriam In­gram and Re­becca Hart. Doyle’s Pub, Fleet St 9pm ¤5 GAL­WAY Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly See Fri­day, Lim­er­ick Róisín Dubh 9pm ¤10/¤7.50 091-586540 Wed­nes­day 6 CAR­LOW De­clan O’Rourke See Fri­day, Kerry. The Mu­sic Fac­tory 9pm ¤28 059-9135920 Also Thurs, Mayo DUBLIN The Zu­tons See Tues­day, Derry. Olympia Theatre 8pm ¤28 0818-719300 Also Thurs, Belfast Ro­drigo y Gabriela See Mon­day, Dublin. Vicar St 7.30pm ¤31.20 0818-719390 Also Thurs, Dublin Cliff Richard See Tues­day, Dublin. Point 8pm ¤69.50/¤59.50 0818-719300 Conor McKeon & the Leg­ends of Swing Songs from the Rat Pack and swing era – an ex­tended run at this venue un­til De­cem­ber 23. Spirit 9pm ¤27.50 01-8779999 Bardo Pond Philadel­phia’s BP pro­mote new album, Ticket Crys­tals. Spe­cial guests are Alexan­der Tucker and Thread Pulls. Whe­lan’s 9pm ¤16 01-4780766/1890-200078 LIM­ER­ICK Josh Rit­ter Amer­i­can singer-song­writer, starts a na­tion­wide tour to pro­mote his An­i­mal Years album. Dolan’s Ware­house 9pm ¤22 061-314483 Also Thurs, Cork Thurs­day 7 BELFAST The Zu­tons See Tues­day, Derry. Ul­ster Hall 8pm £18 048-90323900 Lit­tle Doses For­mer Snow Pa­trol mem­ber Mark McClel­land and friends de­but new band. Spe­cial guests are Su­per­f­reakz and Saint Dude’s. The Lime­light 9pm £5 048-90325968 CORK Josh Rit­ter See Wed­nes­day, Lim­er­ick. Opera House 8pm ¤22 021-4270022 DUBLIN Ge­orge Michael Soul/pop/funk guy in the first of three Ir­ish dates. Be­have your­self, now! See panel. Point 8pm ¤130.50/¤110.50/¤85.50 (sold out) 0818-719300 Ro­drigo y Gabriela See Mon­day, Dublin. Vicar St 7.30pm ¤31.20 0818-719390 Elvis Pres­ley Christ­mas Gospel Show Kevin Doyle sings Pres­ley-style gospel songs ac­com­pa­nied by the Grace­land Gospel Choir and The Way It Was Orches­tra. Olympia Theatre 8pm ¤30 0818-719300 LIM­ER­ICK Camille O’Sul­li­van Sleazy and sassy cover ver­sions and orig­i­nals from a classy act. Dolan’s Ware­house 9pm ¤21/¤18 061-314483 Pierce Turner You can’t sec­ond-guess this guy – one of the best Ir­ish rock acts. Dolan’s Up­stairs 9pm ¤15/¤12 061-314483 MAYO De­clan O’Rourke See Fri­day, Kerry. Royal Theatre, Castle­bar 8pm ¤28 094-9023111 WICK­LOW The Spikes See Satur­day, Car­low. The Bridge Tav­ern 9pm Adm free 0404-67718

Rock list­ings: Tony Clay­ton-Lea

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