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From old favourites to new idols – Jim Car­roll on the artists tun­ing up this New Year

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BRYAN ADAMS The poor man’s Bruce Spring­steen con­tin­ues to re­cre­ate “Sum­mer of ’69” in front of whoever will have him. Point, Dublin, May 4; Odyssey, Belfast, May 5 AIR TRAF­FIC One of many next big things jostling for po­si­tion in ’07. The Hub, Dublin, Jan 23; Speakeasy, Belfast, Jan 24; Róisín Dubh, Gal­way, Jan 25; Whe­lan’s, Dublin, Jan 26; Cyprus Av­enue, Cork, Jan 27 BADLY DRAWN BOY Will the ex­cel­lent Born in the UK album mean an end to ram­shackle gigs for Da­mon Gough? Will pigs fly? Olympia, Dublin, Feb 11; Man­dela Hall, Belfast, Feb 12 BARE­NAKED LADIES The Canucks are com­ing, pro­vided they sur­vive Jan­uary’s “Ships and Dip” cruise. Olympia, Dublin, Apr 10 BLOC PARTY This show is al­ready sold out ,so ex­pect more dates and fes­ti­val ap­pear­ances to come as Bloc Party talk up new album Some­thing for the Week­end. Am­bas­sador, Dublin, Feb 16 MICHAEL BOLTON It’s the big, big voice rather than the big, big hair which Michael Bolton hopes peo­ple talk about th­ese days. Vicar St, Dublin, Mar 14 BRAND NEW New York emo show­boaters plug their rowdy and raw new album, The Devil and God Are Rag­ing Inside Me. Tri­pod, Dublin, Feb 15 JOHN CALE Vel­vet Un­der­ground found­ing mem­ber and his band hit town ahead of new live album, Cir­cus Live. The Vil­lage, Dublin, Jan 19 CHILD­LINE The big­gest and loud­est pop party of the sea­son is al­ready sold out. The 10th an­niver­sary bash will fea­ture Westlife, Shayne Ward, McFly and dozens more. Point, Dublin, Feb 18 CHOICE MU­SIC PRIZE Last year, out­side bet Julie Feeney got the Ir­ish Album of the Year nod for 13 Songs and went on to big­ger and bet­ter things, in­clud­ing a world­wide deal with Sony-BMG. Vicar St, Dublin, Feb 28 CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH Tour­ing soon-to-be-re­leased sec­ond album, Some Loud Thun­der. Make sure you get there early to see the ex­cel­lent Cold War Kids. Tri­pod, Dublin, Feb 1 LLOYD COLE Are you ready to be heartbroken? One of pop mu­sic’s most ar­tic­u­late crafts­men sets up shop for two nights on Wex­ford Street. Whe­lan’s, Dublin, Jan 28-29 THE DE­CEM­BERISTS Com­edy Cen­tral’s Stephen Col­bert is a big fan of this lot and their light sabres. New album The Crane Wife comes out over here on Rough Trade in Fe­bru­ary. The Vil­lage, Dublin, Feb 3 DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND Brassy funk from the New Or­leans band whose brave rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of Marvin Gaye’s clas­sic What’s Go­ing On album posed plenty of ques­tions about how Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina changed ev­ery­thing in their home­town. Vil­lage, Dublin, Mar 12 DUKE SPE­CIAL Lengthy Ir­ish spin for the vaudeville su­per­hero. Ul­ster Hall, Belfast, Feb 28; Nerve Cen­tre, Derry, Mar 1; Spirit Store, Dun­dalk, Mar 2; Cyprus Av­enue, Cork, Mar 3; Róisín Dubh, Gal­way, Mar 5; Garter Lane, Water­ford, Mar 7; Tri­pod, Dublin, Mar 8 BEN FOLDS Time to Rock This Bitch with the pi­anoman. Vicar St, Dublin, Jan 21 BRYAN FERRY The Marks & Spencer’s model re­turns to the day-job. Vicar St, Dublin, Mar 24 THE 4 OF US “Mary” and friends wel­come. Spirit Store, Dun­dalk, Feb 16-17; Em­pire Mu­sic Hall, Belfast, Feb 22; Vicar St, Dublin, Feb 24 THE FRAMES It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how The Cost per­forms abroad in 2007 for The Frames. Vicar St, Dublin, Jan

14 KER­RANG! TOUR 2007 Metal mer­ri­ment for the dis­con­tented mem­bers of your fam­ily with Biffy Clyro, The Bronx, The Au­di­tion and I Am Ghost. Man­dela Hall, Belfast, Jan 11; Am­bas­sador, Dublin, Jan 12 THE KILLERS Let’s hope that Bran­don Flow­ers doesn’t catch a chill be­fore th­ese two sold-out gigs. RDS, Dublin, Feb 27-28 SETH LAKE­MAN This new-school Bri­tish folkie won plau­dits from the Mer­cury Mu­sic Prize judges for his Kitty Jay album. Spring & Air­brake, Belfast, Mar 30; Whe­lan’s, Dublin, Mar 31 RAY LA­MON­TAGE The ex-shoe fac­tory worker from Maine tours his fine new album, Till the Sun Turns Black. Na­tional Sta­dium, Dublin, Jan 17; Opera House, Cork, Jan 18; UCH, Lim­er­ick, Jan 19; Wa­ter­front Hall, Belfast, Jan 20 DAVE MATTHEWS The oddly pop­u­lar Yan­kee jam-band man’s solo shows are sold out. He re­turns with his band (The, er, Dave Matthews Band)to the Point on May 23rd. Na­tional Sta­dium, Dublin, Feb 26; The Wa­ter­front, Belfast, Feb 27 SCOTT MATTHEWS Wolver­hamp­ton singer-song­writer with the Jeff Buck­ley-like voice and Pass­ing Stranger album. Whe­lan’s, Dublin, Jan 17 ME­TEOR AWARDS 2007 Fea­tur­ing Pussy­cat Dolls, Di­rec­tor and The Bliz­zards, com­edy MCs Podge, Rodge and Deirdre O’Kane, and gongs for, amongst oth­ers, Clan­nad (Life­time Achieve­ment Award) and Larry Go­gan (All-Round De­cent Hu­man Be­ing). Point, Dublin, Feb 1 MY CHEM­I­CAL RO­MANCE Emo king­pins and their fans bring the noise to Dublin 4. RDS, Dublin, Apr 1 WIL­LIE NELSON The coun­try mu­sic out­law with Sharon Shan­non, Damien Dempsey and Edie Reader. Point, Dublin, Jan 19 & 20; Odyssey, Belfast, Jan 21 NME AWARDS INDIE RAVE TOUR Bands shoved into this ridicu­lous new pi­geon­hole are Klax­ons, the ex­cel­lent CSS, The Sun­shine Un­der­ground and New York Pony Club. Am­bas­sador, Dublin, Feb 3; Man­dela Hall, Belfast, Feb 4 NME AWARDS ROCK TOUR The Au­to­matic, The View, The Hor­rors and Mumm-Ra are the po­ten­tial next big things fly­ing the flag for the NME. Ul­ster Hall, Belfast, Jan 29; Am­bas­sador, Dublin, Jan 30 NE­RINA PAL­LOT Go along to see if she’s writ­ten an­other Ev­ery­body’s Gone to War. Spring & Air­brake, Belfast, Feb 3; The Vil­lage, Dublin, Feb 4 DOLLY PAR­TON Four sell-outs for the rhine­stone cow­girl. Odyssey, Belfast, Mar 30 & Apr 3; Green­glens, Mill­street, Co Cork, Mar 31; Point, Dublin, Apr 2 PUSSY­CAT DOLLS Where pop mu­sic meets raunch cul­ture. Sup­port from Def Jam’s r’n’b princess Ri­hanna. Odyssey, Belfast, Jan 31; Point, Dublin, Feb 2 THE RAKES Plucky Lon­don indie jin­gle-jan­glers play songs from their new album. Vicar St, Dublin, Mar 20 THE RAP­TURE Re­cently in town for a lame-ass cor­po­rate launch thingy, this gig will see less of the brands and more of the band be­hind House of Jeal­ous Lovers. Tri­pod, Dublin, Mar 3 LIONEL RICHIE His daugh­ter may be mak­ing more head­lines, but there are still peo­ple who want to go danc­ing on the ceil­ing with Lionel. Odyssey, Belfast, Mar 26-27; Point, Dublin, Mar 28

GRUFF RHYS Solo tour from the Su­per Furry An­i­mal. Vicar St, Dublin, March 31 SAXON Still go­ing strong af­ter 25 years in weather-beaten denim and leather. Spring & Air­brake, Belfast, March 2; Tem­ple Bar Mu­sic Cen­tre, Dublin, March 3 SNOOP DOGG/P DIDDY Heavy­weight hip-hop face-off. Snoop has con­sid­er­able live form, but the Did­dy­man should re­ally stick to flog­ging per­fume. Point, Dublin, Mar 31 SU­GABABES Pop with pouts aplenty. Point, Dublin, March 27; Wa­ter­front Hall, Belfast, March 28

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