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The Ir­ish and The Na­tional, we have a thing go­ing on. Six sold-out shows in the last nine months tes­tify to the bonds which are be­gin­ning to bind the eru­dite classical indie rock­ers from Brook­lyn to th­ese shores. They’ve the per­fect ma­te­rial for such links on such gor­geous re­cent al­bums as Al­li­ga­tor and Boxer. www.amer­i­can­


An­other band who’ve be­come closely ac­quainted with Ir­ish air­ports and ferry ports of late, Hot Chip will be show­ing off re­cent album Made In The Dark on this visit. Of course, there will also be room for such elec­tropop slam-dunks as Over & Over and Boy From School, which have seen the Lon­don combo make their name in the first place.


Let’s hope the Sh­effield man’s grace­ful, lovelorn, old-fash­ioned ro­man­tic torch songs will get the re­ac­tion they de­serve in Co Kil­dare. For Haw­ley, once a jour­ney­man gui­tarist with Pulp and Long­pigs, th­ese are hey­days to re­mem­ber, with the suc­cess of his Coles Cor­ner and Lady’s Bridge al­bums. www.richard­haw­


Steve Wold has prob­a­bly taken the long­est and strangest route to get to Ox­e­gen of all the acts this week­end. A one-time hobo in the United States, he set up a record­ing stu­dio in Olympia, Wash­ing­ton. Th­ese days, he’s based in Nor­way, from where his raw blues hol­lerin’ and gui­tar-pickin’ have seen him sell a mighty load of al­bums. www.sea­sick­


Such has been O’Rourke’s ubiq­uity on the Ir­ish scene that it comes as a sur­prise to re­alise he has just two al­bums to his name to date. Both Since Kyabram and Big Bad Beau­ti­ful World have seen his fan­club mush­room­ing in size and stature (Paul Weller, Gary Light­body and Paul Brady have praised his songcraft), while his split from V2 has not put a halt to his do­mes­tic gal­lop.­


Paul Heaton’s the one who co-wrote the songs which first The House­martins and then The Beau­ti­ful South sang. Jaunty, melan­choly, wry and whip-sharp have al­ways been Heaton’s hall­marks when it comes to the lyrics. Now fol­low­ing a solo star, this is your chance to see how new album The Cross Eyed Ram­bler mea­sures up in the canon. www.mys­pace. com/paul­heaton­mu­sic


Evil Urges is prob­a­bly the great leap for­ward for the Ken­tucky band. While Jim James and com­pany’s fond­ness for Neil Young and Crazy Horse still shines like a crazy di­a­mond on their fifth out­ing, it’s also an album honed from their de­sire to go fur­ther and deeper than they’ve gone be­fore. Clas­sic Amer­i­cana sounds with one foot in the roots, and heads firmly in the clouds.­morn­ing­


Putting drama in the mu­sic has served the Ir­ish-French cabaret singer very well since she first stepped into the lime­light. The songs of Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Kurt Weill and David Bowie are what O’Sul­li­van cuts loose with and she’s more than ca­pa­ble of charm­ing and be­guil­ing this par­tic­u­lar tent. www.camilleo­sul­li­


We don’t have a school like the BRIT school in Ire­land, but maybe the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion could do some­thing about that. Jack McManus joins an old boys’ and girls’ net­work which in­cludes Adelle, Amy Wine­house, Kate Nash, Katie Melua and Leona Lewis. In his case, his school­days al­lowed him to pol­ish such pi­ano-rock fare as Bang On The Pi­ano be­fore go­ing it alone. www.jack­

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