Hard wood hymns

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BON IVER Fes­ti­val Big Top, Gal­way Thurs 8pm ¤35.50 091-566577 Ev­ery once in a while some to­tally ob­scure artist man­ages to not only peek over the para­pet but also have peo­ple peek back at them. One such per­son is Justin Ver­non, a Wis­con­sin-based singer­song­writer who spent three cold months in the win­ter of 2006 holed up in his fa­ther’s cabin in the depths of the Wis­con­sin woods, and came up with an al­bum that has since be­come some­thing of a hit.

As be­fits some­one who is a fan of North­ern Ex­po­sure (the es­capist Alaskan fan­tasy tele­vi­sion se­ries), Ver­non – or, as his de­lib­er­ately mis­spelled French stage name has it, Bon Iver – has a quirky yet se­ri­ous take on lone­li­ness. This is, best ex­em­pli­fied on the afore­men­tioned al­bum, For Emma, For­ever Ago, which touched a raw nerve with its themes of love lost and iso­la­tion. A re­demp­tive gig, then? Well, makes a nice change, doesn’t it? TONY CLAY­TON-LEA Can’T See ThaT? CaTch This Leonard Co­hen in Dublin, Sun/Mon/Wed/Thurs

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