Na­tional mu­sic day goes Love:live

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Weekly Guide To Entertainment Friday 19.03.2010 -

Ire­land’s first Na­tional Mu­sic Day is due to take place on April 16th. Love:live mu­sic was set up by non-profit mu­sic ser­vices or­gan­i­sa­tion Mu­sic Net­work, in con­junc­tion with RTÉ Lyric FM, and aims to “demon­strate first hand the wealth of imagination in­volved in the cre­ation and per­for­mance of mu­sic in Ire­land”, says man­ager Ais­ling Ryan.

On the day, there’ll be a num­ber of con­ven­tional and not-so-con­ven­tional – but all free – live events tak­ing place in vil­lages and towns all over the state, with Dublin and Lim­er­ick host­ing hub events. The Dublin event will take place in The But­ton Fac­tory from 8pm and fea­ture per­for­mances from Slide, Fidil and Bre­andán Be­g­ley and Caomhín Ó Raghal­laigh.

Lim­er­ick’s St John’s Church will host The Greg Fel­ton Quar­tet and spe­cial guests from 2pm, and the con­cert will be broad­cast live on The JK En­sem­ble.

Else­where, there’ll be per­for­mances of mu­sic of all gen­res in Sligo, Wex­ford, Water­ford, Cork and more, while com­poser Ge­orge Higgs plans to travel around Dublin on his “Joc­u­la­tor” – a bi­cy­cle that makes mu­sic. See love­liv­e­mu­

Foggy No­tions have an­nounced two spe­cial gigs tak­ing place this sum­mer. Com­poser Philip Glass will play the NCH on June 22nd, while Cork’s Mar­quee hosts Griz­zly Bear, Mid­lake, Cam­era Ob­scura and Vil­lagers on June 25th un­der the “Har­monic” ban­ner.

The Na­tional’s new al­bum de­tails have been an­nounced. High Vi­o­let, the fol­low up to 2007’s Boxer, is out on May 7th.

Bris­tol has been named Bri­tain’s “Most Mu­si­cal City” in a re­cent poll. The home of Mas­sive At­tack, Por­tishead, Tricky sur­pris­ingly came ahead of Lon­don, Manch­ester and Glasgow.

Ryan Adams is ready­ing the release of a metal al­bum called Orion in the com­ing weeks – the first release since the alt-coun­try star sup­pos­edly “re­tired” from mu­sic. You can hear sam­ple song Elec­tros­nake at

Caomhín Ó Raghal­laigh and Julie Fee­ley at the launch of Love:live

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