Body & Soul next weekend
Manchester electronica duo Andy Barlow and Louise Rhodes have experienced more splits than a dance troupe, so it’s gratifying to know that, on yet another reunion, the pair are taking the time to visit Ireland. Think a smart fusion of musical styles here, from trip-hop, dub and jazz to folktronica, drum’n’bass and breakbeat. Whatever way the music pans out, though, you can be assured of virtually anthemic music that is infused with passion (Rhodes has been described, correctly, as a “trip-hop Edith Piaf”) and commitment. If comfy cocoons, gently waving flags, chimes that chink and the occasional craniosacral caressing makes your heart go all aflutter, then this serene space, located on the shores of Ballinlough Castle’s lake, is just for you. There will be up to 30 therapists on site for those who want to blend music with a range of massage that includes shiatsu, Ayurvedic and aromatherapy. There will also be yoga teachers and dance workshops. Fancy taking lessons in devotional classical Indian dance? Form an
orderly queue. musician and producer (have laptop, will travel) who innately trusts his instincts while also running free with ideas. Dance music? Maybe. Deep house? Perhaps not. Techno? Ah no. What then? How about Jaar’s own description of his ruminative, often melancholy grooves: “blue wave”. Yes, that’ll do nicely. Woodwind instrumentals in the woods? Yes, please. Gael Winds are Cliona Warren (bassoon), Rebecca Halliday (oboe), Conor Shiel (clarinet) and Vourneen Ryan (flute), and their plan is to make sure that after a performance by, for example, Holy Fuck, you can wind down with their mischievous, 21st-century take on classical music. You’ll hear the likes of Mozart and French composers Françaix and Bozza – with a twist.
During the day, this wonderfully named building (it isn’t a toilet, by the way) serves up freshly baked bread and the like, with a side order of foot spas, soaks and rubs. After the sun goes down a range of events take place, from music (trad to classical jazz), improv karaoke fun and games on the upright piano, and a very late (or very early, viewpoint depending) disco.