Body & Soul next week­end

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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.

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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.

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