The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - Rock/Pop list­ings: Tony Clay­ton-Lea tclay­ton­lea@irish­

Fri­day 7


Damien Dempsey Ro­bust Ir­ish singer-song­writer pro­motes his lat­est al­bum, Almighty Love. Gonzo The­atre 9pm 118 Also Wed, Louth


The xx Nicely am­bigu­ous UK elec­tro/pop act. See panel. Olympia 8pm (sold out) 0818-719300 Also Sat, Dublin The Boom­town Rats Really? Like, with Geldof out front? Hhhmm... The Vil­lage 7.30pm 122.90 01-4780766 The Min­utes Noisy types from Dublin. Fluffy earplugs op­tional. Whe­lan’s 9pm (sold out) 01-4780766/1890-200078 Katie Kim/Che­quer­board/Ickis Mirolo Cool as you-know-what triple bill – we’re par­tic­u­larly thrilled to hear a pre­view of Che­quer­board’s up­com­ing al­bum, The Un­fold­ing. The Join­ery, Ar­bour Hill 8pm 110 Julie Feeney Award-win­ning, crit­i­cally ac­claimed singer and com­poser con­tin­ues na­tion­wide tour. Pep­per Can­is­ter Church 8pm 118/115 Also Mon, Mayo Dirty Epics Pre-Christ­mas bash for Ir­ish in­die-rock­ers, who will pre­view tracks from their One Way Mir­ror al­bum. Grand So­cial 8pm 17 Early House Rau­cous funk-soul out­fit that will get the Christ­mas party started. Bia Bar 10pm


Duke Spe­cial Mag­i­cal singer­song­writer on tour. Si­amsa Tíre The­atre & Arts Cen­tre, Tralee 8pm 121/118 066-7123055 Also Sat, Done­gal; Sun, Ty­rone; Mon, Dublin; Tues, Wex­ford; Wed, Clare; Thurs, Louth


The Lost Brothers Ir­ish duo; spe­cial­ties in­clude beau­ti­fully close har­monies & the evo­ca­tion of lost spir­its of pop and roots. Glens Cen­tre, Manorhamil­ton 8pm 115/112 071-9855833


Deloren­tos Ir­ish band con­tinue to plug their fine lat­est al­bum, Lit­tle Sparks. Dolan’s Ware­house 9pm 115/112 061-314483 Also Sat, Cork; Thurs, Gal­way


Jack L Tunes from Ja­nis Jo­plin, Robert John­son, Rolling Stones, Amy Wine­house, Echo & the Bun­ny­men, Jimi Hen­drix and Nir­vana are in­ter­preted in Ir­ish singer/per­former’s themed show. Excel The­atre 8pm ¤21/¤19 062-80520

Satur­day 8 CORK

Deloren­tos See Fri­day, Dublin. The Pavil­ion 8pm 115/112 021-4276230 Also Thurs, Gal­way


Duke Spe­cial See Fri­day, Kerry. An Gri­anán The­atre, Let­terkenny 8pm 117.50 074-9120777 Also Sun, Ty­rone; Mon, Dublin; Tues, Wex­ford; Wed, Clare; Thurs, Louth


James York­ston Scot­tish singer-song­writer in ca­hoots with Lisa O’Neill and Sea­mus Fog­a­rty. Work­man’s Club 8pm 115 0818-719300 Also Sun, Kilkenny The xx See Fri­day, Dublin/panel. Olympia The­atre 8pm (sold out) 0818-719300 Ul­traista UK-based trio of multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist (and Ra­dio­head pro­ducer) Nigel Go­drich, drum­mer Joey Waronker and vo­cal­ist/artist Laura Bet­tin­son. But­ton Fac­tory 7.30pm 112 01-6709202 The Ra­dioac­tive Grandma Three-piece acous­tic/har­monic in­die-pop/rock band launch their self-ti­tled de­but al­bum. Sweeney’s Bar 8pm Adm free Kerb­dog Ir­ish metal/pop band re­group for some pre-Christ­mas cracker shows. See What’s on Your Rider?. Academy 9pm 118 0818-719300


The En­e­mies Drogheda rock band along with St Pa­trick’s Boys Choir and the 120 all-fe­male choir of Our Lady’s Col­lege, Green­hills, get into the Christ­mas spirit. As part of Drogheda Christ­mas Bo­nanza 2012. St Peter’s Plaza, Drogheda 2pm Adm free


De­clan O’Rourke Singer and song­writer of charm, qual­ity and sub­stance. Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre 8pm 120 053-9123764

Sun­day 9


Funeral Suits Ir­ish band with a knack for de­liv­er­ing a de­cent tune or three. Cyprus Av­enue 9pm 18 021-4276165


Saucy Sun­days Show­case of promis­ing Ir­ish acts features French Bird, TT Love, Ciara Hayes, The Juice, Braille Club, Slack­ers Sym­phoy & Lisa McLaugh­lin. Grand So­cial 5pm Adm free Frank Turner UK singer-song­writer who is too rem­i­nis­cent of Tom Robin­son for com­fort. Whe­lan’s 9pm 113.50 (sold out) 01-4780766/1890-200078 Voices from the Front Line One-off show cel­e­brates courage of hu­man rights de­fend­ers through words and mu­sic. Pre­sen­ter Martin Sheen will be joined by the likes of Brenda Fricker, An­drea Corr, Robert Shee­han, Amy Hu­ber­man, Paul Brady, Hazel O’Connor, Kíla, Liam O’Maon­laí and other guests. Vicar St 7.30pm 134.95/124.95 0818-719390 Gemma Hayes Highly re­garded Ir­ish singer-song­writer per­forms tracks from her fourth stu­dio al­bum, Let It Break, and her qual­ity back cat­a­logue. Spe­cial guest is the rather good Joe Ch­ester. Olympia The­atre 8pm 130/128/123 0818-719300 Stag’s Head Christ­mas Party Ho-ho-ho with Hid­den High­ways, Shane Hen­nessy and Brand New Switcheroo. Stags Head 8pm 18/16 01-6793701


James York­ston See Satur­day, Dublin. Cleere’s the­atre 9pm 115 056-7762573


5 Foot Noth­ings A se­lec­tion of lo­cal bands tip the hat to Santa. Also fea­tur­ing The High­life, Hud­wink, and Tequila Rose. Part of Drogheda Christ­mas Bo­nanza 2012. Scotch Hall, Drogheda 1pm Adm free


Duke Spe­cial See Fri­day, Kerry. An Crea­gan, Ar­magh 8pm £15 048-80761112 Also Mon, Dublin; Tues, Wex­ford; Wed, Clare; Thurs, Louth

Mon­day 10


Lionel Richie Mr Smoothie picks up the slack fol­low­ing post­poned shows some months back. Guest is up and coming Ir­ish singer­song­writer Róisín O. O2 8pm 176/160.45/144.05 0818-719300 Also Tues, Belfast Duke Spe­cial See Fri­day, Kerry. Pep­per Can­is­ter Church 7.30pm 119 Also Tues, Wex­ford; Wed, Clare; Thurs, Louth


Julie Feeney See Fri­day, Dublin. Li­nen­hall Arts Cen­tre, Castle­bar 8pm 116/114 094-9023733

Tues­day 11


Lionel Richie See Mon­day, Dublin. Odyssey Arena 8pm £55/£44 048-90739074


North Side Drive Am­bi­ent pi­ano and elec­tron­ics from Cork-based mu­si­cian, Jonathan Pear­son. Cen­tre for Cre­ative Prac­tices 8pm 18.50/16 01-7995416


Duke Spe­cial See Fri­day, Kerry. The Yard 7.30pm 118/116 053-9144083 Also Wed, Clare; Thurs, Louth

Wed­nes­day 12


Duke Spe­cial See Fri­day, Kerry. Glór Ir­ish Mu­sic Cen­tre, En­nis 8pm 116/114 065-6843103 Also Thurs, Louth


Florence + the Ma­chine Ooh – get her and her “Far­well to 2012 Fancy Dress Party”. Spe­cial guest is Haim. O2 8pm 144.05/139.05 0818-719300 VerseCho­rusVerse Former ASIWYFA mem­ber takes the quiet route; spe­cial guest is Other Voices high­light Soak. Work­man’s Club 9pm 112 0818-719300


Damien Dempsey See Fri­day, Ca­van. Spirit Store, Dun­dalk 9pm 118 (sold out) 042-9352697

Thurs­day 13


Sweet Jane Re­con­sti­tuted Ir­ish band look­ing for­ward to 2013, no doubt. Aun­tie An­nie’s 9pm £7 048-90501660


Maria Doyle Kennedy Deft Ir­ish singer-song­writer/per­former. Pep­per Can­is­ter Church 7.30pm 118/116 Brian Kennedy In­ter­est­ing side­step for well-known Ir­ish singer/per­former: a solo acous­tic gig. Work­man’s Club 8pm 125 0818-719300 Thin Lizzy What’s in a name? The old geezers are back in town. Olympia 8pm 139.50/136.50/ 135.50 0818-719300 In Tua Nua Ir­ish band gear up for next year’s 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. But­ton Fac­tory 7.30pm 116 01-6709202 Queen Herod EP re­lease gig from this rather good new(ish) Ir­ish act. Sup­port acts in­clude Sa­muel & Tickly Teeth. Whe­lan’s (Up­stairs) 8pm 110/16 01-4780766/1890-200078 Barry Barnes Manch­ester mu­si­cian rips through the acous­tic mu­sic of Rory Gal­lagher. Gypsy Rose Bar 9pm 9pm 110


Deloren­tos See Fri­day, Dublin. Róisín Dubh 9pm 115/112 091-586540


Duke Spe­cial See Fri­day, Kerry. Spirit Store, Dun­dalk 8pm 119.50 042-9352697

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