Tops in their class

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - SIOB­HÁN LONG

Nine­teen years af­ter the pre­ma­ture pass­ing of the Belfast flute player and founder of Al­tan, the Win­ter School in his me­mory con­tin­ues to grow apace.

If tra­di­tional mu­sic can be said to have a ful­crum, then it shifts un­ques­tion­ably to Done­gal from De­cem­ber 27th, when Andy Irvine, Liam Ó Maon­laí, Iarla Ó Lionáird, At First Light and oth­ers will gather in the most pic­turesque set­ting of Ionad Cois Locha. This lake­side chapel looks and feels as if it was con­jured by Robert Frost, and the mu­sic only serves to shore up that in­tense mix of ca­ma­raderie and splen­did iso­la­tion.

Along­side art work­shops and mu­sic classes there will be lec­tures, songs and tall tales told. The Win­ter School New Year’s Eve céilí is in the wel­com­ing arms of Bre­an­ndán Be­g­ley and Steve Cooney this year, so ex­pect to break on through til dawn. A mu­si­cal in­ter­lude like no other.

SLIGO

The Jazz Ladds Harp Tav­ern, Sligo 1pm Adm free

Thurs­day 27

DUBLIN

Chameleon Main­stream jazz from Hugh Buck­ley (gui­tar), Phil Ware (pi­ano), Neil O’Loghlen (bass) and Do­minic Mul­lan (drums). JJ Smyth’s, Aungier St Doors open 8.30pm 18 01-4752565 Jazz Ses­sion Down­stairs at the In­ter­na­tional Bar, 23 Wicklow St 9.30-11.30pm Adm free 01-6779250 Cen­tre New Dublin Voices/ Bernie Sher­lock. Carols for Christ­mas. 3pm, 8pm 115 NCH Rachel Ni­cholls (so­prano), Mozart Fes­ti­val Cho­rus and Orches­tra/Michael Bawtree. Carols by Can­dle­light. 3.15pm, 8pm 127.50-1 49.50

GAL­WAY

St Ni­cholas Col­le­giate Church, Gal­way Alan Kelly, Cois Cladaigh/Bren­dan O’Connor. Christ­mas Con­cert. 8pm

Sun­day 23

Done­gal bound (clockwise from be­low): At First Light, Liam Ó Maon­laí, Caitlin Nic Gab­hann, Steve Cooney FRANKIE KENNEDY WIN­TER SCHOOL/SCOIL GHEIMHRIDH FRANKIE KENNEDY Var­i­ous venues, Gwee­dore, Co Done­gal Dec 27-Jan 1 frankiekennedy.com 087-2722648

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