Auld, bold ac­quain­tances

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NEW YEAR’S WRAP See list­ings for de­tails

Are we ready for it? Just when you thought it was safe to re­lax, along comes that pesky endof-year at­mos­phere to pump the adren­a­line back into your sys­tem. Of course, it’s all about the pre- and New Year Eve’s gigs hap­pen­ing around the coun­try, and, like last week, we’re deal­ing with ex­clu­sively Ir­ish acts.

Although the best gigs are lo­cated in Dublin (The Gand­his, Jerry Fish, Four of Us, Some­thing Hap­pens, Hot­house Flow­ers), there are sev­eral out­side the cap­i­tal that re­quire your at­ten­tion: Jack L (Kerry); Paddy Casey, Turn and Mick Flan­nery (Louth); Deloren­tos (Mayo); Frank & Wal­ters, Orig­i­nal Rude­boys and Le Galaxie (Cork); and Juliet Turner (Belfast).

As for the day it­self, your best bets are po­ten­tially great gigs in Dublin (Mix Tape New Year’s Eve Party, White Col­lar Boy/New Jack­son, Repub­lic of Loose) and rea­sons to be cheer­ful in Kerry (Saw Doc­tors/ As­lan/Some­thing Hap­pens) and Louth (Tem­per-Men­tal Miss Elay­neous). Af­ter De­cem­ber 31st? Well, on Jan 2 you can al­ways catch up with Ther­apy Ses­sions, which is part and par­cel of the First Fort­night Fes­ti­val.

That’s your lot from me this year, so have a good one, and see you all in 2013 – brighteyed, bushy-tailed, and rar­ing to go.

Clockwise from top: Some­thing Hap­pens, Mick Flan­nery, Jack L, Juliet Turner


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