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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

MARTHA WAIN­WRIGHT Opera House, Cork Tonight 7.30pm ¤30 021-4270022; Róisín Dubh, Gal­way To­mor­row 8pm ¤30 091-586540; Pep­per Can­is­ter Church, Dublin Sun/Mon 7.30pm ¤30 (sold out) 0818-719300 The weight of ex­pec­ta­tion has grad­u­ally lifted from Martha Wain­wright’s slim shoul­ders, and it isn’t be­fore time. Wain­wright be­gan in the late 1990s not as a singer-song­writer in her own right, but as the daugh­ter of Loudon Wain­wright III and Kate McGar­rigle, and the younger sis­ter of Ru­fus.

Slowly but surely, Martha has broad­ened her reach via her self-ti­tled 2005 de­but al­bum and her 2008 break­through, I Know You’re Mar­ried But I’ve Got Feel­ings Too. It’s been rel­a­tively plain sail­ing from the late Noughties on­wards, with sell-out shows and pithy per­for­mances from here to there and back again.

Wain­wright’s lat­est al­bum, Come Home to Mama, was wrought out of life (the birth of her first child) and loss (the death of her mother), and so ar­rives here with its own emo­tional, some­times vi­tu­per­a­tive dy­namic. Care­ful those of you with a front-row seat. Just say­ing.

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CITY HALL Fri/Sat/Sun, Dublin

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