I paid £100 to see Bob Dylan. Never again.
Any useful stage tips? Make sure you’re in tune and make eye contact with your audience. What’s the worst thing ever thrown at you? Glass bottles. Never funny, never cool. If you could be in any other band, which one? Most of my favourite bands are actually examples of perfect chemistry – I wouldn’t actually want to join Fugazi, I’d fuck it up. That said, Larry & His Flask have more fun on stage than any other band I’ve seen, and they’re friends, so that’d be cool I’m sure. hosts Bruce Molsky, Casey Driessen and John Doyle. Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre, Baltimore 3pm 115 fiddlefair.com Máirtín Ó Connor, Zoë Conway and Dónal Lunny See Friday, Westmeath. Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny 8pm 112/ 110 074-9129186 Also Sun, Sligo; Mon, Mayo; Tues, Roscommon
Guth Binn agus Téada Óir Galway Early Music Festival features harpist and historian Ann Heymann with Charlie Heymann on vocals and Simon O’Dwyer on prehistoric and medieval Irish horns. Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard 5pm/ 7pm 115/112/15 galwayearly music.com
Blazing Bows See Friday, Sligo. Siamsa Tíre, Tralee 8pm 119/116 066-7123055
The Casey Driessen Singularity and Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole American fiddle genius and Cajun/Creole band are guests of Baltimore Fiddle Fair. Fiddle Fair Marquee 9pm 125 fiddlefair.com
Toner Quinn & Malachy Bourke Baltimore Fiddle Fair showcases another fine fiddle duo. Dún na Séad Castle, Baltimore 1pm 110 fiddlefair.com The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Colm Mac Iomaire and guests The Frames’ fiddler, Mac Iomaire joins Scandinavian trio and special guests. Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre, Baltimore 3pm 120 fiddlefair.com Una Palliser and Marco Hatlak and Capercaille Cork/Slovenian duo share a bill with Scottish supergroup, guests of Baltimore Fiddle Fair. Fiddle Fair Marquee 9pm 125 fiddlefair.com
Máirtín Ó Connor, Zoë Conway and Dónal Lunny See Friday, Westmeath. Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo 8pm 115 071-9161518 Also Mon, Mayo; Tues, Roscommon What’s your best tour story? I have hundreds to choose from; this has basically been my entire life since 2004 (and my first run was 1998). Off the top of my head, I can think of the time when I literally had to travel by train, plane and automobile to make it through a snowstorm from Paris to London for a Christmas show. I made it to the venue about five minutes after I was due to play and ran in the back doors and onto the stage and started without catching my breath. Crazy day.
In conversation with Tony Clayton-Lea. Frank Turner plays Dublin’s Academy on Saturday Classical listings: Michael Dervan email@example.com
Ulster Hall UO/Howard Shelley (piano). Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor K491; Beethoven: Eroica Symphony. 7.45pm £8-£22 048-90239955
Bantry House, Bantry Cremona String Quartet. Beethoven: Quartets Op 59 Nos 1-3 (Razumovsky). 8pm 118 027-52788
NCH Dearbhla Collins, Hugh Tinney (piano), RTÉ NSO/Finghin Collins (piano). Mozart: Piano Concertos No 5 in D K175; No 27 in B flat K595; Concerto for three pianos. 8pm 110-135
Chapel of the Poor Clares, Galway Adrian Mantu (cello), John Feeley (guitar). Pastoral Music and Poetry through the Ages. 1pm 115 An Taibhdhearc, Galway Sonnets for the Cradle. 8pm 118
St Iberius Church, Wexford Bridget Knowles (mezzo soprano), Malcolm Proud (piano). Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder; plus Poulenc, Purcell, Mozart, Schubert. 8pm 115