We’ve just had Mrs Carter; now comes Alicia Keys. Certainly, the two American stars couldn’t be more different, as Keys has always seemed to attach a low-profile clause to her popstar contract. This notwithstanding, she is a multi-winning Grammy artist,
deliver harmonies and old-timey pop/roots. Whelan’s 8pm 112 whelanslive.com Rebekka Karijord Evocative Norwegian singer-songwriter. Workman’s Club 9pm 116 theworkmansclub.com Sonny Condell and Robbie Overson Folk/pop duo of high renown. Annesley House, Fairview 9.15pm 110 01-8555121 the seller of almost 40 million albums worldwide, and – in US terms, at least – famous enough to open a Super Bowl match.
Keys is also more of a traditional r’n’b act, one whose music is rooted as much in vintage soul music as anything else, and whose musical inspirations include Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone and Marvin Gaye.
The Dudley Corporation See Friday, Cork. Róisín Dubh 9pm 112 roisindubh.net
Ben Reel Much admired Irish roots/blues/rock artist on tour. Spirit Store, Dundalk 9pm 112 spiritstore.ie
The New Triangle See Friday, Added to these is Keys’s prowess as a classical pianist, which occasionally drives her music into areas not usually associated with contemporary urban pop.
One for the sophisticated soul fan, then.
Ulrich Schnauss Sat, Dublin Sligo. Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 8pm 115/113 mermaidarts centre.ie
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The Pyro Blues Executive Blistering blues/soul/rock outfit, featuring Mick Pyro, Pat Farrell, John Querney, Noel Bridgeman and James Delaney. JJ Smyths 4.30pm 110 jjsmyths.com
ALICIA KEYS O2, Dublin Wed 8pm ¤86/ ¤70.45/¤54.65 theo2.ie