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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - GOINGOUT - BY JIM CAR­ROLL

FES­TI­VAL DOWN WITH JAZZ

What be­gan as a tongue -in-cheek cel­e­bra­tion of the 1930’s anti-jazz move­ment has be­come an ad­ven­tur­ous cel­e­bra­tion of Ir­ish jazz, blues and im­prov per­form­ers. Per­form­ers lined up for the third run of the fes­ti­val in­clude DFF, Booka Brass Band (above), Tommy Halferty Trio, En­sem­ble Eriu, OKO, Alarmist, Man­den Ex­press and many more. Meet­ing House Square, Dublin, Satur­day-Sun­day 7.30pm ¤10, down­with­jazz.com

COUN­TRY AMANDA SHIRES

The Texan singer and vi­o­lin player has built a great rep for her­self over the course of four solo al­bums and her work with Texas Play­boys, Thrift Store Cow­boys and Ja­son Is­bell. Her cur­rent al­bum Down Fell the Doves was widely re­garded as one of 2013’s best roots re­leases, a rich bunch of heart­break­ers and emo­tion­ally raw tunes. Mon­roe’s, Galway, Fri­day 8.30pm; Dolan’s, Lim­er­ick, Sat 8pm; and Whelan’s, Dublin, Sun­day 8pm. aman­dashires­mu­sic.com

OPERA LIS­MORE FES­TI­VAL

Ire­land’s only sum­mer opera fes­ti­val brings a fine line-up of stars to Co Water­ford this weekend. The fes­ti­val high­light is a new pro­duc­tion of Mozart’s The Magic Flute di­rected by Di­eter Kaegi and con­ducted by Marco Zam­belli, which is per­formed on both nights. Oth­ers ap­pear­ing at the fes­ti­val in­clude Yurodny En­sem­ble, Kate El­lis, Cara O’Sul­li­van (above) and Bill Dow­dall. Lis­more Cas­tle, Co Water­ford, Sat-Sun ¤5 to ¤120. lis­more­mu­sicfes­ti­val.com

BIRTH­DAY BASH SUB­JECT

As part of its on­go­ing sev­enth birth­day bash, Sub­ject wel­come Or­bital’s Phil Hart­noll (be­low) to Mid­dle Abbey Street in Dublin for a spe­cial clas­sics set. What we can ex­pect from Hart­noll is a set which will fea­ture var­i­ous Or­bital mixes, remixes and rar­i­ties from the ar­chive. Sup­port comes from DJ Mog-Y and oth­ers. Twisted Pep­per, Dublin, Satur­day 10.30pm €15 thetwist­ed­pep­per.com

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