ROCK The Hold Steady
Academy 9pm #27 theacademydublin.com There aren’t many rock bands around these days addressing themes of drug addiction, religious faith and redemption in as detailed and lyrical a fashion as Brooklyn’s The Hold Steady (right). Yet here they are – a blue-collar band with a liking for Hüsker Dü, and a natural storyteller in the form of frontman Craig Finn.
TRADITIONAL Dave Flynn and the Clare
Memory Orchestra with Martin Hayes St Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe 7pm ¤25/¤20 glor.ie Composer Dave Flynn has assembled a formidable collective of musicians, composing critically acclaimed music especially for them, and for their special guest, east Clare fiddler Martin Hayes. With an emphasis on memory (and therefore an absence of sheet music), the CMO are steadily garnering a reputation for melding traditional and classical music with a twist. Siobhán Long
Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Seamie O’Dowd Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford city 8pm ¤15/¤12 imagineartsfestival.com O’Connor’s impish, fleet-footed accordion has found routes to the most sublime tunes, both traditional and newly composed by O’Connor himself, as anyone who’s had the pleasure of hearing The Road West will testify. This trio bring accordion, fiddle, banjo, guitar and voice into the mix and relish the outcome. Guests of the John Dwyer Trad Weekend. SL
ANIMATION Dublin Animation Festival
Pavilion Theatre; Royal Marine Hotel; Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre dublinanimationfilmfestival.com ‘Toon fans should – nay, must – set sail for Dún Laoghaire today where indie animator Bill Plympton will answer questions and premiere Cheatin’, his latest feature film. The ace doodler behind Kanye West’s Heard ‘Em Say video will gift a complimentary sketch to everyone in the audience. Elsewhere, Will Becher of Aardman Studios will hold two modelling workshops and there’s a masterclass from Kyle Balda, director of the incoming Minions. Tara Brady
Prototype Project Arts Centre, Dublin . All Day Hilary O’Shaughnessy’s company Make and Do takes gaming pretty seriously. This mini festival of Play and Interaction at Project Arts Centre creates a playground of ideas and activities for two days (concluding Saturday), ranging from talks with game designers and theatre makers to interactive diversions. How about learning to see the world through roving camera eyes, jousting to Bach or a playing game of tag in the dark with flashlights? Peter Crawley