SUN­DAY 14.12.14

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET - TCL Cormac Larkin Peter Craw­ley

IN­DIE ROCK Lit­tle Green Cars This very fine Dublin band has been rea­son­ably quiet this year, as they, no doubt, work away at per­fect­ing the songs that will play a ma­jor part of their re­turn to the coal­face in 2015. Ex­pect a batch of new ma­te­rial, then, as well as treats from last year’s de­but al­bum, Ab­so­lute Zero. Spe­cial guests are Other Crea­tures. JAZZ Richie Buckley Quin­tet Dubliner Richie Buckley spends most of his time play­ing his sax­o­phone in other peo­ple’s groups – ev­ery­one from Van Mor­ri­son to Elvis Costello to Barry Manilow – and chances to hear him do his own thing on his own terms in his own home town are lamentably rare. Two chances come to­gether this week, both in the up­stairs room at JJ Smyth’s, first on Sun­day af­ter­noon with his own group, and then on Thurs­day night with a re-formed Iso­tope. Ei­ther, or both will do thanks. Marie Jones, one of the most popular writ­ers to come out of North­ern Ire­land, re­turns to the Lyric with a sea­sonal com­edy cen­tred on two fe­male po­lice of­fi­cers work­ing the Christ­mas Eve shift in Belfast. One is an ea­ger rookie, the other a sea­soned veteran on her last beat, as though Jones has been re­quired by genre law to follow a strict for­mula. But it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that a crowd-pleas­ing com­edy about the PSNI is a mea­sure of a very changed Ul­ster.

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