ROCK/POP

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Some Blue Morn­ing. Na­ture. Night Brother Christ­mas by the Hearth,

Tony Clayton-Lea tclay­ton­lea@ir­ish­times.com

FRI­DAY 12 BELFAST

The Cana­dian crooner swings by for a very merry pre-Xmas sin­ga­long. Odyssey Arena 8pm £99.50/£89.50/£79.50/£69.5 0 odysse­yarena.com Also Sat, Belfast

CORK

Vin­tage prog/ psych/pop (and fans of au­thor Her­mann Hesse?) from the UK. Support is Cold Com­fort and Mon­goose. Crane Lane The­atre 8pm cranelan­ethe­atre.ie Also Sat, Dublin

DUBLIN

Ir­ish-Mal­tese artist with a lovely sense of sonic so­bri­ety plugs new al­bum,

Spe­cial guest is Katie Kim. The Work­man’s Club 8pm the­work­man­sclub.com

York­shire five-piece, once top of the pile, now still hale, hearty and up for the chal­lenge. Academy 8pm thea­cade­my­dublin.com

Ir­ish band head­line one of Dublin’s most pres­ti­gious venues as they per­form tracks off their lat­est al­bum, Be­comes Light. Spe­cial guests are The Aca­demics. Vicar St 7.30pm vi­carstreet.ie Some Pogues thing go­ing on here, folks, with the band’s orig­i­nal bassist. Sounds like a lotta fun to us! Whe­lan’s 8pm

whe­lanslive.com The weekly al­ter­na­tive Ir­ish mu­sic ra­dio show on ra­diomade.ie, pre­sented by Dwayne Woods and Ham­sand­wicH’s Ni­amh Far­rell, cel­e­brates a birth­day with per­fr­mances from R.S.A.G., Plu­tonic Dust, Dear Desert and White Col­lar Boy. Grand So­cial 8pm the­grand­so­cial.ie

KERRY

See Pick of the Week. St James Church, Din­gle 8pm (sold out) Also Sat/Sun, Kerry

LOUTH

Ir­ish band rid­ing the crest of a wave with this year’s al­bum, Spirit Store, Dun­dalk

spir­it­store.ie

8pm

SATUR­DAY 13 BELFAST

Rock­a­billy lady from Dublin’s Lib­er­ties sets out to rock around the Christ­mas tree. Ul­ster Hall 8pm £34/£29 ul­ster­hall.co.uk Also Sun, Mayo; Tues, Kerry

See Fri­day, Belfast. Odyssey Arena 8pm £99.50/£89.50/£79.50/ £69.50 odysse­yarena.com

CORK

Unique? Yes. Great songs? Yes. We love? Yes. Triskel Christchurch 7.30pm

triske­larts­cen­tre.ie

DUBLIN

See Seven Days. Olympia the­atre 8pm olympia.ie Pre-Crimbo show for the fans from catchy, snappy Dublin band. Academy 8pm thea­cade­my­dublin.com

Six-piece blues ma­chine – well oiled, too, and revving up as you read. JJ Smyths 9pm jjs­myths.com

See Seven Days. NCH (En­gi­neer­ing Li­brary) 3pm/4.30pm/6.30pm

nch.ie Also Sun,

Dublin

See Fri­day, Cork. Support acts tonight are New Se­cret Weapon and Tan­dem Felix. But­ton Fac­tory 7.30pm

but­ton­fac­tory.ie

Noisy evening ahoy! Spe­cial guests in­clude Them Wolves, and Cholera House. Whe­lan’s Up­stairs 8pm whe­lanslive.com

GAL­WAY

Rich pick­ings from Ir­ish singer­song­writer. Róisín Dubh 8pm

roisin­dubh.net

KERRY

See Pick of the Week. St James Church, Din­gle 8pm (sold out) Also Sun, Kerry

LIM­ER­ICK

Dublin-based band pre­view new tracks and serve up fa­mil­iar tunes. Dolan’s 8pm dolans.ie Also Thurs, Louth

SUN­DAY 14 DUBLIN

See Seven Days. Vicar St 7.30pm vi­carstreet.ie Also Mon, Gal­way; Wed, Kil­dare

Salon­themed monthly event fea­tur­ing mu­sic (Alien En­voy, aka Nick Kelly), pub­lic in­ter­view (Ir­ish au­thor Rob Doyle), a pre-Xmas free gift-giv­ing ses­sion, and a pop quiz. All the fun of the fair, etc. Odessa Club 8pm odessa.ie

Days. NCH 8pm

GAL­WAY

Cork singer­song­writer – ob­ser­vant, smart, funny. Róisín Dubh 8pm

roisin­dubh.net

KERRY

See Pick of the Week. St James Church, Din­gle 8pm (sold out)

MAYO

See Satur­day, Belfast. Royal The­atre, Castle­bar 8pm theroyal.ie Also Tues, Kerry

MON­DAY 15 BELFAST

Nutty men back again. Odyssey Arena 8pm £41.50 odysse­yarena.com Also Mon, Dublin

DUBLIN

See Seven

nch.ie

See Seven Days. Vicar St 7.30pm (sold out) vi­carstreet.ie Also Wed, Dublin In­deed! Say a cheery hello to Min­nie and the Il­ly­whack­ers and friends. Ha’penny Bridge Inn 8pm

Blues/soul pros de­liver tunes from the likes of Lit­tle Feat, Bon­nie Raitt, Free, Bobby Bland, Ray Charles and Ste­vie Ray Vaughan. JJ Smyths 9.30pm Adm free jjs­myths.com

GAL­WAY

See Sun­day, Dublin. See Seven Days. Town Hall The­atre 8pm tht.ie Also Wed, Kil­dare

TUES­DAY 16 DUBLIN

O’Con­nor comes to the end of great year. Vicar St 7.30pm (sold out) vi­carstreet.ie

See Seven Days. The Pep­per Can­is­ter Church 7.30pm (sold out) tick­et­mas­ter.ie Also Wed, Dublin

See Mon­day, Belfast. 3Arena 8pm 3Arena.ie

Mu­si­cal may­hem from New York via Ukraine. Academy 8pm thea­cade­my­dublin.com

KERRY

See Satur­day, Belfast. Ir­ish Na­tional Event Cen­tre, Kil­lar­ney 7.30pm

inec.ie

WED­NES­DAY 17 BELFAST

Side project fronted by Def Lep­pard’s lead singer Joe El­liott. The Lime­light 9pm £17.50 lime­light­belfast.com Also Thurs, Dublin

DUBLIN

See Seven Days. See Mon­day, Dublin. Vicar St 7.30pm (sold out) vi­carstreet.ie

See Seven Days. See Tues­day, Dublin. The Pep­per Can­is­ter Church 7.30pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie

KIL­DARE

See Seven Days. See Sun­day, Dublin. River­bank Arts Cen­tre, Weekly open singing ses­sion,wel­com­ing singers and songs in any lan­guage. An Góilín, The Teach­ers’ Club, Par­nell Square 9.30pm goilin.com

KIL­DARE

Craobh Bheartla Uí Fh­latharta, Comhaltas Ce­oltóirí Éire­ann Leixlip host this Christ­mas recital with Clare con­certina player, Fox and fid­dler, Byrne. Leixlip Parish Cen­tre 7.30pm

cceleixlip.com

SATUR­DAY 13 CORK

Cel­e­brat­ing his

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