POP/ROCK Walking on Cars Olympia Theatre, Dublin 8pm ¤25/¤22.50 olympia.ie Also Thurs, Galway With a trickle of EP releases over the past two years, and an accompanying increase in profile and audience reach (as well as signing with Universal), Dingle’s Walking on Cars might well be the next commercial success story out of Ireland. This Dublin headline date comes as no surprise to those of us keeping a close eye on the band. TCL TRAD North Strand Kontra Band The Grand Social, Dublin 8pm ¤12/¤10 fivelampsarts.ie The Five Lamps Arts Festival rises to a gallop with this longtime Dublin outfit who mine the wide expanse of Bulgarian and Romanian traditional music to populate their repertoire, with no small tincture of their own original tunes tossed into the mix.
Live performance is what they’ve built their reputation on: fast and furious high-octane rhythms that cry out for a roomful of elasticated joints – purely for swivelling purposes, of course. SL JAZZ Tom Rainey’s Obbligato Whelans, Dublin 8pm ¤15/¤12, improvisedmusic.ie Tom Rainey is the drummer the New York downtown leaders call when they need creativity and originality, but they also need it to groove like hell. Obbligato is the drummer’s own deconstructed take on the Great American Songbook, in the company of the sort of heavyduty downtown talent you don’t see every day on this side of the Atlantic: trumpeter Ralph Alessi, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, pianist Kris Davis and bassist Drew Gress. Support from the CEO Experiment. CL JAZZ Sue Rynhart/Dan Bodwell Dolans (upstairs), Limerick 8.30pm ¤10 dolans.ie Vocalist Sue Rynhart’s 2014 debut album, Crossings, was a blast of fresh air, placing her quirky, unclichéd songs in the stark setting of American Dan Bodwell’s bass.
Rynhart is classically trained but draws on everything from jazz to folk to experimental music, weaving a spell with Bodwell’s thoughtful counter lines and mapping out hitherto
uncharted territory. CL