PICK OF THE WEEK
Turkish singer Sanem Kalfa mixes jazz with the folk music of her homeland, and she won first prize at the Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in 2010, which was awarded by none other than producer Quincy Jones. Here she renews a creative partnership with guitarist Aengus Hackett and members of the innovative jazz-meets-trad group, Ensemble Éiru, including noted Galway saxophonist Matthew Berrill. JAZZ Linley Hamilton Quintet Leading Belfast trumpeter and jazz evangelist Linley Hamilton’s current group is a powerful north-south collaboration, with Dublin-based pianist Johnny Taylor and guitarist Julien Colarossi adding their considerable voices to Hamilton’s hard-swinging sound. THEATRE The Good Father Ah, St Patrick: scourge of snakes, supporter of shamrocks and the patron saint of the bacchanal (at least if the typical annual celebrations in his name are anything to go by).
It doesn’t all have to be beer and bother, though, with countless cultural options for the midweek bank holiday break.
In Dublin, the team that give you the Body and Soul festival is staging the latest in what are becoming regular invasions of the august surroundings of Imma in Kilmainham, with Ériu (which is named after the Irish goddess that the name Éire derives from, obviously).
Tickets come with dinner as an option, while entertainment will come from Lamb, Jape, Jennifer Evans, RSAG, Máirtín O’Connor Band, Subplots, Margie Lewis and Katie Kim, along with Macnas (above), bespoke visuals and an “excessive/ transgressive” dress code. See ticketmaster.ie
I Love My City is spread out over four days, and highlights include talks, interviews, and live entertainment at Belvedere House with Lisa O’Neill and Gary Cooke among others; an Irish cuisine three-course dinner at Guinness Storehouse; a collection of Irish Design 2015 events in public spaces and plenty more. See stpatricksfestival.ie.
Ireland’s oldest city, and one that claims St Patrick as its own, Armagh is also giving it plenty of festive welly with five days of events, including concerts from Stockton’s Wing and Mary Coughlan. See armagh.co.uk/saintpatrick.
Around the rest of the country you can barely move for céilí and craic, more of which are listed throughout these pages. Arms to the sides, hup, two, three, four – oh, you know the drill.