PICK OF THE WEEK

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Cor­mac Larkin CL LAU­RENCE MACKIN

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.

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