The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET SEVEN DAYS - Jim Car­roll JC Cor­mac Larkin, Sara Keat­ing

mission to thrill for many years. Be­tween his work on the Ghostly and Spec­tral Sound la­bels, remixes for var­i­ous pop blue-chips and re­leases un­der his own name (Au­dion and Jab­ber­jaw), Dear has rarely paused for breath. He’s joined this evening by Matt Tol­frey, the Left­room over­seer whose ear for a good tune has seen that la­bel pro­vide el­bow-room for Maceo Plex, Jay Haze, Laura Jones and oth­ers over the past decade. HOUSE Duke Du­mont The pop-house boom has been good to Andy Dy­ment. When it comes to the week­end sound of the crowd, his tunes have been nigh on ubiq­ui­tous over the past two years. Dy­ment pro­duces user-friendly house tracks that shimmy and shake and will join you for a luridly coloured bev­er­age at the bar. Ex­pect whoops of de­light all night long for this Corker by the Lee.

MAY DAY MAY DAY That alert you can hear blar­ing sig­nals the unof­fi­cial open­ing of fes­ti­val sea­son. From here un­til around Oc­to­ber, ex­pect fes­ti­vals and events to be vy­ing for your at­ten­tion ev­ery week­end.

This week­end, there are two ex­cel­lent op­tions to choose from.

The Bray Jazz Fes­ti­val

runs from Fri­day to Satur­day, and the 16th edi­tion opens with the Dublin City Jazz Orches­tra led by Pete Churchill, pay­ing trib­ute to Kenny Wheeler. Brazil­ian multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Ed Motta gets in the groove on Satur­day night. US trum­pet star Am­brose Ak­in­musire (above) tops the bill on Sun­day night (read his ex­cel­lent in­ter­view on irish­times.com). There’s also plenty of do­mes­tic tal­ent on of­fer down the bill, in­clud­ing in­trepid vo­cal­ist Sue Ryn­hart and Afro-Cuban mon­sters Ha­vana Che.

Over in the wesht, things are more dra­matic thanks to the

Gal­way Theatre Fes­ti­val,

which runs un­til May 9th. Es­tab­lished in 2007 to give a plat­form to lo­cal work, the nine-day fes­ti­val crosses the­atri­cal bound­aries and the city, of­fer­ing cir­cus, spec­ta­cle and old-fash­ioned plays in a va­ri­ety of tra­di­tional and found venues. Mid­week treats in­clude a clown adap­ta­tion of Love’s Labour Lost (Bank of Ire­land Theatre, 1pm/7pm); Wit­ness, a glimpse of a trans­la­tor’s ex­pe­ri­ence with war tes­ti­mo­ni­als (An Taib­hdearc, 8.15pm); and a mul­ti­me­dia med­i­ta­tion on life in the dole queue, Wait­ing in Line (Nuns Is­land Theatre, 2pm/ 8.15pm).

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