PICK OF THE WEEK
Declan McCarthy’s Baltimore Fiddle Fair is the shiniest boutique festival in the land. Founded on the self-effacing fiddle, this weekend gathering welcomes a wealth of other instruments into its fold. This year’s highlights include Cape Breton duo Troy McGillivray and Shane Cook, and Hebridean singer and whistle player Julie Fowlis, as well as the girdleloosening Foghorn Stringband. The venues hosting the festival share billing with the musicians, so if you’re anywhere within a four-wheeled vehicle’s tank from Baltimore, head for the Glebe Garden Amphitheatre: the ideal space in which to hold this music captive. FOLK POP Pierce Turner
HOME\SICK Oh the stories The Ticket could tell about our home. There are the countless late-night jam sessions with the great and the good of music (and yes belting out I Have Nothing at 2am with no accompaniment counts). Barely a day goes by without some actor on the make giving us a soliloquy in the good salon (in-between their cleaning shifts); and the conservatory is where we like to retire for brandy and cigars of an evening, and, no, that’s not a stupid name for the garden shed.
The Science Gallery has other ideas though. In its latest show, curators including Anne Enright, Ali Grehan and Anna R Davies imagine how our gaffs might be reimagined as “centres of communication”, and how they might produce food and energy rather than just consume it (the wind power from our Whitney bursts alone could energise a small village).
Artist Fergal McCarthy has built a replica of Dublin’s Northbank Lighthouse. Sciene Gallery staff will also happily swab your belly button to find out what’s living in you (tests for the spirit of Whitney have so far proved inconclusive). Diego Trujillo Pisanty’s With Robots looks at how our homes could be redesigned to accommodate our new best friends: robots. And WashLab invites visitors to pull back the shower curtain and join a collaborative research project that looks at your washing habits and explores how changing these could reduce water consumption while still keeping you box-fresh.
All of which puts our downstairs disco loo in perspective. But we did get a great deal on it when installed the water bed and jacuzzi.