TUES­DAY 26.05.15

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SONG­WRITER David Kitt The man some call Kittser (right) has ex­pe­ri­enced his ups and downs over the past 10 years, yet through it he has re­mained very much his own man, re­leas­ing non-typ­i­cal mu­sic via his New Jack­son al­ter-ego and keep­ing the bailiffs at a dis­tance by be­ing an in­te­gral part of David Gray’s tour­ing band. Two nights at this fine venue will see him delv­ing into his past while also de­liv­er­ing new tunes. ART RHA 185th An­nual Ex­hi­bi­tion as­pir­ing ex­hibitors took their chances, with the jury se­lect­ing work from open sub­mis­sion in what can be a cruel busi­ness. Last year saw a sub­stan­tial im­prove­ment in sales, ad­mit­tedly from a low base­line, and hopes are high that eco­nomic im­prove­ment will be re­flected in the for­tunes of the 185th an­nual show. “Un­easy lies the head that wears a crown,” says, fa­mously, a cou­ple of char­ac­ters in HBO’s The Wire, Jack Ni­chol­son in The De­parted, and your un­cle at Christ­mas when he’s mock­ing you. Henry IV said it first, though, in the sec­ond part of his story, dur­ing Shake­speare’s cy­cle of his­tory plays deal­ing with re­gal usurpa­tion and suc­ces­sion, fam­ily drama and war­fare. Now Druid make their own ap­pro­pri­a­tion, in Mark O’Rowe’s six-hour ver­sion of all four plays of the Hen­riad, where gen­der and na­tion­hood be­come equally por­ous and charged in pro­duc­tion. Di­rect­ing a 13-strong en­sem­ble across a huge event, mainly con­fined to a tiny venue, Garry Hynes again leads the way. ART Light Falls – Liadin Cooke, Mar­cia Hafif, Mark Joyce, Sofie Loscher, Scott Lyall and Brid­get Ri­ley From Mar­cia Hafif’s richly coloured, monochro­matic Shade paint­ings to Brid­get Ri­ley’s ab­stracted evo­ca­tion of swim­ming in the sea at Bas­sacs – “as though one was swim­ming through a di­a­mond” – and Liadin Cooke’s “Stacks” of wa­ter and colour, all the artists in­cluded are fas­ci­nated by the qual­i­ties of nat­u­ral light. POP/FOLK Lit­tle Hours Done­gal’s Ryan McCloskey and John Do­herty made lots of friends ear­lier this year when their song, It’s Still Love, made its way into the Me­teor Choice Song of the Year 2014 list . Now signed to RCA Records, the duo can look for­ward to a very pro­duc­tive year play­ing to an ever-grow­ing au­di­ence. EX­PER­I­MEN­TAL JAZZ Okkyung Lee/Paul G Smyth Duo Jimmy Cake pi­anist Paul G Smyth con­tin­ues his ex­plo­rative duo se­ries at the NCH with an en­counter with ac­claimed Korean cel­list Okkyung Lee (above). Based in New York since 2000, Lee is a mu­si­cal out­lier, mix­ing con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal, jazz, elec­tron­ica and Korean folk mu­sic with some of the big­gest names on the NYC ex­per­i­men­tal scene, in­clud­ing Lau­rie An­der­son, Vi­jay Iyer and John Zorn. TRAD Caitlín and Ciarán Fi­nal chance to catch con­certina/ fid­dle duo Caitlín Nic Gab­hann and Ciarán Ó Maon­aigh as they tour their de­but CD.

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