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.