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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET/SEVEN DAYS - Craw­ley Peter Cor­mac Larkin.

“Christ, how am I go­ing to get through to­day?” be­gins Tom Mur­phy’s play from 1983, with a be­com­ing lilt some­where be­tween a beaten sigh and a search­ing prayer. That is, near enough, the tone of the play that marks the great play­wright’s be­lated Gate Theatre de­but. A crum­pled English “dy­nam­a­tol­o­gist”, JPW King, who is re­ally closer to a damp squib, con­sults with his sole client, a name­less Ir­ish prop­erty de­vel­oper, out of his mind and determined to sing like the Ital­ian tenor Be­ni­amino Gigli. West End regular David Grindley di­rects their ses­sions, which are at bot­tom about a search for sal­va­tion, shot through with a dry com­edy and lubri­cated with al­co­hol and the ex­al­ta­tion of song.

DOWN WITH JAZZ The Im­pro­vised Mu­sic Com­pany’s an­nual jazz-for-thep­eo­ple show – the first un­der new artis­tic direc­tor Ken­neth Killeen – is proof that the old pre­con­cep­tions about the J-word are ev­ery bit as wrong-headed as the orig­i­nal 1930s rants against the devils mu­sic that give the fes­ti­val its archly sar­cas­tic ti­tle.

This year’s broad church, gath­ered un­der the spec­tac­u­lar (and sen­si­bly weather-proof) um­brel­las on Meet­ing House square in Dublin’s Tem­ple Bar, in­cludes ev­ery­thing from clas­sic be-bop to pound­ing hip-hop, west African grooves to Zappa-es­que funk, synth-prog-rock to Hen­drix free jazz.

One of the high­lights of this year’s fes­ti­val will be a rare Ir­ish con­cert ap­pear­ance from bona-fide gui­tar leg­end

and his quin­tet on Satur­day night. Also on Satur­day’s bill are

Dublin’s longestrun­ning jam band led by sax­o­phon­ist a new fu­sion of Ir­ish trad and vo­cal beat boxing from per­cus­sion­ist Rob­bie Har­ris;

a Frank Zappa-in­spired

Louis Ste­wart

Iso­tope,

Richie Buck­ley; Jiggy,

Bun­dle,

Tongue

six piece; and

Mix­tapes from the Un­der­ground,

who bring the night to a close with their en­er­getic col­li­sion of jazz and hip-hop.

Sun­day’s con­gre­ga­tion is led from the front by vir­tu­osic Tip­per­ary gui­tarist

and his Ivory Coast per­cus­sion­ist

heads up a multi­na­tional world mu­sic sex­tet; pi­ano trio add sax­o­phon­ist Michael Buck­ley to their genre-hop­ping mix; serve up a synth-fest of prog rock and elec­tro-pop; and there’s a storm­ing fin­ish in prospect from the 17-piece

(above). Up with this sort of thing.

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Dem­bele

Orches­tra

Joe O’Cal­laElec­tric Freeplay;

Sidiki

The CEO Ex­per­i­ment

Leo Drez­den

Dublin City Jazz

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