ELECTRO-POP Sylvan Esso On paper, in plain black and white, it shouldn’t work. But the Appalachian folk heritage of Amelia Meath and the psych-rock/roots trappings of Megafaun’s Nick Sanborn intersect neatly, thank you very much, at a point where affecting electro-pop erupts. The duo returns to Dublin following last October’s debut at the Workman’s Club. town tonight – good news indeed for Belfast’s party faithful. Resident DJs James Prestley and Giles Smith will represent the London club, a shindig that has managed the remarkable feat of remaining relevant and cutting-edge 13 years on from its inception. Support from Paddy Towe (Slack Society), Phil Lucas and Switch resident Matt Burns. JAZZ Phil Ware Trio featuring Bobby Wellins Veteran Scottish saxophonist Bobby Wellins has been one of the most original voices on the UK scene since the mid-1950s, perhaps best known for his contribution to Stan Tracey’s seminal Under Milk Wood recordings. His previous Irish encounters with pianist Phil Ware have been celebratory, hard-swinging affairs and these two dates, north and south, promise to be no different. At the zenith of wishful thinking, people will refer to Northern Ireland’s “post-conflict” society. It’s a utopian ideal, certainly, but not one that’s particularly useful for drama, which thrives on crisis. Belfast playwright Jimmy McAleavey makes his Abbey debut with a play about the aftermath of the Peace Process (where conflict hasn’t gone away, you know). Nig and Joe are two former soldiers, drifting through a half-life of Philly pianist Eric Reed (below) was part of Wynton Marsalis’s neo-con juggernaut back in the early 90s, playing on some of the trumpeter’s key albums, and he has also mixed it with legends like Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson. Reed is on a European tour and he’s stopping off in Ireland for two dates with Dublin guitarist John Moriarty and an international quartet.