ROCK/POP JAZZ TRA­DI­TIONAL CLAS­SI­CAL

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

Tony Clay­ton-Lea tclay­ton­lea@irish­times.com

FRI­DAY 11 BELFAST

Ir­ish elec­tro-pop band that know how to raise the roof. Bar Sub 9pm £11 se­cure.shine.net

CORK

Ex­cel­lent Ir­ish band per­form old and new tunes. St. Luke’s Church 7.30pm uticket.ie

Soul­ful singer, care­ful song­writer launches new al­bum, Non-Fic­tion. He’s from West Cork, you know. DeBar­ras, Clon­akilty 9.30pm

de­barra.ie

DUBLIN

Much loved Ir­ish band de­liver good-look­ing, nice-fringe pop/rock. 3Arena 7pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie Also Sat, Dublin

Mad­ch­ester’s clown princes re­visit their in­fa­mous Pills & Belly­aches era. Vicar St 7.30pm vi­carstreet.ie Also Sat, Belfast

Ir­ish band play a se­ries of gigs in an un­usu­ally small venue for their level of pop­u­lar­ity. Whe­lan’s 8pm (sold out) whe­lanslive.com Also Sat/Sun/Wed, Dublin

Pi­o­neer­ing UK ska act still de­liv­er­ing the skank­ing goods. Acad­emy 8pm

tick­et­mas­ter.ie Also Sat, Belfast

Ir­ish mu­si­cian/ pro­ducer/remixer takes cen­tre stage. The Work­man’s Club 8pm the­work­man­sclub.com

Sec­ond date here for one of Ire­land’s best metal/punk acts. But­ton Fac­tory 7.30pm but­ton­fac­tory.ie Also Sat, Belfast

Dubliner Mau­rice O’Con­nor plugs re­cently re­leased hip-hop/pop EP, Good Boy. Acad­emy 2 8pm

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Ir­ish band cel­e­brate the release of new EP, High Above this grey there’s Blue. Grand So­cial 8pm

tick­et­mas­ter.ie

Ir­ish roots/Amer­i­cana band end a good year - they were nom­i­nated for two In­ter­na­tional Blue­grass Mu­sic Awards, in Raleigh, North Carolina, the first non-North Amer­i­can band to be nom­i­nated. Uni­tar­ian Church 7.45pm tick­ets.ie

LIM­ER­ICK

Chicago funk mu­si­cians - the cause of foot tap­ping world­wide. Dolan’s Ware­house 8pm

dolans.ie Also Sat, Cork; Sun, Kilkenny

LOUTH

Smart Ir­ish per­former de­liv­ers his Christ­mas Show, North­ern Lights – Songs of the Win­ter Sol­stice. Droic­head Arts Cen­tre, Drogheda 8.30pm

droic­head.com

SATUR­DAY 12 BELFAST

See Fri­day, Dublin. The Lime­light 2 7pm £17 lime­light­belfast.com

See Fri­day, Dublin. The Lime­light 7pm £18 lime­light­belfast.com

See Fri­day, Dublin. Man­dela Hall 8pm £32.50 man­de­la­hall.com

CORK

Dublin-based mu­si­cian launches de­but al­bum, Cherry Blos­som Fall. Triskel Arts Cen­tre 9pm

triske­larts­cen­tre.ie See Fri­day, Lim­er­ick. St. Luke’s Church 7.30pm uticket.ie Also Sun, Kilkenny In­fec­tious Amer­i­cana/roots from much praised Cork-based band. Sir­ius Arts Cen­tre, Cobh 8.15pm sir­iusarts­cen­tre.ie

DUBLIN

See Seven Days. Vicar St 7.30pm vi­carstreet.ie

Fol­low­ing his ster­ling per­for­mance at Lon­gi­tude dur­ing the sum­mer, Gon­za­lez re­turns to Dublin to plug his lat­est al­bum, Ves­tiges & Claws. Spe­cial guests are This is the Kit. Acad­emy 7.30pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie Dublin-based in­stru­men­tal band - lay­ered, cin­e­matic, pow­er­ful. Spe­cial guests in­clude Race The Flux. The Work­man’s Club 9pm the­work­man­sclub.com

See Fri­day, Dublin. Whe­lan’s 8pm

(sold out) whe­lanslive.com Also Sun/Wed, Dublin

Ir­ish blues/groove ma­chine - well oiled and rar­ing to go. JJ Smyths 9pm jjs­myths.com

Classy, spooky folk/pop from au­da­cious duo. Whe­lan’s 8pm whe­lanslive.com

See Fri­day, Dublin. 3Arena 7pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie

GAL­WAY

Very pop­u­lar Ir­ish pop/rock band kick-start a se­ries of low key gigs. Róisín Dubh 8pm roisin­dubh.net Also Tues/Wed, Dublin

LIM­ER­ICK

A great year for a very fine Ir­ish band? Let’s sec­ond that. Dolan’s Ware­house 8pm dolans.ie

SUN­DAY 13 BELFAST

1970s pop sen­sa­tions re­turn with sole orig­i­nal mem­ber Les McK­e­own. Wa­ter­front Hall 8pm £26/£24/£22.50 wa­ter­front.co.uk Also Mon/Tues, Dublin

For­mer Westlife mem­ber now solo and with­out safety net. Scoff ye not - that takes courage. The Lime­light 2 7pm £17 lime­light­belfast.com

CORK

Fine Ir­ish band con­tin­ues its ‘Home Again - Acous­tic Tour’. Every­man Palace The­atre 8pm ev­ery­man­cork.com

DUBLIN

See Seven Days. Vicar St 7.30pm (sold out) vi­carstreet.ie

See Fri­day, Dublin. Whe­lan’s 8pm

whe­lanslive.com Also Wed, Dublin

Alt.coun­try, Amer­i­cana and soul mixed up in a tasty stew. Spe­cial guests in­clude Jem Mitchell and Stephen James Smith. The Work­man’s Club 8pm the­work­man­sclub.com

KILKENNY

See Fri­day, Lim­er­ick. Set The­atre 8pm set.ie

MON­DAY 14 DUBLIN

See Seven Days. Whe­lan’s 8pm (sold out) whe­lanslive.com Also Wed/Thurs, Cork

See Sun­day, Belfast. Vicar St 7.30pm vi­carstreet.ie Also Tues, Dublin

Soul/blues pair - as pro­fes­sional as they come. JJ Smyths 9.30pm jjs­myths.com

Bois­ter­ous rock’n’roll types from Dublin. Hangar 8pm

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Reg­gae band par ex­cel­lence. Acad­emy 8pm

tick­et­mas­ter.ie

Resched­uled date for neat UK gui­tar/pop band. Spe­cial guests are Plea­sure Beach. Olympia the­atre 8pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie

TUES­DAY 15 CORK

One of Ire­land’s most durable and en­gag­ing singer-song­writ­ers per­forms at this venue for two nights. Prof­its from the gigs will be do­nated to Right2Homes. Every­man Palace The­atre 8pm

ev­ery­man­cork.com Also Wed, Cork

DUBLIN

See Seven Days. Olympia the­atre 8pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie Also Thurs, Gal­way

See Sun­day, Belfast. Vicar St 7.30pm vi­carstreet.ie

See Satur­day, Gal­way. Grand So­cial 8pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie Also Wed, Dublin

Au­then­tic voice, classy chan­son. Sugar Club 8pm

the­sug­ar­club.com

Spe­cial sea­sonal gig fea­tur­ing sur­prise guests as well as “some of Ire­land’s best and best-loved song­writ­ers and mu­si­cians.” Hh­mmm… Whe­lan’s 8pm whe­lanslive.com

WED­NES­DAY 16 CORK

See Seven Days. See Mon­day, Dublin. Cyprus Av­enue 7.30pm (sold out) cyprusav­enue.ie Also Thurs, Cork

Ir­ish sib­ling duo - pop­tas­tic, in a good way. St. Luke’s Church 7.30pm

uticket.ie

See Tues­day, Cork. Every­man Palace The­atre 8pm ev­ery­man­cork.com

DUBLIN

Tu­pelo, Mis­sis­sippi-raised broth­ers Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee bring on the ur­ban beats. Vicar St 7.30pm vi­carstreet.ie

For­mer win­ner of the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test (in 1996), Quinn un­der­takes two Christ­mas shows. Pav­il­ion The­atre, Dun Laoghaire 8pm

pavil­ionthe­atre.ie Also Thurs, Dublin

See Satur­day, Gal­way. Grand So­cial 8pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie

See Fri­day, Dublin. Whe­lan’s 8pm

whe­lanslive.com

GAL­WAY

Kerry band plug de­but al­bum Ev­ery­thing This Way. Sea­point Ball­room, Salthill 8pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie Also Thurs, Kilkenny

THURS­DAY 17 BELFAST

UK band, now past their rave/glo-sticks phase. The Lime­light 7pm £18 lime­light­belfast.com

CORK

See Seven Days. See Mon­day, Dublin. Cyprus Av­enue 7.30pm (sold out) cyprusav­enue.ie

DUBLIN

See Seven Days. Vicar St 7.30pm

vi­carstreet.ie

Dublin in­die record shop cel­e­brates its 1st birth­day with a line-up that in­cludes Twin Kranes, Pa­trick Kelleher, Fierce Mild, and more. Grand So­cial 8pm thegrandso­cial.ie

Ir­ish duo pre­view tracks from their forth­com­ing al­bum. Spe­cial guest is Dublin band Level Heads. The Work­man’s Club 8pm the­work­man­sclub.com

See Wed­nes­day, Dublin. Pav­il­ion The­atre, Dun Laoghaire 8pm pavil­ionthe­atre.ie

GAL­WAY

See Seven Days. See Tues­day, Dublin. Róisín Dubh 9pm roisin­dubh.net

KILKENNY

See Wed­nes­day, Gal­way. Set The­atre 8pm set.ie Cor­mac Larkin clarkin@irish­times.com

See Seven Days. Triskel Christchurch, Tobin st., 8pm, 12, triske­larts­cen­tre.ie

SAT 12 DUBLIN

Monthly free-im­prov ses­sion fea­tur­ing the fear­less ¡NO! col­lec­tive and avant-gardist Brian Coniffe

SUN 13 DUBLIN

Hard-swing­ing guitarist with Phil Ware (pno), Dan Bod­well (bs), and Do­minic Mul­lan (drm) JJ Smyths, Aungier st., 5pm,

jjs­myths.com

TUE 15 DUBLIN

ses­sion with ever-shift­ing line-up. In­ter­na­tional Bar, Wick­low st., 9pm, No CC ( ‘do­na­tion’), face­book.com/ in­ter­na­tion­al­jazz

Weekly ses­sion keep­ing the hard-bop flame alight Leeson Lounge, Leeson st., 9pm, No CC

WED 16 DUBLIN

See Seven Days. Na­tional Con­cert Hall, Earls­fort tce., 8pm, 34.50/29.50, nch.ie

THU 17 DUBLIN

See Seven Days. Bello Bar, Por­to­bello, 7pm,

lis­ten.ie

Pi­ano trio with in­ter­na­tional flavour. JJ Smyths, Aungier st., 9pm, jjs­myths.com

Reg­u­lar ses­sion with ever-shift­ing line-up; see Face­book page for lat­est. In­ter­na­tional Bar, Wick­low st., 9pm, No CC ( ‘do­na­tion’), face­book.com/ in­ter­na­tion­al­jazz

SLIGO

Sligo bassist with Ciaran Wilde (sax­o­phones) and Pa­trick Gil­bert (key­boards) Har­gadons, O’Connell st., 9pm, No CC, sligo­jazz.ie Siob­han Long slong@irish­times.com

FRI­DAY 11 DUBLIN

. Tonight fea­tures renowned Clare con­certina player, Hill. Na Píobairí Uil­leann, Hen­ri­etta Street 8.30pm pipers.ie

Mal­lor­can singer/ songer, long res­i­dent in Sligo, who re­cently re­leased a dou­ble CD, cel­e­brat­ing his life in mu­sic: Els Colors del Temps/The Colours of Time. With cel­list, Hous­ton. DC Mu­sic Club, 20, Cam­den Row 9pm

mu­si­clee.ie

Fea­tur­ing the cream of singers: Padraigín Ní Ual­lacháin, Máire Ní Chéil­leachair, Anne Skel­ton, Gerry Cullen, Phil Callery and Alas­dair Roberts from Scot­land. Na­tional Li­brary 7pm man­wom­anand­child.ie

Cel­e­brat­ing the re-launch of Early Bal­lads in Ire­land, orig­i­nally edited by Tom Mun­nelly and Hugh Shields in 1985. . An Góilín, The Teach­ers’ Club, Par­nell Square 9.30pm goilin.com sto­ry­teller Bren­dan Nolan, wel­comes all com­ers , cour­tesy of Sto­ry­tellers With­out Bor­ders. Áras Chrónáin, Clon­dalkin 8.30pm

01-6281125

KIL­DARE

Done­gal box player and Bre­ton harpist and singer . Leixlip Parish Cen­tre 7.30pm

cceleixlip.com

SUN­DAY 13 CORK

Lo­cal singer and guitarist, memer of The Joy­ful Mys­ter­ies and The Fallen An­gels. Cork Singers’ Club, An Spailpín Fá­nach 9.30pm Adm free 021-4277949

WICK­LOW

An evening of songs and carols, thanks to the folks from the Mu­sic Un­der The Moun­tains fes­ti­val. St. Kevin’s Church, Hol­ly­wood 6pm 087-2248509

WED­NES­DAY 16 DUBLIN

MC Mick O’Con­nor leads a ses­sion ti­tled Tak­ing Lib­er­ties: songs and sto­ries from Dublin’s old­est quar­ter. Clé Club, Lib­erty Hall 8pm 087-2387015

Fiddle player Mau­rice Len­non& con­certina player Cor­mac Be­g­ley em­bark on a five-date tour, fus­ing con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tions of our tra­di­tional mu­sic with its deep­est roots. The Cob­ble­stone 9pm cob­ble­stonepub.ie Also Thurs, Leitrim

THURS­DAY 17 LEITRIM

See Wed, Dublin. The Dock, Car­rick On Shan­non 8.30pm the­dock.ie Michael Der­van mder­van@irish­times.com

FRI­DAY 11 BELFAST

Sarah Ty­nan (so­prano), Christopher Ainslie (counter tenor), James Ox­ley (tenor), Jonathan Le­malu (bass), Belfast Phil­har­monic Choir, UO/Matthew Halls. Han­del: Mes­siah. 7.30pm £10-£27 048-90334455

DUBLIN

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