DRUM’N’BASS Crilli Dominic Angas is a man with drum ’n’ bass history running from his fingers to his toes. As Dom and Roland, Angas has been producing tough, heavyweight tech-driven sounds since the 1990s. He is a prolific figure with hundreds of tracks, remixes and albums for labels such as Moving Shadow, Metalheadz and his own Dom and Roland Productions. Support from local players Bad Operator, Stash, Digiac, Chill and Nephilim. HOUSE Kölsch Rune Reilly has many connections with this country, from family roots to the various big nights he has been a part of over the years. Releases for Michael Meyer’s Kompakt and his own Tattoorecs ensure there is always a welcome for Reilly when he comes to town. Support from Truss, Paula Temple and Jon Hussey. FOLK The Whileaways Singer/songwriter Noriana Kennedy and her fellow members of The Whileaways (Noelie McDonnell and Nicola Joyce) have upped the ante with their recent album, Saltwater Kisses. Think Appalachian trail cross-cutting the Maam Turks, with all the heathery colour and texture that such an odyssey would entail. Live, this trio create a warm, inventive sound that’s all their own.
TRAD Fiddler Zoe Conway (above) is one of the key attractions of this local festival, now in its second year. Set in the cradle that is Carlingford, local musicians will trade tunes with visitors who include Liam O’Connor, Seán McKeon, Mary Bergin and Michelle Mulcahy. A long overdue addition to the rich traditional fabric of Oriel. SONGS Ergodos Musicians The enigmatically titled Ergodos Musicians resist easy categorisation, but their 2014 album Songs) was a fresh and bold look at material as diverse as renaissance composer John Dowland and indie band The xx. Led by co-conspiratorial composers Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, and featuring the considerable talents of vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, cellist Kate Ellis and saxophonist Seán MacErlaine, it is a night to leave your preconceptions at the door.