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ac­tor and the tim­ing of a co­me­dian. With Ir­ish jazz leg­ends, pi­anist Jim Do­herty and bassist Dave Flem­ing, she has been ex­ca­vat­ing the Great Amer­i­can Song­book for the past decade, in­clud­ing last year’s ex­cel­lent Sky­lark CD. Here she adds the Del­maine String Quar­tet for an af­ter­noon of clas­sic songs. MU­SIC Fed­erico Al­banese and Michael Price Ital­ian com­poser Fed­erico Al­banese, who moves from clas­si­cal fare to pop and psychedelia, shares a bill with pi­anist Michael Price, who has a film and TV credit list that in­cludes Casino Royale, Sher­lock and, eh, X Men. Ex­pect a heavy emo­tional pay­load and much swoon­ing in the aisles.

THE LEITRIM EQUA­TION The Leitrim Equa­tion is a cel­e­bra­tion of about 300 years of mu­sic from the county, which re­sulted from an 18-month re­search pro­ject. In it, poet Vin­cent Woods and for­mer De Danann vo­cal­ist Eleanor Shan­ley are col­lab­o­rat­ing with mu­si­cians Donal Lunny, John McCartin (gui­tarist and Fine Gael chair­man of Leitrim county coun­cil), Dave Sheri­dan, Padraig McGovern, sean-nós dancer Ed­wina Guck­ian (above) and film-maker Johnny Go­gan .

Af­ter trawl­ing through ar­chives, manuscripts and old record­ings, in­clud­ing sev­eral made in New York in the 1920s , the group pay trib­ute to a di­verse cast, rang­ing from blind harper Tur­lough O’Carolan to Nan Fitz­patrick, who was born in Aughavas, Co Leitrim, in 1909. Af­ter em­i­grat­ing to New York as a 19-year-old, she be­came one of the first women to record there.

“I in­ter­viewed Nan shortly be­fore she died in 1989,” says Eleanor Shan­ley, who grew up in Kesh­car­ri­gan, a few miles from Nan’s birth­place. “She was a big star in New York but then she came home for the Eucharis­tic Congress in 1932. She met a man in Bal­li­namore so she mar­ried and never went back.”

Nan Fitz­patrick told Eleanor that no one at home knew she could sing. But some of her chil­dren will be at the Leitrim Equa­tion show tonight in the Sa­muel Beck­ett Theatre in Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin, which will fea­ture a crackly old record­ing of Nan singing The Faerie Child, a song about a mother los­ing a child.

Fr John Quinn, the parish priest of Gortlet­ter­agh, gave the team ac­cess to his col­lec­tion of mu­sic dat­ing back to the 1600s. They found O’Carolan tunes such as Si Beag Si Mor writ­ten in 1693, when the com­poser was just 21, and Planxty Reynolds, a trib­ute to his pa­tron Ge­orge Reynolds, which has not been per­formed in pub­lic for 200 years.

The Leitrim Equa­tion is at Sa­muel Beck­ett Theatre, TCD tonight and the Dock Arts Cen­tre, Car­rick on Shan­non, on Fe­bru­ary 17th and 18th.

Marese McDon­agh

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