THURS­DAY 03.03.16

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Vicar St Dublin 7.30pm ¤25.50 tick­et­mas­ TCL Olympia theatre Dublin 8pm ¤40.05 tick­et­mas­ TCL PC

AWARDS Choice Mu­sic Prize 2015 If it’s early March, then it has to be the Choice Mu­sic Prize. Dec­la­ra­tion of in­ter­est: I am chair­man of the judg­ing panel, but what the hell – this is al­ways a great night that cel­e­brates the health and wealth of Ir­ish mu­sic. Live sets from Al­bum of the Year nom­i­nees HamsandwicH, Colm Mac Con Io­maire, Vil­lagers, Soak (right), Le Galaxie, Gavin James, and Song of the Year nom­i­nees The Aca­demic, All Tvvins, Fight Like Apes, Plea­sure Beach, Otherkin and Daithi. SONG­WRITER Joanna New­som It isn’t of­ten that harpists/pi­anists/so­pra­nos veer into the nether­world of avant-pop, but Joanna New­som isn’t your run-of-the-mill artist. De­liv­er­ing songs that range from cir­cu­lar to sprawl­ing, from dainty to dra­matic, this is surely gig of the week. (And what a pity it clashes with Choice.) THEATRE Wild Sky vi­tal acts of com­mem­o­ra­tion have sought out per­spec­tives from be­yond the of­fi­cial nar­ra­tive; the voices un­heard or con­cealed. His­tory of­ten parses tan­gled events too neatly, but drama ap­pre­ci­ates the chaos and con­tra­dic­tion we tend to call truth. Deirdre Ki­na­han’s new play finds a specif­i­cally ru­ral an­gle from which to con­sider this most ur­ban of re­bel­lions, fol­low­ing the tragic love story of two young friends from Meath, Tom Far­rell and Josie Dunne, who are di­vided in af­fec­tion (Josie loves his poet friend, Mike Lowrey, based on the war poet Fran­cis Led­widge). When Mike joins the Bri­tish Army to go to war, Josie turns to na­tion­al­ism and suf­frage at home, while Tom, the least political of the group, joins the rebels of Easter 1916. Di­rected by Jo Man­gan, the per­for­mance is un­der­scored by songs, from Mary Mur­ray, drawn from the pe­riod.

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