ROCK/POP

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | GOING OUT - The Sky. Pot­hole in Sugar Is­land, Rooks have Re­turned. The Creation, In for a Áille na hÁille: A Ter­ri­ble Beauty,

Tony Clay­ton-Lea tclay­ton­lea@irish­times.com

FRI­DAY 20 BELFAST

Belfast dream-pop band – think blissed-out essence of Beach House. Lav­ery’s 9.30pm £5

See Seven Days. The Lime­light 8pm £17.50 (sold out) lime­light­belfast.com Also Sat, Dublin

1980s UK chart hit­ters cel­e­brate sur­vival and al­bum birthdays. Voodoo 8pm £14 voodoobelfast.com

DUBLIN

Qual­ity trib­ute to Karen Car­pen­ter cour­tesy of Toni Lee. Vicar St 7.30pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie Also Sat, Cork

Ca­van singer­song­writer con­tin­ues her na­tion­wide tour in sup­port of her re­cently re­leased, ac­claimed al­bum,

Whe­lan’s 8pm whe­lanslive.com Also Sat, Dublin

Singer, per­cus­sion­ist, com­poser/ pro­ducer, and one of Bill­board’s Top 5 im­por­tant Latin artists of this year. Grand So­cial 8pm

the­grand­so­cial.ie

Con­tem­po­rary big band spin to old-school Ja­maican ska? Step this way. The Workman’s Club 8pm the­work­man­sclub.com

Broth­ers Bren­dan and De­clan Mur­phy pre­view songs from their forth­com­ing al­bum, as well as much loved tunes from their highly re­garded back cat­a­logue. Sea­mus En­nis Cul­tural Cen­tre, The Naul 8pm 20/ sea­musen­nis­cen­tre.com Also Sat, Fer­managh

Get ready for a rake of spe­cial mu­sic guests at this neat “lit­tle gem” of a record shop. As part of the fifth an­nual Record Store Gay cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic and di­ver­sity. Lit­tle Gem 7pm free

LIM­ER­ICK

Ir­ish singer-song­writer per­forms with the very able as­sis­tance of a full orches­tra – ooh, get him! Spe­cial guest is Sarah Dolan. UCH 7.30pm uch.ie Also Sun, Cork

West­meath in­die rock/pop band aim­ing for the big time this year. Dolan’s Ware­house 8pm dolans.ie Also Sat, Gal­way

MEATH

Blues guy Don Baker and roots singer Clare Rose plug their col­lab­o­ra­tive al­bum. Beggy’s, Na­van 9pm

liveat­beg­gys.com Also Sat, Kerry

WATER­FORD

Un­plugged and in­ti­mate tour dates con­tinue for highly re­garded Ir­ish hip-hop artist. Project (Water­ford city) 9pm Also Sat, Cork; Sun, Kilkenny

Lisa O’Neill, Whe­lan’s, Dublin, tonight and tomorrow, 8pm SATUR­DAY 21 BELFAST

Stylish folk/pop band from the south­ern parts of these isles. Em­pire Mu­sic Hall 8.30pm £10 the­belfastem­pire.com Also Sun, Laois

CORK

See Fri­day, Dublin. Opera House 8pm cork­op­er­a­house.ie See Fri­day, Water­ford. St Luke’s 7.30pm uticket.ie Also Sun, Kilkenny

Dou­ble head­lin­ers – Dun­dalk ver­bal rab­ble rouser and Cork-based spo­ken word col­lec­tive. The Kino 8.30pm

DUBLIN

Canny Dublin band launch new al­bum, The Workman’s Club 8.30pm the­work­man­sclub.com

Stylish, dap­per US blues gui­tarist and song­writer. Vicar St 7.30pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie

See Seven Days. See Fri­day, Belfast. Academy 8pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie

See Fri­day, Dublin. Sea­mus En­nis Cul­tural Cen­tre, The Naul 8pm sea­musen­nis­cen­tre.com

Ir­ish in­die rock band chan­nels Brit­pop? Stranger things have hap­pened, folks. Grand So­cial 8pm the­grand­so­cial.ie

Where to start? How about boo­gie-woo­gie, swing, funk, rock’n’roll, jazz, coun­try and blues? That good enough for you? JJ Smyths 9pm jjs­myths.com

FER­MANAGH

See Fri­day, Dublin. Ar­dowen Theatre, En­niskillen 9pm £10 ard­howenthe­atre.com

GAL­WAY

See Fri­day, Lim­er­ick. (Note: the band play two shows today at this venue – the 3pm show is an “all ages” one.) Róisín Dubh 3pm/8pm

roisin­dubh.net

KERRY

See Fri­day, Meath. St John’s Art Cen­tre, Lis­towel 8pm stjohn­sthe­atrelis­towel.com

KIL­DARE

Ir­ish singer­song­writer is joined tonight by rous­ing singers, as he takes a trip through his back cat­a­logue. St David’s Church, Naas 7.30pm col­lec­tivesounds.ie Also Fri, Wick­low

LIM­ER­ICK

Ir­ish alt.rock types – we like very much. Kas­bah So­cial Club 9pm dolans.ie Also Thurs, Gal­way

SUN­DAY 22 CORK

See Fri­day, Lim­er­ick (NB: this is a solo show). Spe­cial guest is Cork singer-song­writer, Jack O’Rourke. St Luke’s 7.30pm

uticket.ie

DUBLIN

Nor­we­gian alt.pop act – think dark hues amidst candy-coloured pop. Spe­cial guest act is Gordi. Whe­lan’s 8pm whe­lanslive.com

US pro­ducer, song­writer, and rapper – expect qual­ity and smarts. Academy 8pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie

No ce­real jokes, please, as one of Amer­ica’s most in­ter­est­ing song­writ­ers re­turns to Dublin. Whe­lan’s Up­stairs 8pm whe­lanslive.com

Ir­ish band fuse Amer­i­cana, coun­try, folk and blue­grass. The Liquor Rooms 9.30pm Adm free theliquor­rooms.com

Al­ter­na­tive singer­song­writer and ac­tor Eoghan Burke plugs lat­est al­bum, The Sky went low and the Sea went High. The Workman’s Club 8pm the­work­man­sclub.com

KILKENNY

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

LAOIS

See Satur­day, Belfast. Du­na­maise Arts Cen­tre, Port­laoise 8pm du­na­maise.ie

MON­DAY 23 DUBLIN

US multi-mil­lion sell­ing, Grammy-win­ning band. Olympia theatre 8pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie

Smooth amal­gam of blues and soul from ex­perts in the re­spec­tive gen­res. JJ Smyths 9.30pm jjs­myths.com

TUES­DAY 24 DUBLIN

See Seven Days. Up­stairs @ MVP 7pm eventbrite.ie

Spe­cial in­ti­mate evening in the com­pany of one of Ire­land’s most ac­com­plished song­writ­ers. As part of ESB LIVE Con­certs. Na­tional Con­cert Hall 8pm

nch.ie

WEDNESDAY 25 CORK

See Seven Days. See Wednesday, Dublin. Olympia theatre 8pm (sold out) tick­et­mas­ter.ie

Reg­u­lar show­case gig for emerg­ing mu­sic acts. Fea­tured bands tonight in­clude The Black Anchors, Wairwe Land, and more. Spe­cial guest is Ni­amh Crowther. Grand So­cial 7.45pm the­grand­so­cial.ie

Dublin band launch new sin­gle, Penny. Whe­lan’s (Up­stairs) 8pm whe­lanslive.com

Ir­ish band launch new self-ti­tled al­bum – a CD copy is yours when you present (or buy) your ticket at the door. The Workman’s Club 8pm the­work­man­sclub.com

GAL­WAY

See Satur­day, Lim­er­ick. Róisín Dubh 9pm Adm free roisin­dubh.net

LOUTH

Dublin mu­si­cian Stephen Tier­nan de­liv­ers as­sured am­bi­ent in­die-pop. Spirit Store, Dun­dalk 8pm Adm free spir­it­store.ie

MAYO

One of Ire­land’s most un­der­rated song­writ­ers per­forms songs from his most re­cent al­bum,

as well as sev­eral of his pre­vi­ous al­bums. Li­nen­hall Arts Cen­tre, Castle­bar 8pm the­li­nen­hall.com

WICK­LOW

See Satur­day, Kil­dare. (Note – this is a solo gig.) The Har­bour Bar, Bray 8pm Adm free the­har­bour­bar.ie

SATUR­DAY 21 KERRY

Scarta­glen cel­e­brates World Fid­dle Day with a grand gath­er­ing of mu­si­cians from far and wide, in­clud­ing Matt Cran­itch, to cel­e­brate the renowned Sli­abh Luachra fid­dle style and mu­sic of the late Pádraig O’Ke­effe. Scarta­glen Her­itage Cen­tre 12 noon Adm free sli­abh­lu­achra.ie

SLIGO

Peer­less whis­tle player, Ber­gin is joined by gui­tarist, Edey and The Chief­tains’ singer and bodhrán player, Con­neff. Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo 8pm hawk­swell.com

SUN­DAY 22 CORK

Cork’s own trou­ba­dour is this week’s guest. Cork Singers’ Club, An Spailpín Fá­nach 9.30pm Adm free 021-4277949

LOUTH

Tra­di­tional mu­sic on fid­dle, flute and pi­ano, cel­e­brat­ing the clas­sic record­ings of Michael Cole­man, James Mor­ri­son and others. Eoin’s Bar, 10 Clan­bras­sil Street, Dun­dalk 4pm

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MON­DAY 23 DUBLIN

Pre­miere of Si­amsa Tíre Theatre show fea­tur­ing world-class step dancers from the US, Canada and Ire­land in a fu­sion of styles. With live mu­sic and song com­posed by Fer­gal Ó Murchú, with Mikey Smith on pipes and tin whis­tle and Joseph McNulty on bodhrán and gui­tar. Guests of Dublin Dance Fes­ti­val. Sa­muel Beck­ett Theatre, TCD 7.30pm

dublin­dance­fes­ti­val.ie

WEDNESDAY 25 LEITRIM

Su­perb fid­dle player, John and his banjo play­ing daugh­ter come to­gether for a per­for­mance in a lovely set­ting. The Dock, Car­rick On Shannon 8.30pm

the­dock.ie

THURS­DAY 26 DUBLIN

Gael Linn’s su­perb monthly ses­sion hosts its fi­nal event be­fore the sum­mer break, with mag­nif­i­cent Louth fid­dler, Con­way, ac­com­pa­nied by her hus­band, gui­tarist, McIn­tyre and with singer/song­writer, Reilly. Pow­er­scourt Town­house Theatre 5.45pm 087-2547574

MAYO

Beal­taine Fes­ti­val hosts an in­ter­view with com­poser and fid­dle player from Kilty­clogher, Char­lie Len­non, whose most re­cent suite, pre­miered to mark the 1916 cen­te­nary.

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