PICK OF THE WEEK

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

Af­ter several years in the wilder­ness, the Gal­way Jazz Fes­ti­val is back with a var­ied and ar­tis­ti­cally cred­i­ble pro­gramme run­ning all week­end, much of it free. In­trepid vo­cal­ist Lau­ren Kin­sella (Fri­day), re­spected UK sax­o­phon­ist Andy Sheppard (Satur­day) and Nor­we­gian com­poser Chris­tian Wal­lum­rød (Sun­day) head­line, along­side new projects and old from the hum­ming do­mes­tic scene, in­clud­ing pi­anist Izumi Kimura, gui­tarists Aen­gus Hack­ett and Joe O’Cal­laghan, and jazz-meets-hip-hop mon­sters Mix­tapes from the Un­der­ground.

Cormac Larkin

SOLO JAZZ PI­ANO Eve Risser French pi­anist Eve Risser is the sort of mu­si­cian who is as likely to reach un­der the lid as she is to strike the keys of her in­stru­ment in search of new sounds. The 33-year-old has been one of the ris­ing pi­anists on the French scene for the last 10 years, play­ing with quirky drums and pi­ano duo Don­key Mon­key, the Orchestre Na­tional de Jazz and her own White Desert Orches­tra. Expect plenty of in­ven­tion and not a whole lot of con­ven­tion.

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BRAND NEW RETRO Do you like sex­ism? Do you think we need to get Ire­land back to val­ues that mat­ter from, say, around 40 years ago? Do you look at Bri­tain in the early throes of Brexit and think, while puff­ing on your pipe, that it seems like a smash­ing idea?

Then step this way, white, mid­dle-class, leather-el­bowed sir, we have just the show for you.

There is no rea­son for the rest of you to be alarmed though. Brand New Retro, ev­ery­one’s favourite re­pos­i­tory of a time most of us would like to for­get, is cu­rated by Bryan McMahon. He is bring­ing part of his vast col­lec­tion to the Lit­tle Mu­seum of Dublin for an ex­hi­bi­tion that looks at Ire­land’s pop cul­ture through the por­tal of mag­a­zine clip­pings and ad­ver­tise­ments. It all starts in the glitzy op­ti­mism of the 1950s be­fore wind­ing to­wards a more sober take on life in the 1980s.

Of the se­lec­tion, Lit­tle Mu­seum cu­ra­tor Si­mon O’Con­nor says it “shows us a pre-in­ter­net Ire­land, an­other world where men had un­fea­si­bly thick heads of hair and peo­ple took pills to put on weight. It cap­tures a na­tion try­ing to burst its way into the mod­ern world, a so­ci­ety that is pick­ing up the ra­dio sig­nals of Amer­i­can and Bri­tish pop cul­ture and trans­form­ing it­self ac­cord­ingly.”

Our favourites in­clude Johnny Lo­gan smoul­der­ing his way across the boot of an Opel Se­na­tor; the gang of no-good beat­niks get­ting down with some top­less paint­ing in the ad for Din­gos jeans (cloth­ing filth mer­chants from Co Louth); and the Honda CB500 with its “thrusty four stroke”.

As for that sex­ism? There are the lads hav­ing pints and a good auld letch (above). There is the Tri­umph Spit­fire that is “Strictly for the birds”. But best of all is the ad that promises that “Cheese is man­food” and that the best way to “win a man” is to “use a lit­tle cun­ning. Serve a man cheese. And win his heart.”

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