PICK OF THE WEEK
Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival Reaching its 24th year, this most laid back of trad gatherings is only getting into its stride. Between the Saturday afternoon singing session with bean an tí, Aileen Roantree, and Sunday night’s gala concert with Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch, Seamus Begley, Paddy Jones and countless more, this year’s celebration of the musical riches of Sliabh Luachra (and in particular, of the genius of O’Keeffe) promises much by way of dangerous diversion – and nothing by way of boredom or predictability. UTE TIL LUNSJ Out to Lunch Out to Lunch’s first soiree since their summer weekender with Steve Davis and friends features a welcome return to Tengu for Norwegian groove wizard DJ Sotofett. He’s best known for helming the Sex Tags Mania label for the last decade or so. When he’s not overseeing its run of killer 12-inch releases, Sotofett’s own work, such as the excellent, expansive Drippin’ for a Tripp EP for Honest Jons, come highly recommended. OLD RAVERS Sides DC CORK JAZZ FESTIVAL The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but the M7 is likely to be paved with plans of an altogether more disreputable sort this weekend. As usual, the bulk of this year’s Cork Jazz Festival can be filed under the anything-but-jazz heading, but there’s a three names at the top of the bill who are as unmissable as any musicians to hit Cork in the past The boys are back in town again. A bunch of evergreen DJs, who manned the decks at the influential Sides DC back in the day, regroup for one more mission or another night out at last. Your spinners tonight are Billy Scurry, Liam Dollard, Pat Hyland, Warren K, Tonie Walsh and Martin McCann, all advocates of the eat-sleep- rave-repeat mantra. decade.
London wunderkind Jacob Collier became an YouTube sensation four years ago with his multi-track adventures in sound and vision (if you haven’t seen them, do yourself a favour). Now, with a little help from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has figured out how to do it live, and he will be unveiling his new, multi-instrument rig for the first time at the Everyman on Friday night.
Pianist Robert Glasper (above) is a hip name to drop these days, a mercurial, entrepreneurial musician and producer who has tunnelled out of the jazz ghetto with his cred in tact. His high-powered quartet will blow the gilt off the HARPING DELIGHTS Achill International Harp Festival Amid the numerous international harpists visiting this timely festival (celebrating our national instrument in our centenary year), tonight’s concert, Sraith Oileán Achill, promises to be something very special. Scottish musician Allen Everyman’s stalls on Saturday night.
But for these ears, the most essential listening of the weekend will be guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel’s new Brazilian project, Caipi, at the Everyman on Sunday. There is hardly a jazz six-stringer under 40 who doesn’t have a little Rosenwinkel in their sound, and the guitarist’s new band, with Berlin pianist Olivia Trummer in tow, is a tantalizing prospect.
Elsewhere, the ever-reliable Triskel Arts Centre is your best bet for, you know, jazz. Beyond that, the programme falls off a steep cliff into a vast, tepid ocean of pop, rock, heavy metal, R&B and ‘jazz’ bands with stage costumes and silly names. Oh, the humanity. MacDonald’s newly commissioned Achill Island Suite explores the musical cross-currents that unite his home place and Achill Island itself. The sublime harpist, Laoise Kelly, will be joined by Gráinne Hambley, Kathleen MacInnes and many others. A mighty lure for anyone westward bound for the bank holiday weekend.