SUN­DAY 09.04.17

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

ALT.POP Little Hours DeBar­ras, Clon­akilty 8.30 ¤15 de­ De­spite keep­ing a low pro­file over the past 18 months, Killy­begs, Done­gal duo John Do­herty and Ryan McCloskey have al­ready se­cured a size­able fan­base and a ma­jor la­bel record deal. Tip­ping along with a se­ries of na­tion­wide shows as they fi­nesse their debut al­bum – sched­uled for re­lease in the sec­ond half of the year – we can at­test to the melodic strength of the mu­sic. Lyri­cally, mean­while, the lads bring it all back home, as they ref­er­ence their re­mote but beau­ti­ful home­town re­gion. Big things are ex­pected from Little Hours, so see­ing them in such intimate venues is a good idea – you might not get the chance in 2018. Ir­ish singer-song­writer, Stephanie Rainey, is spe­cial guest on all dates. TCL ART Virtú The Hunt Mu­seum, The Cus­tom House, Rut­land St, Lim­er­ick. Un­til May 21 hunt­mu­ An ex­plo­ration of the long-term con­tin­u­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Hunt Mu­seum and the Lim­er­ick School of Art and De­sign. It takes the form of work by 18 con­tem­po­rary artists work­ing in many dis­ci­plines plus se­lected draw­ings sourced from sev­eral col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing IMMA. The line-up is im­pres­sive and in­cludes many artists strongly as­so­ci­ated with Lim­er­ick such as Robert Baker, Diana Cop­per­white, Jack Dono­van, Tom Fitzger­ald, Charles Harper, Ra­mon Kas­sam, Sean Keat­ing, Áine Nic Gi­olla Coda, Mark O’Kelly, Paul O’Reilly and Richard Slade. You may not as­so­ciate Al­berto Gi­a­cometti, Henry Moore, Sean Scully or Robert Bal­lagh quite so strongly with Lim­er­ick but they are there too with other notable artists, in­clud­ing Tjibbe Hooghiem­stra from Holland. Con­cur­rently, the LSAD 20th An­nual Ex­hi­bi­tion (Un­til May 30) fea­tures works by 2nd year paint­ings stu­dents at LSAD made in di­a­logue with works from the Hunt col­lec­tion. AD CLAS­SI­CAL Van­brugh String Quar­tet NCH Kevin Barry Room 3pm ¤15 Time is run­ning out to hear the Van­brugh String Quar­tet. Last year the play­ers made their fi­nal ap­pear­ance at the West Cork Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, and ear­lier this year gave their fi­nal tour to­gether. At the mo­ment they’re giv­ing a Rus­sian sea­son at the Na­tional Con­cert Hall’s Kevin Barry Recital Room. This week’s con­cert, the third last, sees them pair­ing the ex­pan­sive first quar­tet by Sergei Taneyev (pupil of Niko­lai Ru­bin­stein and Tchaikovsky, teacher of Rach­mani­nov, Scri­abin, Medt­ner and Glière) with the com­pact Quar­tet No 7 that Shostakovich wrote in 1960 in mem­ory of his first wife, Nina, who had died in 1954. MD JAZZ Tommy Halferty: Seven Steps to Al­bert Ca­mus Num­ber Twenty Two, Sth. Anne’s St, Dublin, 9pm, ¤15/10, num­ber­twen­ Tommy Halferty is hav­ing quite a year. Hav­ing as­sumed the man­tle of Ire­land’s se­nior jazz gui­tarist (fol­low­ing the death of his first men­tor and in­spi­ra­tion, Louis Ste­wart), the ebul­lient Derry man was feted ear­lier this year with a spe­cial con­cert in hon­our of his 70th birth­day, which in­cluded ap­pear­ances from vo­cal­ist Norma Win­stone and oth­ers. Now he re­alises a long-held am­bi­tion with this un­usual and in­no­va­tive project, a suite of com­po­si­tions for a 9-piece en­sem­ble, in­spired by the writ­ings of his hero, the great French-Al­ge­rian au­thor Al­bert Ca­mus. Halferty’s score mixes jazz im­prov with some strongly melodic writ­ing for a tal­ent-rich, cos­mopoli­tan en­sem­ble that in­cludes sax­o­phon­ist Michael Buckley, pi­anist Izumi Kimura, vo­cal­ist Aleka Potinga, and vi­o­lin­ist Cora Venus Lunny, with a nar­ra­tion from Halferty’s son, Cam­bridge-based philoso­pher Hugo Halferty-Dro­chon. CL

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