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AMERICANA Alejandro Es­covedo Whe­lan’s Dublin 8pm ¤20 whe­lanslive.com Also Wed­nes­day Er­rigle Inn Belfast 8pm £17 er­rigle.com; Thurs­day Set Theatre KiIkenny 8pm ¤18.50 set.ie San An­to­nio-born Alejandro Es­covedo (right) has ex­pe­ri­ence in so many gen­res that it’s dif­fi­cult to know where to start. The son of Mex­i­can im­mi­grants to Texas ini­tially em­braced punk rock (in 1978, his band, The Nuns, sup­ported the Sex Pis­tols’ fi­nal show in San Fran­cisco). In the early 1980s, he veered to­wards an alt.coun­try sound that fil­tered roots mu­sic through noisy gui­tars, and he’s been that way in­clined ever since, en­gag­ing with loud and quiet mu­sic styles as the moods fit. Highly re­spected by en­thu­si­asts and con­nois­seurs alike, af­ter an ex­tended pe­riod of time off-grid Es­covedo re­turned with a bang last year with Burn

Some­thing Beau­ti­ful, an al­bum that fea­tures former REM mem­bers Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey. One word? Qual­ity. TCL THEATRE The Train Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Ends Apr 15 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm) ¤13-¤45 abbeythe­atre.ie When it de­buted, in the autumn of 2015, Rough Magic’s mu­si­cal may not have seemed ahead of its time, but its char­ac­ters did. In­spired by the Ir­ish Women’s Lib­er­a­tion Move­ment in 1971, the show fol­lowed the events of the Con­tra­cep­tive Train, a shrewd me­dia coup in which al­most 50 women trav­elled from Dublin to Belfast to buy pro­phy­lac­tics that were then banned in the Repub­lic. As di­rected by Lynne Parker, Arthur Rior­dan and Bill Whe­lan’s col­lab­o­ra­tion had a hugely nos­tal­gic glow for the coun­ter­cul­ture and the bad old days, when a bur­geon­ing fem­i­nist move­ment hit the buf­fers of a church-rid­den pa­tri­archy. Al­though it was al­le­vi­ated with a soup­con of self-aware­ness (one char­ac­ter af­fect­ingly lamented that she had been “Writ­ten By a Man”) it was cos­tumed and chore­ographed as broadly kitsch piece of es­capism. A few weeks later, how­ever, Wak­ing The Fem­i­nists hap­pened, and con­ver­sa­tions sharp­ened. With this Abbey trans­fer comes an op­por­tu­nity to get The Train back on track. The show has now been sig­nif­i­cantly re­struc­tured, rewrit­ten and recon­ceived to­wards some­thing more complex, po­lit­i­cal and rel­e­vant to to­day. All aboard. Peter Craw­ley

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