FRI­DAY 09.06.17

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Car­bon Gal­way 10pm ¤10 car­bon­gal­ JC Pyg Dublin 6pm ¤10 SL SL

SU­PER­STAR DJs Groove Ar­mada

Here’s a statis­tic to make some read­ers feel their age: it’s over 20 years since Andy Cato and Tom Find­lay (right) first hit the road and be­gan putting to­gether a great run of things. Though their 1998 de­but al­bum North­ern Star pitched them as down­beat and chill­out kings thanks to At the River, it was what hap­pened next which turned them into world­beat­ers. A run of tracks, I See You Baby, Su­per­stylin’ and If Ev­ery­body Looked the Same, upped the tempo, took them into the big leagues and made them one of dance mu­sic’s re­li­able fes­ti­val draws. They even got into the fes­ti­val busi­ness them­selves, play­ing a big part in es­tab­lish­ing Lon­don’s Love­box first as a club night and then as a fes­ti­val on Clapham Com­mon and then Vic­to­ria Park. Jim Car­roll


Whe­lans (up­stairs), Dublin, 11pm, No CC (tick­ets via Face­book), face­ um­bradublin In 2015, Dublin gui­tarist Chris Guil­foyle (right) trav­elled the length of Amer­ica’s west coast by pub­lic trans­port, writ­ing mu­sic along the way. The re­sult is West, the new al­bum from his Um­bra quin­tet, which is due for re­lease later this year. A taster from the al­bum, Seat­tle, is be­ing re­leased as a sin­gle and here’s a chance to hear it first and live, as part of the free Mid­night Hour se­ries, up­stairs at Whe­lans. Guil­foyle, scion of an il­lus­tri­ous jazz dy­nasty and son of bassist Ro­nan, is one of the ris­ing stars of Ir­ish creative mu­sic scene. In Um­bra, he has as­sem­bled a pow­er­ful group that could hold its own on any jazz scene in Europe, play­ing a brand of fresh orig­i­nal mu­sic that com­bines sat­is­fy­ing com­plex­ity with an im­me­di­acy and en­ergy that re­quires no ex­pla­na­tion. See also Thurs­day. Cor­mac Larkin

TRANCE Ben Nicky

The Wright Venue Dublin 11pm ¤20/¤15 thewrightv­ They’re still mak­ing trance su­per­stars. Ben Nicky’s north Dublin ap­pear­ance is in the mid­dle of a run of dates in Mon­treal, Ibiza, Dal­las and Las Ve­gas show­ing the in­ter­na­tional ap­peal of the dude be­hind “Cobra” and other drop-tas­tic bangers. Over the last cou­ple of years, the We­ston-Su­per-Mare DJ and pro­ducer has gone from re­ceiv­ing the thumbs up from such heavy­weights as Ar­min Van Bu­uren, Tiesto and Paul Van Dyk to lead­ing the way in his own stead with a slew of ap­pear­ances on those trance com­pi­la­tons which still sell by the buck­et­load. Sup­port from See O See and Aaron Cullen, with clas­sics in Room 2 from Adam Collins, Craigo, Graemzy Byrne, Jonny Quigley and Paul Coo­nan.

TRAD HEAVEN Wil­lie Clancy Sum­mer School

Var­i­ous venues, Mil­town Mal­bay scoil­samhraid­ Truly the Mecca for tra­di­tional mu­sic each sum­mer, Wil­lie week draws to a close with a brace of con­certs, ses­sions, songs and dance steps from Span­ish Point to Mil­town Mal­bay and all points in be­tween. Now in its 45th year, this is the melt­ing pot where mu­si­cians en­counter one another, forge friend­ships and find them­selves hit­ting the road to­gether, with tunes and in­stru­ments in tow. A mag­i­cal hap­pen­ing that hasn’t lost its sheen af­ter all these years.


There are many rea­sons to salute this Ger­man mover and shaker. For a start, he runs the Run­ning Back la­bel, an im­print which has pro­vided room for acts like Leon Vyne­hall, Tor­nado Wal­lace, Sy­clops, Red­shape and many more. He’s also a long-run­ning mem­ber of the team be­hind the Red Bull Mu­sic Acad­emy and Jan­son ap­pears on count­less RBMA videos in­ter­view­ing DJs and mu­si­cians. He’s also a pro­ducer of note work­ing with Phillip Lauer as Tuff City Kids with re­leases for Un­ter­ton, Delsin and Terre Des Pommes. As a DJ, he’s been found on the decks at such pre­mier league spa­ces as Frank­furt’s Robert John­son and Ber­lin’s Panorama Bar. Sup­port from Colin Perkins and Sage. JC


The Teacher’s Club, 36, Par­nell Square 9pm ¤3 Lo­cal and vis­it­ing singers, or those who are par­tial to a singing ses­sion, are all wel­come to this weekly singing cir­cle, a main­stay of Dublin’s tra­di­tional singing scene. Jerry O’Reilly, Fer­gus Rus­sell, Frank Nu­gent, An­taine Ó Faracháin, Mick Kee­ley, He­len Di­a­mond & Máire Ní Chróinín are the weekly keep­ers of the flame, but their arms are open to all com­ers, with songs in any lan­guage.

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