WED­NES­DAY 21.06.17

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POP Justin Bieber

RDS Dublin 6.30pm ¤136/¤100/¤76 tick­et­mas­ter.ie You’d for­get that 23-year-old Justin Bieber and an acous­tic gui­tar is how he started out as a teenager, but that’s ex­actly what en­deared him to many ca­sual ob­servers two weeks ago, when he per­formed a song or two at the One Love Manch­ester event. No frills, no big pro­duc­tion, no danc­ing troupes – just the ba­sics. There won’t be much of the ba­sics at this show, which is part of Bieber’s Pur­pose World tour. A sit-down “acous­tic” break notwith­stand­ing, ex­pect all man­ner of high qual­ity (if vir­tu­ally scripted) mega pop star stage pro­duc­tion el­e­ments, in­clud­ing glass cubes, steel cages, ac­ro­bat­ics, chore­og­ra­phy, skate­boards, back­flips and – if the real thing doesn’t make it­self felt - ar­ti­fi­cial rain.

SONG­WRIT­ING DUO

Co­lette Cas­sidy & Nigel Clark Arthurs, Dublin, 8.30pm, ¤10, arthur­spub.ie Vo­cal­ist Co­lette Cas­sidy had been singing other peo­ple’s words, and do­ing it very well, for more than a decade on the Dublin scene, but it wasn’t un­til she met Glas­gow gui­tarist Nigel Clark that she be­gan to write her own. Judg­ing by the songs on the duo’s hugely im­pres­sive de­but al­bum, Con­fetti Fall­ing in the Rain, she should have started years ago. Clark – who found fame in the late 1980s as gui­tarist with jazzy Scot­tish hip­sters Hue and Cry and now tours in­ter­na­tion­ally with Dutch vi­o­lin­ist Tim Kli­phuis – pro­vides a del­i­cate acous­tic gui­tar frame­work for Cas­sidy’s un­flinch­ing sto­ries of love and loss, and the com­bi­na­tion is elec­tri­fy­ing.

CLÉ HOOLEY In Dublin’s Fair City

Lib­erty Hall 8pm ¤5 cle­club.wet­paint.com What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the short­est night of the year than in the com­pany of the ir­re­press­ible Mick O’Connor, flute player, men­tor, found­ing mem­ber of the Cas­tle Céilí Band and re­cip­i­ent of the 2017 TG Gradam Ceoil Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion lau­rel? O’Connor’s en­cy­clopaedic mu­si­cal knowl­edge is ably matched by a gar­ru­lous wit and ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­pac­ity to make the mu­sic ac­ces­si­ble to all. Tonight he will be joined by his fam­ily: fid­dle play­ers Liam, Donal and Darach, and con­certina player Aoife. Fear an tí: Des Ger­aghty.

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