Armagh Pipers Club Armagh Planetarium, 8pm Adm free. wkpf.ie Now here’s an intriguing prospect: a concert featuring a new group of 14 harp players from Armagh Pipers Club under the direction of Eilis Lavelle. Tonight’s programme will include music collected by Edward Bunting, along with a mixed instrumental group under the direction of Thomas Smyth. Yet another initiative from the creative duo of Brian and Eithne Vallely, who have nurtured literally hundreds of musicians in the Armagh region for generations.
POP The 1975
Ormeau Park, Belfast, 6pm. £33. Also Sat, Malahide Castle, Co Dublin. 4pm ¤49.50 ticketmaster.ie Formed in Manchester 15 years ago, The 1975 took some time releasing their debut. In 2013, the album was issued on their DIY label, Dirty Hit, because no major record company would sign them. Now? Well, that DIY label licenses the band’s music through majors – Interscope in the US, Polydor in the UK. The result is that The 1975 – fronted by Matt Healy – are very popular indeed. Incredibly for such a commercially successful band, they have a mere two albums to their name, with last year’s unwisely-titled second ( I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of It) further strengthening their broad appeal. Special guests at Belfast are Pale Waves and Picture This. Special guests at Malahide are Pale Waves and The Blizzards.
THE RUSHY GLEN’S TRADITION
Consuming up the whole country Peter Browne is tonight’s guest at the monthly Notes & Narratives lecture and recital series. A piper and radio presenter and producer, Browne is also a renowned authority on the music of the late Patrick O’Keeffe, Sliabh Luachra’s revered fiddle player and teacher. Sliabh Luachra has often been considered more a state of mind than a distinct geographical region, such is the distinctiveness of its musical identity. Straddling the Cork/Kerry/Limerick border region, this is music that digs deep and leaves a lasting impression. Browne’s attention to detail will doubtless reveal yet more intriguing aspects to the beating heart of the Rushy Glen. SL
Todd Terje District 8, Dublin. 11pm ¤25/¤20/¤18 You can’t go wrong with Todd Terje. While the devilishly handsome cosmic anthem “Inspector Norse” brought him into the mainstream, the Norwegian DJ and producer has been a man to be reckoned with for quite some time and he’s been filling Irish venues for the guts of a decade at this stage. It was Terje’s re-edits and remixes for the Kompakt and Kitsune labels which initially pushed him into the limelight, but his own tracks like “Eurodans” and releases for Full Pupp proved just as alluring. Over the years, his soundboard has expanded considerably and now stretches from funky house and cosmic disco to occasional playful Latino wig-outs. Support from DJ Deece. Jim
Patrick Topping The Limelight, Belfast. 10pm £14. shine.net Newcastle dude Patrick Topping is a DJ and producer with a rising profile in the house world who has had a pretty starry time of it since kicking off his own club night Motion in his hometown. Over the last few years, he’s seen his stack of releases grow and grow with Hot Creations housing the majority of the tracks, while remixes for Yousef, Steve Lawler, Leon and others has spread the Topping buzz when it comes to dancefloor bangers and big-room anthems. This summer, like the last couple of ones, will see him dash between Ibiza superclubs DC10 and Amnesia and such festivals as Tomorrowlands, Glastonbury and Creamfields. He’s popular with Irish groups too, playing the Life and Boxed Off festivals in recent years. Support from Ethan McKinney.
THE SESH IS ON
Techno & Cans Hangar Dublin 10.30pm ¤12/¤10 facebook.com/ humansofthesesh Who can resist an invitation from Humans of the Sesh to “come watch us play bangers, drink cans, smoke fags and talk shite?” For the unitiated, Humans of the Sesh began as a parody of the Humans Of New York series and has been providing community updates for those hellbent on or coming out the other side of the sesh since August 2015. They join forces with Dublin’s Techno & Cans crew for this night out featuring Sesh co-founder Brown Sauce and Sesh FM DJs Papa Floral and Numbertheory doing their thing for fans of big bags of cans in the main room, while Flood run the game in the Discobar. In a nutshell? “Imagine the opposite of what Leo Varadkar would consider a fun, wholesome time.”
Giants of Jazz & Blues Hot Spot, Greystones, Co Wicklow, 8pm, ¤16, the hotspot.ie No, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane have not returned from the grave to play a one night only gig backing a revivified Ma Rainey in a chichi seaside town in north Wicklow. But leaving aside the grandiose title, this gathering of Irish jazz grandees at the excellent Hot Spot will represent an unusual concentration of the Dublin scene’s leading players. Saxophonist Richie Buckley’s credits run from Van Morrison to Barry Manilow, but he’s at his best when he is given room to breathe, and he will revel in the company of his cousin Hugh, inheritor of Louis Stewart’s mantle as Ireland’s leading be-bop guitarist, and guitarist/vocalist Nigel Mooney, whose former life as frontman of the Gripewater Blues Band is the only possible excuse for the event’s title. Add pianist Myles Drennan, bassist Dave Fleming and drummer Dominic Mullan and you have as sweet a mainstream rhythm section as you’ll find in Ireland this side of the grave. Cormac