MON­DAY 26.06.17

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

EDM/POP The Chainsmok­ers Ormeau Park Belfast 6pm £33 tick­et­mas­ US pro­duc­tion/DJ lads Alex Pall and An­drew Tag­gart hooked up more than five years ago in New York City and started out ini­tially as remix­ers of mu­sic acts such as Phoenix and Jonsi (of Sigur Ros fame). With­out too much time pass­ing, how­ever, the pair de­cided to po­si­tion them­selves as cen­tre-stage stars in­stead of back­ground boys; they also de­cided that to make it re­ally worth their time and in­put, their songs had to ar­rive from a point of hon­esty. Tag­gart has said that the act’s mas­sive hit song Closer (on which they col­lab­o­rated with Halsey), was about the re­gret he felt af­ter get­ting back with an ex-girl­friend. The life les­son he learned al­lied to his and Pall’s knack of writ­ing in­fec­tious tunes laid down the ground rules. The re­sult is one of the ma­jor mu­sic hy­brid suc­cess sto­ries of the past year. No Dublin date, sadly. (As part of Bel­sonic 2017.) TCL

SONG­BOOK LAUNCH By Dob­bin’s Flowery Vale Áras na bPíobairí 43 Scotch Street Ar­magh 8pm Adm free Another in­trigu­ing project from Ar­magh Pipers Club. This is a col­lec­tion of more than 40 songs with words and mu­sic tran­scribed by Eithne Val­lely, and ac­com­pa­nied by a dou­ble al­bum of record­ings by tu­tors and past pupils of the club, along with cur­rent club mem­bers, both young and not so young. The col­lec­tion is based on decades of pro­mot­ing the singing tra­di­tion through the Ar­magh Pipers Club classes, con­certs, singing ses­sions and mas­ter classes or­gan­ised in the series of ‘Trad at the Trian’ and ‘Fonn Fri­day’. Fea­tured singers in­clude the late Frank Harte, Áine Ní Cheal­laigh, Len Gra­ham, Cathal McCon­nell, Rosie Stewart, Rita Gal­lagher, Róisín White, Karan Casey, John Doyle, Jimmy Crow­ley and Mau­rice Ley­den.

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