SUN­DAY 25.06.17

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

LEG­END Tony Ben­nett Bord Gais En­ergy The­atre, Dublin, 8pm, ¤77/¤55 (sold out) aiken­pro­mo­ The “leg­end” tag can be overused (hands up), but if any­one de­serves it, it’s the man who left his in­ter­nal or­gans in San Fran­cisco. An­thony Benedetto (be­low) stands now alone, the last of the great Amer­i­can song­book singers, de­serv­ing his place along­side Si­na­tra (who named Ben­nett as his favourite singer) as one of the great male vo­cal­ists in the history of pop­u­lar mu­sic. As well as a string of com­mer­cial hits stretch­ing back to the early 1950s, Ben­nett’s duets with leg­endary (see what I mean?) pi­anist Bill Evans in the mid 1970s are justly revered, and he has lived long enough to work with ev­ery­one from Count Basie to Lady Gaga. As he en­ters his ninth decade, Ben­nett is big­ger than ever, and though the voice may have grown frailer with age, the charm, the fault­less phras­ing and the abil­ity to in­habit a song re­main. His abil­ity to sell tick­ets – this one sold out weeks ago – isn’t do­ing too bad ei­ther. CL

ART When walk­ing - Eithne Jor­dan But­ler Gallery, The Cas­tle, Kilkenny. June 24-July 30 but­ler­ Over time, Eithne Jor­dan has per­fected a fas­ci­nat­ing form of low-key, realist paint­ing that fo­cuses res­o­lutely on fa­mil­iar, un­re­marked spa­ces and places. The pe­riph­eral and the or­di­nary are grist to her mill. Peo­ple do on oc­ca­sion ap­pear, but mostly they are ab­sent: she likes the empty hours of dawn and dusk. Awarded a res­i­dency, she has just spent a year based at the Tony O’Mal­ley Stu­dio on Bridge St in Cal­lan, Co Kilkenny. The work in this ex­hi­bi­tion stems from her ex­plo­ration of the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Her usual way of work­ing is to set off on foot with a dig­i­tal cam­era to hand. She is not, she has re­marked in the past, try­ing to take pho­to­graphs that are an end in them­selves, tech­ni­cally or aes­thet­i­cally. They are her way of sketch­ing. Pic­to­rial pos­si­bil­i­ties open up when she looks over them. AD

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