THE DJ’S DJ Celtronic Guildhall Derry 9pm £15 celtronicfestival.com Ben UFO is the man in the frame tonight and someone who is somewhat different to most of the DJs who feature in these pages week in and week out. Unlike most of them, the man born Ben Thomson is simply a DJ, someone who doesn’t bother with any production bits on the side and who relies on his talents and versatile skills as a selector to wow all and sundry. Along with Pearson Sound and Pangaea, Thomson is the co-founder of Hessle Audio, the label responsible for early doors releases by acts such as James Blake, Joe and Untold, Blawan. Support from Amsterdam wizard Job Jobse, a DJ responsible for notable feats at clubs such as Trouw and events like Dekmantel. JC
EPIC JAZZ Kamasi Washington National Concert Hall, Dublin, 8pm, ¤36/¤32/¤27.50 (sold out) nch.ie Amongst other jazz musicians, opinion may be somewhat divided about the unstoppable rise of Kamasi Washington, but there is no doubting his enviable reach beyond the jazz ghetto. The LA saxophonist’s association with hip-hop producers Thundercat and Flying Lotus, and particularly his appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, exposed him to an audience that would run screaming from any other jazz concert and made his 2015 behemouth The Epic one of the biggest jazz hits of recent years. Taking Sun Ra and late Coltrane and adding the kitchen sink has worked for Washington, and if there remains just the shadow of the showman about his jazz credentials, those who have snapped up every seat at the National Concert Hall won’t be complaining. CL
ART 4 Photographers - Caroline Fellowes, Dragana Jurisic, Amelia Stein and Paul Gaffney Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin 2 June 29-End of July oliversearsgallery.com Four photographers who work with landscape, but not necessarily as we readily understand it. Caroline Fellowes looks to the ground beneath her feet, literally: “The floor upon which I have lived for a long time – the ground upon which I pace, where the footfalls fall.” Dragana Jurisic considers the landscape of the past, not her own but that of her aunt, whose re-imagined life in Paris remains largely a mystery. Amelia Stein’s Sheep Wire II coils its way into the north Mayo landscape, spiraling through time, as abstract as a Celtic motif and as real as the soil. Paul Gaffney’s richly atmospheric images arise from being lost in a moonlit forest. AD leafy lane, like Ballymaloe House in Cork, for example. When we first saw this site, near the supermarket and the hospital, I wasn’t into it. But then I realised that this is exactly where we are supposed to be.” Here, they are very visible and amongst the very people whose mindset they hope to encourage towards change.
Walking through the front door of the building brings you into the reception area which doubles as a shop, stocked with items aligned with the GIY Ireland mission. To the right is the cookery demonstration room and to the left is the light-filled Grow HQ café.
Head chef JB Dubois and head grower Richard Mee work very closely together. “It’s a dialogue between the two of us,” says Mee, as he shows us around the organic garden, inviting us to pick bundles of kale, cavalo nero, baby gem lettuces and spring onions. GIY have a much larger market garden on the Cork Road, which helps to feed the café. Russell’s merquez lamb sausages, kale and Cashel Blue cheese. Gorgeously tender hunks of slow-roast Crowe’s Farm pork neck is served with a tangy swede kraut, the tasty spoils of the pickling, fermenting and brining that Dubois has been doing in the kitchen. There are brownies and scones and well-brewed organic coffee.
The site outside is a work in progress and will continue to grow and evolve. As well as two more covered education areas, they’re building a garden right outside the café’s door to grow micro-greens, edible flowers and salad leaves, so that the connection between the growing food and their plates will be even more apparent to café customers.
“We’re trying to break down the barriers of where food is grown, cooked and eaten.”
For more, see growhq.org Aoife McElwain