SATUR­DAY 01.07.17

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


Young Com­posers Fo­rum St Brendan’s Hall, Bantry, Co. Cork 2pm Adm free west­cork­mu­ The world of pub­lic mas­ter­classes is mostly fo­cused on per­form­ers. But the West Cork Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val also presents a pub­lic fo­rum for young com­posers. This year’s work­shop is led by Don­nacha Den­nehy, whose new opera with Enda Walsh, The Sec­ond Vi­olin­ist, will be heard at the Gal­way Arts Fes­ti­val in July and the Dublin The­atre Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber. In Bantry, Den­nehy will be work­ing with com­posers Daniel McDer­mott (on his

Sleamh­nan, played by the Behn Quar­tet), Martin Keary ( Ban­ga­lo­rian Civic Duty with the Aduno Quar­tet), Emma O’Hal­lo­ran, right, ( Flashover with the Beara Quar­tet), and Alex Dowling ( Line Draw­ing with the Skel­lig Quar­tet). The four quar­tets will then be for­mally pre­miered at con­certs dur­ing the fes­ti­val. MD


Sean O’Ha­gan Grand So­cial Dublin 8pm ¤14 the­grand­so­ Also Sun­day, County Cricket Club, Cork 8pm ¤14/¤12 cork­coun­ty­crick­et­ Who but the most avid of Ir­ish rock mu­sic fans know any­thing about Sean O’Ha­gan? In the early 1980s, the mu­si­cian/ song­writer co-founded (with Cathal Cough­lan) Cork’s Mi­crodis­ney, one of Ire­land’s most un­der­rated and largely ig­nored bands. When that band split up, O’Ha­gan went on to form The High Lla­mas, a Lon­don-based band lov­ingly in thrall to baroque pop and elec­tron­ica. Time sub­se­quently spent as a mem­ber of Stere­o­lab out­lined O’Ha­gan’s fu­ture ad­ven­tures in elec­tronic and sound­track mu­sic, yet his pro­file hardly rose above flat­line lev­els. Not that O’Ha­gan is overly con­cerned about such mat­ters – he has walked his own path for more years than he cares to re­call, yet his mu­sic re­mains sin­gu­lar and still ter­rif­i­cally ac­ces­si­ble. He rarely plays in Ire­land, so you are ad­vised to grab hold of the op­por­tu­nity. The Dublin show also fea­tures a sur­prise re­turn (pre­sum­ably tem­po­rary) of class Dublin band Sack. TCL


Wil­lie Clancy Sum­mer School Mil­town Mal­bay, Co Clare July 1st - 7th scoil­samhraid­ Now in its 45th year, the Wil­lie Clancy Sum­mer School is the main event. A must for mu­si­cians in need of a re-up, for lis­ten­ers in search of the finest of mu­si­cians, and for stu­dents in pur­suit of work­shops, classes and ses­sions with the best mu­si­cians from home and away. Mil­town Mal­bay, Quilty and Span­ish Point will be heav­ing with tunes and set danc­ing, and the distinc­tion between morn­ing and night will all but dis­ap­pear for the week. For lovers of par­tic­u­lar in­stru­ments, there are the nightly con­certs, show­cas­ing the best mu­si­cians on fid­dle, con­certina, flute, ac­cor­dion, pipes and so much more. This is one gath­er­ing that has cleaved close to its roots from the get-go. SL


Work­shop Arthurs, Dublin, 8.30pm, ¤10/¤8, arthur­ Work­shop is like a man shed for jazz mu­si­cians: five old friends – sax­o­phon­ist Chris En­gel, trumpeter Bill Black­more, pi­anist Dar­ragh O’Kelly, bassist Cormac O Brien and drum­mer Matthew Jacobson – gath­er­ing to tinker with each other’s tunes and ham­mer them into shape. That’s the plan any­way, but if jazz is a Venn di­a­gram of con­verg­ing in­flu­ences, there is enough cre­ativ­ity and mu­si­cal ad­ven­ture in this quin­tet to guar­an­tee a night of fresh sounds and new­fan­gled grooves. Cormac Larkin

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