SUN­DAY 02.07.17

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

CLAS­SI­CAL Pi­eter Wis­pel­wey (cello) St Brendan’s Church, Bantry, Co Cork 11am (also Tues­day) ¤10,¤20 west­cork­mu­ Dutch vir­tu­oso Pi­eter Wis­pel­wey is one of the small num­ber play­ers to have recorded those pin­na­cles of the cello reper­toire, Bach’s suites for solo cello, more than once. He’s play­ing the com­plete set at this year’s West Cork Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, Nos 1, 4 and 5 on Sun­day, and Nos 2, 3 and 6. Michael Der­van SINGER Macy Gray Na­tional Con­cert Hall Dublin 8pm ¤55/¤50/¤45 Life has a way of mak­ing sure you can’t be cer­tain of any­thing. Macy Gray (above) knows this – from the im­me­di­ate suc­cess of her 1999 de­but al­bum, On how Life Is, she ne­go­ti­ated a path that even­tu­ally took her away from main­stream suc­cess into ar­eas less gar­landed. Grad­u­ally, wisely, the highly dis­tinc­tive singer de­cided to suit her­self and not the wishes of those around her – in 2012, she paid tribute to a pri­mary source of in­flu­ence when she cov­ered in its en­tirety Ste­vie Won­der’s 1972 al­bum Talk­ing Book. And last year, she glanced lov­ingly back at her for­ma­tive jazz in­spi­ra­tion with the al­bum Stripped. Of course, there will be some peo­ple at­tend­ing who will be dis­ap­pointed if Gray doesn’t de­liver the ’hits’ ( I Try, Still, Why Didn’t You Call Me, When I See You), but she has al­ways been a sin­gu­lar artist, so who knows? This show is part of the NCH Sum­mer Con­cert Se­ries. TCL ART A Dream and an Ar­gu­ment - Dou­gal McKen­zie Up­per Gallery, The MAC, 10 Ex­change St, Belfast Un­til Oc­to­ber 8 Ed­in­burgh-born Dou­gal McKen­zie has long – some 27 years - been based in Belfast. While his work has con­sis­tently re­flected on the past and mem­ory, rel­ish­ing a slight odd­ness in the world and how we see it, in this new body of work he ex­plic­itly sets out to re­visit Ed­in­burgh. The ti­tle is from Al­lan Massie’s fic­tion­al­ized life of Sir Wal­ter Scott. McKen­zie ex­plores Ed­in­burgh in the light of Scott’s The Heart and Mid­loth­ian, the his­toric Por­te­ous Ri­ots of 1736, his own mem­o­ries of the city and his fa­ther’s rec­ol­lec­tions of study­ing at the univer­sity there. The quad served as a set for a film of Jour­ney to the Cen­tre of the Earth star­ring James Ma­son. McKen­zie rel­ishes the rich mix of fact, fic­tion and spec­u­la­tion. AD

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