Fire­place Dragon

Courthouse, En­nisty­mon, Co. Clare (Fri­day); Black Gate, Galway (Satur­day); Arthurs, Dublin (Sun­day af­ter­noon); tick­ets at

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

I haven’t heard Fire­place Dragon yet, but there’s a good rea­son for that - no one has. The mu­si­cians in this brand new ex­per­i­men­tal trio – Ja­panese Ber­liner Keisuke Mat­suno on gui­tar, Ir­ish New Yorker Si­mon Jermyn on bass and Dublin Dubliner Matthew Jacobson on drums – have all played to­gether in other set­tings, but this short Ir­ish tour (they started last night in Kilkenny) is the first time they will per­form in pub­lic as a unit. The pres­ence of Jermyn and Jacobson prom­ises much – they were the rhythm team be­hind Roamer, the breath-of-fresh-air Ir­ish su­per­group formed last year. Mat­suno, now based in New York, is a Frisell dis­ci­ple, and with Jermyn, a mem­ber of ace NYC drum­mer Jim Black’s quar­tet. Sur­ren­der your pre­con­cep­tions at the door and you’ll be grand.

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