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