Tommy Halferty’s Lifetime
Crane Lane, Cork (Tuesday); National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire (Wednesday); Billy Byrnes, Kilkenny (Thursday); continues to Bennigans, Derry (Sunday 16th) and Basement Bar, Belfast (Friday 21st)
The trio format of Hammond organ, guitar and drums is a line-up that punches far above its weight, thanks to the decibel heft of all three instruments. It was the great Jimmy Smith who originally set the tone for such trios, but the format received a major kick in the arse when ex-Miles Davis drummer Tony Williams formed his Lifetime trio with guitarist John McLaughlin and organist Larry Young at the end of the 60s. Venerable Derry guitarist Tommy Halferty, celebrating his 70th year, will be in his element revisiting the music of his louder, callower youth, with rising Belfast organist Scott Flanigan and front-rank Dublin drummer Kevin Brady.