David Gray Ni­cholas Canny: ‘Real Hu­man’

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St Malachy’s Church, Castlewellan, Co Down ¤35 (sold out) davidgray.com The last time David Gray played a bunch of solo shows in Ire­land was in 1995, when he had but two al­bums to his name – 1993’s de­but A Cen­tury Ends and 1994’s Flesh, each of which blazed with acous­tic-based, anx­i­ety-driven rage. Will Gray’s fol­low-up solo tour of Ire­land be a match? We’ll see. The tour con­tin­ues into next week in Kilkenny, Wex­ford and , Cork. All shows are sold out. Anseo, Cam­den St, Dublin, 9pm, Adm free face­book.com/ Ni­cholasKCanny Now, don’t take this the wrong way, but tech­nol­ogy is in­creas­ingly en­abling a new gen­er­a­tion of jazz mu­si­cians to play with them­selves. As an im­pro­vised, in­ter­ac­tive art form, jazz used to be a mu­sic that re­quired the par­tic­i­pa­tion of oth­ers, but Dublin gui­tarist Ni­cholas Canny is part of a gen­er­a­tion who are adapt­ing a jazz ap­proach to elec­tron­ics, us­ing soft­ware and bits of hard­ware to cre­ate the sort of ran­dom, in-the-mo­ment in­ter­ac­tions that im­pro­vis­ers thrive on. Canny is launch­ing his de­but al­bum, Real Hu­man, with a solo per­for­mance that is mys­te­ri­ously de­scribed as with­out “phys­i­cally us­ing his lap­top”. Steady.

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