WED­NES­DAY 09.08.17

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

TRA­DI­TIONAL Feakle Fes­ti­val Var­i­ous venues feak­le­fes­ti­ (un­til Au­gust 14th) Martin Hayes’s home place plays host to another in­ti­mate mu­si­cal gather­ing, where the tunes reign supreme, and where mu­si­cians find the space to give full ex­pres­sion to their play­ing. Among this year’s guests are con­certina play­ers, Cor­mac Be­g­ley (right) and Mary McNa­mara, fid­dle player, Liz Kane, Joanie Mad­den and her band, Cher­ish The Ladies, the Raw Bar Col­lec­tive and of course, Martin Hayes and his long time play­ing com­pan­ion, Den­nis Cahill. Master classes, dance work­shops and po­etry read­ings will sate many a thirst, while Satur­day’s gala con­cert will lure Kerry singer Seán Gar­vey to the fray. SL ELEC­TRIC JAZZ Elec­tric Freeplay Arthurs, Thomas St, Dublin, 9pm, ¤10, arthur­ Tip­per­ary gui­tar demigod Joe O’Cal­laghan doesn’t make it up to Dublin all that of­ten, so op­por­tu­ni­ties to catch him in the cap­i­tal should not be missed. A mer­cu­rial, self-taught six-stringer with Alan Holdsworth and John McLaugh­lin on his mind, O’Cal­laghan has been a mem­ber of sev­eral groups led by Ro­nan Guil­foyle, in­clud­ing the en­tirely ex­cel­lent (and en­tirely loud) Mi­cro­cli­mate. His Elec­tric Freeplay fea­tures Ja­panese-born Dublin-res­i­dent pi­anist Izumi Kimura, un­usu­ally play­ing elec­tric key­boards, with fre­quent O’Cal­laghan col­lab­o­ra­tor Derek Whyte on bass and ex­pe­ri­enced prog-rocker Ben Wan­ders on drums. CL CLAS­SI­CAL Ul­ster Or­ches­tra/ Court­ney Lewis Ul­ster Hall, Belfast 1.05pm Adm free. Court­ney Lewis, Belfast-born mu­sic di­rec­tor of the Jack­sonville Sym­phony in Florida, is back home for two pro­grammes in BBC North­ern Ire­land’s se­ries of free invitation con­certs with the Ul­ster Or­ches­tra. His lunchtime pro­gramme is an all-Si­belius af­fair, of­fer­ing the sec­ond two of the four moody tone po­ems of the Lem­minkäi­nen Suite (for­sak­ing the hugely pop­u­lar sec­ond piece, The Swan of Tuonela), and fol­low­ing up with what the com­poser called the “an­cient, mys­te­ri­ous, brood­ing sav­age dreams” of the much later Ta­pi­ola. And the evening of Fri­day 9th Lewis will con­duct a pro­gramme of Dvo­rak, Szy­manowski, Smetana and Janacek. MD

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