FRIDAY 11.08.17

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TALK­ING WITH TONY Cul­ture Vul­tures Set Theatre, Kilkenny, Friday Au­gust 11, 7.30pm ¤15. set.ie

Co-cu­rated/over­seen by mu­sic booker Andrea Keogh, the first Cul­ture Vul­tures event this weekend takes place on Friday night as part of the Al­ter­na­tive Kilkenny Arts Fes­ti­val, and fea­tures mu­sic from Lit­tle Green Cars, spo­ken word from that band’s Stevie Ap­pleby, and a pub­lic in­ter­view with Tomm Moore of Oscar-win­ning an­i­ma­tion com­pany Car­toon Sa­loon. Cul­ture Vul­tures then drives like a de­mon on Satur­day to Beaulieu House, Bal­tray, Drogheda, Co Louth, where – in as­so­ci­a­tion with the town’s High­lanes Gallery – the event fea­tures an ex­clu­sive pub­lic in­ter­view with visual artist Alice Ma­her, along­side mu­sic (Mar­lene En­right) and spo­ken word (Colm Kee­gan). Your host for each event is me, my­self and I. Tony Clay­ton-Lea

GIGS IN THE GAR­DEN 2017 Stock­ton’s Wing, Ulaid & Duke Special, Dono­van and The While­aways

Séa­mus En­nis Arts Centre, The Naul, Co Dublin. Friday Au­gust 11th to Sun­day Au­gust 13th, 7pm. ¤25 & ¤27.50. tseac.ie A ro­bust line-up marks the first of three out­door con­certs in this well-es­tab­lished north Co Dublin venue. Fin­gers crossed for the sun­shine as Mike Han­ra­han, Steve Cooney and their com­padres carry on their 40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in Stock­ton’s Wing. The Ul­ster pip­ing and fid­dle com­bi­na­tion of John McSherry and Dó­nal O’Con­nor an­chor the pow­er­house reper­toire of Ulaid, and Duke Special (right) will oc­cupy that ephemeral space in be­tween, where folk, rock, trad and world mu­sic hap­pily col­lide. On Satur­day, lis­ten up for Six­ties folk-pop le­gend Dono­van and The While­aways. Siob­hán Long

FEAKLE FES­TI­VAL Martin Hayes & Den­nis Cahill, Cher­ish The Ladies, Mary McNa­mara, Sor­cha Costello and Geral­dine Cot­ter Glór, En­nis, Co Clare, Friday Au­gust 11th, 7.30pm ¤30. glor.ie

Feakle Fes­ti­val finds its feet in style with this mighty line-up. Home boy Martin Hayes and his reg­u­lar mu­si­cal part­ner Den­nis Cahill share the gen­teel con­tours of Hayes’s east Clare fid­dle mu­sic with the town­ies of En­nis, while Joanie Mad­den and her band bring the chutz­pah of their New York roots to the mix. Con­certina mother and daugh­ter duo McNa­mara and Costello book­end this cel­e­bra­tion of Clare’s richly pat­terned mu­si­cal her­itage, ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anist Cot­ter. Feakle Fes­ti­val ends on Mon­day 14th. SL

SCHU­BERT IM­MER­SION Schu­bert: Dream­ing the Sub­lime Kilkenny Arts Fes­ti­val, Friday Au­gust 11th to Sun­day Au­gust 20th kilken­n­yarts.ie

Kilkenny Arts Fes­ti­val’s main com­poser fo­cus this year is on Schu­bert, with a smaller fo­cus on Han­del. “Dream­ing the Sub­lime” of­fers an im­mer­sion in the late works of Schu­bert that’s spread over 10 days. There are string quar­tets and the string quin­tet from Qu­atuor Mosaïques, pi­ano sonatas from Chris­tian Black­shaw, songs from Ail­ish Ty­nan, Ben­jamin Appl and Roderick Wil­liams, trios and the Trout Quin­tet with the Fide­lio Trio, and larg­er­scale works from the Ir­ish Cham­ber Or­ches­tra un­der Jörg Wid­mann. The mu­sic is sup­ple­mented through a strand of talks given by Gerry Murphy, Lor­raine Byrne-Bod­ley, Al­fred Bren­del and Ian Fox. And if your taste is for some­thing more up-to-the-minute, there are events fea­tur­ing works by Linda Buck­ley, Jennifer Wal­she, Don­nacha Den­nehy and Nico Muhly. Michael Der­van

HAN­DEL’S CAE­SAR Gi­ulio Ce­sare St Can­ice’s Cathe­dral, Kilkenny, Friday Au­gust 11th, 7.30pm, ¤44, ¤55/¤9.50, ¤44. kilken­n­yarts.ie

Han­del’s take on Julius Cae­sar is do­ing well in 21st-cen­tury Ire­land. Opera Ire­land staged the work in 2001, Dublin City Coun­cil’s Opera in the Open in 2009 and Leeds’s Opera North brought it to the Bord Gáis En­ergy Theatre in 2012. It’s back again for the open­ing night of Kilkenny Arts Fes­ti­val in a con­cert per­for­mance fea­tur­ing the Early Opera Com­pany un­der Chris­tian Curnyn with Iestyn Davies as Cae­sar (Davies can also be heard in recital with lutenist Thomas Dun­fort on Sun­day night), Anna Devin as Cleopa­tra, Ru­pert Entick­nap as Tolomeo, Rachel Kelly as Sesto, Hi­lary Sum­mers as Cor­nelia, Cal­lum Thorpe as Achilla and James Hall as Nireno. MD

TRA­DI­TIONAL KNITS Soften The Bor­der – Rita Duffy Black­lion-Bel­coo Bridge and Kee­gan’s Shop, Co Ca­van / Co Fer­managh, Un­til Au­gust 13th. ri­taduffys­tu­dio.com

Rita Duffy’s Sou­venir Shop, a high­light of the 2016 Cen­te­nary art projects, saw such gems as Black and Tan boot pol­ish and Carson’s or­ange mar­malade on sale. Duffy’s wry but pierc­ing view of the tra­di­tions that hold us to­gether, and the ones that keep us apart, gets an­other chance to shine with a project that quite lit­er­ally “knits” the Bor­der to­gether.

Dis­cover the bridge full of woolly things, plus a posse of hand­made dolls to “make this lit­tle patch of Bor­der soft, curious and com­fort­able for a few days”.

The Sou­venir Shop will also make an ap­pear­ance at Kee­gan’s, the former post of­fice, gro­cery and fu­neral par­lour on the Black­lion side, where you’ll be able to buy Bel­coo wa­ter re­puted to cure stom­ach trou­ble and men­tal ill­ness. Duffy plans a se­ries of shops across the coun­try, “get­ting out of the cities and em­bed­ding art in the ru­ral com­mu­nity”. Watch this space. Gemma Tip­ton

Rita Duffy: Cross­roads Danc­ing 2015

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