SATUR­DAY 12.08.17

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

OLD DOG, YOUNG PUP John Prine & Sturgill Simp­son Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co Ty­rone, Satur­day Au­gust 12th, 8pm £50 (sold out) strulearts­cen­tre.co.uk; An Gri­anán Theatre, Let­terkenny, Co Done­gal, Wed­nes­day Au­gust 16th, 8pm ¤55 (sold out) an­gri­anan.com

Is this a case of the old dog mak­ing sure the young pup knows his place? Or is it the pup plan­ning to teach the old dog new tricks? Ei­ther way, these per­for­mances will be a treat, as two of Amer­ica’s finest song­writ­ers – each of them Grammy win­ners – in the roots/folk area team up for a bunch of rare na­tion­wide dates. The tour con­tin­ues into next week with shows at Town Hall Theatre, Gal­way, Satur­day Au­gust 19th; Theatre Royal, Water­ford, Tues­day Au­gust 22nd; and cul­mi­nat­ing at Vicar Street, Dublin, Friday Au­gust 25th. TCL

FOR­GOT­TEN AL­LS­TAR Barry McCor­mack Ryan’s Bar, Kilkenny, Satur­day Au­gust 12th, 8pm ¤10. akafringe.com/Roller­coaster Records

One-time mem­ber of al­most-for­got­ten Ir­ish band Ju­bilee All­stars, Barry McCor­mack has been oper­at­ing for so long un­der the radar that we can al­most no longer hear the blips. When he does surface, how­ever, it is al­ways with a fine al­bum of weighty nar­ra­tive songs that no one else would dream of writ­ing. McCor­mack’s most re­cent al­bum, The Tilt of the Earth, is his best to date, and this rare pro­vin­cial date is well worth trav­el­ling to. Special guest band (which fea­tures McCor­mack’s brother Niall, also a former mem­ber of Ju­bilee All­stars) is Let’s Get Lost, a rough’n’ready unit pre­view­ing songs from their al­bum Some­thing Else. As part of Al­ter­na­tive Kilkenny Arts. TCL

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