THURS­DAY 17.08.17

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QUAY GIGS Dublin Quays Fes­ti­val

Var­i­ous venues (in­clud­ing Work­man’s Club, Sound House, Liquor Rooms, Grand So­cial, Wi­ley Fox, Sin É, Bagots Hut­ton), Thurs­day Au­gust 17th to Sun­day Au­gust 20th, Var­i­ous times. All events adm free The in­au­gu­ral Dublin Quays Fes­ti­val gets off to a fine start with some re­ally good mu­sic acts (Or­chid Col­lec­tive, Maria Kelly, Cat Dowling, Old Han­nah, Fic­tion Peaks, Death in the Sick­room, Square­head), DJs (Kelly-Anne Byrne, Space Talk), spo­ken word (John Cum­mins), com­edy (Alison Spit­tle) and too much other good stuff to list here. DQF is a solid ad­di­tion to the summer city centre an­nual event cal­en­dar, and the best part is that all events, in mul­ti­ple venues along the main path­way of the River Lif­fey, are free. TCL

THRILLS ’N’ SPILLS Happy Mon­days

Leop­ard­stown Race­course, Leop­ard­stown, Co Dublin, Thurs­day Au­gust 17th, 6pm ¤18 (ad­mis­sion of ¤30 in­cludes food/tote voucher/ com­ple­men­tary drink) leop­ard­stown.com Which of us would have ever thought that we’d be writ­ing about Happy Mon­days (left) in the here and now? From the mid-1980s to 1993, the band’s drug con­sump­tion would have felled a small coun­try, but they sol­diered on, al­beit fit­fully, re­group­ing now and again be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing. That they have been op­er­a­tional since 2012 says some­thing for strong con­sti­tu­tions, but their legacy – es­pe­cially 1988’s Bummed and 1990’s Pills ’n’ Thrills and Belly­aches – re­mains a long-night-out joy. This gig brings to a con­clu­sion Bul­mers Live at Leop­ard­stown 2017. TCL

TROU­BA­DOUR Andy Irvine

St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel, Co Kerry, Thurs­day Au­gust 17th, 8pm ¤15 stjohn­sthe­atrelis­towel.com This in­de­fati­ga­ble, ir­re­press­ible father of all troubadours cleaves to the road so widely trav­elled. Irvine (right) is the very em­bod­i­ment of the folk

artist: for­ever most at home when play­ing and singing songs of, for and by folks. Irvine’s track record as a solo and ensem­ble mu­si­cian is peer­less: Sweeney’s Men, Pa­trick Street, Planxty, Mozaik, Usher’s Is­land and his re­cently re­vived part­ner­ship with Paul Brady. Mul­ti­ple dance part­ners but ever the stal­wart mu­si­cian, in hot pur­suit of the most pi­caresque and rhyth­mi­cally com­plex sto­ries and songs. Irvine’s a treat in any com­pany, es­pe­cially his own. SL

BILLY’S BACK­ROOM Sofa Ses­sions

Billy Byrne’s, Kilkenny, Thurs­day Au­gust 17th, 9pm, Adm free. face­book.com/ so­fases­sion­skilkenny To de­clare an in­ter­est, these reg­u­lar Thurs­day night con­certs are cu­rated by this jour­nal­ist, and on Thurs­day night my own Ru­ral Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion Scheme is the fea­tured band. The back­room in Billy Byrne’s, at the top of John Street in Kilkenny, is a cosy, in­ti­mate room, full of so­fas and comfy chairs, and the idea is to get peo­ple off their own so­fas to try one of ours; the lure is top-qual­ity jazz. There’s mu­sic ev­ery Thurs­day, it’s nearly al­ways free, and, over the last two years, vis­i­tors have in­cluded New York/Ber­lin hip­sters Fire­place Dragon, Ir­ish su­per­group Roamer and top UK pi­anist Kit Downes Trio, as well as a wide cross-sec­tion of play­ers from the Dublin scene. CL

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