FRI­DAY 29.09.17

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SONGS/WORDS Soulé, Maria Kelly, John Cum­mins

St John the Bap­tist Church, Drum­con­dra, Dublin Fri­day Septem­ber 29th 8pm ¤15 glas­drum.ie Acous­tic mu­sic and subtle spoken word in a 17th-cen­tury church de­liver a cer­tain level of classi­ness that is of­ten as­pired to yet rarely at­tained. This gig won’t have that prob­lem. With sep­a­rate sets from song­writ­ers and mu­si­cians Soulé and Maria Kelly – each of whom is so cool and hot right now – as well as our favourite po­et­i­cian, John Cum­mins, you can as­suredly bet there won’t be room to budge in such a beau­ti­ful, com­pact venue. Tony Clay­ton-Lea

TRADITIONAL Nol­laig Casey, Máire Ní Chatha­saigh and Mairéad Ní Chatha­saigh

An Spailpín Fá­nach, Cork Folk Fes­ti­val, 9.30pm, ¤15 cork­folk­fes­ti­val.com Also Sat O’Carolan Fes­ti­val, Nob­ber, Co Meath nob­ber­harpfes­ti­val.com This trio of sib­lings have a par­tic­u­lar way of ren­der­ing old tunes anew, with fid­dle, harp and voice. After the re­lease of their can­nily-ti­tled al­bum,

Sib­ling Rev­elry, this Casey/Ní Chatha­saigh axis of traditional mu­sic is the liv­ing em­bod­i­ment of what it means to dive deep be­neath the sur­face to un­earth some­thing fresh. Siobhán Long

CLAS­SI­CAL RTÉ NSO/Nathalie Stutz­mann

Na­tional Con­cert Hall, Dublin Fri­day, Septem­ber 29th 7.30pm ¤13-¤35 nch.ie The RTÉ Na­tional Sym­phony Orches­tra’s new prin­ci­pal guest con­duc­tor Nathalie Stutz­mann opens her ten­ure in Ire­land with a sure-footed, de­cid­edly cen­trist pro­gramme. Brahms’s Vi­o­lin Con­certo is per­formed by the Ger­man vi­o­lin­ist Veronika Eberle (above), who Si­mon Rat­tle took un­der his wing when she was just 16. She’s now 28. The First Sym­phonies of Beethoven and Prokofiev make up the bal­ance. By cu­ri­ous co­in­ci­dence, Beethoven’s First Sym­phony also fea­tures at the Ul­ster Hall in Belfast at the same time, when the Ul­ster Orches­tra un­der Rafael Pa­yare cou­ple it with the First Sym­phony of Gus­tav Mahler. Michael Dervan

ROCK LEG­ENDS Shel­lac

Róisín Dubh, Galway Fri­day Sept 29th 9pm ¤25/¤23 roisin­dubh.net ; Tivoli The­atre, Dublin Satur­day Sept 30th 7pm ¤25 tivoli.ie; Black Box, Belfast Sun­day Oct 1st 7.30pm £18 black­box­belfast.com It doesn’t mat­ter what flag of con­ve­nience you cover them with, Chicago’s Shel­lac is one of a kind. Formed in 1992 by gui­tarist/pro­ducer Steve Al­bini (right) and drum­mer Todd Trainer, the band’s ini­tial loose, col­lab­o­ra­tive style fused into a post-hard­core sound where traditional verse/ cho­rus/verse struc­tures don’t get a look-in. Ex­pect sparse, min­i­mal­ist and asym­met­ric mu­sic de­liv­ered with vigour. You might want to check out the sup­port act, too: Il Sogno Mari­naio fea­tures Mike Watt, a one-time mem­ber of Min­ute­men, Fire­hose and The Stooges. Oh, yeah. TCL

ART Pro­ject Clean­sweep Dara McGrath

Sir­ius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co Cork, Un­til Novem­ber 26 sir­iusarts­cen­tre.ie You can rely on some artists to fer­ret out in­ter­est­ing things, re­search anoma­lous sit­u­a­tions and then give us those “the world is a damn strange place” mo­ments. Dara McGrath is one such, and his cur­rent pro­ject draws on a UK min­istry of de­fence re­port from 2011 that as­sessed risk of resid­ual con­tam­i­na­tion from chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal weapons from the first World War to the present day. With more than 4,000sq km of the land mass in the UK put for mil­i­tary use in the 20th cen­tury, Eng­land’s green and pleas­ant land may never look the same way again. Gemma Tip­ton

TRADITIONAL Cork Folk Fes­ti­val

Var­i­ous venues cork­folk­fes­ti­val.com Work­shops, mas­ter­classes, art ex­hi­bi­tions, sto­ry­telling, ses­sions and con­certs all jos­tle for space in this year’s packed pro­gramme at the Cork Folk Fes­ti­val. High­lights abound, in­clud­ing a trib­ute con­cert to the late, great fid­dle player Sea­mus Creagh, fea­tur­ing Jackie Daly (Creagh’s old play­ing com­padre), Matt Cran­itch, Na Mooneys, Alec Finn and a host of oth­ers. Andy Irvine and Dono­van will also head­line, as well as Cathy Jor­dan, Jar­lath Henderson and Mick Daly. The eclec­ti­cism of this year’s pro­gramme un­der­scores the or­ganic essence of folk mu­sic and folk tra­di­tion in all their mul­ti­coloured glory. SL

FES­TI­VAL Hard Work­ing Class He­roes

Var­i­ous venues, Dublin city, Thurs-Sat ¤25-¤55 hwch.net As soon as a hint of au­tumn hits the air, you know it’s HWCH time. Dublin city is over­run with live acts, con­fer­ences and con­ver­sa­tion all cel­e­brat­ing the mu­sic in­dus­try in Ire­land. You can hop from The Work­man’s Club to The Grand So­cial to the brand spank­ing new Un­der­ground Venue, as well as some other venues, and see some of the best that Ire­land has to offer. Pro­ceed­ings be­gan last night with a con­fer­ence launch and net­work­ing event in the Choco­late Fac­tory, with more panel dis­cus­sions, work­shops and ban­ter to­day and to­mor­row fea­tur­ing in­ter­na­tional agents, book­ers, la­bels, pub­lish­ers, man­agers. And of course there’s the mu­sic, with free gigs allover town in ad­di­tion to the head­lin­ers. Make sure that Bad Bones, Le Boom, Katie Laf­fan and Floor Staff are high­lighted on your sched­ule. Louise Bru­ton

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