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Mo­tor City might be Detroit, but Mu­sicTown is most def­i­nitely Dublin – or at least it will be un­til Sun­day, April 22nd. From now un­til then, a stream of mu­sic events that run the gamut from clas­si­cal to trad, from spo­ken word to rock, from opera to au­dio­vi­sual will flow from south of the Lif­fey to north.

Now in its fourth year, the event was founded by Dublin City Coun­cil and has been pro­grammed by Aiken Pro­mo­tions, whose Leagues O’Toole acts as this year’s cre­ative direc­tor. O’Toole is an ex­pe­ri­enced hand, not only as an in­formed pro­moter/booker but also as a lover of what he terms “the open play­ing-field” of mu­sic, “where ac­tors, writ­ers, visual artists, lit­er­ally any­one can get involved”.

With this in mind, Mu­sicTown 2018 rolls along on the wheels of com­mu­nity and alliance, bring­ing in a vast ar­ray of con­certs, work­shops, mas­ter­classes and cre­ative part­ner­ships across an equally wide range of mu­si­cal dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal, choral, opera, folk, tra­di­tional, rock, spo­ken word, hip-hop, al­ter­na­tive, am­bi­ent and elec­tronic. There is some­thing for ev­ery­one, and – un­usu­ally for catch-all events such as these – gen­uine high­lights from start to fin­ish. Clas­si­cal and opera fare in­cludes

My First Con­cert, which sees very young mu­si­cians un­der­take their de­but con­cert per­for­mance (Sun­day, April 15th, Royal Ir­ish Academy of Mu­sic, noon, adm free, book­ing re­quired); Brenda Hur­ley Mas­ter­class (Wed­nes­day, April 18th, Royal Ir­ish Academy of Mu­sic, 10am, adm free, book­ing re­quired);

The Still Point of the Turn­ing World (Wed­nes­day, April 18th, Assem­bly Rooms, Ir­ish Ge­or­gian So­ci­ety, 7pm, ¤20), which sees the Fi­cino Ensem­ble per­form Beethoven’s String Quar­tet No 15 op132 to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of Ol­wen Fouéré’s read­ing of TS Eliot’s

Four Quar­tets; and Mozart’s The

Opera Direc­tor (Satur­day, April 21st, Gai­ety Theatre, 3pm, adm free, book­ing re­quired).

Some­what more con­tem­po­rary shows in the folk/tra­di­tional/rock ar­eas in­clude A Night of Mu­si­cal

Sto­ries, with Katie Kim and Lankum’s Radie Peat (tonight, Satur­day, April 14th, Pep­per Can­is­ter Church, 8pm, ¤15); The Un­thanks, with the Orches­tra of Ire­land (Tues­day, April 17th/Wed­nes­day, April 18th, Abbey Theatre, 7.30pm, ¤32); Lit­tle Green

Cars in col­lab­o­ra­tion with UK visual artist An­drew Vick­ery (Thurs­day, April 19th, Abbey Theatre, 7.30pm, ¤30); Lisa O’Neill in col­lab­o­ra­tion with writer Pat McCabe, Cass McCombs and Ian Lynch of Lankum

(Fri­day, April 20th, Abbey Theatre, 7.30pm, ¤30); and co-headliners John Shea­han and Colm Mac Con

Io­maire (Satur­day, April 21st, Abbey Theatre, 7.30pm, ¤30, spe­cial guests to be an­nounced).

Other must-see events in­clude Lon­don-based com­poser/pro­ducer Louis Car­nell, aka Vi­sion­ist, whose work in the au­dio­vi­sual area (ac­com­pa­nied here by Por­tuguese film-maker Pe­dro Maia) is re­garded as both dis­turb­ing and orig­i­nal (tonight, Satur­day, April 14th, Choco­late Fac­tory, 8pm, ¤15); Issa Vibe (Tues­day, April 17th, Work­man’s Club, 7pm, ¤10), a com­pre­hen­sive spo­ken word/hip-hop show­case fea­tur­ing Loud Mo­tive, Felispeaks, Jyel­lowl, Sasha Ter­fous, and Da­gogo Hart. Are You a But­ton Man? (Wed­nes­day, April 18th, The Sugar Club, 8pm, ¤10) fea­tures in­ter­views con­ducted by his­to­rian Donal Fal­lon with re­tired Dublin dock­ers as well as mu­sic from Lisa O’Neill and fid­dle player Danny Di­a­mond; and Béal (Satur­day, April 21st, The Ire­land In­sti­tute, 8.30pm, ¤12) is an evening of poetry and tra­di­tional Ir­ish mu­sic, co-pre­sented by Stephen James Smith and Mac­dara Yeates.

In keep­ing with its “open play­ing-field” ap­proach, Mu­sicTown 2018 con­cludes with a free event on Sun­day, April 22nd. Pre­sented by the Dublin Choral Foun­da­tion, the

Ted­dy­bear’s Pic­nic fea­tures young­sters and adults choral singing from the start point of Wolfe Tone Square (at noon) to the end point of South King Street.

See fol­low­ing pages and mu­sic for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the events men­tioned, as well as more Mu­sic Town 2018 shows

Clock­wise from above left: Lankum’s Ian Lynch; Vi­sion­ist, aka com­poser/ pro­ducer Louis Car­nell; spo­ken-word artist Sasha Ter­fous; English folk group The Un­thanks

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