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Arthurs,Dublin,3pm,¤10, arthur­spub.ie Pi­anist Jim Do­herty has been a key­stone of the Ir­ish mu­sic scene for more than six decades. As well as his con­tri­bu­tion as band leader and ac­com­pa­nist (he was gui­tarist Louis Stew­art’s most faith­ful col­lab­o­ra­tor for more than half a cen­tury), Do­herty was also a busy stu­dio com­poser, pen­ning TV favourites such as the Wan­derly Wagon theme tune and run­ning The Late Late Show band. Still in good health and sound­ing bet­ter than ever, here is the vet­eran pi­anist with his cur­rent trio of fel­low grandee, bassist Dave Flem­ing, and first-call ses­sion drum­mer Do­minic Mullen. Add the classy sax­o­phone play­ing of Bren­dan Doyle and you have a night to put a smile on the faces of ‘main­stream’ fans.


Black­Box,Belfast(Wed14);Dolan’s Bar,Lim­er­ick(Thurs15);Wex­fordArts Cen­tre(Fri16);Fum­bal­lySta­bles, Dublin (Sat 17); and Cam­pell’s Tav­ern, Head­ford,Gal­way(Sun18). movin­gon­muisc.co.uk, im­pro­vised­mu­sic.ie Bassist Ro­nan Guil­foyle has cel­e­brated his 60th birth­day this year with an eclec­tic se­ries of projects. Ear­lier in the year, he aired his re-imag­in­ing of the mu­sic of Jack Bruce and last month the com­poser heard his lat­est con­certo played by the Ir­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra. But this new Life­cy­cle project – a quar­tet of mu­si­cians who have enough mu­si­cal and tech­ni­cal mus­cle to meet the stern chal­lenges of the leader’s mu­sic – rep­re­sents the core of Guil­foyle’s prac­tice as an in­stru­men­tal­ist and a com­poser for small groups. In par­tic­u­lar, famed New York drum­mer Jim Black is an old friend and a pow­er­fully creative force at the drum set who will find his own way through Guifoyle’s tunes. With sax­o­phon­ist Micheal Buck­ley and gui­tarist Chris Guil­foyle, two of the strong­est and most com­mit­ted play­ers on the Ir­ish scene, this is as weighty a band as has toured the is­land in some time.


John Field Room, NCH, Dublin 1.05pm ¤18 nch.ie En­sem­ble Ériu may have their feet on the ground of tra­di­tional Ir­ish mu­sic, but jazz, im­prov, min­i­mal­ism and post-rock are all swirling in the air about their heads, mak­ing a non­sense of tra­di­tional genre dis­tinc­tions. Con­certina player Jack Talty and bassist Neil O Loghlen lead a seven piece that in­cludes fid­dler Jeremy Spencer, clar­inetist Matthew Ber­rill, gui­tarist Paddy Groen­land, drum­mer Matthew Jacobson and marimba player Maeve O’Hara – an all too rare ap­pear­ance from an im­por­tant group.


LeesonLounge,Dublin,9pmAdm­free (sug­gested do­na­tion ¤5) Pi­anist and com­poser Trevor Knight’s Devil’s Spine Band has the most un­likely of in­spi­ra­tions – the even more un­likely visit of play­wright Os­car Wilde to the min­ing town of Leadville, Colorado in 1881. Who knew? From such ar­cana, the for­mer Auto Da Fé man has cre­ated not so much a band as an at­mos­phere and a set of new tunes which he per­forms here with long-time col­lab­o­ra­tors gui­tarist Ed Deane, bassist Gar­van Gal­lagher and drum­mer Tom Jamieson, plus a spe­cial ap­pear­ance by re­spected jazz vo­cal­ist Honor Hef­fer­nan. Trip to the Wilde west, any­one?


Su­garClub,Dublin,8pm,¤24.50, the­sug­ar­club.com Roy Ayers started his mu­si­cal life as a straight ahead West Coast vi­bra­phon­ist in the early 1960s, play­ing with Her­bie Mann and Chico Hamil­ton, but it was when he switched on to funk and soul that his stock re­ally be­gan to rise. Scores for cult Blax­ploita­tion movies, tours with Fela Kuti and late 1970s hits such as

Every­body Loves the Sun­shine and

Run­ning Away are im­pec­ca­ble cre­den­tials for one of the found­ing fa­thers of acid jazz, and now at 78 years old, Ayers is liv­ing up to the name of his band, still tour­ing the world, still soak­ing up the adu­la­tion of funksters and hip­sters ev­ery­where.


Birr The­atre & Arts Cen­tre 8pm ¤16/¤14/¤8bir­rthe­atre.com;al­soSun, Sligo;Mon,Castle­bar;mu­sic­net­work.ie Rus­sian vi­o­lin­ist Yury Re­vich and Ger­man cellist Bene­dict Kloeckner have joined forces for a Mu­sic Net­work tour that still has three con­certs left. The play­ers range over the solo reper­toire for each in­stru­ment (Bach’s Solo Cello Suite No. 3, Kreisler’s Recita­tive and Scherzo for solo vi­o­lin and Ysaÿe’s Solo Vi­o­lin Sonata in D mi­nor, the one sub­ti­tled Bal­lade) as well as duos (by Glière, Rolla, Pa­ganini, and Ravel). Also on of­fer is a new com­mis­sion from Ir­ish com­poser Se­bas­tian Adams, the se­quen­tially-named 2018:3, which was pre­miered in Dublin last Wed­nes­day. Adams is hav­ing a good Novem­ber, with an­other new piece get­ting three per­for­mances by the Ir­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra in the com­ing days.


Uni­ver­sity Con­cert Hall, Lim­er­ick 8pm ¤25/¤22/¤10/¤5uch.ie;al­soFri,Cork; Sat, Water­ford Who is a clar­inet­tist’s clar­inet­tist? Well, one cho­sen by an­other clar­inet­tist, for sure. The multi-tal­ented Jörg Wid­mann, prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor of the Ir­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra, is also a clar­inet­tist and a com­poser. For the

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