mu­sic­news Ir­ish trio ready for vam­pire week­end

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music News - lmur­[email protected]­times.com By Lau­ren Mur­phy

A spe­cial one-off gig is planned for Dublin’s But­ton Fac­tory on April 1st. Don’t worry, there are no April Fool’s jokes in­volved; but there is a sur­real col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween three highly re­spected Ir­ish mu­si­cians on the cards.

Neil Han­non is team­ing up with Cathy Davey and Richie Egan to recre­ate Vam­pire Week­end’s de­but al­bum in its en­tirety.

The trio will put their own spin on tracks such as A-Punk, Mansard Roof and Ox­ford Comma as part of The JD Set. The JD Set was pre­vi­ously a bat­tle of the bands com­pe­ti­tion, which ran suc­cess­fully for eight years, but it will now fo­cus on ex­clu­sive gigs with well-known artists in its new for­mat.

Last year’s JD Set high­lights in­cluded Richard Haw­ley and Jarvis Cocker play­ing with rock’n’roll leg­end Duane Eddy in London, but this is the first gig of the se­ries to take place on Ir­ish soil.

When asked why he chose to un­der­take the New York band’s 2008 al­bum for the gig, Han­non said that it was one of his “all-time favourite records” and praised its “in­ge­nious mar­riage of in­die pop, African rhythm and clas­si­cal har­mony.

“But mostly, it’s be­cause it kicks ass and makes me happy,” he added.

Free tick­ets to the gig avail­able from Fe­bru­ary 1st at the­jd­set.ie.

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