CON­NECT FOUR

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - GOING OUT - by jim car­roll

FES­TI­VAL FLEADH 2014

The high­lights for the fi­nal week­end in Sligo in­clude per­for­mances from the Dartry Céilí Band, an uileann pipes and pipe or­gan recital from Padraig McGovern and Charles O’Con­nor, a Western High­way con­cert fea­tur­ing a host of top trad acts in­clud­ing Maura O’Con­nell, Nol­laig Casey and the In­n­is­free Céilí Band (above). But that’s just the tip of the ice­berg: there are céilís, ses­sions, work­shops and what- have-you over the week­end. Var­i­ous venues, Sligo. flead­hcheoil.ie

TRAD MAS­TERS OF TRA­DI­TION 2014

Cu­rated by Martin Hayes, the busiest fid­dler in the land , the Mas­ters of Tra­di­tion is an an­nual ex­cur­sion into trad’s roots and fu­ture move­ments. Hayes and Dennis Cahill kick things off with Ricky Sk­aggs (below, Wed) and there are also per­for­mances from Steve Cooney, Muire­ann Nic Amh­laoibh and Ivan Goff (Thur), be­fore Hayes and Cahill bring the week to a close on Sun­day week. Var­i­ous venues, Bantry, Co Cork. Wed-Sun. west­cork­mu­sic.ie

JAZZ BILL FRISELL

You have two op­por­tu­ni­ties to see the fa­bled jazz gui­tarist in ac­tion this week­end, as part of the Mar­ble City Ses­sions in Kilkenny. Tonight, Frisell is joined by Sam Ami­don, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill (Set Theatre, 10.30pm) for what prom­ises to be a fas­ci­nat­ing folk, jazz and trad col­lab­o­ra­tion. On Satur­day, at the Left Bank (4pm), it’s a solo set from the Bal­ti­more na­tive be­hind last year’s brace of al­bums Big Sur and Silent Com­edy . Kilken­n­yarts.ie

ROOTS JACK OF DI­A­MONDS RHYTHM AND ROOTS FES­TI­VAL

The fes­ti­val takes over a cou­ple of venues in the cap­i­tal for the week­end to show­case some fine roots and rock’n’roll acts. The main venue will be the But­ton Fac­tory with The Eskies, North Strand Kon­tra Band, Saint John the Gam­bler and Con­nor Lin­nie and Gavin Glass (below) tonight, while Tu­can, Prison Love, Rack House Pil­ger and Tu­pelo line up to­mor­row night. Var­i­ous venues. Dublin, Fri-Sun. jack­of­di­a­monds.ie

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