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Our crit­ics on the best to see and do this week­end and be­yond

SATURDAY10 DANIEL AVERY Tivoli,Dublin,¤16.50 dis­tric­t8­dublin.com

Techno DJ Daniel Avery is mak­ing quite a habit of vis­it­ing Dublin and, with his sec­ond al­bum Song for Al­pha (the fol­low-up to 2013’s Drone Logic) com­ing out in April, this Tivoli gig will be a great way to wet the head of his new mu­sic. “Drone

Logic’s spir­i­tual home was the dance­floor,” he told Res­i­dent

Ad­vi­sor. “This record’s is def­i­nitely the road. Those late nights and hazy morn­ings, find­ing in­spi­ra­tion be­yond the fog.” Yes. Let’s lift that fog. LB

NIALLHORAN

INECGle­nea­gleHo­tel,Kil­lar­ney,Co Kerry, Sat­ur­day, 7pm; 3Arena, Dublin, Mon­day,6.30pm;SSEArena,Belfast, Tues­day,6.30pmtick­et­mas­ter.ie Fol­low­ing the mas­sive suc­cess of his de­but al­bum Flicker, Niall Ho­ran’s first Ir­ish tour as a solo act is now en­tirely sold out. Kick­ing off in Kil­lar­ney’s INEC, the tour sees him tak­ing on Dublin’s 3Arena, Belfast’s The SSE Arena and Dublin’s 3Arena again on Thurs­day March 29th. He’s all go. Sup­port for each of the shows comes in the shape of the in­cred­i­ble Ju­lia Michaels, who’s writ­ten mas­sive songs for Justin Bieber, Brit­ney Spears and Se­lena Gomez, so get there nice and early. LB

TEBI REX

Work­mans Club, Dublin, ¤11.75 plus book­ingfeet­ick­et­mas­ter.ie Maynooth hip-hop duo – bet that’s a phrase you’ve never read be­fore – Tebi Rex are an act you should keep your eye on. With songs such as

Men Are Trash and She Hated Love Songs II (a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kildare four-piece Elkin) Matt O’ Baoill and Max Zanga re­main darkly witty while cre­at­ing lo-fi, hip-hop songs with a pop hook. Get to know the lads a bit bet­ter on their Wel­come to the Dark­est Year of Our Ad­ven­tures EP. LB

SUN­DAY 11 MICHAEL McDON­ALD Vi­carSt,Dublin,7.30pm¤55 tick­et­mas­ter.ie

With a ca­reer span­ning al­most 50 years, St Louis, Mis­souri mu­si­cian, vo­cal­ist and song­writer Michael McDon­ald has seen them come and go, yet still he’s around to dip into the back cat­a­logues of his var­i­ous for­mer bands (in­clud­ing Steely Dan and the Doo­bie Brothers). He will also in­clude songs from his nine solo al­bums, the lat­est of which is last year’s Wide Open. Whether or not fans of Thun­der­cat (aka Stephen Bruner) will rock up to the venue re­mains to be seen – the Gram­my­win­ning, multi-genre bass player, cel­e­brated for his work with Ken­drick La­mar and Fly­ing Lo­tus, has made it known how much McDon­ald’s work means to him. An all-ages show, then? TCL

DAMIENJURA­DO Whe­lans, Dublin, 8pm ¤22 whe­lanslive.com

Seat­tle singer-song­writer Damien Ju­rado has ex­celled at quite a few stylis­tic changes in his 20-plus year ca­reer. From yearn­ing lo-fi folk/ roots (1999’s Re­hearsals for De­par­ture) and sprightly in­die-pop (2002’s I Break Chairs) to bal­lad­strewn tunes (2008’s Caught in the

Trees) and con­cep­tual in­die-folk (2016’s Vi­sions of Us on the Land), Ju­rado has deftly ex­plored each area in ob­ser­vant, lit­er­ate fash­ion. If you’re into singer-song­writer ma­te­rial that has clas­sic ref­er­ence points (Bob Dy­lan, Nick Drake, Randy New­man, Neil Young) yet is also tricky enough to cat­e­gorise, then Mr Ju­rado would very much like to see you. TCL

CUPCAKKE

The But­ton Fac­tory, Dublin, Sun­day March 11th, ¤18.50 plus book­ing fee servin­gen­ter­tain­ment.com Chicago rap­per El­iz­a­beth Har­ris, aka CupcakKe, makes her long-awaited Ir­ish de­but as part of her Ephorize tour. Fast, furious, fe­ro­cious and with zero fil­ter, she pushes bound­aries with her mu­sic, tack­ling so­cial is­sues and her sex­u­al­ity with a blunt and thrilling hon­esty. Not for the faint of heart. Check out her track Duck Duck Goose to see if you pass the test. LB

MON­DAY 12 REJJIESNOW OlympiaThe­atre,Dublin,7pm,¤22 tick­et­mas­ter.ie

The time has fi­nally ar­rived for Re­jjie Snow to stand up and be counted as one of the most ex­cit­ing and orig­i­nal voices in Ir­ish hip-hop. With the re­lease of his de­but al­bum,

Dear An­nie, Snow (real name Alex Anyaeg­bunam) has come of age at the point where Ir­ish hip-hop is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a se­quence of glo­ri­ous mo­ments, de­spite his re­cent ad­mis­sion (on brightons­finest.com) that “be­ing Ir­ish . . . [hip-hop] isn’t the most mar­ketable thing ever”. This aside, Snow is mak­ing se­ri­ous in­roads in­ter­na­tion­ally, es­pe­cially in the US, where, as the only Ir­ish act signed to New York-based 300 En­ter­tain­ment, he is mix­ing it up with (other) ac­claimed mu­sic acts, many of which have a broader fan base. Long story short? A home­town guy, a home­com­ing gig. Let’s cel­e­brate that. TCL

WED­NES­DAY 14 KEEPSHELLY­INATHENS Grand So­cial, Dublin, 7pm, ¤18 the­grand­so­cial.ie

It isn’t of­ten you hear of a mu­sic act from Greece mak­ing some noise out­side the coun­try, but Keep Shel­ley in Athens (a pun on the neigh­bour­hood of Athens the band orig­i­nated from – Kypseli) has achieved what many would have con­sid­ered most un­likely. Re­volv­ing around the song­writ­ing skills of the mys­te­ri­ous man known only as RPR, KSIA orig­i­nally had singer/lyri­cist Sarah Psalti in the ranks, but when she left four years ago, her place was taken by Aus­tralian writer/poet Jes­sica Bell. The mu­sic re­mains in a sim­i­lar ter­rain (dreamy chill­wave), so stay calm and carry on. TCL

STIMMINGXL­AMBERT Su­garClub,Dublin,¤13.80-¤24.45 home­beat.eventbrite.ie

Fresh off the re­lease of their col­lab­o­ra­tive al­bum Ex­o­dus (re­leased on March 9th by new la­bel Kryp­tox), Stim­ming, the emo­tive and in­no­va­tive elec­tronic pro­ducer, and Lam­bert, the masked pi­anist, will not just be mak­ing their Ir­ish de­but as a live act in the Sugar Club, but also their world de­but. This is set to be a very spe­cial gig, com­bin­ing the unique and beau­ti­ful qual­i­ties of the two Ger­man per­form­ers and am­pli­fy­ing them. LB

DEATHFROMA­BOVE Tivoli,Dublin,¤33.50tick­et­mas­ter.ie It’s been three years since Death From Above’s last Dublin ap­pear-

ance and all those who at­tended have just about re­cov­ered. Drop­ping the 1979 from their name, the noise lords are back. De­spite a 2004 cease-and-de­sist let­ter from James Mur­phy’s record la­bel of the same name when they re­leased their de­but al­bum, the Toron­to­nian two-piece have been num­ber­less since 2016 and, with no ap­par­ent le­gal is­sues from Mur­phy, Death from Above the band name lives on. LB

THURS­DAY 15 PAULMCLOON­ESHOWONTOU­R Róisín Dubh, Gal­way, 8pm, Adm free (tick­et­sre­quired-fromeventb­rite.ie) roisin­dubh.net

With a de­bonair swish of the mi­cro­phone ca­ble and some choice wit­ti­cisms, To­day FM pre­sen­ter Paul McLoone takes his show on a road trip over the next few months, broad­cast­ing live from var­i­ous venues. The first stop is Gal­way, where mu­sic acts David Keenan, Slow Riot and Freezer Room (which in­cludes guest vo­cals from Wal­lis Bird, Tracy K, and Jack O’Rourke) will be putting on a grand dis­play of their tal­ents. McLoone then takes his road­show to Con­nolly’s of Leap, Co Cork (April 26th) and the Work­man’s Club, Dublin (May 23rd), mu­sic acts tbc. All aboard! TCL

STEREO­PHON­ICS SSE Arena, Belfast, 8pm, £41.50 ssearen­abelfast.com;3Arena,Dublin, Fri­day,8pm,¤46tick­et­mas­ter.ie

An­other an­niver­sary, an­other brace of arena-sized shows. This time it’s Stereo­phon­ics, the Welsh band that cel­e­brates the 20th birth­day year of its de­but al­bum, Word Gets Around. That al­bum set up Stereo­phon­ics as a lean, blus­ter-free act, and for a while, that’s ex­actly what they de­liv­ered. The band’s mid­dle years saw the mu­sic gain weight, which hardly gained them new fans, but, judg­ing by these two shows, lessons have been learned. Last year’s al­bum, Scream Above the Sounds, will be plugged, of course, as well as their size­able back cat­a­logue. One for the fans. TCL

JONATHANWI­LSON Whe­lan’s, Dublin , 8pm, ¤18.50 whe­lanslive.com

With a new and much-praised al­bum, Rare Birds (“In the best way, this sounds like a record you could lose your­self in for months” – Mojo), North Car­olina singer-song­writer Jonathan Wil­son might come across to some as yet an­other flavour-of-the-month song­smith with a pref­er­ence for Laurel Canyon stylings. The some­what more pro­saic truth is that Wil­son is as much in de­mand for his song­writ­ing as he is for his pro­duc­tion (for the likes of Fa­ther John Misty, Conor Oberst and Roy Harper) and col­lab­o­ra­tive work (he is cur­rently mu­si­cal di­rec­tor of Roger Wa­ters’ Us + Them tour, which vis­its Dublin June 26th and 27th). Here, though, is Wil­son with­out any kind of safety net: no spe­cial ef­fects, no her­itage songs, just adroit, mea­sured crafts­man­ship. TCL

KARL BLAU The Work­mans Club, Dublin, 8pm, ¤15 the­work­man­sclub.com

To in­die rock and folk, you can add drone, bossa nova, dub, hip-hop, grunge and found sound. No one can ac­cuse Amer­i­can song­writer Karl Blau of stick­ing to the tried and tested. The man is also an avid fan of en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity as well as em­brac­ing the “mo­ment”. To this end, he has said that when he’s record­ing mu­sic, any out­side in­ter­rup­tions are not only wel­come but be­come part of the end re­sult; even mis­tun­ings are kept in. A song­writer that re­sists as well as chal­lenges tra­di­tion? Yours for the ask­ing. TCL

FRI­DAY 16 SPOOKOFTHE­THIRTEENTH­LOCK Pep­perCanis­terChurch,Dublin, 7.30pm,¤13.50pep­per­can­is­ter.ie

For­ever des­tined, it seems, to be al­ways a fringe at­trac­tion (de­spite hav­ing re­leased in 2008 one of the best Ir­ish al­bums of the past 40 years – their self-ti­tled de­but), Spook of the Thir­teenth Lock may be too eas­ily ref­er­enced as an “ex­per­i­men­tal” folk-rock band, but they are so much more than that. For their forth­com­ing third al­bum, Lock­out, they have added gui­tars to the line-up – al­most 20 to be pre­cise. Tip­ping the hat to Amer­i­can avant-garde com­poser Glenn Branca, whose 13th Sym­phony for 100 Elec­tric Gui­tars is surely a tem­plate, but look­ing to­wards Ir­ish his­tory (no­tably the 1913 Dublin lock­out), ex­pect this gig to fuse var­i­ous sonic shapes in bravura style. The con­cert is part of the St Patrick’s Fes­ti­val. TCL

TRA­DI­TIONAL SIOBHÁNLON­G SUNDAY11 ARMAGHPIPE­RSCLUB Mar­ketPlaceTh­eatre,Ar­magh,,3pm £7.50/£5ar­magh­pipers.org

Ar­magh Pipers Club is a truly im­pres­sive phe­nom­e­non: a pow­er­house gath­er­ing of mu­si­cians across all ages, shar­ing a stage to show­case the best and the most colour­ful play­ing that emerges from the belly of this mag­nif­i­cent beast. Ex­pect up to 80 mu­si­cians shar­ing a stage, with founders Brian and Eithne Val­lely of­fer­ing a scaf­fold of sup­port all along the pi­caresque way.

THURS­DAY 15 OLD HAN­NAH The­Grand­So­cial,8pm,¤10 eventbrite.ie

Strad­dling roots, coun­try, blue­grass and folk, this group of fam­ily and friends mark the re­lease of their sin­gle Fol­low, in ad­vance of the launch of their de­but al­bum, Bo­re­alis, with this con­cert. Word has it that they’ve ex­panded their sound be­yond the bounds of the Ir­ish and North Amer­i­can folk and coun­try tra­di­tions that coloured their early work. Hav­ing trav­elled to Kansas City to at­tend and per­form at the 2018 Folk Al­liance In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence last month, Old Han­nah will be all revved up and rar­ing to go tonight.

SPRINGBOAR­DWITHCAOIM­HÍNÓ RAGHAL­LAIGH Lin­denHouse,Glen­gar­riff,con­tin­ues un­til Sun­day 18th, west­cork­mu­sic.ie

West Cork Mu­sic reprise an event they hosted last year where the inim­itable Ó Raghal­laigh and his be­spoke 10-string Har­dan­ger D’Amore fid­dle en­gage in a week­end-long close en­counter with mu­si­cians and as­pir­ing mu­si­cians in pur­suit of some new and in­vig­o­rat­ing mu­si­cal in­sights. An ex­cep­tional op­por­tu­nity to get up close and per­sonal with an ex­cep­tional mu­si­cian whose many mu­si­cal iden­ti­ties in­clude The Gloam­ing, This Is How We Fly and duo col­lab­o­ra­tions with Bren­dan Be­g­ley and Dan True­man.

FRIDAY16 HISTORYVAR­CHAEOLOGY– AHISTORYIR­ELANDHEDGE SCHOOL

MedievalMi­leMu­seum,Kilkenny, 6.30pm ¤10/¤8 medievalmi­lemu­seum.ie Hosted by this year’s Kilkenny Trad­fest, a panel mod­er­ated by His­tory Ire­land edi­tor Tommy Gra­ham mulls over the com­plex re­la­tion­ship be­tween his­tory and ar­chae­ol­ogy at a His­tory Ire­land Hedge School. “The dif­fer­ence be­tween his­tory and ar­chae­ol­ogy is the dif­fer­ence be­tween Ne­an­derthal and Homo sapi­ens. The lat­ter is more tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced, and the for­mer, al­though ca­su­ally mis­un­der­stood, nev­er­the­less boasts a big­ger brain. Yet, it is hard to imag­ine one with­out the other.” This

tongue-in-cheek ob­ser­va­tion is at­trib­uted to Bethany Dean, then an un­der­grad­u­ate ar­chae­ol­ogy stu­dent at Univer­sity of Winchester, and of­fers a pithy ti­tle for what prom­ises to be an in­trigu­ing dis­cus­sion, and a timely pre­lude to the week­end-long trad­fest.

JAZZ CORMACLARK­IN SATURDAY10 PLAZA REAL: THE MU­SIC OF WEATHER RE­PORT Arthurs.Dublin,9.30pm,¤10, arthur­spub.ie

Barry Dono­hue is one of the most in-de­mand bassists on the Dublin scene, equally adept on the acous­tic up­right and elec­tric gui­tar ver­sions of his in­stru­ment. In Dono­hue’s own Plaza Real, it is the lat­ter in­stru­ment which takes the star­ring role, ex­plor­ing the reper­toire of Weather Re­port. The trail­blaz­ing fu­sion group led by key­boardist Joe Zaw­inul and sax­o­phon­ist Wayne Shorter is revered by most jazz mu­si­cians, but it’s par­tic­u­larly beloved of bassists be­cause, for much of the band’s ex­is­tence, it fea­tured the leg­endary and hugely in­flu­en­tial Jaco Pas­to­rius on bass. Dono­hue takes on that sternest of chal­lenges with a new group that fea­tures elec­tric key­board wizard Dar­ragh O’Kelly, dy­namic Cape Town sax­o­phon­ist Chris En­gel and the al­ways in­ven­tive Shane O’Dono­van on drums.

HUUN-HUUR-TU Spec­trumFes­ti­val,Dublin(Sat10), see be­low); Water­ford Academy of Mu­sic & Arts (Mon 12); Roisín Dubh, Gal­way(Wed14);TriskelChr­istchurch, Cork (Fri 16)

Mon­go­lian folk group Huun-Hu­urTu caused some­thing of a sen­sa­tion in the late 1990s when they brought the ex­tra­or­di­nary art of Tu­van throat singing to the world. They have col­lab­o­rated with the likes of The Chief­tains, The Kronos Quar­tet and Frank Zappa among many oth­ers, and their mu­sic has ap­peared in the US TV se­ries Fargo. The oth­er­worldly sound of mul­ti­phonic throat singing has it roots in the shamanic singing of the Mon­go­lian steppes, but there seems to be some­thing about the pri­mal qual­ity of Huun-Huur-Tu (the name means “sun­beams”) that strikes a deep chord with jaded western ears. SPEC­TRUMFES­TI­VAL Var­i­ousv­enues;con­tin­uestil­lSun11; im­pro­vised­mu­sic.ie The for­ward-look­ing Spec­trum Fes­ti­val is a first draft from the fron­tiers of mu­sic his­tory and a chance for in­trepid lis­ten­ers to dip a toe in the churn­ing wa­ters of the avant-garde. Con­verg­ing on the space where jazz, con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal and art rock col­lide, the fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to­day with a dou­ble bill at Fum­bally Sta­bles fea­tur­ing the duo of Cork free sax­o­phon­ist Catharine Sikora and Yeah Yeah Yeahs drum­mer Brian Chase plus sax­o­phon­ist Sam Comer­ford’s Thun­derblender (see be­low); and con­cludes to­mor­row with renowned Mon­go­lian throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu (see above) at the Grand So­cial.

SNOWPOET Sol­sticeArt­sCen­tre,Na­van(Sat10); Court­house,Ti­na­hely(Sun11); snowpoet.co.uk

Snowpoet, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Dublin-born vo­cal­ist Lau­ren Kin­sella and UK multi-instrument­alist Chris Hyson, is a heavy hit­ting Lon­don six-piece ex­plor­ing the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween poetry, im­prov, avant folk, singer-song­writer and jazz. The aptly named band’s 10-date tour was thrown into dis­ar­ray last week by the weather – talk about poetry! – but the tour is back on track now and fin­ishes this week­end in Na­van and Ti­na­hely.

THUN­DERBLENDER Fum­bally Sta­bles, Dublin (Sat 10); Wex­fordArt­sCen­tre,Wex­ford(Sun11), sam­com­er­ford.com

Dublin sax­o­phon­ist Sam Comer­ford has been based in Brussels for the last few years where he is build­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for ad­ven­tur­ous projects, par­tic­u­larly with the sel­dom heard bass sax­o­phone. Thun­derblender is his fresh-sound­ing trio with drum­mer Jens Bout­tery and pi­anist Hen­drik La­sure that strikes a rau­cous bal­ance be­tween art and fun.

BRILLIANTC­ORNERS

Black­Box,Belfast;con­clud­esto­day; bril­liant­corners­belfast.com Belfast’s week­long Bril­liant Cor­ners fes­ti­val fin­ishes in style with multi-tal­ented Belfast drum­mer David Lyt­tle’s trio at 2.30pm, and Lon­don hip­sters Sons of Kemet at 9pm, both in the Black Box. Also to­day, the fes­ti­val’s cin­ema pro­gramme con­cludes with John Cas­savetes’ 1959 film Shad­ows, scored by leg­endary bassist Charles Min­gus (see also Be­neath the Un­der­dog, Thurs­day), and Sid­ney Lumet’s The

Pawn­bro­ker (1964) with a score by pro­ducer and jazz trum­peter Quincy Jones.

THURS­DAY 15 BE­NEATH THE UN­DER­DOG

Arthurs,Dublin,9pm,¤10, arthur­spub.ie Bassist Charles Min­gus was a oneof-a-kind mu­si­cian and com­poser, and his iconic blues-in­flected tunes con­tinue to ex­ert a pow­er­ful in­flu­ence on con­tem­po­rary jazz writ­ing. Bassist John Quear­ney’s cel­e­bra­tion the mu­sic of the leg­endary bassist – named after Min­gus’s out­raged and ou­tra­geous au­to­bi­og­ra­phy – brings to­gether a heavy hit­ting quin­tet that in­cludes sax­o­phon­ist Richie Buck­ley, gui­tarist Hugh Buck­ley, pi­anist Cian Boy­lan and drum­mer Cote Cal­met.

CLAS­SI­CAL MICHAEL DERVAN SATURDAY10 FINDINGAVO­ICE Var­i­ousv­enues,Clon­mel southtip­parts­cen­tre.ie

It’s the fi­nal day of Find­ing a Voice, the three-day fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing women com­posers cu­rated for South Tip­per­ary Arts Cen­tre by Róisín Ma­her. The lunchtime (1pm) con­cert with so­prano Marie Le­maire and pi­anist Jenny Martins con­cen­trates on songs from the 19th and early 20th cen­tury by Clara Schu­mann, Fanny Men­delssohn, Amy Beach, Poldowski (real name Régine Wieni­awski, daugh­ter of the com­poser Hen­ryk Wieni­awski), and Liza Lehmann. In the evening, at 8pm, cel­list Kate Ellis and pi­anist Is­abelle O’Con­nell con­cen­trate on liv­ing com­posers, with works by Linda Buck­ley, Mar­ian In­goldsby, Anna Mur­ray, Karen Power, Joan Tower and Ju­lia Wolfe. Both con­certs are at Old St Mary’s Church in Clon­mel. In be­tween, at 3pm in the Tip­per­ary County Mu­seum, there’s a free panel dis­cus­sion on Arts and the Woman.

SUN­DAY 11 MICHAEL McHALE,THE VANBRUGH Kevin Barry Recital Room, NCH, Dublin 3pm¤15nch.ie

The Vanbrugh String Quar­tet is no more since the group’s leader Gre­gory Ellis re­tired. But the Vanbrugh name is be­ing car­ried on by the three re­main­ing mem­bers, vi­o­lin­ist Keith Pas­coe, vi­ola player Si­mon Aspell and cel­list Christo­pher Mar­wood. They’ve cho­sen not to work as a trio but in­stead as the core of a flex­i­ble group and are cur­rently per­form­ing as a pi­ano quar­tet in part­ner­ship with Michael McHale. Their lat­est Dublin pro­gramme cou­ples Schu­mann’s cel­e­brated Pi­ano Quar­tet in E flat with Dvorák’s early ex­plo­ration of the medium, his Pi­ano Quar­tet in D, Op. 23.

THURS­DAY 15 PHILIPPE CASSARD

NCH, Dublin8pm¤27.50-¤55nch.ie In 1988, a 26-year-old French­man, Philippe Cassard, be­came the first prize-win­ner at the Dublin In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion. Mu­si­cal Ire­land em­braced him with en­thu­si­asm and he’s been a reg­u­lar visi­tor here ever since. He’s back again to mark both the 30th an­niver­sary of the com­pe­ti­tion and the cen­te­nary of the death of De­bussy. Cassard has made a fea­ture of per­form­ing the com­plete pi­ano works of De­bussy in four recitals over a sin­gle day. This time his pro­gramme is ti­tled ‘De­bussy, in­spi­ra­tions and in­flu­ences’. It ex­plores mu­si­cal con­nec­tions be­tween De­bussy and Rameau, Grieg, Liszt, Chopin and Stravin­sky and also in­cludes the first per­for­mance of Bap­tiste Trotignon’s Tombeau de Claude De­bussy.

VIS­UAL ART AIDANDUNNE

METAMURMUR­ATION, JOANNA KID­NEY, AND PAINT­INGS BY DAVID QUINN Uilinn, Sk­ib­bereen, Co Cork Un­til April 11 west­corkarts­cen­tre.com David Quinn’s small-scale, care­fully con­sid­ered paint­ings are paired with Joanna Kid­ney’s mon­u­men­tal spa­tial draw­ing, an in­stal­la­tion com­pris­ing about 100,000 par­ti­cles of sus­pended felt. Quinn works to a uni­form size (eight by five-and-a- half inches), a for­mat set by the note­book he used as a de­sign stu­dent. His paint­ings em­ploy myr­iad el­e­ments and ma­te­ri­als, re­con­fig­ured in el­e­gant im­pro­vi­sa­tions made within strict pa­ram­e­ters. Kid­ney’s in­stal­la­tion evokes time and scale and space, mea­sured against but not lim­ited by in­di­vid­ual hu­man con­scious­ness.

DONE­GAL’S AT­LANTIC LIGHT

Ian Gor­den. Re­gional Cul­tural Cen­tre, Let­ter kenny. Un­til March 24 re­gion­al­cul­tur­al­cen­tre.com Ian Gor­den’s vi­brant Post-Im­pres­sion­ist land­scapes de­light in the dis­tinc­tive, end­lessly dy­namic at­mos­phere of the north­west, in­flu­enced chiefly by the vast At­lantic. Gor­den re­set­tled in Dun­lewey from Lon­don and his show co­in­cides with the launch of Gréagóir Ó Dúill’s col­lected po­ems – in Ir­ish and English, il­lus­trated with re­pro­duc­tions of Gor­den’s paint­ings. Ó Dúill also re­lo­cated to Done­gal, in his case from Dublin.

THERE AND NOT THERE

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast Un­til April21­gold­en­threadgall­ery.co.uk Sarah McAvera cu­rates a show of pho­to­graphic work by two artists, Vic­to­ria J Dean and Sharon Mur­phy, with “ab­sence” as a link­ing pre­oc­cu­pa­tion. Dean seeks out struc­tures in the land­scape that prompt us to ques­tion their ra­tio­nale, even their fea­si­bil­ity: who built them and why? Are they even real? Seascapes and dense forests in Mur­phy’s work are on oc­ca­sion at­tended by the “ethe­real pres­ence” of chil­dren.

BE­YOND VIEW

Ten years of pho­to­graphs at Belfast School of Art, Ul­ster Univer­sity. Belfast Ex­posed, The Ex­change Place ,, Belfast Un­tilApril21­belfas­t­ex­posed.org A to­tal of 26 pho­tog­ra­phers in all fea­ture, stu­dents, grad­u­ates and staff of the BA, MFAA and PhD Pho­tog­ra­phy pro­gramme. There is a the­matic link: “a con­tem­po­rary per­spec­tive on place”. The show’s ti­tle in­di­cates the way stu­dents – and lec­tur­ers – must look be­yond the now, at what is out of sight and what lies ahead. “Pho­tog­ra­phy’s con­tra­dic­tory re­la­tion­ship with time ren­ders it per­ma­nently in the past, while con­tin­u­ally aim­ing at the fu­ture. The same might also be said of ed­u­ca­tion.”

LAND­MARK SAND LIFE FORMS

Fred a Me a ne ya nd Danny Os­borne. High lanes Gallery, D rog heda, Co Lou th Un­til April 14 high­lanes.ie The cur­rent venue for a tour­ing two-per­son show fea­tur­ing the work Meaney and Os­borne, both based on the Beara Penin­sula, both with a sci­en­tific edge to their creative in­ter­ests, both rest­less spir­its who have trav­elled ex­ten­sively and “en­gaged with the land­scape in an ele­men­tal way, through trekking, sea swim­ming, boating, ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­plo­ration and of­ten work­ing out­doors”. On view are paint­ings, prints, video in­stal­la­tions and sculp­ture.

Re­jjie Snow, Olympia The­atre, Dublin, Mon­day

Niall Ho­ran, INEC , Kil­lar­ney, Sat­ur­day; 3Arena, Dublin, Mon­day; SSE Arena, Belfast, Tues­day

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