TONY CLAYTON-LEA &LOUISEBRUTON
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
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
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
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.
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.
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