SIOBHÁNLONG SUNDAY 6
TOMMY AND SAUNDRAO’SULLIVAN O’Sullivan’s Courthouse pub, Dingle, Co Kerry; 4pm; free; osullivanscourthousepub.com The local guitarist and Sliabh Notes veteran Tommy O’Sullivan launches his new album, Safe Home, a collaboration with his wife, Saundra, in the belly of the Dingle beast. With Matt Cranitch, Máirtín O’Connor, Gerry O’Beirne and Cathal Hayden among the album’s guest musicians, O’Sullivan has been cooking up a serious jambalaya for his latest collection.
CORMAC BEGLEY AND RUSHADEGGLESTON
StJames’sChurch,Dingle,CoKerry; 9pm;¤15;cormacbegley.com Cormac Begley has been conducting intriguing conversations with bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertinas, and his debut solo album bore testament to an adventurous spirit rooted in the rich tradition of Corca Dhuibhne. Tonight he continues on his extensive tour with the American improvisational cellist and acrobat (yes, truly) Rushad Eggleston. So expect hairpin bends, musical Catherine wheels and all manner of witty musical curlicues.
TUESDAY8 HEIDITALBOT,BREANNDÁNÓ BEAGLAOICH,JOHNMCCUSKER ANDPAULMEEHAN
SugarClub,Dublin;8pm; ¤20/¤15/¤10; musicnetwork.ie The stars promise to be in alignment for the opening night of this Music Network tour. Heidi Talbot, who cut her vocal teeth with Cherish the Ladies, has enjoyed a robust solo career in more recent times. Polkas and slides from Sliabh Luachra, along with the most delicate of songs, are embedded in Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich’s DNA, while the Scottish fiddler and composer John McCusker has long been pushing the boundaries of his own tradition. The guitarist Paul Meehan, a veteran of Lúnasa, makes up this imaginatively curated foursome. Check out the 10-date tour that follows this curtain opener.
FRIDAY 11 ANDY IRVINE AND DÓNAL LUNNY
These two linchpins of our tradition saddle up together to bring their wealth of tunes and songs westwards. Andy Irvine is no stranger to that finely wrought melding of traditional tunes with his own compositions, beautifully stitched together by his fine mandolin. Dónal Lunny’s percussive force on bouzouki is legendary. The two together are most definitely more than the sum of their parts.
DAVID SYME AND THE WHITE HORSEGUITARCLUB
Ionad Cultúrtha, Ballyvourney, Co Cork; 8.30pm;¤20;ionadculturtha.ie
The American pianist David Syme, now resident in Ireland, is joined by 11 singers and guitarists from Cork, and together they reinterpret the American Roots songbook – with some very fine results. Their sound has been compared to that of a Welsh choir tackling the songs of the southern United States. A rich tapestry still very much in the weaving.