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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

RubyRoom,Roy­alTheatre,Castle­bar; 7pm;¤22.50;roy­althe­atre­castle­bar.ie

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.

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