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SUN­DAY 11 JIM DO HER TY TRIO FEAT. BRENDANDOYLE

Ar thurs, Dublin ,3 pm ,¤10, arthur­spub.ie Pi­anist Jim Do­herty has been a key­stone of the Irish mu­sic scene for more than six decades. As well as his con­tri­bu­tion as band leader and ac­com­pa­nist (he was gui­tarist Louis Stew­art’s most faith­ful col­lab­o­ra­tor for more than half a cen­tury), Do­herty was also a busy stu­dio com­poser, pen­ning TV favourites such as the Wan­derly Wagon theme tune and run­ning The Late Late Show band. Still in good health and sound­ing bet­ter than ever, here is the vet­eran pi­anist with his cur­rent trio of fel­low grandee, bas­sist Dave Flem­ing, and first-call ses­sion drum­mer Do­minic Mullen. Add the classy sax­o­phone play­ing of Bren­dan Doyle and you have a night to put a smile on the faces of ‘main­stream’ fans.

WED­NES­DAY 14 RON AN GUILFOY LE LIFE CY­CLE

Black Box, Belfast( Wed 14); Do la n’ s Bar, Lim­er­ick( Thurs 15); W ex ford Arts Cen­tre( Fri16);Fu mb ally S ta­bles, Dublin (Sat 17); and Cam­pell’s Tav­ern, Head ford, Gal way( Sun 18). movin­gon­muisc.co.uk, im­pro­vised­mu­sic.ie Bas­sist Ro­nan Guil­foyle has cel­e­brated his 60th birth­day this year with an eclec­tic se­ries of pro­jects. Ear­lier in the year, he aired his re-imag­in­ing of the mu­sic of Jack Bruce and last month the com­poser heard his lat­est con­certo played by the Irish Cham­ber Orches­tra. But this new Life­cy­cle project – a quar­tet of mu­si­cians who have enough mu­si­cal and tech­ni­cal mus­cle to meet the stern chal­lenges of the leader’s mu­sic – rep­re­sents the core of Guil­foyle’s prac­tice as an in­stru­men­tal­ist and a com­poser for small groups. In par­tic­u­lar, famed New York drum­mer Jim Black is an old friend and a pow­er­fully creative force at the drum set who will find his own way through Guifoyle’s tunes. With sax­o­phon­ist Micheal Buck­ley and gui­tarist Chris Guil­foyle, two of the strong­est and most com­mit­ted play­ers on the Irish scene, this is as weighty a band as has toured the is­land in some time.

THURS­DAY 15 ENSEM­BLE ÉIRU

John Field Room, NCH, Dublin 1.05pm ¤18 nch.ie Ensem­ble Ériu may have their feet on the ground of tra­di­tional Irish mu­sic, but jazz, im­prov, min­i­mal­ism and post-rock are all swirling in the air about their heads, mak­ing a non­sense of tra­di­tional genre dis­tinc­tions. Con­certina player Jack Talty and bas­sist Neil O Loghlen lead a seven piece that in­cludes fid­dler Jeremy Spencer, clar­inetist Matthew Ber­rill, gui­tarist Paddy Groen­land, drum­mer Matthew Ja­cob­son and marimba player Maeve O’Hara – an all too rare ap­pear­ance from an im­por­tant group.

FRI­DAY 16 DEVIL’SSPINEBAND

Lee son Lounge, Dublin ,9 pm Adm free (sug­gested do­na­tion ¤5) Pi­anist and com­poser Trevor Knight’s Devil’s Spine Band has the most un­likely of in­spi­ra­tions – the even more un­likely visit of play­wright Os­car Wilde to the min­ing town of Leadville, Colorado in 1881. Who knew? From such ar­cana, the former Auto Da Fé man has cre­ated not so much a band as an at­mos­phere and a set of new tunes which he per­forms here with long-time col­lab­o­ra­tors gui­tarist Ed Deane, bas­sist Gar­van Gal­lagher and drum­mer Tom Jamieson, plus a spe­cial ap­pear­ance by re­spected jazz vo­cal­ist Honor Hef­fer­nan. Trip to the Wilde west, any­one?

ROY AYERS UBIQ­UITY

Sugar Club, Dublin ,8 pm ,¤24.50, the­sug­ar­club.com Roy Ayers started his mu­si­cal life as a straight ahead West Coast vi­bra­phon­ist in the early 1960s, play­ing with Her­bie Mann and Chico Hamil­ton, but it was when he switched on to funk and soul that his stock re­ally be­gan to rise. Scores for cult Blax­ploita­tion movies, tours with Fela Kuti and late 1970s hits such as

Ev­ery­body Loves the Sun­shine and

Run­ning Away are im­pec­ca­ble cre­den­tials for one of the found­ing fa­thers of acid jazz, and now at 78 years old, Ayers is liv­ing up to the name of his band, still tour­ing the world, still soak­ing up the adu­la­tion of funksters and hip­sters ev­ery­where.

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