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.