When he isn’t performing as an integral member of BellX1, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dave Geraghty hangs his hat on the hook known as Join Me in the Pines. Previously releasing albums under his own name (2007’s Kill your Darlings, 2009’s The Victory Dance),
Geraghty has been beavering away under the umbrella title of JMITP for the past four years. Recent music has provided evidence of a change of direction, however: sombre indie-folk replaced with splashes of funk and pop. A class act, whatever the music. JMITP also play Róisín Dubh, Galway, Saturday, November 24th. TCL
LESS THAN JAKE / REEL BIG FISH
TheButtonFactory,Dublin ¤33.50 ticketmaster.ie AlsoSun For those of you that lurked around the Voodoo Lounge, the basement of Eamonn Doran’s and the occasional Thursday in Fibbers circa 2004 2007, this double whammy of ska-punk from Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish will take you right back. So dust off the chequered Vans, the baggy pants and warm up for a night of nostalgia and skanking. Support on the night comes from California band Suburban Legends. LB
SoundHouse,Dublin¤17.34 ticketmaster.ie The Aces are a dreamy indie-pop band from Utah and they are Katie Henderson, McKenna Petty and sisters Alisa and Cristal Ramirez. Having just finished up a tour with the Australian pop-punk band Five Seconds of Summer – an unusual fit but whatever it takes to reach a bigger audience - and their debut 2018 album When My Heart Felt Volcanic deserves a spin before the year is out. Think HAIM meets Say Lou Lou but breezier. LB
SUNDAY 18 INTERPOL
OlympiaTheatreDublin8pm¤50.65 (soldout)ticketmaster.ieAlsoMon (sold out)/Tues, same venue Serious band, serious music. So serious, in fact, that there was a stretch of time when even their most fervent of fans were possibly thinking how much longer the band could dig deep in order to maintain their level of popularity. And yet for all their fretful, post-midnight determination, surely no one was expecting the band’s new album, Marauder, to sound so fresh. The touchstones of Joy Division and The Chameleons are still there but slivers of light and shade push their way through, guiding the music into areas never previously explored. Whatever about the wise musical deviations, three shows at this venue (two of which are sold out) prove that the fanbase remains intact. TCL
MONDAY 19 FLORENCE+THEMACHINE
3Arena Dublin 8pm ¤50.50 (sold out) ticketmaster.ie This time 10 years ago, Florence Welch was a ne’er do well singer, songwriter and performer schlepping around small venues in the UK and playing virtually bottom of the bill line-ups in festivals such as Electric Picnic. Here we are now, however, and Flo and her mates (including co-founder member, Isabella Summers, who provides the ‘Machine’ part of the name) can barely contain the drama and celebration. Tracks from the group’s excellent latest album, High as Hope, will be featured throughout, as will better-known songs from her previous three records (2015’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, 2011’s Ceremonials, and 2009’s Lungs). TCL
Tivoli theatre Dublin 8pm ¤16 ticketmaster.ie Thankfully, every now and again along comes a band that is all pee and vinegar, a figurative mix that is bound to have interesting consequences not only for the listener but for fans of genuinely exciting music. London’s Shame – a mix of heaving post-punk and classic Britpop – are one of those bands. Their debut album, Songs of Praise, was released at the start of the year and by the summer was elevated to one of the year’s best. Fittingly, Shame return to Dublin to a bigger venue (they played Whelan’s about seven months ago), which means more room to push, shove and generally have a ball. TCL
BelloBar,Dublin¤18.50-¤21 homebeat.ie Lambert, the Berlin-based, bemasked, classic pianist, is a regular visitor to these shores, always putting on a spectacular and unpredictable show, and on this trip he’s joined by the American but UK-based vocalist Brooklyn Decker as they present songs from their collaborative album We Share Phenomena. Written between Berlin and Nottingham over a series of emails and texts, the process had forged a deep friendship between the two musicians, as well as resulting a beautifully fragile album. LB
TheGrandSocial,Dublin ¤11.25 thegrandsocial.ie Ele Breslin is a 25-year-old Dublin that takes the electropop genre and injects lashings of soul into it. Launching her debut single Do Like I Do, which you can listen to on breakingtunes.com/zapho, the BIMM graduate is bringing a full band with her to help kick things off. Over the course of the next year, she intends to roll out a series of songs and music videos to help you get acquainted with her. LB
UpstairsinWhelan’s,Dublin¤15 whelanslive.com The Glasgow band previously known as Happy Meals are reintroducing themselves as Free Love, so as not to confused with a different Londonbased Happy Meals. Made up of Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, Free Love make quirky, utopian electropop music. Their video for Synchronicity sees them playing off
the typical 1980s music video format (hazy lights, bizarre props), as a nod to their love for the likes of The Human League. This gig should be hella fun. LB
Hatcher and Clutterbuck might sound like a legal firm straight out of a Charles Dickens’s novel, but James and Andy are having none of that. The two Londoners first met about five years ago to create warm electronic rhythms that was smartly described by the Telegraph as “futuristic soul destined to re-invent baby-making music”. With two well-received albums in the bag (2016’s Warm on a Cold Night, this year’s Love Me/Love Me Not), the duo looks set for more of the same for the foreseeable future. Admiration and respect, that is, not paternity suits. TCL
Button Factory Dublin 7pm ¤10 buttonfactory.ie
Dublin’s BARQ have been jumping up and down with obvious energy for a few years, cleverly negotiating the tricky paths between forging a distinct identity, keeping one eye on commercial appeal, and making sure that broadcast programmers prick up their ears for tunes that fit right into daytime radio play. This gig is the launch platform for their new single,
I’m Blaming You, which sees BARQ successfully team up with Diffusion Lab (a Dublin-based collaborative hub focusing on working with hip-hop, soul, R&B acts). Special guests are African desert-influenced group, HAIKU, and funkier-thanfunk band, Chief Keegan. TCL THURSDAY 22
National Concert Hall Dublin 8pm ¤35/¤30nch.ie
Founded in 1982, Aidlink is an Irish charity that works in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda to radically improve the day-to-day existence of people living in poverty by building wells, sanitation facilities, and training farmers, with a sharp focus on equal rights for females. The music acts performing separately and joining together to raise funds include Cathy Davey, Wallis Bird, The Pale, David Kitt, and Mundy. Expect a harmonious choir or two to enhance proceedings. TCL
The Workman’s Club, Dublin 8pm ¤14 theworkmansclub.com
Westchester County singer-songwriter Dar Williams doesn’t often travel to Ireland, so if you have a hankering for the kind of indie folk/pop that makes you think as you hum along, then you’d best get to this gig. With a bit of luck, Williams will have copies of her 2017 book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns (A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities – One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, & Open-Mike Night at a Time), the title of which is selfexplanatory. Books aside, her most recent album, 2015’s self-released Emerald, sees her once more take ownership of her art with songs that vibrate with honesty and insight. TCL
Dublin singer-songwriter EllyD brings a very fruitful year to a close with the launch gig for her recently released single, Sorge. The singer has made serious inroads this year, having graduated from ingénue status to releasing her debut EP, Rise. Aligned with the music, however, is a hard-working approach to honing her performance skills in front of an audience. If you can’t make this gig (although you should, as the intimacy of the venue will enhance appreciation of the music), EllyD will be supporting The Riptide Movement at their Vicar Street show on Saturday, December 1st. One to keep a beady eye on for 2019? TCL
Following the release of his
Necrodancer and Dungeon Funk EPs, Northern Irish DJ and producer Carton Doom (Chris Hanna) is making his debut Dublin performance in the Bernard Shaw this weekend. Promising to deliver a very busy set of electro and techno, it’s advised that you “dress to sweat” for this gig so don’t come underprepared. Support on the night comes from Belfast DJ Chris Jones and it all kicks off at 8pm. LB
The Dock, Carrick on Shannon 8.30pm ¤20 thedock.ie Seven-strong band of singers and musicians, all living in Mayo who have developed their own unique and richly-harmonised approach to vocal performance from diverse vocal and instrumental backgrounds, including folk, trad, blues, rock and pop music. Their arrangements are largely centred on their multi-part vocal harmony experience gained from classical choral music.
SUNDAY 18 THIS IS HOW WE FLY
Coughlan’sLive,Cork8pm¤15 coughlans.ie Now with two albums under their collective belts, this four-piece, featuring fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, saxophonist, clarinettist Seán MacErlaine, percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and percussionist Petter Berndalen regularly levitate just as their name suggests. With a raft of their own compositions in music and dance, this is music that’s free of any ties that bind: a spirited, light-filled magisterium and a treat for any musical adventurers.
The Clé Club, Cois Life Bar, Liberty Hall 8pm¤5cleclub.wikifoundry.com Historian and acclaimed author Dr Ida Milne traces the impact of the Great Flu in an age of revolution while singer, songwriter and raconteur Jimmy Crowley explores the theme through songs of war, of love and loss. This week’s gathering of the Clé Club has as its theme: A night of songs and musical mortuary piled high with murder, mayhem and death, yet love lives on. Songs & tuneswelcome from the floor. Fear a’ ti for the evening will be Seamus Dooley.
Friday23 John Spillane
DCMusicClub,CamdenLane8.30pm ¤14 musiclee.ie A true son of the Independent Republic of Cork, John Spillane brings his knapsack full of original songs and stories to this intimate venue, where waltzing cherry trees, the triumph of the human spirit and admonishments to a certain Johnny to give a wide berth to Ballincollig will form part of the rich tapestry of the unique alternative universe of this basement setting.
BelloBar,Dublin,8pm,¤10(also Sunday, Plug’d, Cork) facebook.com/WovenSkull Experimentalist collective Woven Skull celebrate the release of their second long-playing record in the company of fellow adventurers in the outer reaches of the sonic universe, including mysterious US guitarist and singer Fuzzy Hell and a duo featuring guitarist Cian Nugent and drummer Sean Carpio.
Arthurs,Dublin,9.30pm,¤12, arthurspub.ie Heavyweight drummer Conor Guilfoyle leads his well-drilled eight piece ensemble – including trumpeter Bill Blackmore and saxophonists Yuzaha O Halloran and Peter Dobai – through a set of west coast ‘cool jazz’ and east coast ‘hard bop’ classics from the pens of Horace Silver, Benny Golson et al.
The Drawing Room (14 Henrietta st.) Dublin, 7pm, ¤18, suerynhart.com Vocalist and composer Sue Rynhart takes her voice (and her audiences) to unusual and original places, so it’s appropriate that this concert with her new trio, featuring keyboardist Darragh O’Kelly and bassist Dan Bodwell, is taking place in the atmospheric surroundings of the Dublin Tennement Museum. A tour of the museum is included in the admission price.
SUNDAY18 NOW VS NOW - JASON
LINDNER/JUSTINTYSON/ PANAGIOTIS ANDREOU
Sugar Club, Dublin, 7.30pm, ¤20 thesugarclub.com
Whatever musicians Bowie had plucked from ‘obscurity’ to appear on his swansong Blackstar release, they would have had their careers turbo-charged, so we can be grateful that the thin white duke had the good ears to select the kind of musicians who really deserved a wider audience. Creative Brooklyn keyboardist Jason Lindner brings some of the lessons he learnt with Bowie to this futuristic three piece with Robert Glasper Experiment drummer Justin Tyson and muscular Greek bassist Panagiotis Andreou.
ANTONIO SANCHEZ& MIGRATION
Sugar Club, Dublin, 7.30pm, ¤22.50, thesugarclub.com
Legendary guitarist Pat Metheny told
The Irish Times last year that he thought Antonio Sanchez was the greatest drummer of his generation. Sanchez has been the drummer in Metheny’s band for the past decade, so the guitarist’s enthusiasm is understandable, but there is no doubting that, if there was a world ranking for drummers, Sanchez would certainly be camped out in the top 10. His Migration band includes top New York sidemen saxophonist Seamus Blake, pianist John Escreet and bassist Matt Brewer. Drummers will attend in numbers, sticks will blur, jaws will hit the floor.
KEVIN BRADY TRIO FEAT. BILL CARROTHERS
Crane Lane, Cork, 8.30pm, Adm free (also Thursday, Ar thurs, Dublin, 9.30pm,¤12)kevinbrady.ie The top Dublin rhythm section of drummer Kevin Brady and bassist Dave Redmond is respected far beyond these shores for the surefooted, hard-swinging support they give to visitors. For more than a decade now, they have been meeting up regularly with US pianist Bill Carrothers, recording the excellent Ensam album with him in 2016 which included a guest appearance by vocalist Norma Winstone. Carrothers is an in-demand side man himself who has played with bassist Gary Peacock and trumpeter Dave Douglas, and has been particularly associated with drummer Bill Stewart. His long association with Brady and Redmond will make this re-union worth catching in Cork today and Dublin on Thursday.
The monthly new music salon at Arthurs is a great way to keep up with what’s new and who’s fresh on the Dublin creative music scene. This month, Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu and percussionist Eamon Cagney perform classical and traditional music, flautist Lina Andonovska and drummer Matthew Jacobson perform new compositions from Barry O’Halpin and Nick Roth, and, as part of Music Network’s ‘Masters and Rising Stars’ series, pianists Phil Ware and Luke Howard perform in duo.
WAX ON #8: CARLA BLEY
Workman’s Club, Dublin, 7pm, ¤12, improvisedmusic.ie
The monthly vinyl listening club, moderated by this correspondent, turns its attention to one of the most important modernist composers in jazz, the wayward genius of Carla Bley. Defiantly original, Bley was one of the first female jazz composers to gain widespread respect, and over the years her recordings have been a who’s who of modern jazz. Lately, though, she has turned more towards live performance and her piano playing has emerged from the writing room as something unexpected and unique.
CLASSICAL MICHAEL DERVAN
WEDNESDAY21 COUPERIN 350
NCH Kevin Barry Recital Room 7.30pm ¤17.50 nch.ie François Couperin’s Trois Leçons de Ténèbres are settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah for performance during Holy Week. Only three of the nine settings he mentioned having written have survived and the music, for one and two female voices and continuo, is of an quality to suggest that the missing six constitute a major musical loss. The National Concert Hall’s Couperin 350 celebration features a performance by Aisling Kenny (soprano), Sharon Carty (mezzo soprano), Nicholas Milne (bass viol), Sofie van den Eynde (theorbo) and Malcolm Proud (organ). Also on the programme are works by Purcell, Marais and Couperin’s joyful Motet pour le jour de Pâques.
FRIDAY23 SOUNDING OUT AT SEANAD ÉIREANN
Sean ad É ire ann, Le inst er House 7pm 01-6486334, education[email protected]seum.ie The Royal Irish Academy of Music and the National Museum of Ireland are taking over the Seanad for an hour of music by women to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage. The featured composers are Solfa Carlile (Dystopia), Amanda Feery (Rattle), Marian Ingoldsby (Deuce), Jane O’Leary (a piacere), Ailis Ní Riain (End with Words of Hope), Kaija Saariaho (Changing Light) and their works will be performed by soprano Sylvia O’Brien, flautist William Dowdall, and clarinettist Paul Roe. The event will be topped and tailed by a performance of Ethel Smyth’s suffragette anthem, The March of the Women. Places, obviously, are limited. But it’s worth checking out even until the last minute in case of cancellations or no-shows.
RT É NS O/ NATHALIE ST UT Z MANN
NCH,Dublin7.30pm¤15-¤38.50 nch.ie It’s another all-Russian night from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and this time it’s devoted to just a single composer – Tchaikovsky. The programme focuses on works written between 1878 and 1890, with the opening given over to orchestral selections from operas, the Polonaise from Eugene Onegin and the Overture to The Queen of Spades. Taiwanese-Australian violinist Ray Chen, a player with a reputation for amusing music videos as well as fine playing, is the soloist in the Violin Concerto. And the concert ends with the Fifth Symphony, a hugely popular work about which the highly self-critical composer wrote in 1888, “After two performances of my new Symphony in Petersburg, and one in Prague, I have come to the conclusion that it is a failure. There is something repellent, something superfluous, patchy, and insincere, which the public instinctively recognises.”
VISUALART AIDAN DUNNE PRIX PICTET SPACE
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin Until January 20th galleryofphotography.ie The reigning Prix Pictet winner is Richard Mosse and his Heat Maps – thermographic images of concentrations of refugees – is on view together with work by the shortlisted photographers, working on the theme of space, from Sergey Ponomarev’s disturbing European Migration Crisis to Michael Wolf’s Tokyo Compression, plus projects by nine others.
An open, one-off event staged by Dorothy Smith and Jackie Bourke.
Daly mount Stadium, Phibs borough, Dublin November 10th 10am-1pm In use since 1901, Dalymount Stadium will be demolished and replaced by the new municipal sports stadium in three years time. Smith and Bourke are currently working on an exploration “of the architectural legacy and space” of the site. Those interested are invited to draw and explore the historic stadium, including access to areas not usually open to the public. There’s an interactive publication, The Dalymount Colouring Book, in the works.
THE EMPTY FIELD
Chris Doris. The Model, Home of The Nil and Collection, The Mall, S li go, Ireland Until January 27th themodel.ie Chris Doris draws on elements of psychotherapy, art, meditation and ”other forms of interception” for works including Open Paintings, text paintings and works on steel and paper evoking “the empty ground of being, and the conditioned nature of self.” The project includes an experimental, participatory, choral soundwork, Songs of Being Seen (November 17th, 3pm, with an 18-person limit) and a conversational participatory project Taking History, from December 1st.
LU X: LIGHT ART IN IRELAND
Five artists. Solstice Arts Centre, Railway St, Na van, Co Me a th Until December 21 st solstice art scent re.ie Davey Moor curates a show of works by five artists – Helena Hamilton, Kevin Killen, Helen Mac Mahon, Lorraine Neeson and Margaret O’Brien – using light in the form of artificial illumination as their primary medium. That medium has been extant since the 1920s, Moore notes, and flourished on the West Coast of the USA in the 1960s and 1970s. Now Irish artists have been working with it inventively and variously.
KINETICSINBLUE-ATOOSAPOUR HOSSEINI; THE NUMBER CALLED VALUE-PAULHALLAHAN
The The LAB, LAB, Foley Foley St, St, Dublin Dublin Until Until Jan Jan 12th 12th dublincityartsoffice.ie/ dublin city art so ff ice.ie/ the-lab/exhibitions the-lab/exhibitions Atoosa Pour Hosseini‘s starting point for her new film, sculptural and installation work was Derek Jarman’s 1993 film Blue. Blue. Her fictional character negotiates the landscape with an eye to colour, displacement and migration. Paul Hallahan explores how systems and networks created by humans have displaced nature as a source of artistic fascination, and what that means for us.
THEATRE PETER CRAWLEY Woman Undone
Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Nov 17-24 7.30pm (Sat mat 3pm) ¤18-¤22 projectartscentre.ie;MermaidArts Centre, B ray. Nov 298 pm ¤18¤16 mermaidartscentre.ie If your life story is by no means conventional, it deserves an unconventional telling. That is likely to be the case with this collaboration between Mary Coughlan and the alternative theatre company Brokentalkers, together creating a performance piece “re-imagined” from the singer’s complex biography. Given the substance of Coughlan’s life, struggling from an early age with addiction and mental health issues, whose earliest success, the album Tired and Emotional, seemed to go hand in hand with self-destruction, that demands an approach as sensitive as it is unflinching. And like the singer herself, who recovered from the nadir to reclaim a more stable life, a greater command of her art and a stridently political voice, it requires a capacity for transformation.
That, thankfully, is what Gary Keegan and Feidlim Canon have been doing so impressively for close to twenty years now. Their work is sometimes harrowing, regularly playful and consistently startling, whether turning Irish gay experience, industrial school abuses or personal tragedy into captivating and compelling performances. Here, Coughlan is not alone, appearing with the folk-pop group Mongoose and dancer Erin O’Reilly, comprising an all-female cast, performing against a new score by Valgeir Sigurdsson, to explore the legacy of trauma and the capacity for survival through art that nourishes, heals and sustains.
Siamsa Tíre, Tralee. Nov 17; Solstice Arts Centre, Nov 19; Linen hall Arts Centre, Castle bar Nov 21; Dr aíoc ht, Blanchard st own Nov 23-24 fishamble.com Pat Kinevane’s latest work for Fishamble is knowingly described as “a new play with much music”. That may be a sly nod at a number of recent works for the stage that have been much more coy about it. Does that make Before, Kinevane’s latest dreamlike introduction to an otherworldly Irish character, a bona fide musical? The play certainly seems to think so. With a pastiche of styles and lyrics, and the assistance of composer Denis Clohessy, it envelopes the significant errand of a man named Pontius with song, wondering throughout what he will do with them. Orphaned from a young age and now the estranged father of a daughter with whom he will soon be reunited, Pontius is a man on a mission: to buy her a hat. His location? Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day its rich history came to an abrupt and surprising close. That ought to change his tune.
Kinevane, though, seems to be pursuing and expanding a register of his own. His recent trilogy with director Jim Culleton (Forgotten, Silent and Underneath) all offered sharp and wickedly amusing depictions of marginalised Irish characters. The conceit of Before may be to bring another one – dispossessed, irreverent and still heavily imprinted with Catholicism – into the mainstream architecture of the musical, if only to subvert it. How can you make a song and dance about a history of loss and division? Or perhaps, no less than Clery’s, this chapter of Irish history deserves a closing number.
The Aces, Sound House, Dublin, tonight