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SIOBHÁN LONG Tues­day 14

Anxo Lorenzo, Jim Mur­ray, Dó­nal O’Con­nor and Jack Talty

The Sugar Club, Dublin; also Wed­nes­day, River­bank Arts Cen­tre, Newbridge; Thursday, Li­nen­hall Arts Cen­tre, Castle­bar; Fri­day, Sta­tion House The­atre, Clif­den

The Gali­cian and Ir­ish tra­di­tions will co­a­lesce on this open­ing night of an ex­ten­sive Mu­sic Net­work tour. Lorenzo is a highly ac­claimed gaita (Gali­cian pipes) and whis­tles player, and he will join a trio of gar­landed Ir­ish mu­si­cians. Jim Mur­ray is an in­ven­tive gui­tarist who has ac­com­pa­nied ev­ery­one from Sharon Shan­non to Sea­mus Be­g­ley. Dó­nal O’Con­nor is a fid­dle player, pro­ducer and TV pre­sen­ter whose col­lab­o­ra­tions in­clude work­ing with Ol­l­lam, Lú­nasa and many oth­ers, while Jack Talty is a Clare con­certina player, pro­ducer and founder of Raelach Records. To­gether, pun­ters can ex­pect this quar­tet to bris­tle with en­ergy and bub­ble with a high oc­tane ap­petite for ad­ven­ture.

Wed­nes­day 15

Sing out with Jimmy Jor­dan, Eric Flem­ing and friends

The Clé Club, Lib­erty Hall, Dublin Given the rise in right-wing and anti-mi­grant sen­ti­ment, this January Clé Club will start the new year with a night of mu­sic and songs of protest against racism and xeno­pho­bia. The Clé Club­bers are adamant that as a peo­ple who for long re­lied on the kind­ness of strangers the Ir­ish will have no truck with those who preach hate against mi­grants or asy­lum seek­ers. In the spirit of Pete Seeger, Christy Moore, Woody Guthrie, Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger the Clé club wel­comes 2020 with a pos­i­tive mes­sage of in­clu­sion and hope.

Sun­day 19

Cher­ish the Ladies

St John’s The­atre, Lis­towel

Joanie Mad­den’s iconic en­sem­ble cel­e­brate their 35th an­niver­sary, with Mad­den at the helm, along with Nol­laig Casey on fid­dle, Mary Coogan on gui­tar, Kate Pur­cell on vo­cals and gui­tar, step dancer, David Geaney and Seá­mus O’Flatharta on vo­cals, harp and step dance. Cher­ish the Ladies will doubt­less flour­ish in an in­ti­mate set­ting such as this.

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