Farmleigh House in the Phoenix park is a summer delight in itself, all big windows and lush grounds, but add in a salon series (in the ballroom, no less – swit-swoo!) and the magic word FREE and it’s pretty close to paradise. From Tuesday, July 21st to Wednesday, August 11th (my sister’s birthday) they’re running a series of concerts that encompass a fairly hefty range of musical genres in the gorgeous surrounds of this one-time Guinness-owned estate. Singer\Songwriter Julie Feeney kicks things off on July 21st, followed by jazz pianist John Taylor, then trad duo Hayes & Cahill, and culminating in some Turkish/Mediterranean music in Tarab with the Chinese/Irish blend of The Xi’An Si. Did I mention it’s FREE? You just have to enter the lotter, at www.salonseries.ie. For more information on this and further cultural goodies at Farmleigh this summer, go to www.farmleigh.ie. And tell ‘em I sent you.