Four of the best trad music concerts this week
Liam O’Connor, Peter Browne and others feature in Gandhi 150 Ireland event in Dublin
Master fiddle player Liam O’Connor features in an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth
Gandhi 150 Ireland
Liberty Hall, Dublin, 6.30pm and 8pm
Master fiddle player Liam O’Connor joins sean nós singer and viola player Saileog Ní Cheannabháin, piper Peter Browne and Tristan Rosenstock on bodhrán, for a very special evening commemorating the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. They will be joined by a quintet of classical Indian musicians, and by Haiku master Gabriel Rosenstock whose book of haiku poetry, beautifully illustrated with watercolours by Kashmiri artist Masood Hussain, will be launched by Dr Bryan MacMahon. This promises to be an exceptional evening of music and poetry, and a timely reminder of what pacifist advocacy can achieve.
Frankie Gavin, Joe Burke, Joanie Madden & Cherish the Ladies, Seán Keane, Anne Conroy, Mary Bergin and friends
The Clayton Hotel, Galway 4pm
A grand gathering celebrates the life and music of the late Portumna musician, Seán Henry, and raises funds for Croí Heart and Stroke Charity and Cancer Care West. Anchored by the famed Galwegian fiddle player, Frankie Gavin, and by the equally revered accordion player, Joe Burke, this mid-afternoon concert will also feature Irish American flute and whistle player Joanie Madden and her band, and an eclectic mix of other musicians.
Leonard Barry, Declan Folan and Shane McGowan
The Cobblestone, Dublin
This pipes/fiddle/guitar trio celebrate the launch of their new album, Hurry the Jug (named after a particularly intricate set dance from Abbeyfeale) with their first concert in a brief tour. Barry, a Kerry native anchors what is a highly cohesive and fluid trio, whose tunes embrace stalwarts from Tommy Peoples and Liam O’Flynn, alongside a gorgeous newly-composed reel from Folan, The Carousel.
Doireann Ní Ghlacáin & Sarah Flynn
Ionad Cultúrtha, Ballyvourney, Co Cork
Dublin-born fiddle and concertina duo whose debut album, The Housekeepers, was released this summer, are joined by John Flynn on guitar. Having played together since childhood, Ní Ghlacáin and Flynn have an intimate knowledge of one another’s playing styles, and of a rich shared tune repertoire.