Four of the best traditional music concerts in Ireland this week
Cara Dillon and Gráinne Holland perform at Clonard while Luka Bloom is on home soil in Clare
Cara Dillon: songs of emigration
Saturday, August 4
Dungarvan Town Hall 8pm €21.59 dungarvansummermusicfestival.com
Uilleann piper David Power is a born collaborator. His incisive, fluid piping style has seen him work with a wide range of musicians and composers, and tonight’s performance marks another milestone on his musical journey. Electronic composer, Linda Buckley joined forces with Power for last year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, the pair exploring the theme of the Antarctic expeditions in a multi media performance, with Buckley’s electronic score partnering Power’s composition for pipes. An imaginative addition to Dungarvan’s Summer Festival.
Monday, August 6
Cara Dillon and Gráinne Holland
Clonard Monastery 7.30pn £17 ticketmaster.ie
Belfast’s Féile an Phobail hosts two very fine singers, each celebrating the release of an album. Cara Dillon’s Wanderer, released last year, will doubtless inform much of her set tonight, with the theme of emigration front and centre. Gráinne Holland releases her third album, Corcra, shortly, which is full of her own original song compositions in both English and Irish. The pair of singers will be supported by Féile Women’s Singing Group.
Monday, August 6
Live @ the Barn, The Doolin Hotel 9pm €20 hoteldoolin.ie
Some four decades after Luka Bloom first set foot in Doolin, he returns for a summer concert, with support from The Fiddle Case. He’s been living in Clare for the past five years, and his allegiance to this part of the world is writ large in his music, not least in his The Fertile Rock. Bloom’s always worked hard to keep his music fresh, invigorating it with travels far and wide, and with an innate passion for calling out the world’s wrongs. His unmistakeable guitar rhythms, well-deep vocals and vast, eclectic songbook are likely to make this a gig that’ll go on long into the night.
Friday, August 10
Áras Éanna Theatre, Inis Oírr 8pm €10 islandermusic.net
Brothers, Brian and Diarmuid MacGloinn continue on their picaresque tour of the islands, bringing songs of, by and for the islands in their knapsacks, and gathering more along the way. Accompanied by film-maker Myles O’Reilly, who is documenting this unique odyssey for broadcast later in the year.