Scullion and Iarla Ó Lionáird’s alternative Sunday service: the best trad music this week

Actor Patrick Bergin teams up with American singer/songwriter Hank Wedel and Ronán Ó Snodaigh for a night of raucous merrymaking

Sunday, April 15

Down In The City

The Sugar Club, Leeson Street 7.30pm €25

Enticingly billed as an opportunity to reclaim your Sunday evenings, this newly-minted series of three monthly concerts offers “an alternative Sunday service” with some finely-tuned programming to match. Tonight’s guests are the ever young Scullion, The Gloaming’s sublime singer Iarla Ó Lionáird  and poet Paula Meehan. Praise be.

Wednesday, April 18

Bríd Harper, Tony O’Connell and Cyril O’Donoghue


St. John's Theatre, Listowel 8pm €12

The finer points of Donegal fiddle music couldn’t find a better exponent than Bríd Harper, whose playing is exemplified by a rich attention to detail. Tonight she’s joined by concertina player Tony O’Connell, a west Limerick musician now resident in Kerry, and guitarist/bouzouki player Cyril O’Donoghue.

The Clé Club

Liberty Hall 7.30pm €5

Francis Devine delivers the Hugh Geraghty Memorial Illustrated Talk, the focus of which is Jim Connell: Songs of Hope & Struggle. Noel Pocock, fear a' tí, will keep order on the evening's proceedings.

Thursday, April 19

Notes & Narratives

Na Píobairí Uilleann, Henrietta Street 8pm €10/€5

This monthly lecture/recital series continues tonight with a lecture from Bernard Flaherty titled Irish dance music, rhythms of another generation? An intriguing interrogation of the context in which our traditional dance originated and of the space it occupies now.

Friday, April 20

Patrick Bergin, Hank Wedel Triad and Ronán Ó Snodaigh

DC Music Club, Camden Row 9pm €16/€14

American singer/songwriter, now resident in Cork, Hank Wedel resumes his collaboration with actor Patrick Bergin for a night of raucous merrymaking, aided and abetted by Kíla’s Ronán Ó Snodaigh, whose presence will surely add further mischief to what was already a rapscallion’s delight of a night.