Susan McKeown in Dún Laoghaire: this week’s trad highlights

The Grammy award-winner performs songs inspired by the Forty Foot and Killiney Hill

Susan McKeown: the Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter is at dlr Lexicon on Thursday

Susan McKeown: the Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter is at dlr Lexicon on Thursday

 

Claire Fennell, Fiachna Ó Mongáin, Séamus Ó Mongáin and Noeleen Ní Cholla

The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin 7 Tuesday September 4th 9.30pm €12 pipers.ie

Na Píobairí Uilleann’s monthly Session with the Pipers is anchored by Claire Fennell, and also features Mayo brothers Fiachna and Séamus Ó Mongáin, along with Donegal sean nós singer Noeleen Ní Cholla. These finely curated gatherings are a great opportunity to hear musicians from all over the country gather around the fulcrum of the pipes.

Landless and Saint Caoilian

Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co Cork Tuesday September 4th 8pm €15 siriusartscentre.ie

A four-piece all-female group from Dublin and Belfast, Landless sing unaccompanied songs from Ireland, England, Scotland and America, in four-part harmony. They are due to release their debut album, Bleaching Bones, imminently. On Tuesday night they share a bill with Caoilian Sherlock. He’s a guitarist and singer whose most recent preferred playing ground is a folkier and sparse terrain, after many years playing in rock’n’roll bands. An eclectic pairing.

Susan McKeown

Dlr Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin Thursday September 6th 7pm Adm free musicnetwork.ie

Artist-in-residence and Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Susan McKeown will perform a series of songs about her experience as a woman living in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown today, taking inspiration from her own life and everyday encounters with people in the town as well as the pier, the Forty Foot, Killiney Hill and beyond. Joined by collaborators Ger Kiely on guitar and Trevor Hutchinson on double bass.

Jerry O’Reilly, Frank Nugent, Fergus Russell, Antaine Ó Farcháin, Mick Keeley, Máire Ní Chróinín

The Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Sq, Dublin Friday September 7th 9pm €3 goilin.com

The opening night of An Góilín’s 40th season of unaccompanied traditional song in any language. This is a “club night” with Góilíners making their own entertainment. Listeners and singers of traditional songs in any language are welcome. 

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