The highlights of the week in Trad
Moxie – Rags Upon the Poddle with Pádraig O’Nualláin – Steve Cooney, Dermot Byrne and Trevor Hutchinson
Moxie play The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo. Photograph: Colin Gillen
Steve Cooney, Dermot Byrne and Trevor Hutchinson top the bill at St John’s Theatre in Tralee
The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo 8pm €15 hawkswell.com
This, the final night of their short Irish tour, sees this self-styled “neo Irish” ensemble bring their high octane music towards home. Rooted in traditional music, but with progressive, world and jazz influences, Moxie are hell-bent on tearing up the rule book in their quest for a sound that’s all their own.
Rags Upon The Poddle
Central Library, Ilac Centre 1pm Adm Free Booking required. 01-8734333 (Ext 5)
Songs of Jonathan Swift’s Dublin: A talk and performance by Pádraig O’Nualláin about life in 18th-century Dublin, along with some songs from the period. Yet another great instalment from Dublin Music Library services: tapping into our cultural heritage from a refreshingly new angle, and reaching audiences who might relish a song with their lunchtime sandwich.
Steve Cooney, Dermot Byrne and Trevor Hutchinson
St John’s Theatre, Listowel 8pm €15 stjohnstheatrelistowel.com
This sometime trio is a force to be reckoned with: Cooney’s Australian roots colour his freewheeling guitar accompaniment with a certain delirious wildness of heart while Altan’s original accordionist, Dermot Byrne, has a remarkably pliant and agile way with his rich selection of tunes. Double bassist Trevor Hutchinson is their ideal counterpoint, anchoring the sound with his inimitable gravitas, both musical and personal.