Sunday: Musici Ireland and Vibe for Philo
Smock Alley Banquet Hall, Dublin €12/20
A selection of new music from composer Colm Ó Foghlú will light up Smock Alley on one of the last Sunday’s of the festive season. The Star of Bethlehem, a Christmas Oratorio for orchestra, choir and soloists, will kick things off. This will be followed by The Island Lullaby, first written to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the evacuation of the Blasket Islands. Among those set to perform on the night are Musici Ireland, New Dublin Voices, and soloists Lynn Hilary (soprano, above), Niamh Ní Charra (concertina), Aoife Ní Bhriain (Violin) and Noreen O’Donoghue (Harp). Liam Bates conducts.
Another year passes, and another Vibe for Philo takes place. This year the memory and influence of Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott is celebrated and recalled by the likes of The Dark Lanes, Bad Reputation, The Low Riders, and The Barley Mob. You’ll be singing The Boys Are Back in Town before you know where you are, believe me.