What’s on: something for the weekend

TradFest in Dublin, Eddi Reader in Belfast and Oscar Wilde in Cork

Jazz musician Ahmad Jamal, left, plays Dublin’s Vicar Street this evening.

Jazz musician Ahmad Jamal, left, plays Dublin’s Vicar Street this evening.


Temple Bar Tradfest, Dublin

Dubliners should take the time this weekend to pop along to one of the TradFest events taking place in the city centre. On Friday night Paul Brady will be playing at St Patrick’s Cathedral, while at 8pm Myles Dungan will speak at Dublin City Hall in a special commemoration of the songs of World War I. On Saturday night there’s a super céilí, the ‘world’s first traditional music nightclub’ in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square

At 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon there will be a trad session featuring some local younger musicians on East Essex Street, while at 3pm Dublin City Hall will celebrate the traditional music connection between Mayo and Manchester, featuring five piece trad band ‘Flatout’.

For more information on all the weekend’s events and to book tickets:


Ahmad Jamal, Dublin

The legendary jazz musician Ahmad Jamal will play in Dublin’s Vicar Street this Friday. The 83-year-old musician began his musical journey in Pittsburgh at the age of three, and in 2007 was named ‘Living Jazz Legend’ by the Kennedy Centre for The Performing Arts. Following the release of Jamal’s most recent album Saturday Morning in September 2013, Cormac Larkin wrote in The Irish Times “the word influential is much abused, but if anyone deserves the epithet it’s pianist Ahmad Jamal.”

Tickets are €59.95 and doors open at 7.30pm


Burns’ Night Celebration featuring Eddi Reader, Belfast

The Ulster Orchestra, accompanied by Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader, will perform on Saturday at the Belfast Waterfront as part of the Burns’ Night Celebration. Conducted by David Brophy, the orchestra will present an evening of traditional music featuring Robert Watt on pipes and drummer Mark Wilson.

Tickets: £8-25


An Ideal Husband, Everyman Theatre Company, Cork

It’s the final weekend of the Everyman Theatre Company’s production of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Directed by Michael Twomey, Wilde’s 1895 comedy-drama is set in London and takes place over the course of 24 hours, focusing on themes of blackmail and political corruption. The Cork city-based theatre company is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Tickets: €20-€45


January Blues Festival 2014

From 23rd-27th January, Cork city is hosting the third January Blues Festival. The weekend’s gigs, which are spread across five venues in the south Lee inner city area, will feature a collection of rock and blues bands including Tomas McCarthy, Hot Guitars and Shamones.

All gigs are free.


Holiday World Show, Dublin

From Friday-Sunday Dublin’s RDS presents an exhibition of all the best spots for your 2014 holiday destination. The weekend show caters to all ages with adventure travel options for backpackers to trips in Ireland and abroad for over-55s.

The show runs from 1pm-7pm on Friday and 11am-5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets cost between €3-€7 and can be booked through Ticketmaster.