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Folk That: gently does it
Dingle's Philip King is back with another run of his acclaimed and super-intimate Full Set series.
Greg McAteer, 17 May 2008
Art Garfunkel plays a single Vicar Street gig here on Friday October 3. Although he reunited with partner, Paul Simon in 2003 for the highly successful “Old Friends” tour it seems likely that, this time out, his classic material will be balanced with songs from his 2007 solo album Some Enchanted Evening, a musical celebration of the 20th century’s greatest songwriters.
Younger by far but fast approaching legendary status, ex-Nickel Creek mainman Chris Thile has put together The Punch Brothers, a crack bluegrass outfit featuring himself, Chris Eldridge on guitar, Greg Garrison on bass, Noam Pikelny on banjo and Gabe Witcher on fiddle. The ensemble kicked out their debut album Punch on Nonesuch Records in February to huge media acclaim in the US and they’ll be playing at Dublin’s Sugar Club on Friday July 11, 2008.
Focussing on veteran players, the Bealtaine festival offers the chance to see some masters of Irish traditional music with three gigs in Donegal. The first show is on Thursday May 15 in Teach Huidai Beag in Bunbeg, with a performance in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny the following evening and a final show in Kilcar Parish Hall on Saturday May 17. The show is based around Kitty Sean Cunningham, a musician whose vibrancy and attitude at 88 proves that you don’t stop until you want to stop. Other musicians in the sessions include Eddie Gara (81), melodeon and piano accordion player; Con McGinley (92), a fiddler of note with a reservoir of old tunes from his locality and Bridget Gara (84), melodeon and accordion player from Leemagowra in Ardara. All four have individual repertoires from their localities in Glencolmcille.
The first annual Yee Haw Barndance, happening in the Sugar Club, Dublin on Saturday May 17 stars some of Ireland’s finest artistes including the boisterous country and western outfit The Prairie Dawgs, the bluegrass tinged folk of the wonderfully named Sick and Indigent Song Club, the powerhouse Americana vocals of Lisa O’Neill and the swinging skiffle of The Louisiana 5. Fun!