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Monday 24 April 2017

In brief: 'Old-fashioned' tribute treat

'Let the sound of music play in our ears,' said Shakespeare, and there is no shortage of musicians willing and able to follow his exhortation.

So, next Tuesday in the National Concert Hall, Honor Heffernan, Sean Hession and Jim Doherty will take to the stage for the latest in their hugely successful 'I'm Old Fashioned' series of concerts. This one is called 'We'll Meet Again' and features many of the songs composed during World War Two. On Sunday next, also in the National Concert Hall (8pm), the work of Nat King Cole will be celebrated in a concert featuring singer Gary Williams. Next Sunday afternoon (3.15pm), a special show 'Big Band Divas', with the London Big Band Orchestra and singers, will perform the repertoire of Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Doris Day among others. Meanwhile, two of our best-known jazz players, Rock Fox (trumpet, clarinet and saxes) and Hugh Buckley (guitar) will continue their successful residency in the House Restaurant, Howth, next Wednesday (8pm).

Booker T and his band back in town

Booker T and his band will be coming to Ireland for two shows next month, in the Opera House, Cork, on Monday May 31, and at The Village, Dublin, on Tuesday, June 1. Booker T and The MGS were the session band at Memphis-based Stax Records and played on all the great hits by Otis Redding, Irma Thomas and many others.

Booker T also had hits in his own right with the classic instrumentals Green Onions, Time Is Tight, Hang Them High and Groovin'. Tickets available at Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

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