Tuesday 20 March 2018

Gigs: who's playing

Glen Hansard tours his solo material
Glen Hansard tours his solo material
Michael Buble

Ed Power epower@independent.ie

Grizzly Bear, with The Strypes

Galway Arts Festival Big Top, tonight (€33.50)

An unlikely double bill pairs the progressive indie folkies from New York and Cavan's fresh-faced answer to The Yardbirds and The Faces.

Michael Bublé

O2, Dublin, tonight (€79.50)

The Canadian chocolate box crooner (pictured) continues with his extraordinary five-night run at the shed on the quays.

Josh Ritter

Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, tonight (€33)

Honorary Irish strummer rakes over the coals of his failed marriage on new album, the Beast in its Tracks. Amid the emotional wreckage Ritter, ever the boy scout, finds redemption: the record is a fascinating journey from darkness into light.

The Chieftains

National Concert Hall, Dublin, tonight (€13.50-45)

Revered traditional outfit – an influence on everyone from Mumford & Sons to Joanna Newsom.

Beach House

Iveagh Gardens, Dublin,

tomorrow (€35)

'Dreamcore' him/her partnership from Baltimore, Maryland. Their best songs have the hazy, untethered feeling of a waking dream. At their worst, they come off as indulgent and soporific. A bucolic park in the heart of leafy Dublin will chime with the music's pastroal throb, you suspect.

This Club

Workman's Club, Dublin, tomorrow (€10)

Electro-pop group from Dublin. Their songs are catchy – but not to the point where it grates.


Pavilion, Dublin, tomorrow (€18-21)

On a break from promoting a wonderful new solo record, Wicklow songwriter Sonny Condell leads the well-regarded 1970s trad band.

Glen Hansard

Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, Sunday (€35)

The Frames man tours his solo album Rhythm and Repose. Bizarre fact: LP stand-out Come Away to the Water was covered by Maroon 5 on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games. Consider our minds officially blown.

Hudson Taylor

Róisín Dubh, Galway, Monday (€10)

The 'YouTube sensations' from Dublin ply agreeable indie pop with both eyes fixed on the mainstream.

Lee Fields

Sugar Club, Dublin, Wednesday (€25)

Legendary 1970s soul figure, often likened to James Brown.


Leopardstown Racecourse, Thursday (€17.65)

The 1990s indie kids never really outgrow early smashes such as Uncle Pat, Goldfinger and Girl From Mars. When they called their debut album 1977 it was, in part, a youthful boast about how fresh-faced they were. Now it makes them sound impossibly withered.

Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain

National Concert Hall, Thursday (€16.20-35)

All the ukelele you can handle (and then some). Standards include Anarchy in the UK, Wuthering Heights, Theme from Shaft and My Way. They are twee, but not in an entirely horrible way.

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