Four great traditional music gigs in Ireland this week
Saturday, 23rd June
National Concert Hall; 8pm; â¬19.50-â¬34; nch.ie
The irrepressible accordionist returns to a venue which she has triumphed in many times before, in the company of Sean Regan, Jack Maher and Jim Murray. Expect to hear Shannonâs high energy cocktail of traditional Irish music mixed with African, Cajun, blues, hip-hop and jazz.
Wednesday, 27th June
Jack Talty, Shane Mulchrone, Saileog NÃ CheannabhÃ¡in and Michael McCague
The Black Gate, Galway; 8.30pm; â¬15; raelachrecords.com
A finely-curated gathering, thanks to Raelach Records, featuring concertina player, Jack Talty, banjo and tenor guitar player, Shane Mulchrone, pianist, singer, fiddle and viola player, Saileog N Ã CheannabhÃ¡in and guitar and bouzouki player, McCague.
Thursday, 28th June
Soul Clap Hands & Sing
Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin; 7pm; â¬10; poetryireland.ie
Another instalment in the inspired summer series of collaborative recitals from Poetry Ireland and the Irish Traditional Music Archive. The night sees poet, Mary OâMalley join forces with piper, Tommy Keane. Playing the Octopus is more than just a metaphor for how hard it is to play the pipes: itâs also the title of OâMalleyâs most recent collection of poems. Clearly, poet and piper share much by way of an understanding of the intricacies of Keaneâs chosen instrument. Thereâs a promise that theyâll wend their way through lifeâs many tentacled surprises tonight.
Friday, 29th June
An GÃ³ilÃn Singers Club
The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin; 9.30pm; â¬3, goilin.com
Tonight sees a raft of diverse singers gather to celebrate the Songs for our Children songwriting project, facilitated by Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune. Songs about animals, plants and the odd, errant hero or two. Singers include (alongside Lambert and Fortune), NÃ³irÃn Lynch, Anne Rynne, Sandra Joyce, Ceara Conway, Catherine Ann Cullen, Karan Casey, Rosie NÃ GalÃ³glaigh and James McDonald.