Wednesday, November 27th
Sound House, Dublin, thewileyfox.ie/thesoundhouse
Dublin hipsters Shy Mascot brings the deep funk of electric Miles to hip-hop, and in Florida MC Jamel Franklin they have an authentic hip-hop voice whose thoughtful rhymes and shy on-stage demeanor buck the bombastic hip-hop trend and give the band its name. The band also features soulful vocals from Fiadh Rua Gregg and a talented young rhythm section of keyboardist Graeme Bourke, bassist Keith Tobin, bass and drummer Andy O’Farrell. Also on the bill are independent MCs Craig Cooney, Jeorge II, Edgy V & GG Karma, and Jordan Wilson.
JazzGate: The Music of Carla Bley
Thursday, November 28th
Black Gate, Francis Street, Galway, aengushackett.com/jazzgate
In the tragically masculine world of jazz in the 20th century, composer and pianist Carla Bley was one of the few outliers, a fiercely independent and iconoclastic voice who followed her own muse and won the admiration of her peers for her highly original compositions, many of which have become jazz standards. Japanese-born, Dublin-based pianist Izumi Kimura, herself one of the outliers in Irish jazz, is the special guest for this latest edition of guitarist Aengus Hackett’s JazzGate series with respected Galway saxophonist Matthew Berrill completing a pared-back chamber trio exploring Bley’s quirky sound world.
Sheryl Bailey & Peter Moc Group
Saturday, November 30th
Arthur’s, Dublin, arthurspub.ie
Czech-born guitarist Peter Moc first presented his tribute to the music of guitarist Emily Remler in 2015 in collaboration with the great fusion guitarist Larry Coryell. Since Coryell’s death in 2017, the annual event has become a dual celebration, with high-profile guests joining Moc’s group to remember both Remler and Coryell, including guitarist Nir Felder and saxophonist Grace Kelly. This year, Moc has invited respected US guitarist and pedagogue Sheryl Bailey, who holds the prestigious assistant chair at the guitar department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, to join a group that also includes violinist Klara Janu, bassist Andrew Csibi and drummer Kevin Brady.