Norma Winstone and Bill Carrothers visit Ireland in March

Norma Winstone and Bill Carrothers visit Ireland in March

Patrick Groenland rounds up Jazz and World music concerts and a number of opportunities for musicians.

Fidil with Solo Cissokho and Tarab

Young traditional group from Donegal team up with Kora player Cissokho, with support from Francesco Turrisi’s Mediterranean–Irish ensemble. 29 January, 8pm, Button Factory, Dublin. Tickets €16.20 

Tommy Halferty Trio

Tommy Halferty is an elder statesman of the Irish jazz scene and has a uniquely energetic and soulful style. Here, he is supported by the experienced rhythm section of Dave Redmond and Kevin Brady. 29 January, 7.30pm, JJ Smyths, Dublin. Tickets €10 on the door.

The Unusual History of Ether

This Danish based quartet is led by Waterford singer and composer Rebecca Collins, guitarist Mikkel Ploug is the other half of the creative axis. Difficult to categorise, Collins is an Indie songwriter with a contemporary jazz twist — probably because that is the music that Ploug also plays. Bassist Jeppe Skovbakke is also part of the popular Danish group I Got You On Tape. Read our review of their debut EP here.

30 January, 8pm, The Project Arts Theatre, Dublin. Tickets €10/12


This is the thirtieth year anniversary of the Japanese Taiko drumming group Kodo, who have a large worldwide following due to their primal energy that has seen over three thousand worldwide performances over the past thirty years. They will be performing two dates in February; the first is already sold out.

11—12 February, 8pm, National Concert Hall, Dublin. Tickets €25/35/45

Bill Carrothers and Norma Winstone

There has been more news released on the March double-header of the Bill Carrothers Trio & the duo of Norma Winstone and Tommy Halferty.

Song Cycle Presented by the Improvised Music Company
7 March at The Triskel Christchurch, Cork
8 March at Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick 
9 March in The Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin

Bill Carrothers is a brilliant and under-rated pianist, who is particularly worth seeing perform on a grand piano, as he will be on at least two of those three dates alongside Dave Redmond and Kevin Brady.

Norma Winstone is a British jazz legend with over forty years of brilliant music to her name. She is particularly sensitive and captivating in a small setting, so this double-header concert is a must. Exact pricing and times have not been finalised, but rest assured we will have them here as soon as they are released.

12 Points Preview

The line-up for this wonderful festival has been announced. If you aren’t making the trip to Porto next month (16—19 February), be sure to check out the YouTube playlist that the IMC has compiled for twelve outstanding young and diverse unknowns, chosen from over four hundred applicants. 

Banff Workshop applications extended

Last week we mentioned that the deadline for Banff was fast approaching — this deadline has since been extended until 27 January. The course runs from 21 May—9 June, 2012. 

Music Network Seeks Interns for Love:Live Music 2012

An opportunity has arisen for a Digital Marketing Intern and a Programme Intern at Music Network to work on love:live music, Ireland’s national music day, taking place this year on 20 April, 2012.

Apply with a current CV and a cover letter to info [at] by 5pm on Friday 27th January. Interviews will take place the week of Monday 30th January. More details here.

Dublin Fringe Festival Applications: ABSOLUT Fringe 2012

The theme for the festival this year is Creative Disruption. Playful Protest. Joyful Abandon. The deadline for entries is Friday, 16 March 2012, 6pm. 

A Pre-Application workshop is taking place on Wednesday, 15 February at 6pm in Dublin to answer all application questions about the festival; how to apply, what Absolut Fringe is looking for. For more details, email emma [at]

West Cork Chamber Music Competition 2012

The competition is accepting submissions of works from Irish composers, under 30 years of age. The competition is open to works for string quartet or piano trio, with a prize of €500 and a performance at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

For more information see   

Published on 26 January 2012

Patrick Groenland is an Irish guitarist and composer. Having studied at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, he is now based in Dublin.

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