The eventual arrival of yesterday’s heatwave promised fertile conditions for a spiritual revisit of sorts to ‘The Second Summer of Love,’ that halcyon time at the end of the 1980s when Acid House exploded and outdoor raves proliferated across the UK.
Coming just over a year after the album Quare Groove Vol. 1 pulled back the lid on a hidden world of Irish funk music of the 1970s and ’80s, comes another compilation album from the same stable that puts the spotlight on the early jazz fusion and folk scene.
One of the most ambitious undertakings of this year's Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has been to book three concerts at the City Hall, a sizeable new venue for the event. Rostered for the Saturday night slot was Laura Mvula, the British soul singer who burst on the scene in 2013 with her debut album Sing To The Moon.
Wexford native Norah O’Leary is the cellist with period ensemble Ensemble Dagda who specialise in 17th century music. They will be performing as part of the East Cork Early Music Festival on Saturday in Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh. Full details on www.eastcorkearlymusic.ie
Opening with the arrival of a flustered White Rabbit and ending with the murder of a Red Queen, Gerald Barry’s pick-and-mix of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books was a hysterical hour of operatic delirium.