If you’re looking for a night out to truly banish the Storm Emma cabin fever, the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire have two great nights of music coming up this week.
Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
Thursday, March 8
Chris Jones & The Night Drivers have been playing Bluegrass music since the 1990s. They have appeared and recorded with some well-known musicians including The Chieftains, Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements and Tom T. Hall. Chris Jones’ original songs have been recorded by many artists including the Gibson Brothers.
Friday, March 9
Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s most respected contemporary folk artists. Having produced over 20 albums since the 1970s, he continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do.
Born into a very musical family as Barry Moore, Luka (62) is the youngest of six and grew up in Newbridge, Co Kildare. He was just 18 months old when his father died, leaving his mother Nancy to raise six children on her own. She has been a big influence on his life and he is very close to all of his siblings.
A master interpreter, Luka has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters. Like many who write songs, Luka’s orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets, just searing voice and mastery of his instrument.
Tickets for both shows are available from paviliontheatre.ie