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WITH LITTLE media hullabaloo, Morcheeba managed to spend almost six months in the album charts and get a gold disc for the eclectic and maverick beats of the Big Calm album. They've also tightened up extremely well as a live act, and Skye Edwards' vocals get better all the time, as with her rendition of Gershwin's "Summertime", a forthcoming single taken from the Red, Hot and Rhapsody benefit album for AIDS charities. Another great voice on show is support act and British R&B-scene queen, Beverley Knight.

Olympia Theatre, Dublin (00 353 1 677 7744) 7.30pm

The current tour by socialist songwriter Billy Bragg (right) sees him draw most of his material from the recent and wonderful Mermaid Avenue album of songs written by the highly politicised American folkie Woody Guthrie. There will also be room for a few of Bragg's own standards, and a plug for the GMB union's campaign to extend the proposed minimum wage to young workers. A good undercard features Eliza Carthy and Hefner.

Academy, Manchester (0161-275 4815) 7.30pm