Arts Vibe

Album Review: Blue-eyed Hawk - Under The Moon

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Live music - Lloyd Cole

Triskel Christchurch, Cork

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Opera review: The Rape of Lucretia at the Wexford Opera House

"A rotted body politic riven with lies and factions and a sense that debauchery, despotism and tyranny governs all," is how director, Michael Barker-Caven describes the background of The Rape of Lucretia. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scene and Heard: London Grammar join Hozier for Guinness Amplify line-up

GIG WISE: With Electric Picnic out of the way, the next biggie on the Irish music horizon is the Guinness Amplify festival taking place through the five provinces on different weekends in September and October. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The sky’s the limit for The Script ahead of homecoming gig

With sales of 10m records, and a sold-out homecoming gig, The Script really don’t care what the critics say, writes Ed Power. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The nasty heckling Tig Notaro got in Ireland paled into insignificance after her double mastectomy.

It’d take more than hecklers to knock down Tig Notaro

Asking comedians about their most memorable heckle is a sure-fire way to hear a funny anecdote. But for Tig Notaro the question dredges up an unpleasant memory of her first visit to Ireland, several years ago, at Kilkenny’s Cat Laughs Festival. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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David Mitchell: Now living near Clonakilty, the Southport-born author of Cloud Atlas has just published new novel The Bone Clocks. Pic: PA

Cork-based Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell on Twitter, his children, and latest novel

Cork-based David Mitchell tells Zahra Saeed about his new novel, forays into Twitter and getting inspiration from his children. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Liam Heylin

New play from Liam Heylin set for UCC’s Granary Theatre

All the world’s a stage for playwright and journalist Liam Heylin, whose latest play, West for the Weekend, is about a lawyer with a gambling problem.

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Album Review: Interpol - El Pintor

Interpol get a hard time for sounding a lot like Interpol. The charge is that, after several engaging albums, the New Yorkers are slouching towards creative dotage, regurgitating a grab-bag of tics and tropes: clanging guitars, brooding melodies, Ian Curtis-esque singing from frontman Paul Banks. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scene and Heard: Tips for Electric Picnic

PICNIC PARTICULARS: The programmers at Electric Picnic have been doing their stuff for quite a few years, so hopefully the mellow tones of Portishead won’t jar with the exuberance of the Saturday mainstage crowd at 10.30pm.

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Clean Bandit, l-r, Luke Patterson, Jack Patterson, Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith. 'Rather Be' was one of this summer's big smashes.  <

CLEAN BANDIT: There’s no place they’d rather be

What a crazy, thrilling year it’s been for Clean Bandit. Twelve months ago, the Cambridge quartet were an obscure novelty, touting an unlikely mash-up of classical music and r’n’b. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Kate Bush returns to centre stage

Kate Bush made a sensational return to the concert stage on Tuesday night — 35 years after her last, and only, tour. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Shooting Snipe on Parnell Street

From the house on Janesboro height My father recalled hearing hunters shooting For snipe in fields around Parnell Street.

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Giant passed by when Seamus Heaney died

It is too early, yet, to think about the literary meaning of the unexpected passing of poet Seamus Heaney nearly a year ago says Thomas McCarthy.

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Collector David Kronn

David Kronn’s collection is raising our sights

David Kronn is gradually donating his invaluable, acquired photographs to the IMMA, says Richard Fitzpatrick. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Roger McGough fell in love with poetry listening to a physics teacher recite it spontaneously in class.

ROGER MCGOUGH: The rhythm of life

Roger McGough’s poems convey the beauty of everyday language, says Richard Fitzpatrick This story is enriched with multi-media content

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PHIL LYNOTT: The legend lives on

On what would have been his 65th birthday, Ed Power looks at Phil Lynott’s legacy

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Live music - Bill Frisell and Friends

Kilkenny Arts Festival

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Live music - Sinead O’Connor

National Concert Hall, Dublin

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The Tuesday Poem - Turning Thirty

Now you blame no one and nothing

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The road from perdition - Slash talks to the Irish Examiner

Guitar legend Slash tells Ed Power about sobriety, striving for simplicity with a new band, and jamming with Rory Gallagher. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scene and Heard: Ballyturk tickets selling out all round

BALLYTURK: Anybody wishing to see Cillian Murphy’s return to his hometown stage needs to get on the case soon as all evening performances of Ballyturk at Cork Opera House (August 26-30) are sold out- This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The Tuesday Poem: Words for Samuel Beckett

It seems that from your quiet plot,

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Five things to do this week

1|film|GOD’S POCKET

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Steve Blount with co-star Janet Moran

Swing: Dancing a path to stage success

Irish actor Steve Blount, one of the co-creators and stars of Swing, currently on at the Edinburgh Arts Festival, was at a house party about a decade ago when he first met his co-star Janet Moran.

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Shania McDonagh: Her striking pencil portrait of Connemara fisherman  Coleman Coyle won the top prize at the Texaco Children's Art Competition.

Children’s art shows ageless talent

The Texaco Children’s Art Competition has reached its 60th year, making this touring exhibition of the 2014 winners and special merit recipients that extra bit special.

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Album review: La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

La Roux’s second album did not come by its title flippantly. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Classical Review: Classical Thursday Recital Series

St Columba’s, Ennis

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Hermione Norris plays older mum Roanna, a businesswoman embroiled in a bitter battle with her husband after starting a relationship with younger man Simon (Luke Thompson).

New TV series ’In The Club’ delivers on family drama

A new TV series revolves around women of different backgrounds who meet at an antenatal class, writes Keeley Bolger. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Cillian Murphy and Mikel Murfi in a scene from Ballyturk

Ballyturk to take Dublin and Cork audiences by storm

As Ballyturk is readied for Dublin and Cork, Enda Walsh is already thinking about his next play, writes Alan O’Riordan. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Hozier puts song online in advance of new album

MUSIC NEWS: Hozier is in Mitchelstown this weekend, and has also released a video of a duet with Karen Cowley on his single ‘In A Week’ that was recorded at Kilkenny Castle.

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INDIEPENDENCE HIGHLIGHTS: FIVE OF THE BEST

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
Tonight: The Big Top Stage, 1130pm

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Chuck D is still fighting the power

It’s 25 years since Public Enemy hit the mainstream with the Do The Right Thing film. Their frontman tells Don O’Mahony why his group’s message remains relevant This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Five things to do this week

1|theatre|LOVE, PEACE AND ROBBERY

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Scene and Heard: Beyonce may be writing for ’Shades’ soundtrack

MUSIC NEWS: Beyoncé has posted a short teaser trailer for the upcoming 50 Shades Of Grey movie on her Instagram account — although it seems fairly ironic that the singer, a key figure in the ‘Ban Bossy’ campaign for young girls, should lend her support to a film based on a book which has been criticised for its portrayal of women and overt sadomasochist themes.

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Last Irish show for Pip and Dan

SCROOBIUS PIP sounds surprisingly upbeat as he contemplates the imminent demise of his collaboration with musical partner, Dan Le Sac.

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Net flicks Sultans of Ping back in favour

Online and celeb endorsements are helping revive a 90s Irish band, says Ed Power

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Damien Dempsey predicts it’s all good at the moment

Though he may have a sixth sense, Michelle Cooney finds musician Damien Dempsey is still very present to his loyal fans

Often hailed as a working-class hero, he is being celebrated in the more literal sense after saving a drowning man. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Protest singer Kahn is in tune with ‘the working man’

Si Kahn says his music career began as a hobby. He is also a union activist.

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Crain’s creativity is rooted in her culture

Ed Power talks to American songwriter Samantha Crain about her work This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music - Cat Power

Olympia, Dublin This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music - O Emperor/ Ger Wolfe

Mitchelstown Caves This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The Tuesday Poem

And The Candles Burn - Wasps v Humans

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Lostprophets members: Watkins said he was innocent

MOST musicians who’ve been in big bands, launching a new project, will only talk about how excited they are to be moving forward, how their new music has put them back in touch with what first excited them about music. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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5 Things to do this week

1|music|BUNNY WAILER

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Travelling with a purpose to areas of conflict

Tim Butcher’s tells Juno McEnroe about his journeys to destinations that are laden with historical significance

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Cork-bork actor Conor Lovett is acclaimed for his work on Samuel Beckett's plays, but  has taken a break from the Irish playwright for this show.

Beckett specialist turns his hand to other roles

Conor Lovett is performing a work by a contemporary American playwright for his new show, writes Colette Sheridan. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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A sneak peek of Will Sliney's work on the upcoming Spider-Man 2099

Grand designs pay off as Irish artist becomes leading light at Marvel

Lines drawn from Marvel’s new Spider-Man and cartoons of Seamus Coleman intersect at the son of a Ballycotton trawlerman. Don O’Mahony talks to Will Sliney. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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And when did you last see Blake Morrison?

Writer Blake Morrison, best known for the award-winning memoir, And When Did You Last See Your Father — it was adapted into a film starring Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth — will read at the West Cork Literary Festival, which begins on Sunday.

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Ham Sandwich now earn a crust

Ham Sandwich have come from small beginnings to being in big demand for live performances including Electric Picnic and as support to Pixies and Arcade Fire. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music - Arcade Fire

Marlay Park, Dublin This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music - Jack White

Kilmainham, Dublin This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Short story has a happy ending

BARBARA Leahy always wanted to write. But the 39-year-old insurance administrator from Ballinlough in Cork city didn’t know where to start.

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Thrills, spills and bellyaches

BROADCASTER Andy Kershaw was first contracted to write his memoirs in 1991.

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Theatre: Aristocrats

Abbey Theatre, Dublin

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Live music: Midlake

Cyprus Avenue, Cork

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Live music: Paul Weller

Royal Hospital Kilmainham This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scene and heard: Hozier gearing up for new album release

New album and gigs lined up in Glastonbury, Dublin and Mitchelstown- This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Cillian Muphy happier on stage than chasing stardom

He has made it big in film and on TV but Cillian Murphy is happier on stage than chasing stardom. Now he’s set to return to where it all began, writes Alan O’Riordan. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Malian desert music group Tinariwen have been embraced by Western rock.

Malian desert music group Tinariwen embraced by Western rock

The interfaces of Islamic and Western culture are many, but when Tinariwen guitarist Abdallah Ag Lamida was abducted by Islamist rebels in Mali in 2012, it was a potential watershed. The plentiful al-Qaida African affiliates seemed to be saying western music is satanic.

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Guitarist Pierre Bensusan has collaborated with luthier George Lowden for 40 years.

Guitarist celebrates 40th anniversary with world tour

Often described as ‘a guitarist’s guitarist’, Pierre Bensusan is celebrating his 40th-anniversary world tour this year. Also celebrating 40 years is Irish luthier, George Lowden, of Lowden Guitars. The two have a long working relationship.

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Irishman Peter Delaney's 'Showdown' was one of the winners  in the  Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Prizewinning pic from Irish photographer featured in top wildlife shots

Peter Delaney tells Richard Fitzpatrick about his prizewinning picture in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Reviews

Fire Show
Inferno
Elizabeth Fort, Cork

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Beth Tyrrell with her sons Ali (7) and Malachy (3) McKeever.

Short story: The Oyster Catchers

Beth Tyrell is the 2014 winner of RTÉ’s Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. Read her winning entry here.

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Brendan O'Carroll as Mrs Brown in Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie, the upcoming film version of the hit  TV show.

O’Carroll has d’last laugh

The Mrs Brown creator tells Jeananne Craig about bringing his hit TV show to the big screen.

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Short films tackling big issues

The winner of the ICCL Human Rights Short Film Awards will be announced this Thursday following a gala screening of the six shortlisted films in the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin. The jury includes director Lenny Abrahamson (Adam and Paul, Frank) and playwright Conor McPherson.

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Dark play keeps it in the family

A darkly comic tale of abandoned psychiatric patients will be a visceral experience for audiences, says Enter Juliet writer Ronan Fitzgibbon of Broken Crow Theatre Company.

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Theatre: Der Vampyr, Everyman, Cork

The opening performance of Der Vampyr was late at night and the auditorium was transformed into a broodingly mysterious forest. The audience was riveted by the action, which was melodramatic and fast-moving.

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Will Sliney's cover for Cork comic book anthology I'm Awake, I'm Alive

A new golden age of comics as Irish talent attracts global recognition

A group of Cork-based comic book artists have released their first anthology in the midst of what is being describd as a new golden age of comics, writes Don O’Mahony.

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Donna Coogan

The Tuesday Poem: The Theatre Garden

By July, their sandaled feet
are tanned with zebra stripes.

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Gavin Hogg

Hogg in the limelight as ’Alchemical’ exhibition comes to Triskel

Alchemy and transformation lie at the heart of Gavin Hogg’s work, writes Orlagh Ní Arrachtáin.

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Midlake

5 Things to do this week

1|theatre|ARISTOCRATS
Tonight: Cathy Belton and Bosco Hogan star in this production of a Brian Friel play that originally debuted in 1979.
GO: €13–€45. Until August 2.

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Picture from Facebook page of Cork City Arts Office

Bus shelter provokes new possibilities

GIVEN its tendency to be thought about and practiced in different ways, and experienced in a sometimes sporadic and incidental way, one might reasonably pose the question where it is that architecture is thought to begin and end, and exactly whom is it thought that it ‘belongs’ to?

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Wake-up call for a nation

Impac winner Juan Gabriel Vasquez on how the slaying of soccer star Andres Escobar marked a tipping point, writes Alan O’Riordan

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Comedy review: Lords of Strut

Half Moon Theatre, Cork

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Waterford celebrates a big birthday this weekend

Waterford city will be buzzing this weekend as it takes a step back in time to celebrate its 1,100th birthday with a comprehensive programme of cultural activities, especially for young people.

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Bianco scaling the heights with unusual circus

Circus sets Limerick up for a summer of fun

Art and acrobatics ensure the Capital of Culture programme has offerings for all tastes, writes Tina Darb O’Sullivan This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Theatre: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Olympia, Dublin
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The Lords of Strut bring their new show home to Cork

Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally of The Lords of Strut perform at the Half Moon as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Comic biography of a true rebel with Cork roots

While the name of Margaret Sanger is largely unfamiliar on this side of the Atlantic, this daughter of Irish emigrants became one of the leading birth control activists in the United States and founded the Planned Parenthood movement. Her fascinating, event-filled life has recently been brought to life in the graphic biography Woman Rebel, a title taken from one of her pamphlets.

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Literature: Immrama festival

Lismore, Co Waterford

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Exhibition pioneering art of Irish women

Exhibition shows how female artists were often more innovative, writes Colette Sheridan This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Tuesday Poem: July Sky

Under a north window
as the comet tailed
across the July sky,
our mother lay dying.

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Cian Daly...

Going over to the dark side with Der Vampyr

Michael Barker-Caven hopes to draw new audiences with a production of Der Vampyr, his take on a rarely-seen German opera, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Kurt Cobain's Nirvana were one of the acts to grace Sir Henry's.

Comment: Sir Henrys is part of our history

THERE is a great quote from Niall Tóibín that I recently stumbled across in an old 1980 BBC radio documentary about Cork city and its inhabitants, called As Others See Us.

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Nun Attax members Keith O'Connell, Giordaí Ua Laoighre, Philip O'Connell, Donnelly and Ricky Dineen. Picture: Ciarán Ó Tuama

Recalling the great nights of Cork’s Arcadia

The Arcadia in Cork provided the focus for a thriving music scene. Des O’Driscoll recalls tales of great nights, an emerging U2 and the towering figure of Donnelly. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scene and Heard: Coronas for Live at the Marquee tonight

MARQUEE REPORT: Over the next week performers at Live at the Marquee in Cork include the Coronas (tonight), Nathan Carter (Sunday), Bob Dylan (Monday) and Tom Jones (Thursday). This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The Beatles

Show brings back the sweet sounds of the Beatles

Let It Be, an international touring show that celebrates the music of the Beatles, is very much an occasion of nostalgia for the Swinging Sixties. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Cork Opera House

Live music review: Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté

Venue: Cork Opera House This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Il Divo

Il Divo: Putting the pop in opera

As Il Divo prepare for their Cork gig, Sébastien Izambard tells Jo Kerrigan his rags to riches tale. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 Anne Marie Gibbons and Claudia Boyle are among the cast of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Olympia.Pictures:  Kip Carroll

Brecht and Weill’s Rise and Fall in the fair city

Brecht-Weill’s rarely-seen opera is a stirring take on consumer excess, writes Padraic Killeen.

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Reviews

Live music: The Eagles
O2, Dublin

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Casey keeps the home fires burning at Cork Summer Show

Paddy Casey is torn. The chart-topping singer-songwriter has written his next album and is ready to go to the studio. However, his former record label, Sony, plans to release a Casey ‘Best Of’. Should he put out the new record and potentially be in competition with himself? It’s a tough one. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak: The band formed in Baltimore, a town with a high crime rate and a booming arts scene.

When the romance dies, the music still goes on for Baltimore-born Wye Oak

Wye Oak’s Andy Stack speaks in a low, reflective murmur. "We sort of burnt ourselves out touring our last album," he says. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Victoria Kennefick

The Tuesday Poem

Beached Whale - Victoria Kennefick

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 Among the international acts at this year's Music in Great Irish Houses festival are the  Apollon Musagete Quartet who will play in Castletown House, Co Kildare;  inset, the festival's artistic director Ciara Higgins.

Chamber music instrumental to city’s vibrancy

Great Music in Irish Houses fills a gap in the capital’s cultural life, writes Alan O’Riordan. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 Myles Breen, writer of The Bachelor of Kilkish, gets his hair cut by lead actor Brendan Conroy. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Gay barber living on the fringes of Kilkish

A new arrival to a small town awakens a closeted 65-year-old, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Rigoberta Menchu

Putting human rights on the screen

"Our history is a living history, that has throbbed, withstood and survived many centuries of sacrifice… The peoples of Guatemala will mobilise and will be aware of their strength in building up a worthy future."

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Country music’s new star Carter

As the Marquee kicks off tonight in Cork, Nathan Carter tells Ed Power he’s looking forward to his gig at the venue. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Manchán Magan says he feels at home in America, India and Africa as in Ireland

Tales from Lismore’s Immrama festival

War reporter Tim Butcher and Irish nomad Manchán Magan are among those telling their tales at the Immrama festival in Lismore, writes Orlagh Ní Arrachtáin

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Echoes of Lolita in Harrower’s play

Mephisto bring their production of David Harrower’s controversial play Blackbird to Cork Arts Theatre next week. The play was also a hit at last year’s Galway Theatre Festival.

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