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Des O’Driscoll with the latest entertainment news and events

MUSIC NEWS: It’s unlikely you got through the 1990s without hearing the trance hit ‘Children’. Sadly, Robert Miles — the Italian producer who created that hugely influential track — passed away earlier this week in Ibiza at the age of 47 after what was described as ‘a short illness’.

Meanwhile, Brian Deady has an impressive new Muhammad Ali-inspired single, ‘Get On My Knees’, out on the Decca label. The west Cork soulster has been honing his sound for years, but you’d imagine now is the right time for him to break through, given success of the likes of Rag’n’Bone Man.

Finally, the Music Cork event comes to an end today after some excellent discussions and showcases — hopefully, it can grow from here into an annual event.

GIG WISE: The National have a new album on the way in September, and kick off their world tour at Cork Opera House on the 16th of that month, followed by two nights in Vicar St, Dublin. The Cork gig is part of the second installment of the Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival, which the band’s Dessner brothers were involved with for its inaugural event in 2015. Tickets go on public sale next Friday, but anybody who pre-orders the new album, Sleep Well Beast, before Sunday can get access to a pre-sale process on the gigs — details via the band’s website.

There was a time when every house in Ireland had picture of JFK on the wall and a Steely Dan album by the 3-in-1, which is probably why there has been a lot of excited dads — and grandads — trying to work the interweb to book tickets for the gig by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker at 3Arena on October 28. They’re even being supported by the Doobie Brothers.

Other autumn gigs announced for the capital include Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Oct 23) at the Academy, and Aimee Mann (Oct 28) at the National Stadium.

In Cork, the scores on the doors for the Marquee indicate that sold-out nights already include Picture This (both gigs), Eddie Vedder, Walking on Cars, and The Coronas.

There are still some tickets left for Angel Olsen at Cork Opera House next Saturday, May 20, and they come at the value price of €22.

The roster for Live at St Luke’s over the next few weeks includes We Banjo 3 (May 19), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Cormac Begley (May 20), and Steve Wickham (May 27).

COMEDY CAPERS: Tickets went on sale this morning for the visit of American superstar Chris Rock to the 3Arena in Dublin on September 30, part of his first international tour in nine years.

Another American act, The Tenderloins, play the same venue on October 15. If you don’t know the four-piece troupe by name, perhaps you’re aware of their hugely popular Impractical Jokers show that’s currently airing on Comedy Central.

In Cork, Danny O’Brien is at City Limits tomorrow, while rising Scottish star Limmy is at the Opera House on June 1.

FILM TIPS: Reviews of Alien: Covenant have been decent rather than glowing, but it’s sure to be one of the big draws at cinemas this weekend.

Triskel in Cork has two politically-charged films from Sunday: Chilean real-life drama Neruda, starring Gael Garcia Bernal; and I Am Not Your Negro, the Samuel Jackson-narrated documentary adapted from James Baldwin’s unfinished script about race in America.

In casting news, it seems that neither director Guillermo del Toro nor star Ron Perlmann will not be in the third Hellboy movie, with various reports suggesting that David Harbour (the policeman in Stranger Things) will take the lead role in the next instalment.

THEATRE PREMIERE: Cork Arts Theatre will this week host the premiere of Derry Cotter’s play “The Inheritance”, a drama set in the fictional town of Kilross in 1980s Ireland. The play explores the web of secrets and lies that can divide and ultimately heal a small, close-knit community.

This two-act play directed by Finola Doyle O’Neill blends local humour and touching moments of poignancy to create an engaging and unforgettable story of land, loyalties, love and its impact on the lives of those it touches.

Dates: May 18th, 19th and 20th at 8pm.

Tickets 15 euro by booking online at www.corkartstheatre.com.

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