Don't call it a comeback? Bob Dylan really has been here for years, but the release of the 79-year-old's first album of original songs in eight years has caused quite a stir. Some of that excitement has been driven by the 17-minute single 'Murder Most Foul' – about the killing of JFK – and early reviews for the Rough And Rowdy Ways album have been largely positive.
Another veteran releasing material this week is Roger Waters, whose Us + Them concert film is now available for digital download and rental. Made on a tour that took in the 3Arena in Dublin almost exactly two years ago, it includes performances of classic Pink Floyd tracks.
In Cork, various events around the release of the Nun Attax album were cancelled, but the team behind the Cork Zine Archive have produced a fine music video for the release of the track 'Elephants for Fun and Profit'. Late lead singer Donnelly flips between his Cork and Northern brogues over images of the band and footage of Cork in the 1980s. Well worth a look on YouTube.
House masters Fish Go Deep have also just re-released their debut 2004 album Lil' Hand, complete with various mixes of 'Cure and the Cause'.
Finally, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cincinnati reopened to the public last Monday, and a deceased Cork rock legend is helping with the new social distancing regime. Visitors are being urged to stay at “at least two Fender Stratocasters apart”, with Rory Gallagher's famous Stratocaster – currently on display in the Hall – being used as the example.
An eclectic mix of virtual events this weekend includes Barry Douglas's solo piano performance from the National Concert Hall tomorrow night. Coughlan's Live in Cork continues its Troubadours (at home) series with Greenshine on Sunday.
Guy Garvey is the final guest tonight in the current season of Later With Jools Holland to select some of favourite performances from the show's archive.
Italian drama My Brilliant Friend also begins its second season on Sky Atlantic tonight, while film choices include Selma on BBC Two at 11.20pm, the timely tale of Martin Luther King's civil rights march in Alabama.
Others to watch out for through the week include the new Perry Mason series on Sky Atlantic from Monday, and the hijack thriller 7500, now available on Amazon Prime.
Cork director Brendan Canty is best known for doing the video for Hozier's 'Take Me To Church', and his latest short film Christy is currently available to view on the website of the Palm Springs Film Festival. The 14-minute offering was mostly filmed in Knocknaheeny in his home town.
If you fancy a laugh, one of the better recent comedies available for download is The King of Staten Island from Judd Apatow.
The scaled-down version of the Cork Midsummer Festival has announced a performance from longterm festival participant Camille O’Sullivan, being streamed from the singer's home on Sunday at 8pm. The man behind the camera filming the event will be her partner Aidan Gillen.
The National Sculpture Factory also launches its contribution to the festival on Sunday at 11pm with the illumination of writer Sara Baume's 'textwork'. A fragment of the West Cork-based writer's work has been rendered in neon and will be hung from the side of the building bearing the words: 'So sick and tired of parsimony, we long for debauchery.' Truly words for the age we live in.