GIG WISE: The last time Fontaines DC played in Cork, they were very much an emerging band, albeit causing a bit of a word-of-mouth stir among afficionados. The Dublin guitar revivalists make a triumphant return to Leeside on May 28 after an incredible year which saw widespread acclaim for debut album Dogrel in both Ireland and the UK.
Tickets go on sale Friday morning.
Another great addition to the busy summer roster in the south is Macy Gray for Cyprus Avenue on June 17. The American R&B singer may not have been able to repeat the success of 1999’s On How Life Is, but the set is sure to feature her classic smash, ‘I Try’.
Upcoming clubbing adventures in Cork include Stevie G at Cyprus Avenue Friday night, and Fish Go Deep at the same venue next Saturday.
In Dublin, Forbidden Fruit (May 30-31) at Kilmainham released its lineup for the festivals tenth incarnation, with an impressive roster including Jorja Smith, Loyle Corner, Hot Chip, and Cork-led band the Murder Capital.
MUSIC NEWS: Unfortunately, The Cranberries didn’t win their category at the Grammy awards last week, so the closest thing to an Irish victory was Rodrigo y Gabriela taking the prize for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
The Mexican duo did spend about eight years living in Ireland, honing their craft here and gradually climbing the entertainment ladder from humble beginnings busking on Grafton Street in Dublin.
THEATRE NIGHTS: Common themes in Irish theatre at the moment include family fall-outs and female oppression/ empowerment, but it’s probably fair to say that Mike O’Dowd’s Allison explores another area of contemporary life.
Running at Cork Arts Theatre next Thursday to Saturday, the one-man show tells of a 28-year-old man in his mould- infested bedroom, where he spends most of his time “watching cuckold porn, coming up with more efficient masturbation techniques and berating his flatmate Steve over the unpaid broadband bill”.
Welcome to Ireland! In Galway, Amhrán an Bhonnáin Bhuí is an Irish-language version of Song Of The Yellow Bittern running at An Taibhdhearc on Feb 5-15. Ruth Negga won heaps of praise for her performance of Hamlet at the Gate in 2018, and the Irish actress has again teamed up with South African director Yaël Farber to reprise the role at St Anns Warehouse in New York.
COMEDY CAPERS: Omid Djalili has sold out two of his shows at Cork Arts Theatre over the weekend, but has added an extra show on Sunday at 3pm.
A Strange Bit of History is more a oneman play than a stand-up performance, and draws on the British comedian’s Iranian heritage.
Meanwhile, Karl Spain is at City Limits Saturday.
FILM TIPS: Parasite looks like being the biggest foreign language film in quite a while, with the Korean dark comedy from Bong Joon-ho due in Ireland next Friday.
For those who want to see it earlier, various cinemas — including the Gate and Mahon Omniplex in Cor — are showing a preview screening next Tuesday, which includes a live Q&A from London with some of the principals.
An interesting film opening today is Queen & Slim, an American indie flick that’s been so popular in US, it was picked up for a general release. It follows two African-Americans on the run after killing a police officer.
Familiar faces in the support cast include Chloe Sevigny and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea.