Scene and heard: This week's entertainment news

Des O'Driscoll shares the latest from the entertainment world

MUSIC NEWS:

Dogrel, the debut album from Fontaines D.C., arrived last week on a wave of anticipatiton, and the hype around the Dublin band seems to have been justified, with the record hitting top 10 chart slots in both Ireland and the UK. The Cranberries’ final album is released next Friday. Much of the material for the record came in 2017, during downtime on the band’s final tour before Dolores O’Riordan’s death last year.

Finally, Bob Dylan isn’t renowned for his chirpy demeanour during concerts, but many would sympathise with the 77-year-old when he turned on a snap-happy crowd in Austria last week. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Dylan stopped in mid-rendition of ‘Blowin in the Wind’ to complain about the amount of phone-cameras being held aloft.

“We can either play or we can pose,” he warned.

GIG WISE:

Joe Jackson may be celebrating 40 years in music, but most going along to see him in Cork and Dublin next week will probably want to hear his older material. The evidence of recent sets suggests that, while he will be playing tunes from recent albums, the show will also be peppered with classic tracks such as ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him’ and ‘Steppin Out’. The Dublin gig is sold out, but there are still some tickets left for Cork Opera House next Tuesday.

Mick Flannery has already sold out two of his three May gigs at Live at St Luke’s in Cork in May, with Sunday 19 still available.

Interesting announcements this week included American urban singer Meshell Ndegeocello, for the NCH in Dublin on May 29; and Macy Gray for the arts festival in Galway on July 21.

Easter Sunday has been a big day on the Cork dance calendar for decades, and Fish Go Deep keep up the proud tradition at Cyprus Avenue this weekend by joining forces with the Sunday Times crew.

FILM TIPS:

There are still a few decent options in cinemas for the weekend, even if the crop of new releases isn’t too exciting.

If the critics are correct, Neil Jordan’s latest film, Greta, seems to be one to avoid. Reaction to the psychological horror has been almost universally downbeat.

The Sisters Brothers and Us are probably better options.

From Sunday, Triskel in Cork has Italian rural drama Happy As Lazzaro, a film that won best screenplay at Cannes last year; and 1985 kids’ hit The Goonies.

ON THE TELLY:

Episode one of the final series of Game of Thrones felt very much like a scene-setting taster, so expect a bit more action from Monday’s second instalment.

Fans of Oscar Wilde are in for a treat on BBC Two Saturday night when The Importance of Being Oscar combines documentary and drama to tell the story of the Irish writer’s rise and fall.

Rebel Wilson leads the guestlist on the Graham Norton Show tomorrow night, while Jodie Comer will also be on to talk about the return of Killing Eve.

THEATRE NIGHTS:

A new play at Nano Nagle Place in Cork will tell the life story of the 18th century education pioneer the centre is named after.

Path Through the Dark will have both matinee and evening showings from Tuesday to Saturday next week.

There’s one more performance of Light A Penny Candle at the Everyman in Cork tonight, and then the adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s debut novel is off to the Gaiety in Dublin from Tuesday.

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