Controversial and often hilarious Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle has announced dates in Ireland for later this year, including the Olympia, Dublin, (Dec 3) and Cork Opera House (Dec 9). The tour is entitled The Last Days of Sodom and as ever will probably tread that fine line between risqué and poor taste. Liverpool funny man John Bishop is one of the biggest names in Britain at the moment and will be at the O2 in Dublin on Nov 7. Another popular foreign act on his way here is Bill Bailey who has added two more dates at the Olympia in Dublin, Jun 1 and 2. Karl Spain is at City Limits in Cork tomorrow.
Sinéad O’Connor’s ongoing bout of ill health seems particularly tragic given that her music career seemed to be on the up again. As she admits herself, it was a mistake to return to touring so soon after her recent breakdown. Hopefully, the dark periods in her bipolar disorder will abate for long enough so we will get the opportunity to see her on stage again. Meanwhile, Jack White was in rude health on Jools Holland’s show earlier this week (see the extended version tonight on BBC Two). His London gig received rave reviews for its mixture of solo and White Stripes material. He’s also allowed himself the ultimate rock star indulgence: he’s touring with two bands, one all male and one all female, alternating them for every second gig. Jennifer Hudson has been undergoing the difficult task of giving evidence at the trial of William Balfour, the man accused of murdering her mother, brother and nephew. It’s been a happier week for Neil Diamond, 71, who has married his 42-year-old manager Katie McNeil.
The Indiependence festival near Mitchelstown on the August weekend has announced more acts in what promises to be a very impressive lineup. Among the latest names to be added to the bill are 2manydjs, Maverick Sabre (right), Scroobius Pip, Feeder and LTJ Bukem. In the meantime, Ham Sandwich are at Cyprus Avenue tonight, while Therapy are at the same venue next Friday. Unfortunately, hard rockers Mastodon have cancelled their three planned dates in Ireland in December. In Galway, Mumford And Sons headline a gig entitled Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover on Jun 9 at Salthill Park. Also on the bill are The Vaccines and Willy Mason. John Cale has announced a concert at the Button Factory in Dublin on Oct 3, while the Ting Tings are at the Academy in Dublin on Jun 20. Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is the big name at the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, on the weekend of May 31 to Jun 3. Whatever about selling out a gig in his native Cork, it’s good to hear that there are no tickets left for Mick Flannery at the Olympia in Dublin tonight.
A rare screening of Claude Lanzmann’s epic Holocaust documentary Shoah will take place at the IFI in May. Shown in three parts on May 7, 12 and 13, the nine-and-a-half-hour film is almost entirely comprised of concentration camp survivors, German soldiers, etc, talking about their experiences. Lanzmann himself will take part in a Q&A session after Part One on May 7. At Triskel Christchurch in Cork, films from Sunday include Norwegian thriller Headhunters and Werner Herzog’s latest documentary on crime, Into The Abyss.
The Gate Theatre in Dublin will have a production of David Mamet’s acclaimed Glengarry Glen Ross from May 29. Over at the Abbey, Tom Murphy’s play The House, will run from Jun 13 to Jul 14. At Cork Opera House, Kilmeen Drama Group’s production of The Weir by Conor McPherson is on Tuesday and Wednesday.