Scene and Heard

GIG WISE:Christy Moore has announced a return to Leeside, playing at Cork Opera House with Declan Sinnott on Thurs, Nov 7.

Scene and Heard

Two of Ireland’s most distinctive and talented female acts team up for an acoustic gig in Cork this Sunday.

Maria Doyle Kennedy and Heathers will conclude their Irish tour with a performance at the Grainstore at Ballymaloe. Doyle Kennedy will be accompanied by her musician husband Kieran Kennedy.

Heathers comprises Dublin twin sisters, Ellie and Louise Macnamara, whose songs have featured in numerous TV shows in the UK and US.

Tindersticks will celebrate their 21st birthday with a gig at Vicar St on Oct 24, with new album Across Six Leap Years scheduled for release on Oct 11. The 4 of Us play Cyprus Avenue in Cork on Sat, Sept 21.

MUSIC NEWS: While Pixies fans still get their heads around the departure of bass player Kim Deal, the momentous event has barely broken the band’s stride. The indie legends this week released an EP, their first multi-song release since 1991.

Unveiled on Tuesday, EP-1 follows Bagboy, the single that was the band’s first since 2004. A series of ‘mini releases’ is expected over the next year or so. There is certainly no financial motive behind the band’s creative spurt — according to The Guardian, since reforming in 2004, they have sold about $65m (£42m) worth of tickets. At least the band members won’t have any difficulties remembering their new bassist’s name. Deal’s replacement Kim Shattuck of The Muffs will make her live debut later this month, with gigs in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. They then begin a European tour, including two sold-out gigs at the Olympia in Dublin.

From one iconic guitarist to another, Johnny Marr, whose partnership with Morrissey bore such creative fruit, has hinted at the possibility of another beguiling musical coupling. The Smiths legend, whose recent performance at Electric Picnic was warmly received, told Hot Press he would love to work with indie darling PJ Harvey. He also revealed that following his collaboration with Hans Zimmer on Inception there is another soundtrack project in the offing.

THEATRICAL TREAT: Fans of The Gruffalo may fancy an outing to see Tall Stories’ adaptation of Room on the Broom, by the authors of the gazillion-selling classic tale of a witch who picks up some unexpected passengers on her broomstick. Performances at 10.30am and 1.30pm today and 11am and 2pm tomorrow and Sunday at Cork Opera House.

FILM TIPS: Showing at Triskel Christchurch in Cork from this Sunday to next Wednesday is What Maisie Knew starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgard. Transposing the book by Henry James to modern Manhattan, it is about a young girl witnessing the implosion of her parents’ marriage and the effects on everyone around them.

VISUAL ARTS: The Gill Room Painters’ annual exhibition opens today at the Hazelhurst Gallery, Monkstown, Co Cork.

The 10 artists involved meet each Thursday morning to work on still life, landscape and figurative paintings. The group is facilitated by the watercolourist Tadhg Ó Scanaill, and includes Eamon McCarthy, Anne McCarthy, Ann Hassett, Mamie Bowen and Norcott Roberts.

The opening will be performed by Ivan Wolfe at 7pm this evening. Exhibition continues until Sun, Sept 15 (Mon – Sat, 11am – 5pm, Sun 11am – 2pm).

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