Scene + Heard: 12 December


Scene + Heard: 12 December

Sinéad O’Connor and Sinn Féin would be a very newsworthy team, and the Facebook announcement by the singer that she had joined the party has probably met a mixed response from the hierarchy.

Meanwhile, it seems that Slayer really don’t live up to their name or their hard-rock image. Apparently, the band’s guitarist bought a freezing kitten from a homeless man for a dollar and proceeded to cuddle up with it on the tour bus before finding a home for it the next day. Ah bless.

Finally, Andrew Loog Oldham’s stint as manager of the Rolling Stones way way back in the 1960s perhaps gives him some qualifications to talk about music, and his recent interview with US website is well worth checking out. Two of the choice quotes refer to Jools Holland (“They really should inject his hands with cocaine so that he cannot play piano any more”) and David Bowie (“Old people make old music”) .


One of the biggies announced this week was Taylor Swift’s appearance at the 3Arena in Dublin on June 29. Tickets go on sale on Monday for a gig that should sell out in minutes, but we do notice that the American singer may have dates free over the subsequent days. Fans will be hoping that this means an announcement of further Dublin gig(s).

Fleetwood Mac are one of the bands who did add more appearances in Ireland following their quick sell-out, with July 11 being the third ‘and final’ concert.

Nicky Minaj is also on her way to Dublin on March 31, while Pakistan-born British singer Rumer is at the Academy on February 18. In Limerick, Dolans’ seasonal fun includes the ‘Rubberbandits – Christmas Fistfight’ on December 27, the same night Riptide Movement play the venue.

The West Cork Ukulele Orchestra’s Christmas Extravaganza is at Cork Opera House on Monday, and the venue also has Mick Flannery on New Year’s Eve. Also in Cork, the Shine family group, Greenshine, headline a gig in aid of the Simon Community at the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, on Sunday, December 21.


House legend Kerri Chandler makes his annual visit to Cork for an appearance at the Savoy next Friday. In Dublin, the venue now known as the Opium Rooms (formerly The Village), has Detroit hero Kenny Larkin tonight, and Phil Hartnoll will be digging into his own work with Orbital for much of his set on Dec 28.


The big film in town this weekend is The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final instalment in the trilogy Peter Jackson managed to make from JRR Tolkien’s book. Three films seemed like an indulgence for a tale that takes up the length of an average paperback, but visually at least, it has been rather impressive.

At Triskel in Cork, Blade Runner: The Final Cut will have Ridley Scott fans clamouring to catch the extended version of his dystopian masterpiece from 1982.

Triskel also has a season of Christmas films from next Friday, with The Muppet Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life and the improvised Happy Christmas (with Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham, etc).


Cór Cois Abhann presents a Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten and other seasonal favourites at the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Cork on Wednesday at 8pm.

Kevin McGahern from Republic of Telly has announced a performance at Vicar Street for April 10.

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