Scene + Heard

MUSIC NEWS: Reginald D Hunter’s series, Songs of the South, is essential viewing for music fans tomorrow night (BBC Two, 9pm), and this second episode is all the more attractive because it is followed by a new documentary on James Brown. 

This week, the well-known comedian is in his home state of Georgia, talking about a diverse range of music that takes in the B52s and REM, as well as Ludacris and the soul centre of Muscle Shoals. U2’s new single is ‘Songs of Innocence’, the title track of their album, and the video features a dramatisation of violence in the North in 1980s, taken from a short film by Belfast filmmaker, Aoife McArdle. Finally, a Swedish medical team has confirmed what many of us have long-suspected. Listening to hard rock can be addictive. NME reports that Roger Tullgren has been officially declared addicted to heavy metal music. He attends 300 gigs a year. The medical intervention means the 42-year-old is now entitled to disability benefits.

GIG WISE: It was all about Ed Sheeran and Croke Park this week, with the talented songster shifting tons of tickets more quickly than you could say the words ‘Garth Brooks’. Forbidden Fruit at Kilmainham also made a bid for some of your summer spending-money with an announcement of stage times for a dance-inclined event that runs from May 29-31. Fatboy Slim headlines Friday; Wu Tang Clan on Saturday; and Richie Hawtin on Sunday/ Early-bird tickets for each night cost €39.50 and €49.50, plus booking fees. Spandau Ballet are in Ireland next week, and their era-mates Duran Duran have also been announced for Killarney Music Festival (June 27-28).

Another decent-looking event in Munster is the Tramore Ska Fest (Easter weekend, April 3-5), with the Selector headlining the proceedings in the Co Waterford town. In Cork, the Savoy has two big names this weekend. House legend Roger Sanchez does his DJ thing tonight, while Hudson Taylor play a long-sold-out gig on Sunday. Ryan Adams is at Cork Opera House on Tuesday, complete with support from the highly-rated Natalie Prass and, at the time of writing, there were just a few tickets left.

FILM TIPS: It’s great to see a local film showing in an Omniplex, and anybody with an interest in fishing, Cork, or just documentaries in general should go see River Runner in Mahon Point. The film looks at the incredible story of the river Lee, its salmon population, and the upheaval to humans and the environment alike caused by the building of the two dams in the 1950s.

Also in Cork, Triskel has its annual Twisted Celluloid festival over the weekend, showing a gory feast of cult films, while the rather impressive Cork French Film Festival kicks off on Sunday. The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival announced its programme earlier in the week, with stars such as Kenneth Branagh, Julie Andrews and Kim Cattrall on the way for a fine lineup of Irish and overseas movies.

ALL AND SUNDRY: The Frank O’Connor adaptation, God Bless the Child, is at Ballymaloe Grainstore in Co Cork next Wednesday and Thursday, as well as an extended run at the Gaiety in Dublin from March 31. The annual exhibition of Cork Arts Society takes place at the Lavit Gallery from Tuesday, and will feature three paintings by founding member, Eva O’Connell, who passed away recently.

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