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You may have heard how David Bowie is working on a new stage show with Irish dramatist Enda Walsh, and Belgian director Ivo van Hove. Well, the latter figure has told the BBC that the new songs Bowie has written for the play “sound like classics”.

It really is getting hot out there for American rapper Nelly, who admitted “he needs to be more aware of all the people I associate with” after police stopped his tour bus and found methamphetamine and handguns.

Mumford & Sons are the latest musicians to speak out against the Tidal music streaming service set up by Jay Z and others. Banjo player Winston Marshall described those behind the service as “new-school f**king plutocrats” in an interview with the Daily Beast, while Marcus Mumford said his band wouldn’t join it, even if asked.

It’s nice to see that Record Store Day seems to be going from strength to strength, with all sorts of events and releases planned for tomorrow among the 18 Irish shops taking part.


Indiependence in Mitchelstown (July 31-Aug 2) looks like having its best line-up and biggest crowd yet with the addition of Basement Jaxx and Kodaline.

Killarney Folkfest (July 24-26) has also announced its daily line-up, with Moving Hearts and The Unthanks top of the bill on the Friday; followed by Tinariwen on Saturday; and Liam O’Flynn and friends on Sunday.

Randy Newman has added a second date to his Vicar Street visit, and will now play October 27 and 28 at the Dublin venue.

Corkman Paul Tiernan has just released a new album, and upcoming dates in his home county include next Thursday, April 23, at De Barras in Clonakilty; April 24 at Sirius in Cobh; and April 26 at Grove House in Schull.

Also in Cork, the French composer known as Colleen (Cécile Schott) will perform with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh of The Gloaming on May 3 at the city’s Opera House.

Love, Like at the Hanover in Cork tomorrow may be masquerading as a benefit for Yes Equality Cork, but the roster of city’s top DJs playing the event would suggest it’s shaping up to be a great party.


Tommy Tiernan will bring his Out Of The Whirlwind tour to various islands in July, including Cape Clear (July 8) and Sherkin (July 9).

June Rodgers will also be touring, visiting venues such as UCH Limerick (June 5) and Cork Opera House (June 6).

Lords of Strut are at City Limits in Cork this weekend.


The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Cork musicians Elizabeth Cooney and Conor Palliser for a programme that includes Sibelius and Tchaikovsky at Cork City Hall next Thursday; and WIT Sports Hall, Waterford, on Saturday.

Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital is currently touring Ireland with dates including Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, next Wednesday, and Waterford City Hall on Thursday.


The Japanese Film Festival is in Cork this weekend, with various screenings at Triskel and the Gate.

Cork Cine Club at St Johns concludes its current season on Thursday with The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho), about a visually- impaired gay teenager trying to make his own way in the world.

Roddy Doyle and his producer Lynda Myles will be at the IFI in Dublin on Tuesday to talk about the Barrytown trilogy.


Jools Holland has Noel Gallagher, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons and George Clinton on what should be an amazing show on BBC Two on Tuesday.

St Anne’s Church at Shandon, Cork, will host the Sonic Vigil on May 2, a smorgasboard of sonic experimentation. Special guest at 6pm will be German composer Christina Kubisch.


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