The fate of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd will be decided on June 26, after he pleaded guilty in New Zealand earlier this week to charges in relation to drugs and threatening to kill his former assistant. Reports suggest Rudd could get up to seven years in jail for the threat charge, while a period of a few months is the usual punishment for his cannabis and methamphetamine offences.
Meanwhile, Neil Young seems to be as busy as ever, with Rolling Stone reporting that the veteran musician has a new album on the way in June. Entitled The Monsanto Years, the name reveals how it targets the agrochemical giant, an outlook in keeping with Young’s environmental beliefs. Among the musicians playing on the record are Willie Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah.
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An interesting gig at Cork Opera House on Sunday features Leesiders such as Mick Flannery, Cathal Coughlan, and Camille O’Sullivan performing songs with the Paul Dunlea Big Band, an 18-piece ensemble. Also, in Cork, Liam Ó Maonlaí will be at Triskel Arts Centre on May 1 with his group Ré, featuring such well-pedigreed musicians as Maitiú Ó Casaide and Cormac Begley. The great Manu Chao has been confirmed for Kilmainham on June 27, while Sufjan Stevens has announced two appearances at the Helix in Dublin on August 28 and 29.
The National Concert Hall’s eclectic summer season includes Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Saint Etienne. On August 13, the Human League will play Bulmers Live at Leopardstown, while US star John Prine is at Glór in Ennis on August 26 and Vicar Street, Dublin, on August 28. The Bray Jazz Festival (May 1-3) usually provides some quality music for the bank holiday weekend, with this year’s headliners including Brazilian soul star Ed Motta and US trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.
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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is at the Gate Cinema and a number of other outlets this weekend, while the first of this summer’s blockbusters, Avengers: Age of Ultron, is out today. The Triskel in Cork has the final cut version of Blade Runner (right) from Sunday as well as the Ryan Gosling-directed Lost River, a film that’s had mixed reviews, despite the presence of Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, and Eva Mendes.
Cork Opera House is among the venues for tonight’s screening of the National Theatre’s production of Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco and our own Chris O’Dowd.
Over at the Everyman, there’s a production of Frank Pig Says Hello, Pat McCabe’s superb adaptation of his finest book, The Butcher Boy. Hedda Gabler continues at the Abbey in Dublin until May 15.
ALL AND SUNDRY:
Among the interesting events to mark the centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania is an exhibition at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh. Among the installations at the centre is an aural piece by Danny McCarthy inspired by two sounds that would have been heard in the Cork town after the disaster: Coffins being nailed closed and tombstones being carved with names. The piece is also being released as a limited vinyl edition of 50 copies. In Dublin, the Oliver Sears Gallery currently has an exhibition entitled ‘Spin’, featuring exquisite pieces from Co Limerick born wood turner, Liam Flynn. The Crawford Art Gallery in Cork recently announced details of its major Seán Scully exhibition, running from June 26–September 12, probably the most significant exhibition to be held on Leeside this year.