Scene & Heard: The latest news from the world of entertainment

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Scene & Heard: The latest news from the world of entertainment

MUSIC NEWS: With such busy individuals involved, few people presumed The Gloaming would have much of a lifespan.

But the ‘we’re not a supergroup’ trad outfit have announced a new album for February 26, presumably an indication that all those involved continue to consider the collaboration an ongoing concern. Or perhaps they’re just hoping to fill the gap in the market left by One Direction’s sabbatical.

They certainly don’t make ’em like Elvis any more, but somebody is still finding ways of making money from the late King. If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra features original vocal tracks from Presley mixed with new orchestral music. It’s already hit the number one spot in several countries.

“This is the album I think he always would have wanted to do,” his former wife Priscilla Presley told Rolling Stone. Finally, American heavy metal band Lamb Of God played support to Megadeth at the 3Arena in Dublin earlier this week, and frontman Randy Blythe was lucky to make it to the stage after being attacked by a gang of youths in a nearby street.

After he was struck over the head and had a few personal bits stolen, he had this advice for the people of Dublin: “Please neuter & spay your feral children.”

GIG WISE: ELO’s lack of a cool factor probably means they don’t get the attention they deserve, but perhaps a new album and tour by Jeff Lynne and co will help restore them to the pedestal where they belong.

The group’s European tour begins with an appearance at the 3Arena in Dublin on April 29. Tickets are still available for The Maccabees at the Olympia on January 16, while the countdown has begun for U2’s appearances at the 3Arena from November 23-28.

DeBarra’s in Clonakilty brings a steady stream of gigs to West Cork, and VerseChorusVerse and David Lyttle play on Sunday. Lyttle is the jazz drummer and producer who recently became the first Irishman to be nominated for a Mobo, while VerseChorusVerse was christened Tony Wright, and is formerly of And So I Watch You From Afar.

Muskerry-based family band Greenshine bring their gorgeous harmonies to An Spailpín Fánach in Cork on Friday, November 27, where they’ll be accompanied by Holly Ní Ghráda.

FILM TIPS: Steve Jobs will be a big box-office draw this weekend, with people seemingly liking most of a film that is very focused in its time-span and leaves out many major events of the Apple founder’s life. Brooklyn had a big weekend last week, achieving the best opening box office figures for an Irish film since Michael Collins in 1996.

Official figures revealed a take of £1,041,278 in the UK and Ireland. Cork Film Festival continues until Sunday, with tomorrow’s highlights including Nicole Kidman in Strangerland; while Sunday includes lesbian love story Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

THEATRE NIGHTS: Theatre-goers in Cork are spoilt for choice next week, with both Corcadorca and Pat Kinevane putting on productions. The latter playwright is featured elsewhere on this page, while Corcadorca’s production of Gentrification by Enda Walsh runs until next Saturday at Cork Savings Bank.

Audience numbers are restricted to 22 people for each of the Corcadorca performances. In Dublin, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Through A Glass Darkly by the Corn Exchange company is currently running at the Peacock.

ALL AND SUNDRY: Novelist Anne Enright is at UCC next Thursday to lecture on ‘Giving Voice: Antigone and the Dishonoured Dead’. Musica is a new chamber ensemble from Cork and they’ll be playing a fundraiser for Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh at Christchurch Rushbrooke next Friday.

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