Glen Hansard was in Schull last weekend where he was part of a fitting farewell for his friend and collaborator Fergus O’Farrell, but it will undoubtedly be a happier few days ahead for the Frames singer as he spends time in the US for the Grammy awards. Hansard is up against the likes of Bela Fleck and Norman Blake in the best folk album category at Monday’s ceremony in Los Angeles.
Even if he doesn’t win, the Dubliner will be treated to a live performance from the all-conquering Justin Bieber with his producers Skrillex and Diplo. Other live acts on the night will include Adele and Kentrick Lamar. Meanwhile, the legendary parties hosted by DJ Kool Herc get a nod on the opening episode of Vinyl on Sky Atlantic on Monday, and it has also been announced that the section of Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York, where those seminal events took place is to be renamed Hip-Hop Boulevard. Music history on this side of the Atlantic has also been recognised this week with the opening of a museum at Jimi Hendrix’s former London home in Mayfair.
Incidentally, the Guardian reports that the property is next door to a house formerly occupied by composer George Frideric Handel. Apparently, the exhibition includes a copy of Bod Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited album, complete with Hendrix’s own bloodstains. Cue the sci-fi Hendrix cloning project?
Tickets for Bruce Springsteen at Croke Park in May were the big sellers this week, and there will be more foreign games at GAA HQ in July when Beyoncé takes to the stage. Her recent Super Bowl appearance has caused a stir in the US, with one side praising her politically-charged performance for raising the issue of black people being killed by police, and others describing it as “slap in the face to law enforcement.”
Forbidden Fruit has also released its lineup, with Tame Impala, Flume and Jungle among the acts headlining to Kilmainham over the weekend of June 3-5. Further down the bill are the excellent Berlin outfit Ame, who will be performing a live set. In Cork, Foals have been added to Live at the Marquee on July 5; and Christy Moore added a second gig at the Opera House for February 27 after the previous night sold out rather quickly.
Over at Triskel on Feburary 25, the next instalment of the Phil Ware Concert Series features saxophonist Stan Sulzmann in Cormac O’Brien’s quartet. There will be more jazz at the venue on April 8 when the highly respected Sons of Kemet do their crossover thing, with the genre-busting British band also playing the Sugar Club in Dublin on April 6.
Zoolander 2 and Marvel adaptation Deadpool will probably be the box office biggies this weekend, while Pride and Prejudice and Zombies does exactly what it says on the tin. In Dublin, Martin McCann and Olwen Fouéré are at the IFI this evening for a screening of The Survivalist, the rather dark Irish film they star in.
At Triskel in Cork next Thursday, there’s as screening of Bernard Rose’s new adaptation of Frankenstein. Rose was the man responsible for one of the alltime great music videos, for ‘Relax’, by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Next weekend, Triskel will be showing film Labyrinth, complete with David Bowie in the role of the Goblin King.
Druid in Galway can lay fair claim to being the best theatre company in Ireland, and the company has further secured its future by purchasing the three-story building that currently houses its offices. Plans are being submitted to turn the premises into a 240-seat theatre, with other artist development and administrative spaces. Apres Match, above, bring their live show to the Everyman in Cork on Sunday. Mallow Library is currently hosting an exhibition by members of Blackwater Photographic Society.