The title of Róisín Murphy’s forthcoming new album may be familiar to you. Take Her Up To Monto gets its name from the song popularised by The Dubliners, though it was written in 1958 by the wonderful George Desmond Hodnett. Murphy loves the song because her father used to sing it, but she has resisted the temptation to cover Monto on the album. We won’t get the record in full until July 8, a week before her appearance at Longitude in Dublin.
Jean-Michel Jarre has also been doing some recording of late, including a track with US surveillance whistle-blower Edward Snowden, in a collaboration fostered by the Guardian newspaper . “Edward is an absolute hero of our times,” Jarre told the paper, and the French electronica wizard also compared the former CIA worker to his mother who was involved in the Resistance movement during the Second World War. Finally, Queen fans may be interested to hear that a lyrics notebook used by Freddie Mercury in the latter years of his life will be auctioned in June.
Bonhams expect the notebook to make £50,000-£70,000 at an auction in June, not least as it contains the word to such songs as ‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’ and ‘The Show Must Go On’, poignantly written at a time when the singer knew he was dying from Aids.
It’s a long way off, but one of the more interesting concerts announced this week was the collaboration of techno legend Jeff Mills with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin on October 30. The Detroit producer has a long history of joining the dots between electronic music and traditional orchestras, and will be on hand at the BGE Theatre for his ‘Light from the Outside World’ project.
For something a bit closer, the second incarnation of the Interlude festival in Dublin includes Dimitri from Paris and the Sugarhill Gang at RHA Gallery and Ely Place (June 24 – 26). Roots music fans should check out leading Québec group Le Vent du Nord, who are on tour in Ireland next month, including appearances at Fiddle Fair Marquee, Baltimore, Co Cork on Sunday, May 8; and the Sugar Club, Dublin, May 11.
And if you like that, the Kilkenny Roots Festival next weekend features the likes of Richmond Fontaine and the recently Grammy-nominated Hayes Carll. Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney and Pierre Schryer team up for a gig at the White Horse in Ballincollig, Cork, on Saturday, May 7. Fish Go Deep launch their new EP at Cyprus Avenue tonight.
Gabriel Byrne stars alongside Jesse Eisenberg in American indie film Louder than Bombs, hits Irish cinemas today, as does the Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead. Triskel in Cork has its gender-based event, Deep Focus: Women In Film Festival on May 6-8, showing 10 short films made by women in various countries.
Cork city librarian Liam Ronayne has had a busy week overseeing the World Book Fest, and he won’t get much time for respite before beginning his guest curator stint for an exhibition of nine artists at the Lavit Gallery from Tuesday. Rachel Ballagh, Maurice Desmond and Mick O’Dea are among those he has included.
Incidentally, World Book Fest continues until tomorrow, with free events including a dual launch of new short story collections by William Wall and Mary Morrissy tomorrow. Finally, it’s Poetry Day Ireland next Thursday, with MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere and Dingle Bookshop in Dingle among scores of venues hosting events. For a complete list, see poetryday.ie.