Scene + Heard: What's going on around the country

MUSIC NEWS: Cork singer Brian Deady announced good news this week in that he has been signed to major label Decca. 

Scene + Heard: What's going on around the country

The legendary British label — part of the Universal group — will look to release the Skibbereen native’s popular track, ‘Clap Both My Hands’, in the UK and Europe, as well as taking on his latest album Non-Fiction, self-released in this country in late 2015.

After years of graft in which Deady did everything, from singing and producing to handling his own PR, he was understandably delighted with the deal. “It’s so good to get that sort of support with a full team behind it. But I know that the hard work is really just beginning,” he told me. Upcoming gigs include Indiependence in Mitchelstown next weekend.

Meanwhile, another Cork outfit on the release trail are aboveDat, a collaboration between Young Wonder’s Ian Ring and DJ Stevie G. Jesse Boykins III is on vocals for their new tune ‘Dance On’, which will be launched tonight at Minus on Hanover St, Cork.

GIG WISE: The countdown is on for Indiependence at Mitchelstown, with Editors, Walking on Cars and The Kooks among the acts headlining next weekend.

In Dublin over the next few days, the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm offers some really interesting music at the Sugar Club and other venues, as well as a free event, Hotter than July, at Smithfield on Sunday afternoon.

Among those playing at the festival are Aziza Brahim, born in the Sahrawi refugee camps of Algeria in the 1970s after her mother had fled there from the war in Western Sahara. Her band also features Catalan percussionist Aleix Tobias.

Looking further ahead, the National Concert Hall has announced an impressive trio of gigs, with the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Nov 22), Chris Thile (March 21) and three appearances from Laurie Anderson (May 13-15).

Another one for the diary is the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival which has already batted away criticisms of its lineup in recent years by the addition of the great Robert Glasper (Everyman, October 29), above, to the bill. Jason Marsalis, Dick Oatts and the Eleventh House are also among the early announcements.

FILM TIPS: The BFG isn’t the only monster in cinemas this week, with Star Trek Beyond also hitting the summer blockbuster market. Unlike the previous two Star Trek reboots, this one didn’t have JJ Abrams in the director’s chair — he’s been replaced by Justin Lin, whose work you may have seen on later instalments of The Fast And The Furious.

Interestingly, this version was written by Simon Pegg, the British comedy actor who also appeared in the previous two Star Trek films. The movie has been dedicated to the memory of actors Anton Yelchin and Leonard Nimoy who both died while the film was being made.

When Marnie Was There is reputedly the last film from famed Japanese animation studio Ghibli, and Triskel in Cork is offering both dubbed and subtitled versions from Sunday to Wednesday.

Triskel also has experimental and film The Fifth Gospel Of Kaspar Hauser this evening. Who wrote the script for that? Nobody. There’s no dialogue.

Bobby Sands: 66 Days is sure to cause a stir when the documentary is released in early August, and on the 5th of that month director Brendan J Byrne will attend a screening and Q&A at the IFI in Dublin.

ALL AND SUNDRY: Cork resounded to the sound of its Summer Sing earlier all week, and tomorrow from 2pm the people of Mallow will be exercising their vocal chords as the ‘Sing for your Hometown’ event takes place in various outdoor spots in the town.

On the telly over the weeekend, Julien Temple’s documentary, Keith Richards — The Origin Of The Species (BBC Two, 9pm), looks very promising tomorrow.

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