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

MUSIC NEWS: It takes a lot to get Pink Floyd back together for anything, and while there are no signs of any music collaborations, the three surviving members have at least joined forces to release a statement on behalf of cause they’ve long been supporters of. 

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

David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters have come out in support of the Women’s Boat To Gaza, a boat crewed by women that had tried to sail from Barcelona to Gaza. It was intercepted by Israeli navy which imposes a blockade on the territory. Pink Floyd’s Facebook page carried the message that the trio “stand united in support of the Women of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla”.

The xx are another group who’ve taken to the social media site to announce what they’re up to, with a third album being recorded. The London trio have also announced some live dates for Europe and South America, so hopefully this fair isle will also end up on their itinerary.

GIG WISE: By the time you read this, there’s a good chance that the ticket for Drake’s gig at the 3Arena, Dublin, on February 19, will be sold out.

Fans of the Canadian star may have noticed there’s a three-day gap between his Irish appearance and the next gig (Birmingham, February 22), so perhaps there’s still hope for a second concert in Ireland.

In Cork, the Bow St Sessions comes to Crane Lane on Thursday, Oct 27, with Wyvern Lingo topping the bill.

Meanwhile, Karrie O’Sullivan is often tagged with the title ‘Mick Flannery’s aunt’, but she’s long been producing her own music, and will launch her new album at Triskel tonight.

Ralph ‘Streets of London’ McTell is at Ballymaloe Grainstore on October 25, while Paul Brady plays the same venue five days later.

Squares is the group formed by Leeside house masters Fish Go Deep and West Cork-based Depeche Mode collaborator Andrew Phillpott, and they’ll be debuting their live show at Triskel TDC tomorrow.

CLASSICAL NIGHTS: The East Cork Early Music Festival is already underway, with concerts in the city and beyond over the next few days including mezzosoprano Rachel Kelly with the Cork Baroque Orchestra tonight at the School of Music. French pianist

Nathalia Milstein is also touring at the moment with a programme that includes Bach and Ravel, and among the Munster venues are City Hall, Waterford, tonight; Triskel, Cork, tomorrow; and Intermediate School, Killorglin, Co Kerry, next Friday.

FILM TIPS: The IndieCork film festival continues until Sunday, with the widely-praised documentary Mattress Men among the offerings.

There isn’t a whole lot to excite at the more mainstream end of the scale this weekend, but animated feature Storks may provide some diversion for the smallies.

Next Thursday, Cork Cine Club at St Johns College will show Italian documentary Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare), the Berlin prize-winner about Lampedusa, the island that has become the first port of call for many refugees crossing the Mediterranean.

ALL AND SUNDRY: A group of Cork-based artists have a callout for pieces to be donated to the Art For Syria raffle. Pieces will be exhibited through early November, with a raffle taking place on the 19th. Further details from tomartyc@gmail.com.

Graham Norton’s guests tonight include fellow Irishmen Chris O’Dowd and Niall Horan, while Amy Adams will be flying the flag for America.

In other TV news, those who haven’t seen Mr Robot yet may be interested to hear that the rather decent hacker conspiracy series is being shown on TG4 from tomorrow.

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