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

Des O’Driscoll shares all your entertainment news in one handy place
Scene + Heard: What's going on around the country

MUSIC NEWS: As musicians queue up to give their tuppence worth on the US elections, one of the more bizarre outcomes of Donald Trump’s victory is that we get to hear a previously unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album. Much derided businessman Martin Shkreli bought the sole copy of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin for $2m (€1.83m) last year, and played tracks through Periscope on Tuesday night as Trump’s win unfolded. Shkreli, who was widely lambasted when his company enforced a major price hike in Aids drug Daraprim, promised he would also put out other unreleased music in his collection, including Nirvana and The Beatles. Neil Young is going about his releases in a more conventional way, with 10 new songs due on the Peace Trail album in early December. Irish musician Paul Bushnell plays bass on the album, adding to an impressive CV of session jobs that includes everyone from Michael Bublé to The Weeknd. Finally, Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, left her teen years behind when she hit 20 earlier this week, and a birthday Facebook post revealed that she has a new album written. However, she didn’t say when we’ll hear it.

GIG WISE: Glen Hansard has already been involved in several tributes to his late friend, Fergus O’Farrell, and recently announced a concert at Cork Opera House on February 2 with the Cork singer-songwriter’s band, Interference.

Irish outfit We Cut Corners are hitting the road with their new album, The Cadences of Others, with dates including Cyprus Avenue, Cork, tonight; and Button Factory, Dublin, next Saturday. While Elton John at the Marquee (June 20) went on sale last week, tickets for the other announced acts for The Coronas (June 30) and Nathan Carter (July 8) went on sale today, with Cliff Richard (June 15) following on Monday. Dublin has two major jazz gigs in the offing: Charles Lloyd at Vicar Street next Wednesday, and Wayne Shorter at the National Concert Hall on November 22. Triskel in Cork also resumes its relationship with the legendary ECM label over the weekend of November 25-27, with innovative American guitarist Ralph Towner among the headliners.

FILM TIPS: The countdown is on for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter offshoot that’s provided JK Rowling with her first screenwriting outing.

Officially opening next Friday, it has Eddie Redmayne as one of a group of wizards in New York in the 1920s. Fans of the original books might be puzzled to hear the term ‘no-majs’ in reference to people without magic powers. Apparently, it’s an American term for ‘muggles’. There are four more films on the way in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise, and it seems that the great Dumbledore will feature in part two. In the meantime, a quiet weekend for openings does bring us the Ewan McGregor-directed American Pastoral. Also, The Hollywood Reporter says 1981 classic An American Werewolf in London is getting a remake, with Max Landis — son of original director John Landis — teaming up with Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead for the project.

THEATRE NIGHTS: Cork Ballet Company’s production of Giselle begins its three-night run at Cork Opera House tonight, while Ballet Ireland bring The Nutcracker to the Everyman on November 26.

Liam Heylin’s next play will be Cockeyed Caravan, set in a caravan on the Cork coast in 1979, and will get a rehearsed reading at 2.30pm at Triskel Arts Centre tomorrow by Theatre Makers. Admission is free.

ALL AND SUNDRY: Jeff Buckley’s 50th birthday occurs next week, and the Documentary On One on RTÉ radio tomorrow looks at the late singer-songwriter’s extensive Irish links. Armagh comedian Micky Bartlett brings his stand-up show to City Limits in Cork tomorrow.

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