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

MUSIC NEWS: You’ll be hearing a lot about the Rolling Stones in the coming weeks as the rock veterans release their first studio album since 2005. 
Scene + Heard: What's going on around the country

By all accounts, the band are going back to their blues roots for Blue & Lonesome, a record that’s comprised of cover versions of the likes of Howlin Wolf and Willie Dixon.

Eric Clapton features on two of the tracks, while Don Was was the main producer alongside Jagger and Richards. The album is officially released next Friday.

Meanwhile, Prince left enough unreleased music in his vaults to ensure a posthumous career that could result in years of previously unheard tracks. The first of these, ‘Moonbeam Levels’, is out now alongside some of his classic hits on a compilation entitled Prince 4ever.

The Saw Doctors had sold out three gigs at the Olympia this week, but have had to reschedule them due to the need for singer Davy Carton to undergo some “minor” throat surgery. The concerts have been rescheduled for March, and punters have the choice of attending then, or getting a refund.

Finally, another week, another music-maker lost. Sharon Jones succumbed to pancreatic cancer recently at the age of 60. People in this part of the world may remember her with her band the Dap Kings Jones a storming gig at Cork Opera House in 2014 as part of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

GIG WISE: Bruno Mars announced a second gig for 3Arena in Dublin (April 29 and 30), and unusually for such indoor shows, the bill features a really decent support act in Anderson Paak.

Triskel in Cork hosts its second weekend of music dedicated to the jazz crossover label, ECM, over the weekend. Also in Cork, British folkie Will Varley will be in Cyprus Avenue tomorrow, while Wyvern Lingo play the same venue on Sunday.

Geoff Tate is best known as singer with Queensryche — the ‘thinking man’s heavy metal band’ — and plays at Crane Lane as a benefit for Music Generation Cork City.

Picture This and their song ‘Take My Hand’ were one of the phenomena of the Irish music scene in 2016, and the Kildare duo have included the Marquee in Cork (June 9) among their gigs announced for next year.

Live at St Luke’s has also unveiled an impressive roster of December gigs, with Badly Drawn Boy (22nd, pictured above) among the sell-outs. Next Friday, it’s David Kitt, supported by Michele Stodart of the Magic Numbers; while Thursday, Dec 8, features the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

FILM TIPS: A United Kingdom seemed to get a thumbs up from most people who saw it at the Cork Film Festival recently, and the true tale of inter-racial love in Africa goes on general release today.

Over at Triskel in Cork, the Little Joe Film Season features movies starring Joe Dallesandro, the sex symbol star of underground cinema in the US in the 1960s and early ’70s. Even if you haven’t seen his films you’ve probably come into contact with his presence in popular culture — it’s his torso on the cover of The Smiths’ first album; and he also pops up in Lou Reed’s song, ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’ (“Little Joe never once gave it away”).

Next Thursday at St John’s College, Cork Cine Club has The Measure of a Man (La Loi Du Marche), which won Vincent Lindon the best actor award at Cannes last year for his portrayal of middle-aged man battling with his new life of unemployment.

ALL AND SUNDRY: Anybody in West Cork who fancies testing their general knowledge skills may be interested in the table quiz in DeBarra’s on Tuesday in aid of Brú Columbanus, the hospitality facility in Cork for families of seriously ill people.

At the Glucksman in UCC, a new exhibition, Gut Instinct, has lots of food-related art to link with the college’s ground-breaking research into links between the alimentary canal and our state of mind.

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