Fans of The Gloaming will be busy today around 10am when tickets go on sale for the group’s only live shows in the whole world next year. Martin Hayes and his motley crew will take to the stage at the National Concert Hall in Dublin for four gigs from March 5-8. Christmas pressie sorted?
Meanwhile, it’s one of the great mysteries of the Irish music world that a visit by Young Fathers to these shores can be accommodated in a venue as small as the Academy (capacity 750) in Dublin on March 28. As the great Scots’ blinding Electric Picnic set showed, the trio really are one of the most interesting acts around at the moment.
Pussy Riot will be doing their art performance thing at the Button Factory next Thursday, while ELO have announced a return to the 3Arena for next year on Oct 25.
In Cork, the countdown is on for the annual house music extravaganza that is the Go Deep birthday. Amp provides the venue for the December 9 event.
Bono’s ambition for his band not to become the Rolling Stones is probably the ultimate sign that the veteran rockers don’t command the respect they once had. People shouldn’t forget, however, that Mick Jagger and co produced some fine music over the years, and were among the first British groups to take black music from America and put their own stamp on it. We suspect the term ‘cultural appropriation’ hadn’t been invented yet. A new album, On Air, collects early radio recordings from 1963-65, and the 32 tracks include covers such as Bo Diddley’s ‘Cops And Robbers’, as well as raw versions of self-penned compositions like ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and ‘The Last Time’.
Another old rocker on the release trail for December is Neil Young, who is back with backing band
Promise of the Real for a new album, The Visitor, while Noel Gallagher releases his latest offering next Friday. If the example of Sam Smith is anything to go by, none of the above artists should be too worried about the critical reaction to their records. Despite a widespread underwhelmed feeling in the music press towards The Thrill Of It All, the 25-year-old has scored his first number one in the US, with reported sales of 237,000 copies in its first week of release.
Cork Film Festival continues until Sunday, with feature highlights including Cannes winner The Square tomorrow at the Everyman at 6.30pm; and closing film Downsizing (Sunday, Everyman, 7pm), starring Matt Damon and Kirsten Wiig. There’s also a programme of family-friendly shorts in the Gate on Sunday (1pm), and an interesting-looking documentary on the great Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Sunday, Triskel, 2pm).
In mainstream cinemas, Justice League will be among the biggies this weekend, with no sign that the superhero production line is going to end any time soon.
Paddington 2 should also be popular in its second week of release with universal thumbs up from smallies and biggies alike.
Cork Printmakers are hosting a sales exhibition next Friday and Saturday, which might provide some present-buying opportunities for the artistically inclined.
Also on Leeside, some of Ulli Crespo’s beautiful infrared landscape photographs are currently on display at the Time Traveller’s Bookshop, while Uilinn in Skibbereen is showing a collection of David Seeger’s ceramics.
Canadian artist Rodney Graham gets his first Irish exhibition next Friday, when IMMA shows some of his illuminated lightboxes and film works.
Raging Bull is well worth recording on RTÉ2 tomorrow (11.45pm), while Pat Shortt’s Music from D’Telly on Monday (RTÉ One, 8.30pm) includes archive clips from the likes of BB King and The Blades.