The county of Cork will provide an intersection for the worlds of music and literature during the summer at several events. Among them is the West Cork Literary Festival (July 12-19), which will include the visit of Tracey Thorn from Everything But The Girl. Lismore Castle has also unveiled the line-up for its children’s book event, Towers and Tales (Saturday, May 4), with Mortal Engines creator Philip Reeve topping the bill.
All Together Now in Co Waterford on the August weekend is already sold out, so the new additions to the line-up will only up the FOMO factor for those who aren’t going.
Recent visitor John Grant will return for the event at Curraghmore, while house music legend Moodymann will add some top-class grooves. Bombay Bicycle Club may be excited to hear of the Greenway nearby, and the London indie-rockers have also announced a gig for Cork Opera House on August 3.
Also in Cork, St Lukes will tempt The Blades beyond their Dublin comfort zone on June 14. Paul Cleary and co should know the area well, having played the nearby Country Club on several occasions back in the 1980s. Saint Sister will also play the converted church on June 15 as part of the roster for Cork Midsummer Festival. Further west, the Open Ear festival may tempt people to the beautiful environs of Sherkin Island (May 30 to June 2) for the likes of Radie Peat and Garies; while the Ballydehob Jazz Festival (May 3-5) has been formally launched, with the Paul Dunlea Little Big Band and others playing in the town.
Brian Deady has been a busy boy recently, going back to the gospel sound he loves on catchy new track ‘Li’l Bit of Sin’, and also releasing a new EP recorded in one weekend. He plays the Sugar Club in Dublin on April 18, and Dolans of Limerick the following night.
Cinema can provide fertile ground for nostalgia, and a new project in Cork hopes to gather tales from the film-going public. Movie Memories takes place as part of the Lifelong Learning Festival, on Tuesday in the Nano Nagle centre, which will show a documentary about the project as well as launching a ‘memory booth’ for people to add to the archive.
Childhood memories of classic westerns? Still traumatised by Jaws? Confessions from the jumbo seats? Now’s your chance to tell all. For those interested in making new memories, The Sisters Brothers is one of the better options in a slow week for releases.
A decent cast includes John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix in a western set in 1850s Oregon. At Triskel in Cork, the roster includes Foxtrot, an Israeli film that stirred controversy by suggesting that the nation’s army might not always be a paragon of virtue. Culture minister Miri Regev said it was “outrageous that Israeli artists contribute to the incitement of the young generation against the most moral army in the world”.
The Graham Norton Show returns to BBC One tonight, with a guest-list that includes Sally Field. Another Irish man featuring on the Beeb over the weekend is Sean Scully, billed as “one of Britain’s richest artists”. The Unstoppable documentary follows the 73-year-old over the course of a year, with the Dublin-born painter offering frank opinions on his own rise, and the art world in general. Fleabag finishes on Monday, but lovers of Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be heartened to hear the second season of her Killing Eve show debuts on RTÉ2 on Wednesday.