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MUSIC NEWS: After bringing a feast of contemporary music to Cork last year, plans are afoot for a second Sounds From A Safe harbour to take place in 2017.
Details have yet to be released, but ex-Cork Opera House chief Mary Hickson will again helm next autumn’s event. Meanwhile, her fellow Corkonian, Mick Flannery, has just released a new single, ‘I Own You’, with an album bearing the same name to follow next month. The Blarney singer-songwriter is also on tour with upcoming appearances including Cork Opera House on October 2 as part of the city’s folk festival.
Alex Petcu is another Corkman on the release trail, with the 29-year-old percussionist putting out a record via Lyric FM. It features interpretations of work by the likes of Bach, Steve Reich and his Cork contemporary, Sam Perkin. And speaking of Cork percussionists, Mel Mercier has produced tomorrow’s Documentary On One (RTE Radio 1, 1.03pm) about his father, bodhrán and bones player Peadar Mercier.
Finally, UK clubland has acted with dismay at Islington Council’s decision to permanently close Fabric, one of London’s leading nightspots. The council took the decision after two drug- related deaths in the venue during the summer. Irvine Welsh told The Guardian that Fabric’s closure was the “beginning of the end of our cities as cultural centres”.
GIG WISE: It’s 100 years since the birth of the great Ewan MacColl, and the National Concert Hall has announced a night of his songs on October 11, with the late singer’s wife Peggy Seeger and the couple’s sons, Calum and Neill MacColl, featuring on a lineup that also includes English folkie Martin Carthy and our own Declan O’Rourke.
You’d imagine there’ll be a slightly different crowd at Winter Party ‘16, the dance event announced this week for the Halloween weekend (October 30) at 3Arena, featuring the likes of Sven Vath and Hot Since 82. In Cork, local songster Brian Deady has been announced as the secret gig for next week’s Culture Night. Free tickets are available on uticket.ie but the venue won’t be revealed until next Friday.
And yes, tickets go on sale today for Electric Picnic 2017.
FILM TIPS: Fans of Harry Potter will be pleased to hear that Warner Bros are re-releasing all seven films in the series, with The Philosopher’s Stone (2001) in Omniplexes and other venues from today.
The IndieCork (October 9-16) film festival is on the way, and while the Kino on Washington won’t be showing films, the former arthouse cinema will provide a sort of festival club described as a ‘networking space’. Cillian Murphy and co star in Anthropoid in cinemas from today, while Bobby Sands: 66 Days and Tale of Tales both return to the Triskel in Cork from Sunday.
THEATRE NIGHTS: Among the interesting productions at the upcoming Dublin Theatre Festival (September 29 – Oct 6) are Don Giovanni, with Mozart’s opera getting a new translation from Roddy Doyle pictured, (‘Take your hand off me daughter, or I’ll bleedin throttle ya’?). It will also tour to Cork Opera House (October 5&7). It’s been quite a year for plays with women’s stories, and the Beckett Theatre in Trinity will host the latest, The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII (Sept 14-16).
ALL AND SUNDRY: Cork International Short Story Festival continues until Sunday, with Neil Jordan reading at Firkin Crane tomorrow night. British author Polly Samson is also in town, so don’t be surprised if you spot her husband, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.
Amazon has an entry on its site that seems to indicate George RR Martin’s next instalment in his Games of Thrones series, The Winds of Winter, is set for a March 9 release. Jools Holland returns with his Later Live show on BBC Two next Tuesday, with Kings of Leon and Jack White.
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