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MUSIC NEWS: The 20th anniversary of Rory Gallagher’s death takes place next month, so it’s nice to see a new generation of musicians paying homage to the Cork icon. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Ed Sheeran included Gallagher’s ‘A Million Miles Away’ as part of his list in a feature entitled ‘The Music That Made Me’.
“This was the first song I learned on guitar,” Sheeran told the magazine. Cork Rocks For Rory, the first of several events in Cork to mark Gallagher’s passing, takes place over next weekend in Cyprus Avenue with Sinnerboy and a number of other tribute acts.
Meanwhile, Wilko Johnson isn’t the only rocker to come out the other side of a cancer scare recently. NME reports that Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, 56, has been given the all-clear following treatment for a cancerous tumour on his tongue. David Crosby was scratched off Neil Young’s Christmas card list last September when he criticised Young’s girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah, as a “purely poisonous predator”. Crosby recently retracted those comments on the Howard Stern Show in the US, claiming:
“I was completely out of line. I’m screwed up way worse than that girl”, and issued several apologies. You’d have to suspect even that won’t be enough to hasten a reunion of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. At the other end of the age scale, 18-year-old Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, has parted ways with her longterm manager Scott Maclachlan. It remains to be seen how the 18-year-old will do without the guidance of the person who helped put her on the path to global fame. She’s currently working on that difficult second album, the follow up to her debut, Pure Heroine.
GIG WISE: Longitude (July 17-19) at Marlay Park in Dublin has added some extra acts to its proceedings, including Detroit techno legend Carl Craig, and Irish electronic act Le Galaxie. Is Passenger still on his way to being the next Ed Sheeran?
Irish fans can see for themselves when he warms up for his summer festival tour with a performance at Vicar St on June 21. In Cork, Harry and Alfie of Hudson-Taylor are at the Savoy tonight, while the appearance at the same venue of Mastodon on June 27 promises to be an entirely different affair. At the time of writing there were just a handfull of tickets left for Villagers at Cork Opera House tomorrow.
FILM TIPS: People who’ve barely recovered from being terrified by the orginal 1982 version of Poltergeist might want to avoid the new version of the film which opens in cinemas today. Another biggie this weekend is Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, with George Clooney and Britt Robertson. Triskel in Cork has Far From the Madding Crowd and Argentinian film Wild Tales.
The IFI in Dublin has put out a call for its documentary festival in September, with feature length (over 60-minutes) and short (under 20-minutes) offerings welcome before June 24.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Organisers of the Imagine festival in Waterford got a shock earlier in the week when they learned they’d be getting no allocation from the Arts Council for this year’s event. Last year, they received €11,000.
Fans of Muse, Sleater Kinney and Giorgio Moroder are in for a treat on Live With Jools Holland on BBC Two on Tuesday night when all three are among the guests on the show. Cara O’Sullivan and John Finucane are on the bill for the Hibernian Orchestra’s night of music at the National Concert Hall on June 10. The Crawford Gallery in Cork has the third of this year’s lunchtime concerts next Thursday at 1.10pm, with music by Tim Jansa and Beethoven.
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