MUSIC NEWS: Girl Band have cancelled their remaining gigs this year, with appearances in Cork and Dublin among those pulled by the group.
Easily one of the most interesting guitar-based outfits to emerge from the Irish scene in recent years, in ways it’s a shame that the head of steam they’ve built up since the release of their debut album may dissipate somewhat; on the other hand, a resolution of the unspecified ‘health issues’ that caused the cancellation is far more important than any stab at stardom.
Another of the emerging Irish groups, Walking On Cars, have announced their debut album will be released on Virgin on Jan 29, with the Dingle outfit also playing a number of dates around the country through December.
Meanwhile, Rihanna has flirted with films before, but moves up a level by joining the likes of Cara Delevingne and Clive Owen in the cast of Luc Besson’s new sci-fi adventure, Valerian. We won’t see it until at least 2017.
Richard Hawley is in Vicar Street in Dublin tonight and has also announced a return to these fair shores for a gig at Cork Opera House on February 25. The Sheffield-born former member of Pulp is touring on the back of his recently-released Hollow Meadows album.
Also in Cork, people of a certain age may remember The Hanover as Spiders, but the venue is building its own identity with the visit of some interesting guests over the next few weeks. Hip-hop legend DJ Yella of NWA (“Even if Yella makes it a cappella” - Express Yourself) is there on Friday, Nov 13, while UK house crew Crazy P visit on Dec 4.
Triskel had one of the better lineups of the jazz festival, and the cutting edge continues with a weekend of boundary-pushing music from the hugely-respected German label ECM (Nov 27-29).
June Tabor and her Quercus project are probably the best known of the artists, while Arve Henriksen is among the most respected of the contemporary crop of Nordic jazz musicians. It won’t all be the most accessible of music, but some may be among the most interesting you’ll hear all year.
Also in Triskel, Slow Moving Clouds will launch their debut album, Os, next Thursday. As you’d probably expect from a Dublin-based band with a Cork cello player (Kevin Murphy), there’s a distinctly Finnish folk flavour to the album.
Metropolis is the biggie in Dublin next weekend, with an incredible dance-orientated lineup featuring the likes of The Roots, Giorgio Moroder, Hot Chip, Jamie XX and Mark Ronson.
FILM FEST MUSIC:
While Cork Film Festival kicks off its feast of cinema next Friday, one of the less well-known strands of the event is an impressive music lineup. One of the most interesting could be avant garde British act Gazelle Twin teaming up with animation artist Carla MacKinnon next Saturday for a performance at the Theatre Development Space in Triskel.
The same venue will host a number of other live and DJ events through the festival, including a session of live improvised scores for a series of rarely-seen Cork films from the 1910-1940 era.
ALL AND SUNDRY:
Kevin Barry will be reading from his new novel on Thursday at Waterstones in Cork. Admission is free, but tickets are required and are available from the shop.
Also, Paris-based UCC graduate Kathleen Curtin will launch her debut thriller, Madame Lune, at Cork City Library next Thursday.
Firkin Crane in Cork tonight hosts Soliloquy, a collaboration of cellist Eimear Reidy playing music from Bach, while Inma Pavon improvises a dance piece.
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