Scene + Heard: What's going on around the country

COMEDY CAPERS: Cork Comedy Festival is under way, with numerous venues across the city hosting the likes of Kevin McAleer, Jason Byrne, and Dermot & Dave over the next few days. 

Meanwhile, the Rubberbandits have announced a show for Vicar Street in Dublin on October 28, with sound effects specialist Michael Winslow in support.


Next week is a biggie for album releases with both the Pixies and Bon Iver putting out new music.

Black Francis and co recorded Head Carrier in London in the spring, with Paz Lenchantin — who played bass for the band’s recent Irish tour — now listed as a full member of the group, following Kim Deal’s departure in 2013.

Meanwhile, 22, A Million isn’t quite a second album for Justin Vernon’s bOctober 25-26 and, but it does come with a weight of expectation following their self-titled all- conquering epic from 2011. Leonard Cohen has also confirmed his You Want It Darker record will be out on October 21.

Incidentally, Nick Cave (above) signalled his ongoing pulling power by entering the Irish charts at No 1 last week with Skeleton Tree.

Locally, FreezerRoom have been one of the more interesting acts of recent years and the former Shanks duo release a new single, I’m Not Waiting, today, with ex-Fred vocalist Joe O’Leary. An album is due soon.

Finally, house music lost a legend earlier this week with the death of Earl ‘Spanky’ Smith of Phuture. The group’s ‘Acid Tracks’ from 1987 was one of the most influential dance tunes ever, while ‘Inside Out’ rocked many Munster dancefloors in the early 1990s. RIP.


Cork Folk Festival takes place next weekend, with a raft of decent gigs at St Luke’s among the additions to this year’s expanded event.

Donal Lunny brings his new Atlantic Arc Orchestra project to the city, while other headliners include Roy Harper, The Unthanks, and Mick Flannery.

Meanwhile, after quickly selling out their October 27 gig at Cyprus Avenue in Cork, the Mullingar siblings Hudson Taylor have added another the following night.

Other interesting visitors on their way to the venue include Taylor ‘Son of Bobby’ McFerrin (Oct 9) and Michael Kiwanuka (Oct 13).

Also in Cork, the Great Irish Beer Festival is under way in the City Hall, with related concerts being headlined by King Kong Company tonight, and the Frank & Walters tomorrow.


The Magnificent Seven has been getting some lukewarm reviews, but could still provide 133 minutes of diversion this weekend.


The Siege At Jadotville is also showing in several cinemas in advance of its Netflix launch, and fans of Jamie Dornan will also be watching series three of The Fall on RTÉ One on Sunday.


Druid’s production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane runs at the Everyman in Cork from next Tuesday to Saturday.

The Everyman (Nov 7-11) also features another Martin McDonagh (pictured) play as Decadent again tour their production of The Pillowman, with Munster dates including Siamsa Tire, Tralee, Oct 6-7; Lime Tree, Limerick, Nov 4-5; and Everyman, Cork, Nov 7-11. Next Thursday and Friday, the Firkin Crane is the venue for Stephen Wyley’s one-man play, Method in the Madness.


Lisa Hannigan is among the guests on Later With Jools on BBC Two next Tuesday, part of a lineup that also includes Barry Gibb, Slaves and Norah Jones.


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