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

MUSIC NEWS: Didn’t make it to one of the 22 London shows? At least Kate Bush is releasing the resultant live album on November 22. 

Formats wil comprise of three CDs or four slabs of vinyl.

If you’ve a Bruce Springsteen fan in your house, you already know to get them the Boss’s newly-published autobiography for Christmas.

If there’s a Bob Dylan fan on your pressie list, perhaps The 1966 Live Recordings will tick a box. This 36-CD box set promises “every known recording” from his tours of the US and beyond that year. Most of the material has never been released before. Of course, recordings from that era capture Dylan’s transition from acoustic folk artist to the ‘Judas’ who then plugged in an electric guitar, with many of the gigs featuring songs from both sides of the equation.

GIG WISE: It’s been a big week for gig announcements for 2017, with The Gloaming revealing plans for four appearances at the National Concert Hall (March 11-14), and Krafwerk including the 2,100- capacity BGE Theatre (June 2) in Dublin in their list of venues for their European tour. Tickets for both events went on sale this morning.

The Stone Roses also announced a return to this island, but so far, the band won’t be venturing south of the border, instead opting for a Belfast date on June 13.

Heavy metal really does live on, and both Saxon (Nov 1) and Iron Maiden (May 6) are on their way here. On this side of the new year in Dublin, Lisa Hannigan has added December 11 to her Vicar Street appearances, while Brian Deady has also put on a second night at Whelan’s on October 28.

The Hacienda Classical concert for the National Concert Hall (Dec 17) is the latest in a line of projects to join the dots between the worlds of electronic dance music and classical.

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be joined by the likes of New Order’s Peter Hook, and Hacienda DJ Graeme Park for classic tunes such as ‘Voodoo Ray’ and ‘Move Your Body’.

FILM TIPS: With The Young Offenders conquering Irish cinemas (over €500,000 worth of box office at the start of this week), it seems that the IndieCork festival (Oct 9-16) has chosen well with its opener, another comedy made by Cork people entitled Dead Along the Way. After a quick sell-out of tickets, organisers even took the step of moving it to a bigger screen in the Gate. 

Meanwhile, two of the biggies on release today are factual oilrig disaster film Deepwater Horizon; and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children from the Tim Burton stable.

Both have been getting decent reviews. Cork Cine Club is up and running for another season, with Palme d’Or winner Dheepan on offer at St John’s college next Thursday.

COMEDY CAPERS: We’ve had plenty of foreign comedians visiting these shores in recent times, but none have the pulling power of Brendan O’Carroll and Mrs Brown’s Boys. They’ve just announced three nights (Dec 14-16) at the 3Arena for next year. Yes, December 2017.

On a rather different buzz, the great Steve-O of Jackass fame is also due in Dublin for a stand-up gig on November 24.

Tommy Tiernan is at City Limits in Cork from October 6-8 as part of a series of nationwide gigs over the next few months.

ALL AND SUNDRY: You’ve seen the film, you’ve had a pint at the bar... now read the book. Bob Jackson will read from A Doctor’s Sword, his incredible true tale of the life of WWII survivor Aidan MacCarthy at Waterstones in Cork next Thursday at 7pm.

Meanwhile, Tim Goulding is one of the artists taking part in the group exhibition Music at the Lavit Gallery in Cork, while fellow musician Elizabeth Charleson also has a presence at the exhibition opening on Tuesday.


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