ALL AND SUNDRY: It’s probably just as well that the public don’t get to select the Turner Prize winner.
Just like some recent democratic votes, we probably would have opted for the huge arse (Anthea Hamilton’s entry, Project for Door). Instead, the £25,000 award selected by a panel of experts went to Helen Marten for the ‘challenging’ Brood and Bitter Pass.
Meanwhile, Cork has a new theatre company in Ferocious Composure, and they’re putting on The Nun’s Wood, written by Pat Kinevane, at the Granary from Tuesday to Saturday.
Also, Cork Printmakers have their annual exhibition of prints at the Etching Studio on Wandesford Quay until December 18, with pieces ranging from €80 to €200.
MUSIC NEWS: While the Grammy nominations get caught up in the debate about the omission of Frank Ocean, people on this side of the pond are at least relieved that one Irish act has made the list.
Last year, we had Glen Hansard, and in 2015, both U2 and Hozier got deserved nods. This time around, Celtic Woman are our representatives, having been nominated in the best world music category.
Apparently, Frank Ocean’s omission was nothing to do with the quality of his excellent Blonde album; it’s all down to the fact that he hadn’t filled in the correct paperwork in time for the September deadline. Strange, but true.
Ocean himself was rather upset at his omission, but his allegation that the Grammys don’t seem to represent “very well for people who come from where I come from” doesn’t quite hold up in a year when hip-hop, R&B, etc, is highly visible. Beyoncé leads the way with nine nominations.
An amazing statistic from the Entertainment Retailers Association in the UK has revealed that vinyl album sales have actually outstripped digital album downloads this year. NME reports the ERA as putting the shift down to a number of reasons — Record Store Day, vinyl as a popular gift, and the greater number of retailers — including major supermarkets — that now stock vinyl. Presumably, another factor is that many online punters tend to select a couple of tracks from an album rather than purchasing the entire work.
As ever, there’s no shortage of charity songs around this Christmas, among them a version of Michael Jackson’s tune ‘You are Not Alone’ from a group of Irish musicians, with proceeds going to suicide charity Pieta House.
GIG WISE: Guns N’ Roses at (May 27) was the big announcement of the past week, but another hugely popular visitor will be Fleet Foxes. Following the sell-out of their July 14 date at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin, the Seattle outfit have added another appearance for July 13.
We don’t know if, in the words of Christy Moore, they’ll have to build a special runway to get Jackson Browne down, but the 68-year-old has announced four gigs for Vicar St in June (12, 13, 15, 16).
Slow Moving Clouds, the Irish/Nordic outfit fronted by Cork man Kevin Murphy, have been getting rave reviews in the UK press for their soundtracking of the contemporary theatre take on Swan Lake. You can sample their trad/minimalist action at the Sirius centre in Cobh tomorrow.
Also in the Rebel County, Levis Bar in Ballydehob has John Blek tonight, and Rozi Plain on Monday. Richie Ramone plays Cyprus Avenue next Wednesday, while the Kino hosts Rusangano Family, Rozi Plain and the Altered Hours over the next three nights for the Sudden Club Weekender.
Little Green Cars play the Everyman on Tuesday.
FILM TIPS: I Am Not A Serial Killer, from Cork-born director Billy O’Brien, gets a national release today. At Triskel in Cork, the roster from Sunday includes Jim Jarmusch’s well-received Paterson; and the ‘tough to watch’ Polish film United States of Love.
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