Monday 11 December 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


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Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.

Going out?

Instrumental My Dear Watson

And So I Watch You From Afar

Post-rockers And So I Watch You From Afar kick up an epic ruckus, with instrumental pieces that shudder and quake. They've been away but will debut new material at their first Irish gig of the year. Saturday, Róisín Dubh, Galway

The So Long Good Friday

Barn Dance

It seems this is to be the last Good Friday before the gates of Gomorrah are thrown open and we are allowed a sinful tipple. As we count down to that blasphemous day, there is Barn Dance, an electro festival on the grounds of Glendalough House, Co Wicklow, with Nightmare On Wax, RSAG and Rocstrong (pictured). If you want alcohol, you will have to bring your own, while for details of buses from Dublin city centre to the site, consult the official website,

The twang's all here

Ryley Walker

One of the most acclaimed troubadours to emerge from America lately, Walker combines stark songwriting with droll humour - his material casts a chill even as his banter cracks you up.

Monday, Coughlan's, Cork

Staying in?

The radio show

Cork Rock

An homage to the Leeside festival which ran from the late Eighties to the mid-Nineties and featured early performances by Sultans of Ping FC, The Cranberries, Therapy? and Whipping Boy. Monday, 8pm, 2fm

The TV show

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Bam-ba-bam, bam-ba-bam...bam-ba-bam, bam-ba-bam...The most familiar title tune in science fiction is back as Peter Capaldi kicks off his farewell season as the 12th doctor, with new sidekick Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), returning guest star Matt Lucas and some old foes. Saturday, 7.20pm, BBC One

The box set

Five Came Back

A decade ago, this three-part documentary would have been condensed into 120 minutes and screened at your local art-house cinema. Now it's a sprawling series telling the fascinating story of the Hollywood directors who, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbour, joined the US military and put their film-making talents to use cranking out propaganda movies for Washington. Available now on Netflix

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