Friday 15 December 2017

Gigs, plays, films, festivals and shows this week

Tiny Ruins
Tiny Ruins
Steven Berkoff
Green Velvet
Paul Noonan

Niall Byrne

Tiny Ruins Irish Tour (€8/£10). Thursday, August 28 and Friday, August 29.

The voice of Hollie Fullbrook leads this New Zealand blues-folk band who are signed to UK indie label Bella Union. The band are in the midst of an Irish tour that takes her to Electric Picnic this weekend but before that, she plays an intimate 60-capacity show in Dublin's The Workman's Club (€8) on Thursday and a set at the Open House Festival in Bangor on Friday (£10).

Christy Moore @ Charleville Park Hotel, Cork / Sneem Hotel, Co. Kerry (€35)

Friday, August 29 / Saturday, August 30

He's the only artist to perform every single year at The Marquee (10 in total) but the Newbridge man's popularity remains steadfast enough that he is playing Charleville, a mere seven weeks later. Following that it's Kerry and later in September and October he has gigs in Armagh, Newry, Cork (again), Dublin and Donegal.

Candi Staton @ The Sugar Club, Dublin (€24)

Wednesday, September 3

The true soul and gospel singer Candi Staton is back with a new album called Life Happens featuring the involvement of Jason Isbell and a former member of The Civil Wars' John Paul White. The voice behind 'Young Hearts Run Free', 'In The Ghetto' and 'You Got The Love' singer blew away Electric Picnic audiences a few years back and here she'll get the chance to do it again along with a Q&A and a screening of the Muscle Shoals documentary.


The Actor's Lament @ Gaiety Theatre, Dublin (€20)

Monday, September 1 - Saturday, September 6

As an actor he's known for his roles in the James Bond movie Octopussy, Rambo: First Blood Part II and Beverly Hills Cop, but as a theatre actor and playwright Steven Berkoff's work has been much less beefcake and much more respected. For a week, along with Jay Benedict and Andree Bernard, Berkoff's play looks at the madness of the method of acting through verse and behind the curtain.


The Feminist Film Festival @ The New Theatre, Dublin (€10 per screening)

Saturday, August 30 - Sunday, August 31

The Bechdel test is applied to cinema to see if very simply, a film features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. A humanity-embarrassing level of films fail this test. But the test has grown in application and festivals like this can only help.

Films showing include the brilliant Persepolis, Bananas on the Breadboard, Fish Tank, Elaine Stritch, Shoot Me and The Irreducible Difference of the Other short film with a Q&A from the director Vivienne Dick. All profits go to the Sasane charity, who support victims of human trafficking in Nepal.


Mad Hatter's Tea Party @ Wells House & Gardens, Gorey, Co. Wexford (Free)

Sunday, August 31

A Victorian house just outside Gorey will host a Mad Hatter's Tea Party on Sunday. There's lots to get involved in: a BBQ, live music, a display of falconry (very cool), a themed woodland walk, a trip to the Irish Wildlife Sanctuary, a craft courtyard and a tour of the house. Alice, The Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter will be there from 1pm.


Wally Cassidy: The Other Half Lives @ Little Big Museum, Dublin (€12)

Until Sunday, September 7

This exhibition of photography captures Dublin in a time before the Tiger came prowling and before the boom went bust from 1989 to 1993. The Other Half Lives takes a look at a country that "was struggling to define itself" and features four sections: street photography, Smithfield, protest and punks.


Green Velvet @ Savoy Theatre, Cork (€20)

Friday, September 5

One of the shining lights of the Chicago house music scene for over two decades now, Green Velvet and his other project Cajmere are integral to the history of modern dance music in the States. So much so that at the recent Spring Awakenings Festival in Chicago city, Green Velvet was among names like Diplo, Kaskade and Tiesto showing the new EDM kids how to do it. The man is also responsible for some stone cold dance classics like La La Land, Answering Machine, and Flash ("Cameras ready prepare the flash').


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Printer Clips @ Irish tour (€25-€27)

Thursday, December 4 to Sunday, December 7

Paul Noonan is taking his recent project which captured him teaming up with female singers on an Irish tour that will hit The Set Theatre, Kilkenny; Vicar Street, Dublin; The Triskel, Cork, and Roisin Dubh, Galway. He will be joined by Gemma Hayes for all dates except Dublin where Lisa Hannigan, Cathy Davey and Danielle Harrison will also feature.

The Gloaming @ National Concert Hall, Dublin (€26/€30)

Saturday, February 28

Yes, it might be six months away but such is the rarity of a performance from these trad masters, it means if you see a show on sale, grab tickets. What you'll get in return for your forthright is the right to be a witness to five impeccable musicians playing at the top of their game together in the most beautiful fashion.

Musical majesty.

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