Seven things to do this week...
1. On Saturday night at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Greenshine will play a very special gig. Greenshine is a Cork based family trio of Noel Shine, Mary Greene and daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots, with beautiful harmonies and excellent musicianship.
Noel plays guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki and traditional whistle. He is in demand as a session and band player by artists including The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem and The Republic of Loose. Mary brings rhythm guitar to the mix and with her wonderfully versatile voice, has contributed to the albums of Christy Moore, John Spillane, Mick Hanly and Frances Black.
Ellie Shine grew up surrounded by music, performing since the age of 13 and featuring on 4 recordings. In 2013 Ellie joined the band and Greenshine was born. 'The Girl In The Lavender Dress' was released in 2016 to huge acclaim. The single was No. 1 on RTERadio1's Airplay Chart and was the 3rd most played Irish track that year. It was No. 1 in iTunes Ireland Singer/Songwriter Charts.
2. Not long after their successful production of A View from the Bridge, Skerries Theatre Group are at it again in their current production of Cornermen by Oli Forsyth. Mickey and his team of cornermen never seem to have much luck in the boxing world. The fighters they manage always end up losing and, after a disastrous last outing, no one wants to work with them. All that changes when they sign Sid, a young boxer whose winning ways catapult them into a world of success they've never had before. However, you can't win them all. Soon Mickey has to choose between the life he's enjoying, and the wellbeing of his young charge. The show enters its second and final week, this week.
3. Grease The Musical by the Cecilian Theatre Arts plays this week at Draiocht. The renowned Award Winning Cecilian Theatre Arts have entertained audiences for years and have staged many award winning productions at Draíocht, including: 'Oklahoma', 'Wonderful World of Disney', 'A Little Princess the Musical', 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers', 'Meet Me in St Louis'. Their most recent triumphant sell out production was 'Let Me Entertain You'.
4. Captive State comes to Movies@Swords this week. Set in a Chicago neighbourhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents. Starring: Ben Daniels, Vera Farmiga, John Goodman. It's a sci-fi thriller and promised to be plenty of entertainment for the weekend.
5. Don't Go stars Fingal's very own Simon Delaney and comes to Movies@Swords this week. Devastated by his daughter's death in a terrible accident, a man becomes convinced that he can bring her back through a secret that is hidden within a recurring dream. Starring: Stephen Dorff, Melissa George, Simon Delaney. This is a thumping good mystery with a local interest so it's one not to be missed by Fingal cinema-goers, this week.
6. Cinema comes to the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre on Thursday in the shape of 'Cold War'. Poland 1949: talented musician Wiktor is part of a group visiting remote villages to select young people for a show of authentic traditional Polish song and dance. During the auditions Wiktor meets the beautiful and mysterious Zula, and soon the two have started a passionate love affair. Over the next 15 years their romance faces many obstacles, yet they are always drawn back together. Based on the relationship of his own parents, this new film from Pawel Pawlikowski, the director of the Academy Award-winning Ida, is a passionate, music-filled love story set in a Cold War-era Europe. Shot in stunning black and white, Cold War deservedly won the Best Director prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
7. Little Girls comes to Movies@Swords this week as Trip's Regina Hall and Black-ish's Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders - Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self's penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation. Starring: Justin Hartley, Marsai Martin, Tone Bell this is a comedy fantasy movie that is sure to entertain.