Another info dump for this drop. The usual rules of my personal opinion applies.
First off, in the Half Moon Theatre Booking: 021 427 00 22
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Sunday February 15 sees KC & Raymond Franklin plays the Blue Room and Nova are in the Green Room.
While on Sun February 22 KC & Raymond Franklin return to the Blue Room Beatrootz are in the Green Room.
Sunday February 29 has Eve of Mind in the Green Room, the Blue room has Andy Caldwell.
Andy has just finished his second mix CD for Inspirit, entitled The InHouse Perspectives 02. An electro-tinged bumpin' deep house mix like no other, pushing the deep house sound into 2004. Alongside the CD, Inspirit is also pleased to announce the forthcoming release of 'Pushin’. This partnership has produced a string of classic deep tracks and this is no exception. The single contains a funked up dub mix that's been rocking dance floors across the US of late.
On the night before Paddy's, Phil Hartnoll (Orbital) to plays (that's Tues 16th March).
A bandicoot promotion with tickets from Opera House and Half Moon box office.
Thirteen years since Orbital’s first single bought Top Of The Pops to a virtual standstill and six studio albums later, Orbital are working on a seventh studio album which will be released in 2004.
The making of Chime (recorded on their old man’s malfunctioning tape deck whilst various associates suggested packing it in and repairing to the pub, total cost under £1) has long been the stuff of legend. Its impact resonates to this day. In Channel Four’s acclaimed series Pump Up The Volume the arrival of Chime was singled out as a defining moment–the point when the UK scene took the Detroit basics and produced something absolutely its own. On that same programme Pete Tong explained how the Hartnoll’s took the then radical step of following Chime up with a series of albums and a career whilst Paul Daley recalled the joyous shock of seeing near–motionless men with machines appear on a Top Of The Pops still locked in the eighties performance dynamic.
Phil Hartnoll from Orbital is playing a series of DJ dates throughout 2004 to maintain contact with their audience whilst Orbital work on their next studio album. Listen carefully to the records he is playing, as there is often a new Orbital tune thrown into the mix to check the audience reaction.
The Pernice Brothers play as a three piece acoustic outfit with guests The Belles in the Half Moon on Wednesday 3rd March.
A new single ‘One Foot In The Grave’ from the album ‘Yours, Mine & Ours’ is being sent to radio soon.
And now, on to the Lobby Booking: 021 4311113
Jamie Burke Wed February 11, €7
Singer/songwriter from Co. Kerry. I really like this guy. Well worth going to see.
Ann Scott Fri February 13, €7
Dublin based singer/songwriter – ‘Poor Horse sees Ann Scott place herself firmly at the head of the pack’ 8/10 Hotpress.
Something of a touring favourite, and if she gets asked back a lot, she's probably good!
Mary Coughlan Tues February 17 and Wed February 18, €15
A twice off chance to catch the acclaimed blues singer Mary Coughlan in this intimate setting. With Bill Shanley on guitar and James Delaney on piano.
She is a legend. And the live version of "I want to be Seduced" is class.
Annette Buckley Fri February 20, €7
One of Cork’s finest vocalists. "Buckley is quickly becoming one of Cork's most accomplished singer/songwriters". The Irish Times.
Yeah she's a local girl, but that doesn't mean she's bad.
The Redbird Tour featuring Peter Mulvey, Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault. Wed 25 February, €8.
Peter is no stranger to The Lobby and returns with two excellent musicians from the States. Kris Delmhorst recently supported Chris Smither at his last Lobby show.
Okay. I know nothing about these guys. But it sounds impressive.
And while it's not the Lobby, they are connected with this one (Lobby Promotions presents...)
Josh Ritter in the Cork Opera House on Saturday February 14. Tickets €22 from 021 4270022 (the Lobby box office that is) Doors 7.30pm .
Special guest Erin McKeown.
Well it's Josh Ritter. I can't say that much more about him.
Not always gig related at the Triskel Arts Centre (Booking : 021 4272022) we have ...
Public Practise Seminars for Artists presented by Triskel Arts Centre & Cork City Council.
This series of seminars will address the practicalities of engaging with projects in the public sphere, and aim to enable the artist to undertake projects outside the gallery domain. Seminars will be inclusive of presentations by expert speakers, case studies and ‘questions and answers’ sessions. The three day-long seminars are;
Going Public: Public Space & Public Art Thursday 26 February
Site Matters: Engaging with the Site Specific Friday 27 February
Artists in the Community & Community Art Practise Saturday 26 February
To book or for further details please contact Triskel Arts Centre at 021 4272022.
Untitled by Stephen Gunning from Friday 13 February until Thursday 11 March in gallery one.
Gunning’s work revolves around social issues and the individual’s relationship with society. He investigates how we inhabit urban situations and the relationship between the public and social confrontation. Working extensively in video, Gunning has exhibited widely internationally. This is his first solo show in Ireland.
Stephen will be gibing an artist’s talk on Friday 13 February at 1.00pm. Admission Free.
VII Manifestations: Passing by Isabela Basombrio-Hoban from Friday 13 February – Thursday 11 March in gallery two.
Originally from Peru, South America, Isabela is now living and working in Ireland. Her mixed-media installations are evocative of reliquaries, treasures and private places of adornment. The work is reminiscent of ‘low-tech’ experimental scientific object making with undercurrent themes of birth, death and re-birth.
Isabela will be giving an artist’s talk on Friday 13 February at 1.30pm. Admission Free.
The comedian Daniel Kitson appears on Thursday 19 February at 8.00pm (Tickets €17), with his new show "lover, thinker, artist and prophet!"
Winner of the Perrier Award 2003, Daniel Kitson is one of the hottest names on the comedy circuit. Warm, clever, rude and full of self-mockery, Kitson has a surprising ability to make childhood anecdotes and swear words seem original and hilarious. Brilliantly funny!
Someone I've heard about, but never seen.
Thinking Image Theatre Company Presents The Yellow WallpaperBy Charlotte Perkins Gilman, adapted and directed by Cal Duggan from Tuesday 2 March until Sunday 7 March. 8.00pm, Tickets €10.00 (€8.00 Concessions).
A young woman is left alone in an attic room by her husband, an eminent physician, to recuperate from an unspecified illness. To fend off boredom, she talks and writes to herself, however, she gradually begins to believe that she is not alone in the room. The performance of Jessica Regan, in the central role, is a tour-de-force: sensitive, powerful and compelling.
Back to music events with Strands ’04: Curated by dotdotdot music. A series of performances in showcasing performers at the foreground of contemporary improvisation practise.
John Edwards on Saturday 28 February, 8pm, Tickets €10.00
Double-bassist John Edwards is a regular player on the London improvised music scene and a frequent player on European festival stages. Expect a performance at the foreground of contemporary improvisation practise.
also Chris Burns on Saturday 3 April, 8pm, Tickets €10.00
Chris Burns is renowned for his performances of the piano music of Henry Cowell, John Cage and other contemporary composers. Burns has forged a unique style of piano playing by developing a multitude of alternative techniques, both on the keyboard and inside the instrument.
An almost sound-a-like Clive Barnes plays on Friday 6 February, 8.00pm, €10.00.
When Clive Barnes plays lap slide guitar the listener is instantly transported to the cradle of today’s popular music. Barnes, one of Ireland’s most notable and accomplished lap slide guitarists, is clearly influenced by old blues, bluegrass and jazz, and has evolved from these a distinct style of his own.
I still have to hear him having heard so much about him.
Maria Teece on Saturday 14 February, 8pm, Tickets €17.00
Maria is fast becoming a bright star on the jazz cabaret scene in Ireland. Her one-woman production "All About Love" was a sell-out success in the ESB Dublin Theatre Fringe Festival in 2002 and she will perform “All About Love” as a Valentine’s Day treat.
Personally I don't find the folksy Ritter that romantic. Teece is a little closer to my idea of an intimate evening for Valentine's night.
John Leo Carter plays on Friday 27 February, 8.00pm, €10.00
He is a singer-songwriter from Cobh, Co. Cork. His highly acclaimed debut album Candy Floss Girl has been described as poetry set to music and was launched in September 2003. John Spillane, Shanna, Edel Sullivan and former members of Seachtain are among the many musicians that made an appearance on the album and he has shared the stage with acclaimed musicians such as Kila and Ger Wolfe. John Leo Carter will perform at Triskel Arts Centre as part of it’s 2004 music programme and will be joined by very special guests on the night.
Anto Yau on Saturday 21 February 8.30pm, Tickets €8.00 (€6.50 Concessions)
Dublin born Anto Yau is a Chinese/Irish singer-songwriter, who beautifully crafts original compositions that express raw emotions through the music and the emotive lyric.
This one I have down out of curiosity. I think I briefly met him once. I suspect that his singing have greatly improved since then. I'm not going to give details until I confirm the first meeting. It will be interesting.
At the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh...
Preston Reed on Thursday 26th February 8pm, tickets €12.
Those who have witnessed the genius of guitarist Preston Reed live will know that words do little justice to his jaw-dropping originality, his dazzling technique, beautifully haunting melodies and the driving percussive rhythms he tears out of his instrument. His two hands racing up and down the fretboard in a storm of tappings, slappings and hammerings to create a rock/jazz rhythm section, melody line and chordal accompaniment simultaneously. Reed's live shows are full of contrasts, by turns explosive and sweetly lyrical. He riffs with the conviction and guts of a heavy-metal band, yet plays with the subtlety of that most delicate of jazz pianists, Bill Evans.
Saturday 13 March sees Interference at Sirius, tickets €15.
Featuring Fergus O’Farrell (vocals), Paul Tiernan (guitar) and the ever haunting combination of Benard Galen (cello) and Marja (violin).
With support set by Paul Tiernan.
Back on the road by popular demand following their magnificent appearance on ‘The Late Late show’ as well as the unprecedented success of the ‘Other Voices Songs from a Room’ album (top ten Irish album) and RTE Television Series.
Fergus O’Farrell is the charismatic voice of one of the most compelling and influential groups to emerge from the Irish music scene in the 1990s. Their live gigs and eponymous album are seminal influences on the current wave of innovative Irish singer/songwriters, a fact recognised by their inclusion by RTE.
In news, Simple Kid has just signed to the Vector label in the U.S. (making him a label mate of Damien Rice) and is already picking up some good airplay over in L.A.