WHAT’S ON GUIDE
1 The Fingal Fleadh and Fair takes place on Swords Castle from September 15 to 17. The trio of John Doyle, John Mccusker and Mike Mcgoldrick will be performing on Friday. Doors open at 7pm. The first crossed paths as teenagers. A quarter of a century later, the fired-up folk live-wires celebrate their friendship, and musical kinship, with their first studio album, The Wishing Tree. A thrilling trip through traditional, contemporary and original jigs, reels, ballads and more. John Doyle is an Irish music linchpin and a founder member of acclaimed group Solasr. BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner John Mccusker has played with The Battlefield Band, Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan, recorded with Paul Weller, and recently produced albums for Eddi Reader, Heidi Talbot and Kris Drever. Mike Mcgoldrick is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, founding member of Lúnasa, and current member of Capercaillie, who has worked with Mark Knopfler, Eddi Reader, John Cale. See www.facebook.com/fingalfleadhfair/ for more details. 2
Mary Coughlan is performing at the Draiocht Arts Centre on Thursday at 8pm. Coughlan’s 30 plus years in the music business has been a rollercoaster hell of a ride and this concert will reflect that, featuring all the songs that are close to Mary’s heart and life. Often described as the greatest female vocalist and interpreter of songs that Ireland has ever produced, she proudly stands alongside the iconic giants of jazz on both sides of the Atlantic, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Mary is the only singer these shores have produced to rival the greatest of European cabaret and American jazz club blues because of one thing: her unique voice. Her whisky-blurred, smokeseared, husky voice delivers songs in a delicious and unapologetic Irish drawl, sceptical, rueful, mournful and melting, ardent for love. This much loved voice easily wraps itself around Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, Elvis Presley and Joy Division to name but a few. Further details at www.draiocht.ie 3
The exhibition by Myra Jago at the Easter Snow Gallery at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre is continuing. This is her fourth solo exhibition to date. Her work can be found in The State Art Collection and many other public and private collections worldwide. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm and running till the end of the month. 4 The Seagull by Satirikon Theatre will be screened on Thursday at 7pm in movies@ swords. Anton Chekhov’s first of four major plays dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters: Boris Trigorin, a well-known writer, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the would-be playwright Konstantin Tréplev. Yury Butusov’s frenetic production abounds in an incredible freedom and openness, delving deep into the throes of artistic creation and the anguish of the artist who struggles to find a language of his own. Further details at www.movies-at.ie.
Performed on the spectacular water stage of Lake Constance in Bregenz (Austria), George Bizet’s Carmen is a story of passion, destiny and obsession. The French composer’s opera is most famous for its Spanish melodies, including the Flower Song. It will screened at movies@ swords on Thursday at 8.30pm. 6 The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl is opening at the Millbank Theatre in Rush this week. Directed by Paschal O’sullivan, it runs Wednesday to Saturday from September 13 to 23. The play is a whimsical romantic comedy centered on Matilde, a Brazilian cleaning woman who would rather be a comedian. The play was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A serious career-oriented doctor, Lane, has hired a quirky Brazilian maid. The only problem is that the maid, Matilde, hates to clean. Instead, she longs to be a comedienne. Meanwhile, Lane’s life is rapidly disintegrating. Sarah Ruhl’s enchanting play reminds us that there is humor and beauty to be find in life’s most unlikely messes. For bookings visit www.millbanktheatre.ie.
A major new exhibition The Ocean After Nature at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, is now open. This free exhibition which will run until 7th January 2018 is curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. It explores the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalized world. The Ocean After Nature exhibition features more than 20 works of art in a wide variety of media—including photography, video, sculpture, music, and design. The artists will explore new ways of representing the seascape as a means to identify and critique the various interrelated and chaotic systems of power, such as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems. 8
David Gilmour’s ‘Live at Pompeii’ is being screened in movies@swords on Thursday at 8.30pm. 45 years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ‘Live At Pompeii’ in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, he returned for two spectacular shows, part of his year-long tour in support of his No.1 album ‘Rattle That Lock’. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheatre, and, for two nights only, the 2,600 strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD. The show includes songs from throughout David’s career, as well as many Pink Floyd classics, including ‘One Of These Days’, the only song that was also performed at the band’s 1971 show. Further details at www. movies-at.ie. 9 The Classic Beatles celebrating Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band will perform at te Draiocht Arts Centre on Friday at 8pm.sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the most iconic albums of all time, was released an astonishing 50 years ago this year. To celebrate, The Classic Beatles (the only Beatles tribute act endorsed by Sir George Martin) will be taking to the road to treat you to the many hits of Sgt. Pepper, as well as all the usual classics that spanned The Beatles incredible musical career. As well as many costume changes, the band also partake in the witty banter for which The Beatles were equally famous. A Classic Beatles show brings all the joys of Beatledom to a whole new generation and allows first generation fans to relive the music that changed our lives forever. Further details at www. draiocht.ie.
Irish musical dance sensation, Titanicdance, makes its Dublin premiere at The Helix. Telling the story of the world’s most famous ship from its beginning in the Belfast shipyard to its tragic end in the Atlantic Ocean, Titanicdance embarks on an emotional journey of hope, aspiration, love, heartbreak and sadness that has left audiences wanting more and bringing them to their feet. A cast of 30 world class Irish dancers and musicians set the scene for a breath-taking romantic performance. This electrifying show received numerous standing ovations during recent tours of the US and China (where it performed to a televised audience of over one billion). This is your chance to see why... It is taking place on Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm. For further details visit www.thehelix.ie.
John Doyle, John Mccusker and Mike Mcgoldrick - See No 1
Mary Coughlan - See No 2
Titanic Dance - See No 10