THE PHANTOM

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There was a great turn-out for the IMRO Live Mu­sic Venues of the Year Awards, which were held at Copy­right House in Dublin, last week.

The night marked the first public ap­pear­ance of in­com­ing IMRO chair, Eleanor McEvoy – she stood in for cur­rent chair Keith Don­ald, who was gig­ging on the night. Eleanor will of­fi­cially take up her new role in April. Hearty con­grat­u­la­tions are in or­der! One of the high­lights of what was a re­ally en­joy­able night was the spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion of a post­hu­mous award for his Ser­vices to Live Mu­sic to the late, great Frank Mur­ray. It was picked up by his daugh­ter Shan­non Mur­ray, who spoke elo­quently about her dad, a man who was widely loved and re­spected in the in­dus­try...

The mu­sic on the night was su­perb, with Ja­faris and Soulé of­fer­ing a bril­liant taster of the new soul and hip hop in­flu­enced mu­sic that is on the rise across the coun­try. The evening con­cluded with a fine set from the un­der­stated math rock stars, Over­head, The Al­ba­tross. The Olympia Theatre in Dublin was voted Hot Press Venue of the Year. There were also spe­cial com­men­da­tions for smaller venues, which were pre­sented by Hot Press editor Niall Stokes to the very won­der­ful Mike The Pies in Lis­towel and Boyles’s of Slane. Hot Press also marked the re­cent pub­li­ca­tion of the mu­sic in­dus­try re­port Let’s Cel­e­brate by pre­sent­ing a spe­cial award to its au­thor Justin Green. The IMRO Live Venue Awards not only ac­knowl­edge the achieve­ments of venue own­ers on the is­land but pro­vide an all-too-rare op­por­tu­nity for in­dus­try mem­bers to min­gle and net­work. The Phantom al­ways rel­ishes the prospect of catch­ing up with Other Voices Mu­sic Trail man­ager Martin Byrne and his wife Fidelma Fitz­patrick – the pair are cur­rently look­ing for­ward to a trip to Bar­ba­dos to cel­e­brate Martin’s 50th birth­day. An­other cou­ple in ju­bi­lant mood were Kíla man Brian Ho­gan and his part­ner Jus­tine Doswell who were full of chat about the band's new live CD, which lands on March 17. Hot Press-ers present in­cluded Niall Stokes, Mairin Sheehy, Rowan Stokes, Sheila Kelly, Rosie O’Brien, Roisin Dwyer and Pat Carty. Also in at­ten­dance were blues singer ex­traor­di­naire, Mary Stokes and artist Brian Palm, Pamela Byrne and Clare Shana­han from Duke Street Gallery, stevo Berube, Dave Judge who was de­lighted with his first nom­i­na­tion for Ab­ner Brown’s, Dave Allen and Dar­ren Craig from Whe­lan’s, Derek Turner from The Spirit Store, John Br­ere­ton of The Grand So­cial, An­drea Keogh and Ke­iron Black, man­ager (and sis­ter of HP fave, Re­jieie Snow) Ali­cia Anyaeg­bunam, and her up and com­ing singer-song­writer charge, Zali... For full de­tails of the IMRO Award Win­ners, see our Live Venues spe­cial else­where in this is­sue…

And now, the Most Spec­tac­u­lar Cock-Up In The His­tory Of Awards Cer­e­monies Award this year goes to... the Os­cars! The Phantom, who has nat­u­rally at­tended hun­dreds of sim­i­lar cer­e­monies, couldn’t be­lieve it. I mean, if it hap­pened at the Manorhamil­ton Per­son of the Year Awards, we’d all be snig­ger­ing rue­fully into our lo­cal craft beer at the sheer in­com­pe­tence of it all. But this is an event which is de­signed to cel­e­brate the high­est level of achieve­ment in the cin­e­matic arts! And poor War­ren Beatty and Faye Du­n­away – well, War­ren Beatty – is handed the wrong en­ve­lope and so mis-an­nounces La La Land as Best Pic­ture, when the gong was re­ally des­tined for Moon­light!

Dear oh dear oh dear oh dear. You couldn’t make it up. Well, ex­cept pos­si­bly in a movie satiris­ing the sheer buf­foon­ery of Hol­ly­wood, when it re­ally gets go­ing. On the sub­ject of buf­foons, how the mon­ster Don­ald Trump must have laughed. This was, in­deed, a very spec­tac­u­lar own goal in­deed…

She may have left the Os­cars empty-handed (booo!), but Ruth Negga had been among those

hon­oured three days ear­lier at the US-Ire­land Al­liance’s Os­car Wilde Awards, which, as usual, were thrown by di­rec­tor JJ Abrams in his Santa Mon­ica pro­duc­tion of­fices. Also tread­ing the green car­pet were Out­lander star and Hot Press reader of long stand­ing Caitri­ona Balfe, Glen Hansard, Martin Short, EL James, Diane Keaton, Amy Shiels and her Twin Peaks cos­tar Kyle MacLach­lan, Ruth Bradley, Amy Hu­ber­man, Ja­son O’Mara, Zachary Quinto and ris­ing Ir­ish singing duo Glen Mur­phy and Ro­nan Scoland, who are caus­ing quite the trans-At­lantic stir. Abrams paid touch­ing trib­ute to Car­rie Fisher in his open­ing ad­dress and joined the rest of the guests in the im­promptu mass sing-along of ‘This Land Is Your Lead’, which was lead by Mr. Hansard – who also ac­quired some lovely glass­ware on the night…

The sec­ond se­ries of Dis­ney Channel UK’s teen drama, The Lodge, has started shoot­ing in Bal­ly­nahinch, Co. Down. De­spite the ti­tle, there isn’t a sin­gle Orange­man to be seen…

We’re also won­der­ing about the wis­dom of a new Lon­don hip hop col­lec­tive nam­ing them­selves H Block INK… Oh, well, nev­er­mind…

Film­ing at the moment in Belfast is The

Woman In White, a five-part BBC adap­ta­tion of the clas­sic 1859 Wilkie Colins book of the same name. Ben Hardy, who plays East En­ders heart­throb Peter Beale, stars…

Mor­gan C. Jones of Vik­ings and Game Of Thrones fame has bagged the lead in The Fox, which tells the tale of a Europol agent who dis­cov­ers a se­cret or­gan­i­sa­tion that wants to turn Hol­land into a po­lice state. Given all the cur­rent go­ings-on there, with far-right leader Geert Wilders, it couldn’t be more top­i­cal…

Dar­ren Thorn­ton is tak­ing his bril­liant Drogheda-based com­edy, A Date For Mad

Mary, to Gal­way’s G Ho­tel on March 8 for a screen­ing and screen­play study. Run­ning from 9.30am-2pm, tick­ets priced €10 are avail­able from Eventbrite. Star­ring the won­der­ful Seana

Ker­slake, the film is now avail­able on DVD and dig­i­tal plat­forms…

If you hap­pen to be south of the Thames between March 17 and 25, for­mer Hot Press-er and Fa­ther Ted creator Gra­ham Line­han has his very chuck­le­some play, The Ladykillers, run­ning in the Wilm­slow Green Room, 86 Chapel Lane, Lon­don SK9 5JH…

The lat­est leg­endary muso to take a shine to

The Strypes is BBC Ra­dio 2 DJ and for­mer Old

Grey Whis­tle Test man ‘Whis­per­ing’ Bob Har­ris, who’s in­vited them to do one of his Un­der The Ap­ple Tree live gig record­ings in Har­row­gate, York­shire, which al­most in­stantly sold-out. The air­play they’ve re­ceived on Ra­dio 2, which has a whop­ping 15 mil­lion-plus lis­ten­ers, seems to be the main rea­son for Scott Gorham, Ricky War­wick and the rest of Black Star Rid­ers storm­ing into the UK al­bum chart at num­ber seven with Heavy Fire. Good on them! It also de­buted at num­ber 11 in Ger­many where hard rock re­mains King…

Ha­chette Ire­land has bagged Why Can’t Ev­ery­thing Just Stay The Same? (and other things I shout when I can’t cope), the first book from Cork screen­writer and ac­tor Ste­fanie Preiss­ner who graced these pages re­cently. “I think shar­ing sto­ries that are too long for Twit­ter is the most ex­cit­ing part,” she says of the au­tum­nal tome. “Al­though in school my English es­says al­ways came back with ‘COM­MAS STE­FANIE!’ scrib­bled in red biro, so I hope they give me an editor to keep me un­der con­trol.

The book is go­ing to be 100% gluten free and, like ev­ery­thing fash­ion­able, may con­tain em­bel­lish­ments.”

It’s been a great start to 2017 for Ste­fanie with BBC3 ac­quir­ing the UK rights to her RTÉ com­edy drama, Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, which fea­tured the afore­men­tioned Seana Ker­slake and Amy Hub­ber­man…

In an au­da­cious trans­fer swoop, Sky has brought in TV3’s Sharon McHugh to head up its Ir­ish press and pro­mo­tions op­er­a­tion. One of the shows the Bal­lyfer­mot grad­u­ate will be work­ing on this year is Riviera, a glossy South of France thriller, based on an idea by for­mer U2 man­ager Paul McGuin­ness – who ex­ec­u­tive pro­duces, along­side his old film­mak­ing pal, Neil Jor­dan…

Ruadhri Cush­nan, the Belfast mixer and pro­ducer who’s worked with the heavy­weight likes of Mum­ford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Feeder and Shawn Men­des, has taken up res­i­dence in Dublin’s Cam­den Lane Stu­dios, where he’s work­ing with some very in­ter­est­ing artists.

Stay tuned to hot­press.com for more… Hav­ing raised a whop­ping €100,000 over the past two years, Ra­dio Nova stages its 2017 Help Our Home­less Ra­dio­thon on May 8 and 9, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Peter McVerry Trust. A great cause and bril­liant broad­cast­ing to boot…

Stick­ing with good deeds, and in a classy touch, Ricky Ger­vais is do­nat­ing the pro­ceeds of pre­mium ticket sales from his upcoming Dublin 3Arena gig to the ISPCC and Child­line…

In some­thing straight out of Spinal Tap – or, in­deed, Sam Snort’s leg­endary Hot Press col­umn – the Dublin Cir­cuit Civil Court last week dis­missed a €60,000 in­jury claim from 56-year-old mu­si­cian, Philippe Clark, who’d been re­hears­ing in a Martello tower in Killiney, owned by Niall O’Donoghue. Mis­un­der­stand­ing (ahem) the di­rec­tions he’d been given to the toi­let, the Kilkenny man de­cided to re­lieve him­self in the gar­den, where he fell into a me­tre­deep con­crete moat that couldn’t, he in­sisted, be seen be­cause of poor light­ing. Clark claimed that he’d done se­ri­ous dam­age to his groin and shoul­der, as a re­sult of which he couldn’t gig for a year! But Judge Jac­que­line Lin­nane ruled against him, af­ter see­ing pic­tures taken the fol­low­ing day of him jump­ing up and down on a tram­po­line whilst play­ing the bon­gos. Re­ports that Clark has writ­ten a song about the in­ci­dent, ‘Hey, Mr. Tram­po­line Man’, couldn’t be con­firmed by The Phantom…

We hear that New­stalk is of­fer­ing a first prize of lunch with Ge­orge Hook and his wife to five lucky cou­ples. Who was the wag who sug­gested that the sec­ond prize should be two lunches with Ge­orge & co? Now, now!…

Tal­laght’s finest, Al Porter has been get­ting a very pos­i­tive re­ac­tion to his new To­day FM show. Which is good, be­cause he is a very like­able fel­low! Also just back on air is co­me­dian-come-im­per­son­ator Oliver Cal­lan, who re­turns to RTÉ Ra­dio One at 2pm ev­ery Satur­day…

Fi­nally, a big con­grat­u­la­tions to for­mer Hot Press de­signer, David Stan­ley, and his part­ner Sarah on the birth of their gor­geous daugh­ter Lucy – a lit­tle sis­ter for the lov­able lit­tle fella, Char­lie...

TRAD COM­PANY

(l to r) Joe Reidy, Joe Malone , Vic­tor Finn (IMRO), Mal­colm Noo­nan (Tradfest com­mit­tee), Mar­ian Flan­nery (Tradfest di­rec­tor) & An­drea Keogh (Tradfest pro­gramme & PR)

FRANK'S FOR THE MEM­O­RIES

(l to r) Shona, Pat & Breda Mur­ray with Shan­non Mur­ray (front) who ac­cepted the Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion To Live Mu­sic Award on be­half of her re­cently de­ceased fa­ther Frank

SEA-ING IS BELIEV­ING Daniel Browne & Ray O’Donoghue of Sea Ses­sions, win­ners of Mu­sic Fes­ti­val of the Year, with IMRO’s Vic­tor Finn

SCIN CITY Roisin Dwyer, Mary Stokes & Leah Hew­son at the launch of Leah’s cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion Scin­tilla in the RHA, Dublin.

ALIVE ALIVE O Ali­cia Anyaeg­bunam, Niall Stokes & singer Zali at the IMRO Live Mu­sic Venue Awards

MY FAVOURITE MARTIN Trin­ity Provost Pa­trick Pren­der­gast, and Francesca, He­len and Martin Scors­ese with Pres­i­dent of the Philo­soph­i­cal So­ci­ety, Matthew Nud­ing. on the oc­ca­sion of Martin’s gold medal pre­sen­ta­tion

LAND OF THE FREE

Ben Wheat­ley, Cil­lian Mur­phy and Jack Reynor at the ADIFF screen­ing of Free Fall

THE HOLY TRIN­ITY

Mark Seenan, Jim Sheri­dan & Ch­eryl Mur­phy at The Se­cret Scrip­ture pre­miere in The Savoy, Dublin.

SQUEEZY LIV­ING

Louise Duffy & Al Porter at the To­day FM Presents Event at Le­mon and Duke, Dublin.

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