Glen and Gemma help the home­less

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Front Page - By Lauren Mur­phy

Frames and Swell Sea­son front­man Glen Hansard will be the open­ing act of The Long­est Night, the an­nual gig or­gan­ised by the Dublin Si­mon Com­mu­nity, the char­ity that helps home­less peo­ple. The gig will take place at Dublin’s But­ton Fac­tory this com­ing Mon­day, with Hansard open­ing the show at 8.30pm with an acous­tic set.

Gemma Hayes, who will head­line the evening, told The Ticket she was “de­lighted” to take part: “The Si­mon Com­mu­nity work tire­lessly to help those in need, so play­ing a few songs to raise aware­ness is the least I can do.”

Hansard’s fid­dle-play­ing Frames band­mate Colm Mac Con Io­maire, singer­song­writer Fiona Me­lady and Dublin power-in­die band Codes will also per­form.

“It’s been a crazy year for us with the release of our de­but al­bum and a na­tion­wide tour,” said Codes lead singer Dar­ragh An­der­son, “and we can’t think of a bet­ter way to end the year than to sup­port the Dublin Si­mon Com­mu­nity.”

The char­ity, which cel­e­brated its 40th year in 2009, is also or­gan­is­ing a 24-hour Christ­mas carol-athon on Grafton Street, which kicks off on Sun­day and will run un­til 21st – the long­est day of the year.

Tick­ets for The Long­est Night gig are ¤25 and avail­able from Tick­et­mas­ter. www.dub­si­mon.ie

Head­lin­ing: Gemma

Hayes

Joe O'Shaugh­nessy

As you can see, the xx take the “shoegaz­ing” de­scrip­tion very se­ri­ously. The Lon­don­ers played to a sold-out Róisin Dubh in Gal­way on Wed­nes­day night, and any flak they have copped for poor live shows evap­o­rated in the in­ti­mate, small-room set­ting. The au­di­ence – hot with an­tic­i­pa­tion, caked in eye­liner and poured into skinny jeans – hung on ev­ery note and sang back ev­ery word. Off the hook. They play Tri­pod, Dublin, to­mor­row night. Pho­to­graph:

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