The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET SEVEN DAYS - Peter Craw­ley Jim Car­roll

If ever there was an ac­tor you wanted to see more of, it’s Mary Mur­ray (be­low). On stage she has al­ways had a mag­netic fo­cus, a pres­ence some­where be­tween no-non­sense con­trol and a shiver of vul­ner­a­bil­ity. It’s that qual­ity that made her the calm­ing cen­tre of Love/Hate and why, in some ways, her char­ac­ter’s mur­der was the death of the show. This solo piece, writ­ten by her fa­ther Paddy Mur­ray, is an in­vi­ta­tion to let loose: Mur­ray plays six char­ac­ters, clearly de­fined and dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters gos­sip­ing in the smok­ing area of a pub, ruminating on the spoils of a post-of­fice rob­bery and who among their peers is im­pli­cated.

IN­DOOR DE­LIGHTS Those in the big smoke on Satur­day evening who want some live mu­sic but who would pre­fer a roof over their head have two must-see shows to se­lect from.

Dis­cern­ing hip-hop fans will al­ready have marked

Ir­ish de­but at the


Your Old

Twisted Pep­per in Dublin with their high­lighter pen.

One of the acts who grabbed a lot of at­ten­tion at this year’s SXSW fes­ti­val in Austin, Texas, in March, Your Old Droog (above) is a rap­per out of Coney Is­land, New York who has been build­ing a head of steam over the last year for his rough­neck, hard-chaw, raspy rhymes and throw­back rhythms.

There was some ini­tial sus­pi­cions that this was Nas in dis­guise, but those were nixed when Droog turned out to be a lanky lad born in the Ukraine and bred in Amer­ica.

Also hit­ting the boards to­mor­row night will be

the Belfast band (with a Dublin drum­mer) who will re­lease their new al­bum in the au­tumn. Arms Around A Vi­sion is the fol­low-up to the much ad­mired and ac­claimed

in 2013. The forth­com­ing third al­bum, say the band, will take its cues from “Euro­pean el­e­gance, Ital­ian fu­tur­ism, Rus­sian con­struc­tivism, Ger­many’s Zero Group and both Neu­baten and Bowie’s Ber­lin”.

Get a first taste of what that sounds like when they play Han­gar, Dublin to­mor­row night.


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