All done in the best pos­si­ble taste

You’ve just a few days left to tell us your favourite cul­tural bits of 2015, and win some prizes in the process

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Lau­rence Mackin Jim Car­roll

Who rocked your world last year? Was it Girl Band or Tale Im­pala? Did Grimes get your goat or did Ken­drick move your feet? And when it came to the big screen, who stole the show? Did

In­side Out win your hearts and minds? Is Queen of Ire­land the Ir­ish film of the year? And who gave the best per­for­mance: Steve Carell or Jor­danne Jones?

In last week’s Ticket, our crit­ics, writ­ers and con­trib­u­tors picked their best film and mu­sic for 2015. We locked them in a room with only pens and sta­ples to fash­ion rudi­men­tary weapons from; days later, they emerged, Kat­niss Everdeen-like, with a list of names that The Ticket can be proud of. That, how­ever, is only half of this tor­tured Hunger

Games anal­ogy, and it is now up to you, dear read­ers, to pick the true Mock­ing­jays of 2015.

Go to irish­­ture/ the-ticket-awards and make your picks for the best mu­sic and film of the year. You can choose from our short­lists or make your own en­tirely fresh sug­ges­tions (we’re a benev­o­lent cul­tural dic­ta­tor­ship around here).

You have un­til mid­night on Sun­day to pick the best bits, and we’ll print the re­sults in or­der of merit in next week’s The Ticket, which is also our fi­nal edi­tion of the year. If you give us your brain thoughts, you will be in the draw to win one of our fan­tas­tic prizes.

Th­ese in­clude: a case of Jean Leon wine; a Cinepass for; five pairs of tick­ets to John Grant at the Iveagh Gar­dens in Dublin; new albums from Cold­play, Blur, Gavin James, cour­tesy of Warner; din­ner for two at OX Belfast; a pre­mium an­nual dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tion to irish­; din­ner for two at White Gables in Gal­way; five pairs of tick­ets to Wilco at the Iveagh Gar­dens in Dublin; din­ner for two at The Trea­sury in Lim­er­ick; a se­lec­tion of the best albums of 2015, cour­tesy of Gilded ALM; tick­ets to the Imag­in­ing Home con­certs at the Na­tional Con­cert Hall, run­ning in March/April 2016; and tick­ets to con­certs in Whe­lan’s, Dublin, in­clud­ing shows by David O’Do­herty, Ul­rich Sch­nauss and Ry­ley Walker.

So get over to irish­ cul­ture/the-ticket-awards and have your say. Oh come on, it’s nearly Christ­mas. It’s not like you’ve more im­por­tant things to do in the of­fice.

AirtKerry school leads artis­tic way

If your new year’s res­o­lu­tion in­volves learn­ing more about mu­sic, dance or art, a new res­i­den­tial school may be just the trick to get you out the door and on your way.

Based in the heart of the Din­gle penin­sula in Co Kerry, Airt sets out to pro­vide guidance and di­rec­tion from mu­si­cians, singers, dancers, artists, po­ets and writ­ers to those who want to fi­nesse their work in a cre­ative and friendly en­vi­ron­ment along the Wild At­lantic Way.

It’s the brain­child of Cor­mac Be­g­ley, the con­certina player, Ré band mem­ber and mem­ber of that fa­bled and tal­ented west Kerry tra­di­tional mu­sic dy­nasty. Aside from stu­dents learn­ing from pro­fes­sional artists, it’s hoped Airt’s var­i­ous week-long cour­ses will help the lo­cal econ­omy by bring­ing peo­ple into the area and putting on more events.

Course tu­tors for Airt cover all man­ner of styles and dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing singer-song­writer Lisa O’Neill (above), film-maker Ben Dow­den, dancer Emma O’Sul­li­van and mas­ter fid­dler Caoimhín Ó Raghal­laigh. The next sched­uled course will fea­ture Be­g­ley with Ensem­ble Eriu co-founder and west Clare con­certina player Jack Talty in March and other cour­ses will run through­out 2016 sub­ject to de­mand. See for more.

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