THURSDAY 02.06.16

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JC JC Peter Craw­ley

the reg­gae, soul and funk sounds, Sim Simma’s birth­day bash will fea­ture food, art and reg­gae yoga. AL­BUM LAUNCH Shit Ro­bot Re­cent Ticket cover star Mar­cus Lam­bkin (above) comes home to Dublin to show off his ace new al­bum What Fol­lows. Out now on DFA, Lam­bkin’s third al­bum is a record to revel in, where his skill with elec­tronic grooves and col­lab­o­ra­tive smarts with folks such as Alexis Tay­lor (Hot Chip) and Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsys­tem) pro­duced some dark, pul­sat­ing and in­trigu­ing tracks. Sup­port for his launch party from New Jack­son, who also fea­tures on the new al­bum. Be­gin­nings al­ways have such prom­ise, no mater how dis­ap­point­ing their end­ings. This lit­tle re­hearsal of hu­man hope hap­pens reg­u­larly at the end of each year and the be­gin­ning of the next, and cer­tainly among the mis­guided few still try­ing to have the Best New Year’s Ever, while saddled with the in­ter­nal au­dit of the clos­ing year’s prof­its and losses. Stephen Jones’s play, which pre­miered at The­atre Up­stairs last year and went on to scoop a Stu­art Parker Trust/BBC NI Ra­dio Drama Award, started strong it­self, and is still as­cend­ing, now re­vived for a sig­nif­i­cant run in Bew­ley’s Café The­atre and likely to progress fur­ther. In a Lisa Han­ni­gan house named Eden, two strangers, Alan and Eva (Jones and the lu­mi­nes­cent Seána Ker­slake, above), both dam­aged souls, bar­ri­cade them­selves into a bath­room to avoid the manda­tory cheer of Auld Lang Syne, and come to dis­cover each other. Di­rected by Karl Shiels, it has the bruised hope of a sec­ond chance, or as the ti­tle sug­gests, an of­fer to be­gin again.

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