If you only do one thing this weekend … say what you see
The living Dead: There’s more than a few Joycean themed celebrations this weekend, to coincide with the anniversary of The Dead. The story takes place in 1094 on the evening of the Feast of the Epiphany, which is January 6th, and there will be a recreation of sorts of the Misses Morkan annual musical gathering in the Gresham tomorrow night, featuring entertainment from some of Dublin’s most renowned Joycean performers. Tickets are €50, with proceeds in aid of Sweny’s, the pharmacy that is open to the public and run by volunteers. Sweney’s will also be holding readings tomorrow at 2pm, and admission is free. Click here for the necessaries.
Selection box: The Nighthawks are getting 2012 off to an auspicious start, with a typically vibrant line-up in the Cobalt Café in Dublin on Saturday night. There will be poetry from Erin Fornoff, comedy with Conor O’Toole, Trevor Browne and Danny Dowling, and music from The Gandhis, Cat Dowling and Ailie Blunnie. It kicks off at 8pm, and it tends to sell out so get yourself some tickets from Oxfam on Parliament Street.
Listen: Ram’s Pocket Radio, who you may have seen on the road supporting quintessential weirdo Darwin Deez, enter the New Year after an eventful 2011. Peter McCauley, a self-proclaimed “jack-of-all” fronts the critically acclaimed, piano-spined Lisburn four-piece. Their stop in Dundalk on Saturday night in the Spirit Store is the last chance to see them in Ireland before they cross the water to tour England, so pop along for a healthy dose of functional rock-pop inspired by functional product designer Dieter Rams. If you can’t make it, do take time to check out their free EP Trajectories, which can be downloaded from their Myspace page.
- Aaron Meredith
Walker, Nordie Ranger: For a grand auld start to the weekend, what could be better than hearing the comedy dealings of Roy Walker, who is playing the Black Box in Belfast on Friday? He is probably more famously known as the man who, for 13 years, was the host of Catchphrase. Walker has recently returned to the field of stand-up and is performing in Belfast as part of the Out to Lunch Festival, which is also hosting Richard Herring and Josie Long in the coming days. However, if you’re feeling like a bit more than comedy, the Black Box Café runs an excellent pizzeria (go for the ‘meaty’ slices) every Thursday and Friday. As part of the festival, Lionel Shriver is also in action on Sunday, with a cracking line-up for the rest of the week. Click here for more information.
A touch of class: If you fancy something a bit more smooth and a bit less loud (loudness being common with anything up North), the excellent Ulster Orchestra is playing its Viennese Gala at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast tomorrow and Saturday night, and then it’s off to Derry on Sunday to play at the Millennium Forum.
That’s our selection for the weekend, but as a final festive parting shot, here’s a link to something rather lovely. Actress Ruth McGill (she’s currently working on Alice in Funderland at the Abbey, and has finished filming What Richard Did, directed by Lenny Abrahamson) wanted to send her friends and her agents a thank you Christmas card, so she recorded a version of O Holy Night at home in her sittingroom. It’s so good, though, that it’s being flying around social-media websites at a rate of knots. We reckon were just about the right side of January 6th to get away with this. Click here for the Soundcloud.