Theatre Review: The Bear’s Tuxedo in the Theatre Upstairs

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This was a bit of a treat last week. I didn’t know much about the play, so went along with an open mind. I just barely made it in time (stupid traffic!) to the Theatre Upstairs at Lanigan’s Bar, Eden Quay, to catch Keith James Walker’s new play, The Bear’s Tuxedo. THE BEAR’S TUXEDO takes you on a cosmic journey through the torn flamboyant fibres of one man’s being. That man is the mercurial Billy Sendoza. Billy is a gay Californian funeral director with an attachment to the arcane and a penchant for the preposterous. Join Billy as he swaps the sands of Southern California for the unforgiving scorched desert of Mexico on a journey of personal redemption. THE BEAR’S TUXEDO is a surreal exploration of how one man’s inability to separate his dreams from reality contaminates and distorts not only his own life, but the lives of those around him. … There’s more

Movember – Support Me, Support Men’s Health

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This is the month where men are real men. This is the month where men prove their manliness by growing fluff beneath their noses. This is Movember. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, during November each year men all around the world grow mustaches to raise awareness and funds to combat prostate and testicular cancer, as well as men’s mental health challenges. Starting on November 1st, participants completely shave any facial hair, then begin the courageous task of growing and grooming a mo. Men everywhere use their faces as a walking, talking billboard in order to prompt conversation and raise awareness for men’s health issues. Those who’d like to participate in this worthy effort can register at ie.movember.com. After registration, male participants, or Mo Bros as they are called, create a personal Mo Space page to serve as an outlet to promote their Mo-growth and receive donations to … There’s more

New Music Review: Tod Doyle and The Troubled – These Days

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It was in my review of the Spirit of Folk Festival that I noted: my find [?] of the gig, if not the year was, the now very highly recommended Tod Doyle and The Troubled. I fell so in love with their song Kirbman, that I forgot to record it. I’ll make sure to rectify that Tod, I promise. I was walking through the woods, not towards the stage, when not for the first time I was drawn towards a sound. And as I sat down to see what they were like, as one does at a festival and a new sound, this song started playing….  First formed in Budapest in 2012, in the same year released their debut album “These days” and since have been hard at work touring and promoting the album across the water in Ireland and the UK. How good do others think they are ? … There’s more

Irish Blog Awards 2013 – Winners

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Who said blogging was dead ? So very far from it seems, if you take a look at the nominations list. Anyhow and for the now, these are the best that are Irish blogs for 2013. Go forth. Pick one. Read one. Leave a comment on one. Wish ‘em well done. Well done all. Best Great Outdoors – Greenside Up Best Music Blog – Dublin Concerts Best Popculture Blog – Brand New Retro Best Food / Drink Blog – One Man’s Meat Best Health and Wellbeing Blog – Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer Best Technology Blog – The Sociable Best Photography Blog – Foxglove Lane Studio Best Eco/Green Blog – Greenside Up Best Sport/Recreation Blog – Sports News Ireland Best Blog of a SME business – One Fab Day Best Arts and Culture Blog – The Irish Aesthete Best Designed Blog – Molly Moo Best Mobile Compatible Blog – Squidgy Moments … There’s more

New Music EP – Carriages

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I first heard Harry Bookless and Aaron Page of Carriages play The Spirit of Folk Festival 2013. They were on the main stage and this was a folk festival. And in my head that conjures up images of bearded men with pipes and a sheep under one arm and a woman doing crochet quietly in the corner. And though the festival was very far from that, a little further afield was the music that emminated from the PA system.   And in my head there’s a wee little man with a telephone directory and a rolodex flicking through at a pace of knots searching for category to file them under, or in between some sound that I’ve heard before. And all he and I could come up with was a quasied version of the intro to U2′s Numb meets The Who’s Teenage Wasteland, played backwards at a slower beat. In context … There’s more

Tonight: Midnight Openings For FIFA14

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As the countdown to FIFA 14 continues, games retailers around the country have confirmed they will be opening their doors at midnight tonight, September 26th 2013. I have played it. And yes and as always with EA and FIFA it is good. More on that to follow…. Suggested cost I’m told will vary around €64.99 – that said, if you know of any good deals or promo’s around the country feel free to note ‘em below or over on the Culch.ie bookface. Of note to taller people. It is the one game I have always owned, even when I was wi-fi less that lasts a full 9 months. If you are gonna buy 1 game etc… Midnight Openings: Gamestop will open 24 of its stores at midnight at Letterkenny; Dundalk; Castlebar; Cork (Douglas, Blackpool, Wilton SC and Patrick Street); Tralee; Mallow; Killarney; Dublin (Henry Street, Santry, Donaghmede, Clarehall, Pavilions SC, … There’s more

Review: Spirit of Folk Festival 2013

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Above image: Myself with organiser Martin Duffy, courtesy Brian Greene. Year 3, my third year at The Spirit of Folk Festival kicked off Saturday 22nd September and though it was only for 1 day and night, it was as always so very beautiful. It seems funny to want a passage of time to never end… and this year was no different. A bit like the happiest game of snakes and Ladders played within a Jamesless giant peach, it is a very beautiful thing to see a feeling turn into an event and watch it grow only then to ram it into a calculator and press the square root button. And then you realise that the #soF13 family could have asked me to come to the field with nothing but a tree under my left oxter and it would have been as beautiful, solely because of the people there. Now add … There’s more

The Hot Sprockets set to play The Late Late Show

And about fohoking time. Yup absolute legends and total frickin’ gentlemen The Hot Sprockets have just announced that they will indeed be playing The Late Late show. Tomorrow. Friday. Sept 20th 2013. Last time we met was at Indiependence 2013. listen to ‘The Hot Sprockets chat @ Indiependence 2013’ on Audioboo The choon of choice for Fridays show, Soul Brother is from their soon to be released second album. You can find their first album Honey Skippin in iTunes and all good record stores. More info: The Hot Sprockets website   Hot Sprockets on facebook @thehotsprockets

Welcome: The Spirit of Folk, Festival 2013

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This weekend sees the very much anticipated return of The Spirit of folk Festival 2013. Culch.ie has been and gone there since it began way back in 2011 and this it’s 3rd year is one I simply cannot wait for. I’ll grant you #SOF13 is probably not the type of gig where you’d spot that many fake tan pushers, complete with Gucci aftersahve flavoured Beckham Wellies, because I’m worth it ? More this gig really is about The Spirit of Folk. For me, for us, it is the place where myself and Brian Greene were made to feel part of The Family in 2011 as they aired on The Sodshow. And we had tea there. It is were Anthony McGuinness  and I first met The Hot Sprockets. It is were Darren and Ellie went shamanic drumming and Brian interviewed a viking. It is bring your own Germania beer, a hug … There’s more

Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum

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Invitations to cemeteries don’t come along all that often, thankfully, but when it’s Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, you’d do well not to decline. Established in 1828 by Daniel O’Connell, the cemetery is completely non-denominational and has a total of 1.5 million people buried inside its walls. That’s more people below ground than there are currently within Dublin city. Mad. On arrival our group was welcomed by Mervyn Colville, museum manager and board member of Glasnevin Trust. After tea, biscuits and a Q&A session, Shane MacThomais, the lead historian, guided us through the museum’s many exhibits. Visitors can look up the family’s history in the database, browse information about famous figures who are buried there and even listen to stories of the many gravediggers who have worked in the cemetery over the generations. Visitors will have particular cause to check out the info panel on Rosie Hackett, with the newest Liffey … There’s more

Theatre tip: War of Attrition

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As you may be aware, we’re big of Devious Theatre from Kilkenny. Their work is some of the best amateur theatre in the country and they’re bringing their latest show, War of Attrition, to the Dublin Fringe Festival next week. “We’ve created the conditions for war, but no one wants to fight.” Daisy is the unwitting star of a viral video, Psycho Chugger, which currently sits on 178,234 YouTube views. And it’s ruining her life. Alan is the one who made it. A blogger who goes by the name of Generalissimo Malaise, he targets the ‘everyday arsehole’. Chris is a homeless man who just got caught in the crossfire of their feud. Devious Theatre bring their destructive new comedy to the streets of Dublin. There will be casualties. The show is directed by Niamh Moroney, produced by Ken McGuire and stars John Doran, John Morton and Roseanna Purcell. It will … There’s more

100 Years After The 1913 Lock Out @ Glasnevin Cemetery

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First Up, This From The Press Release: It is 100 years this year since the start of the great Dublin Lockout, when members of ‘Big’ Jim Larkin’s Transport Union walked off the trams of the Dublin United Tramway Company (DUTC) over the refusal of then DUTC chairman (and leading shareholder) William Martin ‘Tramway’ Murphy to allow some workers to join the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. Glasnevin Cemetery is the final resting place of many of the men and women who were to witness this great event in Irish Labour history. The Lockout saw 20,000 Irish workers being locked out of their workplaces, due to industrial conflict between them and their employers. The bit that you might like – note the last day is tomorrow – yeah I know it’s late an’ all, I was in a garden:  Re-enactments will be daily 26th – 31st Aug at 2.30pm. To … There’s more

Live Music: Spirit of Folk Festival Awards Semi-Final @ Whelans

It’s plain how much love we have for the Spirit of Folk eh…folks, and we’ll be in Whelans of Wexford St on Saturday for the SOF Festival Awards Semi-Finals. Doors open at 3.30pm for a day of great bands, storytellers from all over Ireland and a craft market. An impressive 100 bands applied and nine have made it through to the semi-finals. They are: Moxie, Miriam Donohue, Mossy Nolan & Colm McGowan, My Fellow Sponges, Garr Cleary, Laura Ann Brady, The Cujo Family, Vickers Vimy and A Band Called Wanda. Carl Corcoran of RTE Lyric FM’s Blue of the Night said of judging the awards: ‘Participating in the Spirit of Folk Talent search has been a real pleasure and has provided further proof to me that there is a very healthy and thriving community of music makers and creative artists out there. This SOFF initiative provides a great platform for … There’s more

National Heritage Week

It’s heritage week. A massive event with thousands of free tours, guides, events, talks, and buildings on view throughout the country from 18 to 25 August. You may have heard of Culture Night or Open House wk end – this is the week long version, but with events taking place all around the country, and every piece of heritage you can think of being involved. We’re already in the middle of it, but there’s still plenty to see. Always popular is the Masonic Lodge on Molesworth St – do it on Culture Night and you get the 20 min tour, in Heritage Week you get the 2.5 hour version! So far since Saturday I’ve done a walking tour of medieval Dublin, a tour of St. Audoen’s church, a lecture on the European Master paintings in the National Gallery, a 1916 walking tour of Beggars Bush, a visit to Monkstown church, … There’s more