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The indie-pop two-piece of Dave Carey and Annie Sutton was formed only last year and the pair have already released a debut album and supported Paddy Casey. Now Palaces are setting their sights on the Chinese market with plans to move to Beijing. Play's Maria Tracey catches up with the duo to discuss their anthemic sound, living room recordings, and their plans to tap a market of 13 million...

Acclaimed operatic trio Voce di Donna are to appear at the Eyeries Family Festival this weekend. The event, being held tomorrow, Saturday in the West Cork village, will see Fiona O’Reilly, Christina O’Flynn and Bethan Lee perform Three Ladies & A Suitcase. The group came together two years ago because of their shared passion for opera and the desire to bring it to a wider...

Cork-natives Sideproject will play a free show in The Pavilion tomorrow, Saturday. The five-piece post-rock group, formed in early 2006, has released three EPs: Take Shelter From The Stars, Not Waving But Drowning and most recently, They Made You Miss Everything, which came out last summer. The free Pavilion gig, kicking off at 9pm, will be Sideproject's first in Cork since the launch of the...

Irish singer, actor and filmmaker Maria Doyle Kennedy will play an intimate gig at the Sirius Arts Centre tonight, Friday. The singer recently finished a run of sell-out shows in Europe, New York and Toronto and released her latest album, Maria Live earlier this year. It was also announced last week that Maria Doyle Kennedy will return for the third season of the sci-fi series Orphan Black,...

 It might still be summer but the Irish Chamber Orchestra is already planning a Christmas cathedral concert in Cork for December. The Orchestra's Christmas celebration Joyeux Noël will have a decidedly French theme, featuring delights from Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns and Achille-Claude Debussy. English composer, conductor and pianist Benjamin Britten’s imaginative...

Several emerging Cork artists are holding a pair of one-night events. The first show of The Young Ones, a performance, sound and video event, took place last night, Thursday at The Workshop in the Sample Studios on Sullivan's Quay, and a second showing will be at the Rua Red, Tallaght, Dublin on Friday, July 25th. It features new work by The Project Twins, Rachel Barton, Kieran Healy, Jamie...

A new play at the Granary Theatre questions how people find the strength to survive after loss. Doctor Ecstaticus and the Quest for Happiness features Dr Ecstaticus and his travelling show, which journeys from town to town under the guise of a renowned alchemist. His true ambition, however, is an age-long search for the Well of Happiness - a whispered secret, a bedtime story shared between a...

Upbeat and jazzy with a sound traditional core is how six-piece The Olllam are best described. The progressive traditional group features Belfast's own John McSherry on pipes and low whistles along with Detroit-based musicians Tyler Duncan (pipes and low whistles), Michael Shimmin (drums), Joe Dart (bass) and Woody Goss (Rhodes Piano), augmented by the young Limerick guitarist Sean O'Meara....

A Shakespearean classic will be staged at two upcoming outdoor concerts in Cork. A Midsummer Night's Dream will be at The Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre in Baltimore on Tuesday, August 5th at 8pm and Fota House on Wednesday, August 6th at 7.30pm. Presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company, the romantic comedy is a thrilling journey to a magical forest with star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and...

A double bill of theatre is coming to Schull this month. The PlayActing Theatre will present Eileen and May the Force… in Schull Parish Hall for four nights- tomorrow night, Saturday along with Sunday, July 20th; Friday, July 25th and Sunday, July 27th.

The monologue Eileen is written and performed by Karen Minihan and May the Force… is a one-woman show developed from a...

The award-winning comedy tracing the misadventures of two of Cork's not-so finest criminals returns to the Everyman. A funny, honest and touching portrait of the human face of disorganised crime, Love, Peace and Robbery will run from Monday, July 28th to Saturday, August 2nd.

Playwright Liam Heylin, who is also a court reporter, was inspired to write the play after he interviewed real-...

Twisted Celluloid is to screen two of the most influential action-adventure sci-fi thrillers ever to grace the silver screen this weekend. Mad Max (1979) is first up at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, set in the near future where motorcycle gangs rule the impoverished roads of this dystopian society. Max Rockansky (Mel Gibson) is the fearless cop who wages war against them, and they retaliate by...

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Eighty-eight steep steps, a half mile walk and temperatures of 12 degrees… it all adds up to the latest three-day concert series at the Mitchelstown Caves. Ger Wolfe and O Emperor kick off The Cave this evening at 7pm, with Sam Brookes and Delorentos tomorrow, Saturday and Mick Flannery with The Young Folk on Sunday. For booking and information see...

Fifteen years since Gift Grub first made its debut on Irish air waves, the man behind the comedy slot, Mario Rosenstock, is bringing a brand new show to the Marquee. The master mimic talks to Play's Maria Tracey about the art of impressions... and why he longs for a punch-up with Roy Keane.

Mario Rosenstock's favourite character comes as no surprise. The renowned comedian and...

They may be unconventional but Icelandic trio Samaris are far from boring. The band consists of clarinet player Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir, singer Jófríður Ákadóttir and electronic musician Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, who together play downtempo electronica/trip-hop. Their sound is filled with space,...

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