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The Go! Team – Electric Ballroom (15 February 2018)

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There’s a first time for everything. And this was gig-ruiningly poor sound at the usually excellent Electric Ballroom. Shame

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Written by Tony Kiernan

16 February 2018 at 10:24 am

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The Just Joans – The Lexington (3 February 2018)

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Always fantastic.

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04 February 2018 at 1:30 pm

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King Kurt – The Underworld (27 January 2018)

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Only ever seen King Kurt since they reformed (I was too young at the time, then too old). Tonight was the first with sax. It were grand. Can’t help wondering if they’re problematic

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27 January 2018 at 10:03 pm

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The Flaming Stars – The Dublin Castle (19 January 2018)

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Always

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20 January 2018 at 7:55 pm

Glengarry Glen Ross – The Playhouse (18 December 2017)

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I can’t decide if I don’t like David Mamet, or I’ve just never seen a really good production. There’s a style to the dialogue that I just don’t feel I’ve seen given a fair treatment. There’s a lot to commend in this one. And, enough pace and laughs to take you along quite happily. BUT. But, I feel like there’s something missing.

I can sit through all the heavily declamatory productions of Shakespeare you’d care to mention. Yet, still when a performance or take on it (like the recent Hamlet) brings it to life, I feel short-changed. That I’ve been making allowances for the age of the material. That it should still speak and not allow unnatural delivery as how it should be done.

And so, with dick-swinging-Dave. There’s a pace, a rhythm. I’m just not sure I’ve ever seen it. (Even on film. Maybe time to revisit this one’s movie version.)

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19 December 2017 at 9:30 am

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John Cage’s “Indeterminacy” – Foyles (14 December 2018)

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“The performance features Stewart Lee reading, Tania Chen and Steve Beresford on objects with Alan Tomlinson on trombone.” Did what it says on the tin [fin]

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15 December 2017 at 10:01 am

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The Penguin Cafe: Union Cafe – Union Chapel (11 December 2017)

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We are gathered here tonight for two reasons: The Penguin Cafe Orchestra‘s final studio album Union Cafe has been remastered and released on vinyl for the first time. This is kinda the album launch. Also, it’s twenty years to the day since head-Penguin Simon Jeffes‘ way too untimely death. The music dictates this will be a celebration, not a memorial.

Jeffes’ son Arthur has been carrying on the family business for about a decade now. I will never miss a chance to go see The Penguin Cafe (as they now are) perform. Usually, it’s a ‘greatest hits’ type event with a sprinkling of some of the material they are producing themselves (which is also excellent). This time it’s a different. They are playing he album and nothing else. If anything it makes for a more intense experience. We get some of the more experimental work. More of the range of work Jeffes was responsible for.

The highlight for me is Discover America. A tune I’m not familiar with. We get the story of Poppa Jeffes realising that Home On The Range, When The Saints Go Marching In and Red River Valley can be played on top of each other. The result is both epic and charmingly amusing. Pretty much the central tenets of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

There is no encore prepared for. But, the audience won’t leave (the lights have gone up). Arthur returns to play the piece he composed for his father’s memorial. There’s not a dry eye in the house.

Written by Tony Kiernan

12 December 2017 at 11:16 am

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