EVENT OF THE WEEK
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL
Saturday September 10-Sunday September 25; various locations/times/ticket prices; fringefest.com
If there’s one thing the Dublin Fringe Festival is best known for, it’s daring to be subversive and brave. As usual, there are too many options to choose from, but you won’t go wrong with these: ThisIsPopBaby’s Wake (National Stadium) is ‘an outpouring, reckoning, releasing and celebrating’ ; Accents (Project Arts Centre) sees Emmet Kirwan dramatically negotiating a path through family and community; Meanwhile, Tom Moran’s a Big Disgusting Liar (The New Theatre) is a one-man comedy in which the titular comedian asks “if I ever told another lie and was just myself, is it that someone close to me would still love me?” Full details of journey times/departure times/ticket prices can be found on the DFF website.
Saturday September 10; Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin; 8 p.m.; €25; paviliontheatre.ie
Maija Sofia, the West of Ireland songwriter whose seductive 2019 debut album Bath brought her to the attention of many, is the nominal headliner, but anyone with a keen interest in equally compelling music would be urged to head to this show early. The reasons why two American songwriters are making their Irish debut: Lael Neale (from Los Angeles) and Jana Horn (from Texas). A superb three for one. Part of the Dún Laoghaire Folk Festival.
Saturday September 10; Sunday September 11; Friday September 16; Saturday September 17; Croke Park, Dublin; 5 p.m.; €81/€65.45; ticketmaster.co.uk
For thousands of country music fans, these shows have been a long time coming — and not just for the fans. The plain truth is that Garth Brooks loves Ireland, Ireland loves Garth Brooks, and the fact that you consider his music not exactly to your liking has little to do with it – these shows , including last night’s inaugural concert, sold out within minutes of ticket sales. for sale. There are no supporting acts, so it’s Garth’s girth from start to finish. Expect blue-collar country-rock/pop anthems followed by fireworks. Not a fan? Immerse yourself.
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III
Sunday September 11; Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin; 7 p.m.; €38; singularartists.ie
Although perhaps weary that most people now know him as the father of Rufus and Martha – and not as an acerbic and shrewd singer-songwriter in his own right who, in the 1970s, grappled with the dreaded ‘new Bob Dylan’ label – Loudon Wainwright III continues to valiantly shape and share a distinctive body of work. As someone who’s been around for over 50 years, Wainwright III knows a thing or two about a lot of things, and so over the decades his shows have become as much funny comedy masterclasses as therapy sessions.
Friday September 16 and Saturday September 17; Baltray, Co Louth; 12 hours; €70/€120; Saturday family (two adults, two children 3-12 years old) 150 € vantastival.com
Vantastival started in May 2010 on, says one of its co-founders, Louise Tangney, “a wing and a prayer”. The 2022 iteration of the festival is the first time since 2019 that it has returned to Baltray (on the grounds of Beaulieu House, located about five kilometers from Drogheda), and although it is slightly smaller, it nevertheless remains true to his loyalty to the promotion of Irish music. (besides being a catch-up hideaway for lovers of the RV lifestyle). Musical groups to watch this year include Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra, Zapho, Kyoto Love Hotel, Wood Burning Savages, Niamh Regan, RSAG and Susan O’Neill.
FALL IN PLACE
from Friday September 16 to Sunday September 18; Claregalway Castle, County Galway; 4:30 p.m. €36; three-day ticket €86; fallrightintoplace.ie
Galway record label and music agency Strange Brew is behind, once again, this immensely cool weekend festival that has its finger so firmly on the pulse it might just cut off supply bleeding. The headliners are New Dad (Friday), The Scratch (Saturday) and The Mary Wallopers (Sunday). Kynsy, Houseplants, Daithí, Junior Brother and Paddy Hanna.
EITHNE JORDAN — DIRECTION PART I & PART II
Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Co Louth, through October 1; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, until 4 December.
Two solo exhibitions by Eithne Jordan continue in two separate galleries for two months, so the likelihood of seeing both and drawing your conclusions on the themes is reasonably high. Staging Part I at the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda features large and smaller scale paintings that examine the elegance of some 18th and 19th century buildings and their current use. Mise en Scene Part II presents a sequence of miniature oils (mostly sculptures), which is something of an artistic departure for the artist RHA.
ON THE SCENE
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin; from Tuesday September 13 to Saturday September 17; 7:30 p.m.; €45/€35/€30/€25 Matinees at 2:30 p.m. on 14/15/17 September. bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
The South Pacific Chichester Festival Theater production of Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Rodgers & Hammerstein makes its Irish debut, and if you’re looking for a memorable evening – full orchestra, leading ladies and gentlemen, classic show tunes such as Bali Ha’I, Some Enchanted Evening, There is Nothing Like a Dame, Happy Talk, and I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair – then get in your canoe, paddle and sing. Keep in mind, however, that the musical’s message about combating racial prejudice was strong enough for British drama critic Kenneth Tynan to remark that South Pacific was the first musical romance “seriously involved in adult subject matter.” .
EVA GONZALES IS WHAT DUBLIN NEEDS
Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, until Sunday 18 September.
In addition to using Édouard Manet’s 1870 portrait of Eva Gonzales (one of his formal students) as an entry point into the representation and creative rituals of female artists, this exhibition also describes the long-lasting artistic discourse between painter and subject.
BOOK THIS WEEK
The Blackwater Lightship, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin; September 27-October 2; tickets available from ticketmaster.co.uk
Potter in Pot, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin; October 18-23; tickets available from ticketmaster.co.uk
Cinderella, National Opera House, Wexford, 26/29/31 October; November 4; tickets available from www.wexfordopera.com
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2022, various venues in Cork City, October 27-30; tickets available from guinnesscorkjazz.ie