- 14 Apr 20
There are also Limerick DIY compilations, mysterious maritime parasites & four Yorkshiremen (bloody luxury!) to comprehensively raise the spirits
It's only Tuesday, but Margo Price, Courtney Marie Andrews, John Paul White, Nathaniel Rateliff and Brandy Clark already have Best Thing You'll See/Hear This Week sewn-up with their joint tribute to the great John Prine.
The impossibly gorgeous version of 'Parting Glass' that Hozier performed on the Late Late Show gets an official release on Friday in aid of the ISPCC Childline. Feel free to buy it more than once.
Happy to announce the performance of the Parting Glass from @RTELateLateShow will be out this Friday on all platforms with all proceeds going to @ISPCCChildline. Thanks to @rte for their support. pic.twitter.com/kY8vGY6i3v
— Hozier (@Hozier) April 14, 2020
Having seriously wowed us last year at Electric Picnic - oh how we'd love to be in Stradbally now - Mike Skinner offers us new Streets music in the shape of the Tame Impala-assisted 'Call My Phone Thinking I'm Doing Nothing Better'. Needless to say it's lead to us diving headfirst into his back catalogue with 'Dry Your Eyes' on 'repeat' for a goodly part of Easter Monday. Magical stuff...
We're loving the look of Sea Fever, a briny Irish thriller in the vein of The Thing and The Abyss, which with its cinematic April 24 release cancelled (boo!) will now be going online this month (yay!). It stars Hermione Corfield who has Star Wars: The Last Jedi on her rapidly expanding CV, Connie Nielsen of Wonder Woman renown and Dougray Scott who we adored in Batwoman.
"For marine biology student Siobhan, it was supposed to be a research excursion with a trawler crew fishing the West Irish seas," we're told. "But when they hit an unseen object and become marooned, a mysterious parasite infects their water supply. Soon the oozing force infiltrates the entire vessel and turns Siobhan’s journey into a claustrophobic fight for survival. Can they stop the mysterious water borne parasite from spreading before it’s too late?"
We're guessing "yes" but you'll have to watch to find out for sure...
The Sky At Night's brilliant 'You're So Cool' is getting a Bandcamp re-release with all proceeds going to Pieta House who, like many charities, have seen a dramatic downturn in donations due to the Covid-19 crisis. Originally released in 2013, the Kilkenny duo's 'sort of lullaby' is the textbook definition of starkly beautiful.
If you're in the mood for a good footy book, Dublin-based journo James Hendicott has made his CONIFA: Football For The Forgotten tome available for just 99p this week on Kindle.
It tells the story of the alternative World Cup for countries like Tibet, Northern Cyprus, Cascadia and Abkhazia who aren't recognised internationally and are therefore prevented from joining FIFA. Eminently stranger than fiction, we read it in the one sitting.
I've reduced the price of my book on @CONIFAOfficial to 99p on Kindle for one week, to mark a year since its release.
Tales of international football for unrecognised countries, from Tibet to Northern Cyprus, Cascadia to Abkhazia.
— James Hendicott (@jameshendicott) April 13, 2020
Sticking with the beautiful game and Shelbourne FC are hoping to welcome the likes of Wes Hoolahan, Niall Quinn, Tony Sheridan, Keith Andrews, Damien Duff, Joe Brolly, John O'Shea, Alan Brogan, Stephanie Roche and Dave Rogers to Tolka Park on November 14 for a charity game that will raise funds for Beaumont Hospital.
Weso returns to Tolka Park to face some Irish sporting greats including @alanbrogan13 and Damien Duff in aid of the @Beaumont_Dublin this November 👏
Details and tickets 👉 https://t.co/u2aZLWG3Mx#DublinsFinest 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/GlQVJGuJ93
— Shelbourne FC (@shelsfc) April 14, 2020
Our old pals 57 The Headline are doing their bit to keep you hydrated during lockdown with Irish craft beer deliveries to Dublin doors. Meanwhile, the likes of Third Barrel are expanding their online operations and in the process bringing joy and hoppiness to the nation.
We'll be adding more breweries to our online shop this week, so keep an eye out for lovely libations that will be delivered right your door.
What beers would you like to see on our shop list? pic.twitter.com/J3lC1yYoq8
— 57 The Headline 🍻🇮🇪 (@57theheadline) April 13, 2020
— THIRDBARREL (@ThirdBarrelbrew) April 12, 2020
From Limrock with much love comes Bed Covers: DIY LK In Isolation, which finds Anna's Anchor, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, Cruiser, Casavettes, His Father's Voice, Hey Rusty and Scenes covering each others' rather fine songs. With all proceeds going to Doras Luimní who support the rights of migrants in direct provision it's a no brainer...
Finally, Hot Press was deeply saddened over the weekend by the Covid-19 death of Tim Brooke-Taylor who brightened up many a 1970s living-room as one-third of The Goodies.
Before that he was one of the stars of At Last The 1948 Show, the proto-Monty Python which introduced us to the Four Yorkshiremen (bloody luxury!)