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September 22 2011


where
L Mulligan Grocer
8 Stoneybatter, Dublin


when
All day

how much
€4 a scoop

le other
(Anti) Arthur's Day

So like a glazed and gilt-edged turd emerging from the bowels of a marketing geniuse, Arthur's Day raises it's hideously adorned head again to try and imprint itself on our public psyche like a prostitute who endeavours to eventually become respectable with age. This year you have the opportunity to take decisive action against the day by celebrating Irish micro-breweries at L Mulligan Grocers. Stoneybatter's finest purveyor of craft beers and artisan food lable themselves as 'fiercely local' and in this vein are celebrating the craftsmanship of Ireland's microbreweries by offering all their craft beers for €4 a pint for the whole of the aformentioned day. So you can rage against the PR machine AND drink a lot of delicious beer all at once! Joy!  / Jessica Hayden

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September 22 2011


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
20th-24th, 6pm

how much
€13/11

theatre
When Irish Hearts Are Praying

As a nation which leapt from worshipping at the alter of one (false?) God to another, When Irish Hearts are Praying examines issues of excess and materialism alongside religious belief and identity in modern Ireland. A bleakly realistic but well-crafted story, peppered with blackly comic gems, it comes with the tagline – “Hey God! Where’s my fffffing pony?!” And sure, haven’t we all wondered that on occasion. I mean, seriously - I went to mass every Sunday for a good 16 years… This thoughtful script and excellent cast tell an easily identifiable yet surreal tale, touching on that attitude of entitlement that is rife in Ireland, coupled with that ol' Catholic guilt which still manages to rear it’s ugly head. / Aoife Concannon

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September 22 2011


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
9.30pm (ends Sat)

how much
€14/12

dance
maKe, i mean

Would you like a side order of Fringe with your main order of Fringe? ABSOLUTely when it comes to maKe, i mean. Helmed by John Scott from Irish Modern Dance Theatre and joined by Adrienne Truscott (Wau Wau Sisters) with a cast resembling The Royal Tenenbaums, this is one-hour of free-wheeling fun. Want to know what Joan Crawford playing Hitler as a failed painter looks like? Want to know how to fashion slippers from bread? Then this performance encounter is the marmalade on your toast. There's surreal strutting, pop-up harmonies and nonsensical naughtiness in this sublimely absurd spectacle. / Zach Joyce

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September 22 2011


where
Dam Court,
Dublin 2


when
8pm

how much
Free

cinema
Les Triplettes de Belleville - Cycle Cinema

There were costumed fans of James Joyce conquering Temple Bar's lanes and Sky Ride stirring the bike wheels across the town. The summer is long gone, at least by Irish standards, and cycling from now on will become a tricky business with that windy-rainy-sunny merry-go-round. A magical spark of cycling’s powers, however, can be caught at this week’s Cycle Cinema. This unique idea, conceived last year, will transform Dame Court into an Open Air Cinema playground with the blue sky above and a beer garden on the right. What better way to celebrate cycling than by using a human powered cycle generator to watch Les Triplettes de Belleville. Stay fit and happy! For animation addicts and cycling fans is a must-see. / Anna P

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September 22 2011


where
Dublin Contemporary,
Earlsfort Terrace,
Dublin 2


when
7pm-8pm

how much
Free

talk
The Art of Being Free

Sonia 'Sunny' Jacobs and Peter Pringle have a little more in common than most couples. Both were independently and falsely accused of capital murder and spent 17 and 14 of their respective death sentences behind bars.  Sunny's husband was not so lucky. He was brutally executed by electric chair (on the fourth attempt). Having been subsequently released and charges dropped, the pair met and now live freely and happily in Connemara. The Art of being Free celebrates the triumph of human freedom over hardship and engages art as a means of exploring how we deal with similar, but less harrowing issues in our lives. / Sofie Rooney

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September 22 2011


where
Bruxelles, 7/8 Harry St. Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
9pm

how much
Free

gig
Eoin Glackin

Up-and-coming Dublin rocker Eoin Glackin launches a month-long Thursday-night residency at Bruxelles tonigh, following a UK tour to promote his new album Not Lost. The Damien Dempsey-endorsed singer-songwriter, who recently signed a recording contract with Sony, is currently burning up the national airwaves with celtic-tinged single Hello Caroline, and these gigs mark a rare opportunity to catch a rising star live, right on the point of an international breakthrough, at the small and intimate venue where he first made his name. The “Clontarf Springsteen” will be on stage from 9pm each night; expect driving rock’n’roll, rivetingly honest and direct ballads, tunesmithery in the classic tradition, and a whole slew of special guest appearances. / Nick McCarron
 

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September 23 2011


where
Red Dog Design, Red Dog Design, 23 Blackpitts (off Clanbrassil St.) Dublin 8
Location Map

when
5pm - 11pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Culture Night - Eight Trees

Here's one thing for certain - everywhere's going to be jammers on Culture Night 2011. The city has loads to offer and, elsewhere, the likes of IMMA and Airfield will attract a big crowd. However if you find yourself off the beaten track in the Historic Quarter, wander down to Blackpitts where Red Dog Design are throwing their doors open to Culture Nighters for the first time. Central to the evening is Eight Trees - an exhibition of posters designed in response to a very open brief and available (gratis, of course) on a first-come, first-served basis to visitors. There'll also be activities and fun stuff if you're up for it, games for the kids and a drop of wine if you promise to behave. At the very least you'll get to see that there's more to a design studio than a bunch of hipsters quacking on about Helvetica. / John Connolly

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September 23 2011


where
The Lir
Trinity College,
Dublin 2

when
Until Sept 24th, 7pm

how much
€12/10

comedy
Chesslaugh Mewash

The poetry of Czeslaw Milosz is a kind of industrial philosophy, no jargon, no social in-jokes, a simplicity where nature isn't flowery and aesthetic but meaningful, and human emotions are dark, light and downright twisted. The multi-lingual performance creates a layered and manic atmosphere, complimented by a variety of group scenes, solo scenes and couple scenes. The characters are all flawed yet redeemable, with a Puck/Tinkerbell figure playing the most extreme example. The performance climaxes with a pseudo-religious crescendo, and although the idea of a traditional God seems ill at ease with the loose narrative it is, well, rather splendid. Throw in a poet with a cravat, a revolutionary with a quiff and a t-shirt and what I can only describe as an 'earth lady' and you've got yourself a good night out! / Kate Frances Coleman

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September 23 2011


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
1pm (ends Sept 24th)

how much
€13/11

theatre
All Things Considered...

Thank you. All too seldom uttered, all too seldom heard. It seems therefore unexpected to hear the response it elicits, as Louise White and Kate Nic Chonaonaigh tenderly acknowledge in a thoroughly heart-wrenching and spirit-lifting show, in a room filled with love and wonder. 300 postcards sent to 300 hundred individuals in the 32 counties; community leaders, teachers, friends, strangers all anonymously receive the same hand-written address- thank you for being you. In turns angry and grateful, this production attempts to address the great dearth of goodwill and kindness that exists, at least publicly, in the current whirlpool of doom and gloom. The great catharsis of telling stories meets the impossibility of the selfless act, there was laughter and there were almost unexplainable tears too. Win Tickets / Jeanette Farrell

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September 23 2011


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
10.20am, 12.40pm, 3pm, 5.20pm, 7.50pm & 10.10pm

how much
€10.60/€8.30/€6.20

cinema
Drive

Drive is one sexy menacing beast of a film and undoubtedly the best thing to hit cinema screens since Senna. Anchored by the lush combo of Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan and propelled by a superb retro soundtrack thanks to Cliff Martinez (a former Red Hot Chilli Pepper), Drive is turbo-charged brilliance from the get go. Gosling is a mechanic and car stuntman who moonlights as the getaway driver for heists. Mulligan lives next door and is awaiting the release of her husband from prison. Entanglements lead to fallout. It gets messy, very messy. There are several graphic violent snaps that you'll flinch and grimace at. Days of Heaven or Knight Rider it ain't. Gosling brings a Brandoesque brooding quality to Drive while Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn deservedly picked up best director in Cannes for this relentlessly exhilarating movie. Fasten up! / Zach Joyce

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September 23 2011


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
8pm-11pm

how much
Free

gig
Le Galaxie

'Tune!' The word was everywhere. On pieces of paper clutched in the waving hands of the crowd, a massive banner raised on the stage and in the voices of every soul that got up early to see Le Galaxie put on one of the stand-out shows at this years Electric Picnic. Feverishly energetic, they stomped through the short set like it was the closing act of the festival, sucking more and more people to the front, wellies stomping the soft ground into mush. The bands live performances were already starting to take on cult status, and after the launch of their synthesizer driven, guitar pounding debut album Laserdisc Nights II in the summer they've now got a solid base to work from. A sort of homecoming gig, this free event is Le Galaxie's first in Dublin since June and is sure to pack in a madding crowd. One word; 'Tune!' / Hugh Torpey

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September 24 2011


where
Airfield
Kilmacud Road Upper,
Dundrum


when
11-5pm

how much
Free

market
The Airfield Vintage and Craft Market

There are other markets vying for your attention this weekend, but how many can claim to combine the twin joys of bargain-hunting with a spot of piggy-perusing*? This Saturday, Airfield city farm will once again play host to an eclectic array of stall-holders, proffering everything from 70s furniture, to vintage clothing, handmade jewellery, crafty knick-knacks, bric-a-brac and vinyl. The range on offer never fails to turn-up a wee gem to make the trip worthwhile, and that’s before you’ve said 'hello' to the animals or had a goo at the former owner’s small but beautiful collection of classic cars. This marks the last opportunity to sample these rustic charms before the estate closes long-term for refurbishment next month. So don your wellies, fill your bags with goodies and your lungs with fresh air - *Piglets not for sale. / Tom Donegan

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September 24 2011


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€16.50

gig
Emeralds

If diving safely into a chlorinated pool is like listening to an Emeralds recording, then plunging in to the unknown of the open sea is to experience them live. The controlled environment of their releases is a perfectly copacetic way to experience their music, but the ad-lib nature of their performances makes for a much more exciting prospect. The American trio's textured layering of tones, bleeps and arpeggiated signals could easily slip into monotonous repetition – but these dudes have a way with timbre! Prolificacy and improvisation has gone hand in hand in drone circles, so it comes as little surprise Emeralds have put out over 20 recordings of their impromptu jams. Last year’s Does It Look Like I’m Here? broke somewhat from this by having relatively short songs and a teaspoon of melody. Crucial noodling. / Simon Judge

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September 24 2011


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
7-11pm

how much
€12/10

le other
The Handsome Little Fox Picnic

'Remember that scene In Fantastic Mr Fox when all woodland creatures take refuge underground after stealing from the mean farmers and they have a delightful feast to celebrate their achievements of staying alive? That's what The Handsome Little Fox Picnic will be like. South Studios will be transformed Into a cosy woodland lair with indoor camp fires and home-made comforts. Come dressed In your most handsome fox attire, pack your picnic basket or nap sack with treats and alcohol drinks and enjoy a unique event with live music throughout the night. Tickets are €12 on the door or €10 If you say your a le cool reader. All the money from the night Is going to the Bee for Battens charity to help children with wild and rare diseases.  / Mick Minogue

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September 24 2011


where
St. Agatha's Hall,
Dunne Street,
Dublin 1

when
2pm

how much
Free

storytelling
What's The Story? - Part 1

Some say that each culture is a multidimensional storytelling pot that’s spiced by each generation of movers and shakers. So wouldn’t it be cool to chill out with a piece of cake and listen to a few tall tales. Milk and Cookies have joined forces with Age Action Ireland to bring some intergenerational storytelling magic to the city. This will be the first of the series, so there will definitely be  a lot of cookies involved. Any eager listeners should start at St. Agatha's Hall and follow up next weeks instalment in Liberty Hall where some pro storytellers will be empowering your imagination. During these hectic times, a well-told story can recharge your mind better than Dr. Phil’s ‘getting-real’ procedure. So I am dusting off my comfy slippers and Cookie Monster mug to join the troupes of zealous listeners. / Anna P

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September 24 2011


where
Concourse Room,
Gibson Hotel,
The Point Village,
Dublin 1

when
7.30pm

how much
€30

fashion
See no Evil, Wear no Evil Mask Party

An evening of mystery, mystique and glamour all in aid of a good cause? Nice. This annual event organised by the Fashion Business Network, which raises money for the Beyond Skin Foundation, is suited for fashionistas or just those who feel like getting their gladrags on for the evening. The tone of the night is Burlesque meets Harem while the dress code is “Wow & Masked” and this will be reflected in the contemporary fashion show which promises to be the piece de resistance of the party sitting comfortably alongside the wining, dining and special surprise entertainment. Produced and styled by Maria Fusco, guests are guaranteed a truly glam, memorable and masked evening! / Frances Winston
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September 24 2011


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
10:30pm

how much
€15/12

club night
Africa Hitech, Shed, Disco Bloodbath

There is a Shed in the Twisted Pepper basement... it's normally parked in Berghain where it has released two ground breaking techno long players, most recently the wonderful Traveller. While for some Berlin might represent the stripped back and the dark, Shed's stripped back grooves marry detailed melodies, harmonies and hypnotic hooks. Same night, upstairs, there's Africa Hitech, bringing together the sounds of bubbling Detroit techno, soul, and fierce Jamaican digital dancehall. To top it all off, there’s a musical bloodbath of the disco variety courtesy of the famed London outfit. There will be something for everyone whether you're Shed, Africa or Disco bound..... Win Tickets / Ene Keenan

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September 25 2011


where
Monster Truck Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


when
Until Oct. 8th

how much
Free

exhibition
So Long Roger Fenton…

CreeEEEeaaak. Monster truck is haunted. By the Ghost of Contemporary art, some good old Conceptual Poltergiests and the spirit of Roger Fenton, original war photographer, who could never show the piles of dead bodies he saw while on site in Crimea and has returned to make us see that his photos were staged, a MOCKERY. He will not rest until the deceit is revealed to all. He has possessed the bodies of several artists. Out of nowhere a ramp has appeared like those of a carnival fun house and an elaborate fake wall cunningly disguised as a face to rock climb on. Oh how mischievous. It is said that late at night David Lamelas' Study of Relationships between Inner and Outer Space presses itself against the window in an effort to escape. / Georgia

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September 25 2011


where
Swan Centre
Rathmines
Dublin 6
(and online)


when
Until 25th

how much
Check site for details

festival
Made in China Film Festival

Crowd-sourced patronage has produced another fine-looking multiple parented baby. This time in the shape of the Made In China film festival, a fund:it backed event that offers up a diverse collection of modern Chinese Cinema. The festival which aims to show us that there is more to Chinese cinema than Kung Fu and period reconstructions will compliment its programme of big-screen shows with daily films screened online. Check out films like Assembly, with its epic battle sequences, and blockbuster Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame which has intrigue, action and high impact visuals in abundance. The charming and moving Piano in a Factory that just won Grand Prize at the Miami International film festival will close. Ah the Chinese, a great bunch of lads…with a great bunch of films to boot. / Dónal C.Gorman

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September 25 2011


where
Assorted Venues
See Link


when
Fri 23rd - Sun 25th

how much
See link

festival
Burlesque Festival

Fancy boning up those nipple-tassel twirling skills? Needing to indulge the odd fetish? Are you like me, drawn to bangles, baubles, beads and constrictive lingerie? Or do you just like to watch? Dublin's Burlesque and Cabaret scene - simmering and shimmying now for seven long years - finally comes to the boil as it unfurls the city's first ever Burlesque Festival. The three-day event celebrates this genre with a coterie of local performers, musicians, dancers and singers. Soak in the glamour at a vintage market with workshops at the Workmans Club, an awards show in the Sugar Club, a gala event at the Button Factory, or a vintage fashion show at The Mercantile. It will be a decadent feast of eclectic and deviant performances, beautiful usherettes, and suave gentlemen all with burlesque themed cocktails thrown in. / Elish Bul-Godley

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September 26 2011


where
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until November 6th

how much
Free

exhibition
Alice Neel - Family

The richly warm colours of these plainly figurative portraits may cause the viewer to let their guard down in the belief that this is a friendly, unchallenging series about Family. But the close-detail quickly confounds this impression. Something is wrong. The joints of the subjects seem to have come removed from their sockets; body parts have grown out of all proportion; psychological despair is equated to something approaching physical deformation. Neel’s portraits have been described as mesmerising. But as often as not it is her subjects who appear mesmerised. The glazed eyes of this seemingly narcotised family stare straight past the viewer. There lies the intimate, ultimate distance of these portraits: to stand between the subject and the portraitist – and still to be ignored. / Kevin Breathnach

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September 26 2011


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€12.50

gig
Ghostpoet

With a Mercury Music Prize nomination and heaps of critical acclaim at his hi-top clad feet Ghostpoet is the golden boy of genre-defying music. It's not hard to see why Gilles Peterson fell so deeply in love. With kitchen sink lyrics, electronically lurching dream sequences, a broken, soulful, hazy delivery, a groggy electro-drum and bass pick'n'mix, the grown up Grime sound steers clear of the contrived and try-hard vibes of recent abominations that the mockney generation has thrust upon us. Ghostpoet is the child of musical influences as disparate as Gill Scott Heron and Massive Attack, and with musical parentage like that is there anything the lad can't do? Listen out for the latest single Liiines, the hallucinogenic Run, Run, Run, Survive It, and a personal favourite, Cash and Carry Me Home. / Kate Frances Coleman

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September 27 2011


where
Lost Society
Powerscourt Townhouse,
South William St,
D2


when
10pm

how much
€6/4

club night
C U Next Tuesday (relaunch)

Lovingly known amongst its patrons by an acronym fit to make your mum blush, C U Next Tuesday is packing its bags and moving from it’s current spot on Harcourt Street to the decidedly luxurious surroundings of The Lost Society on South William Street. Originally a palatial Georgian abode, expect to feel like you shouldn’t be gyrating that hard next to the ornate plasterwork, but doing so anyway. After going from strength-to-strength in it’s former incarnation, expect the same great unashamed party music that weaves between the inevitable Gaga, unexpected Nirvana, filthy Kelis, and everything else you wanted to hear during your night, letting you make it as intense or subdued an evening as you wish. / Stephen Moloney
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September 27 2011


where


when
2.15pm, 5.15pm & 8.15pm

how much
€6.70/€8.60

cinema
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tomas Alfredson’s big-league debut, based on John Le Carré’s 1974 spy-thriller, is a triumph. Where the legendary 1979 BBC adaptation played this parable of professional and sexual humiliation as a contemporary drama, it is here recast as a stylish period piece. Gary Oldman, stepping into Alec Guinness’ enormous shoes with capable aplomb, is the cuckolded and disgraced George Smiley, investigating rumours of a Moscow double-agent at the highest levels of British intelligence. The superb cast, anchored by Colin Firth’s louche aesthete Bill Haydon and John Hurt’s omnipotent Control, combines the subtle tension of cold war espionage with a painfully middle-aged awareness of their own – and the British Empire’s – obsolescence, in a slow-burning masterpiece that brilliantly refreshes its peerless source material. / Shane Glackin

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September 28 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
5pm, 9pm

how much
€8.50

cinema
Page One: Inside the New York Times

The New York Times staffers are cocky bastards. No, they are an elite few of highly intelligent and talented writers (normal people are one or the other). No, they ARE New Yorkers, living, breathing, walking, talking, writing, personified for all the world to see. A New York Times writer would never be at a loss as how to describe a New York Times writer. God damn it. They stride around like the chosen few. It's because they know that everyone is just paraphrasing and quoting from their articles, isn't it. Or because everyblogy wants to be them (funny?). Or is it because they have the juicy news/emotional hook? Or maybe it's just that working in such an impressive building makes them feel grande enough to impress the world. Or because now they have their very own documentary. Do not go see it. You'll only feed their egos. / Georgia

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where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Launches Thurs 22nd 5pm-7pm, runs until 25th

how much
Free

pop-up
Locker 13

Apart from the established Literati of Booker prize winners, and our newer code-writing Digerati braced for silicon inspired supremacy, lies another more visual, tactile face to the nation's much vaunted Smart Economy. Enter, a new generation of product design talent comprising fresh graduate collectives, world class crafts-people and future-makers. Catch an Amuse bouche of this creative wave in the RHA autumn series of Pop-up Shops showcasing Locker 13 this week: a collaboration between industrial designers Karl Medcalf and Shane Wilson from the Malthouse collective. A chance to whet your design tastebuds with their range of innovative, colourful and affordable furniture, lighting and objects such as the Dolly Mixture-inspired Comfort lamp, Kinetic Sadbh Side-Table and Rainbow striped Allsort range. / Elish Bul-Godley

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Candice Gordon
le cool tracked Candice Gordon down to a Berlin bar and questioned the musician under strobe lighting ahead of the release of her single I See A Demon (Sept. 23rd).

I think my grandparents all moved to southern Africa looking for a better life. They had my parents in South Africa and Namibia. And they had me and my brother in South Africa and Namibia respectively. We were brought up in Botswana, which I remember to be a most beautiful Eden. We moved to Kilbarrack in '89 and it was a hard move for me. I was a sort of a Wednesday Addams kind of a kid. I started playing guitar then.

My album Before the Sunset Ends is inspired by folkstories and films. I suppose the underlying theme is our flawed human nature (and there is salvation in the end), but that's probably the underlying theme of human life.

The leaked single can be found HERE with a video that I made. I toiled for weeks over sheets of hot acetate and molten marker pen to animate it. I think people really appreciate when you put your heart and soul into creating something really personal like that.

For more, visit www.candicegordonmusic.com
PHOTO: Johnny Norton (Harbottle Media)