Briefly Up Close

Shit Robot

Shit Robot

If it’s a name you’re unfamiliar with, hearing that Shit Robot’s in Kilkenny this week may not entice you to attend. But you’ll be missing out if you’re not at the Set Theatre this Saturday night. The brainchild of Marcus Lambkin, this Dublin native moved to New York in the 1990s and quickly became an integral part of the club scene there. He moved onto the Stuttgart, Germany, and aligned with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy for a party dubbed Shit Robot. He began producing and remixing under that name and released four singles between 2006 and 2010, mutations of electro, deep house, classic Detroit techno and old-school rave. He’s also remixed tracks by Dondolo Kaos, Simian Mobile Disco, Idioma and the like-minded Juan Maclean. From this the debut Shit Robot album was born and released on DFA. Catch the live performance at Set Theatre this weekend with support from Cleveland Mike. It starts at 8pm with entry costing €10.

Kilkenny Film Club

The autumn/winter season is under way at Kilkenny Film Club. The group reconvened last night (Tuesday) at the Set Theatre to unveil their latest offerings. They kicked off with The Artist and are due to follow suit with a wealth of movies. Coming up are Bill Cunningham New York (September 25), A Separation (October 9), La Grande Illusion (October 23), Melancholia (November 6), Lapland Odyssey (November 20), Moonrise Kingdom (December 4) and Le Havre (December 18). All films begin at 8pm, and entry costs €8 per film or €40 for a season ticket.

Farthest Field

Joined by Joan Shelley, Daniel Martin Moore returns to Kilkenny today (Wednesday) with their new project, Farthest Field. The Kentucky-based musicians are at their singing, songwriting best. The landscapes of their words are united with crystalline, nearly fragile, vocals and minimal, but engaging. Currently on a 12-date Irish tour, the pair’s gentle, acoustic music exhibits a mature and calm transparency that complements these poetic lyrics about leaving and coming home. As the newest release of Ol Kentuck catalogue, Farthest Field is a powerful example of the collaborative spirit between artists. Farthest Field, like a revered Chinese poem, is best savoured all at once, best considered as a single musical experience, because the music and stories walk us through a single day. You can catch the Farthest Field, comprising Joan Shelley and Daniel Martin Moore, in Billy Byrne’s tonight (Wednesday), and admission’s free.

Town of Books

Graignamanagh’s gearing up for its annual Town of Books festival. This year sees the 10th annual event take place from September 21-23. In addition to the usual fair of book stalls, there will be an array of extra activities, including country food and craft fair, guided walks, readings and performances. A confirmed list of attending booksellers will be released on Monday.

Songs For Ibrahim

The Miller Pub, Slieverue, has an interesting night this Friday. Songs for Ibrahim will see performances from Mark Atkins, John Kavanagh, Micheal Forristal, Teresa and Kathy Forristal, Johnny Dunphy and a host of local talent. Sinead Mclochlan of Irish Friends of Palestine will speak at the event.

No Name Club

With the Junior Cert results due to be given out today (Wednesday) one youth organisation is set for its annual bash. The No Name Club, a national body born in Kilkenny, was set up to provide a forum for young people. It’s proved hugely popular and one of its most anticipated events each year is the Junior Cert Disco. This year the event returns to The Hub at Cillín Hill for the third year with DJ Paul Kavanagh spinning the discs and about 1,000 expected to attend. Tickets are available through the schools.


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