Cork-born chanteuse Camille O'Sullivan has toured the globe with her acclaimed cabaret-style performances.
She's opening this year's Dublin Theatre Festival with Ancient Rain, a new music theatre work created with iconic Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, inspired by the works of W.B. Yeats and other great Irish poets.
Film: Blue Velvet
The season of David Lynch films at the Lighthouse, Dublin. David Lynch creates this dark menacing world with the most incredible soundtracks and I love to go to films alone just to listen to soundtracks. The Lighthouse is one of the most finely-designed cinemas.
Music: Jack O'Rourke
Jack O’Rourke's new single Silence: this was adopted by the recent marriage equality referendum ‘Yes Equality’ as a sort of anthem. Also: Leonard Cohen's new album You Want it Darker and Nick Cave’s new album Skeleton Tree, on the back of seeing his incredible documentary. Tell anybody to watch the documentary first, then listen to the album. The track I Need You is a particular highlight.
Book: Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. I’m a big fan of his and saw his concert last year. I’m fascinated by him, he is such a great storyteller. In the book, he explains where he came from - he would have to be one of the greatest voices for representing America in music.
Theatre: Dublin Theatre Festival
Anything in the Dublin Theatre Festival, especially Roddy Doyle’s Don Giovanni at The Gaiety and Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.I’m a big fan of Annie Ryan’s company Corn Exchange, and am excited to see Annie and Michael West’s adaption of Chekhov’s The Seagull. The work by Corn Exchange I have seen in the past has been spellbinding and very moving
Gig: Leonard Cohen
I’ve seen Leonard Cohen. He is a real gentleman on stage, he casts a spell, a gentlemen sorcerer. It was a very spiritual experience to hear him sing live.
Forthcoming: Blood and Roses: The Songs of Ewan MacColl, 11th Oct at the National Concert Hall - . Ewan is famous for writing Dirty Old Town - the concert includes his children Neil and Callum MacColl who are the brothers of Kirsty MacColl. They are really a phenomenally multi-talented family. Also playing: Declan O’Rourke, brilliant song writer; Ewan MacColl’s wife, the singer Peggy Seeeger; Martin Carthy, one of England’s best folk singers/writers, and his wonderful daughter talented Eliza Carthy - it should be an incredible evening. Won’t see the likes of this again on the same stage.
Also: 14th Oct at the National Concert Hall, RTE National Symphony Orchestra performing Shostakovich Testimony. Three 20th Century Masters (Górecki, Vasks & Shostakovich) explore the extremes of loss in music. I had the honour of performing with the NSO recently. It is one of the best orchestras, just incredible to listen to.
Art: Mick O'Dea
Any work exhibited by the RHA president Mick O’Dea, he is one of the finest artists we have in Ireland of portraiture and historical subjects. His recent work on the Easter 1916 Rising was stunning. Also: The Whisper of the Bees by Heidi Wickham at Hyde Bridge Gallery Sligo. Heidi paints exquisitely.
Pantisocracy – Panti Bliss is well known and much-loved as the ‘Queen of Ireland’. She was at the forefront of the marriage referendum. I recently appeared on her show and she is an incredible speaker, writer and interviewer. One testimony came from Madonna, who started following her after hearing one of her speeches at the Abbey Theatre. I really recommend listening to the show.