Lorcan Murray's Classic Drive

Lorcan Murray's Classic Drive

Monday - Friday 4pm-7pm


Thursday 23rd March

Culture File: What is it with organs and dictators?

Opera director, Michael Sturminger mediates on pipes and power in Call Me God, his collab with John Malkovich

Wednesday 22nd March

Culture File: Confetti Falling in the Rain

Colette Cassidy and Nigel Clark on their first set of original soon-to-be-standards written by the pair

Tuesday 21st March

Culture File: Live at King John's Castle

Medievalist, Catherine Swift, talks to Culture File about viking Limerick, the surnames of old Limerick and what we know about the origins and uses of King John's Castle

Monday 20th March

Culture File: Manga, it's not just for kids y'know...

Katsushika Hokusai and the 19th century roots of Japanese graphic storytelling

Thursday 16th March

Culture File: The Darkness Is Gaining On Bela Tarr

The world's greatest living filmmaker, Bela Tarr, on film, philosophy and the fading of the light

Wednesday 15th March

Culture File: View from the Corner Office

Gazing into the future of the Elbphilharmonie, with the director of Hamburg's new hall, Christoph Lieben-Seutter

Tuesday 14th March

Culture File: The Elbphilharmonie Opens

Six years late and ten times over-budget, Hamburg's new concert hall, The Elbphilharmonie, is ready for action

Monday 13th March

Culture File: St Pauli Street Arts

Hamburg's St Pauli district (crest: the skull and crossbones) sees itself as the heart of alternative Hamburg

Friday 10th March

Culture File: Choice Prize winners, Rusangano Family

Shannon-based rap trio and Choice Music Prize-winners, Rusangano Family, on soul, the real and the fake

Thursday 9th March

Culture File: Birds of Olympus Fly South

Spud, from Wicklow psychedelic pop band, Birds of Olympus, prepares for a trip to SxSW Festival in Austin, Texas

Wednesday 8th March

Culture File: The Palette of Prehistory

At UCC, Maria McNamara has been investigating the evolution of colour in animals through deep time

Tuesday 7th March

Culture File: The Biology of Making

A petri dish of international artists and academics interested the natural world meetup at Make 2017

Monday 6th March

Culture File: In a Leafscape

Painter, Jess Shepherd, leads us into her 'botanical dystopia' with the help of sound artist, Hoodlum Priest

Friday 3rd March

Culture File: Culture as a Weapon (Part 2/2)

Nato Thompson on the hijacking of social justice issues by massive brands & his favourite resistance strategies

Thursday 2nd March

Culture File: Culture as a Weapon

Nato Thompson on how culture was weaponized to manipulate our feelings about everything from shopping to voting

Wednesday 1st March

Culture File: A mezzo-soprano prepares

Tralee-born, Paula Murrihy takes a call in her Manhattan apartment as she prepares for her Met debut on Friday

Tuesday 28th February

Culture File: Natural Super Materials

Harnessing the slow power of molluscs to create 'bio-concrete' to save Venice and other super material surprises

Monday 27th February

Culture File: The Rise of the Super Material

Violins made of silk? Living concrete? Touching the future at a show of new materials technologies

Friday 24th February

Culture File: Vegetarianism: The Story So Far

The deep, deep history of abstaining from meat in Ian McDonald's epic audio history of ethical eating

Thursday 23rd February

Culture File: The British Are Coming: The Podcast

Writer-director, Siofra Campbell, has created bingeable podcast about English refugees fleeing Brexit

Wednesday 22nd February

Culture File: The Deadpan of Resistance

Liam Williams on where the political vision of capitalist realism meets standup comedy

Tuesday 21st February

Culture File: The Return of The Larger

Master brewer and beer judge, Gearóid Cahill, on the promiscuity of the craft beer fan

Monday 20th February

Culture File: Humans Need Not Apply

Artist, Pedro Lopes on work looking at how human bodies might be of use to our robot overlords

Friday 17th February

Culture File: On Your Knees In The Burren (Part 2 of 2)

Environmentalist and painter, Gordon D'Arcy on what his Burren images speak about that his science can't

Thursday 16th February

Culture File: On Your Knees In The Burren

Environmentalist-artist, Gordon D'Arcy, on the close-up magic of a unique landscape

Wednesday 15th February

Culture File: Feeling and Knowing with Enda Walsh

What is this room? Who is that person? What are we doing here? Enda Walsh on his Abbey debut, Arlington

Tuesday 14th February

Culture File: Prof Ted Dinan's Love Bugs

How research in Cork into gut bacteria reveals how your microbes might steer your relationships

Monday 13th February

Culture File: The Full Body Workout of Preston Reed's Guitar Music

The American-born Scottish-based guitar innovator on explosively expanding the possibilities of his instrument

Friday 10th February

Culture File: Chinese ambassador to Ireland, Yue Xiaoyong (2/2

Yue Xiaoyong, on a cultural explanation of China's recent appetite for new ways of being in the world

Thursday 9th February

Culture File: Chinese ambassador to Ireland, Ywe Xiaoyong

Ywe Xiaoyong, diplomat, former schoolteacher and farmer, on Irish history and culture seen through a Chinese lens

Wednesday 8th February

Culture File: The Year of The Chicken and The Planet

Our chicken-shaped lens on China zooms in on the environment, with help from Prof. Heidi Ningkang Wang-Kaeding

Tuesday 7th February

Culture File: Zhou Tian's Multicultural Musical Mosaic

Composer, Zhou Tian's work brings the sound of Chinese instruments, the erhu and zhongruan to the orchestra

Monday 6th February

Culture File: The Chinese 20th Century of Years of the Chicken (or Rooster)

Historian, Isabella Jackson, on China's 20th century seen through its Years of the Chicken. Or rooster.

Friday 3rd February

Culture File: The Chinese Food Philosophy of Sláint-Chi

How two Chinese foodies join forces to defeat fake food - and promote the best Chinese cooking in Ireland

Thursday 2nd February

Culture File: The Other, Other Grand Canal

Conductor Jia-Ming Song prepares for the premier of a suite inspired by the Beijing and Hangzhou Grand Canal

Wednesday 1st February

Culture File: Magic as speculative fiction

Portuguese master magician, Luís de Matos on how illusions and even tricks have long helped us to create our futures

Tuesday 31st January

Culture File: Gaolbreak at Cork City Hall

For her new installation, artist, Angela Fulcher turns the inventory of Guineys and Penneys into sculpture

Monday 30th January

Culture File: Yang Wang Preston's Mother River

Yang Wang Preston's 'deep mapping' photo project shot the Yangtze from the Tibetan plateau down into Shanghai

Friday 27th January

Culture File: Say 'Ni hao' to the Chicken

Welcoming the Year of the Chicken (or Rooster) in Kevin Hui's family business, China Sichuan Restaurant

Thursday 26th January

Culture File: The End of Airports

Chris Schaberg finds the hidden texts of air travel in everything from snacks, to wheelie bags to, er, the toilets

Wednesday 25th January

Culture File: Waiting at the Gate P1

What does your wheelie bag mean? How about those overhead bins? Dr. Chris Schaberg decodes air travel for a living

Tuesday 24th January

Culture File: Troy Town Art Pottery

Aaron Angell welcome us to his ‘radical and psychedelic' ceramics workshop for artists’ in London's East End.

Monday 23rd January

Culture File: Black Pigs of the Dehesa

Meet the lucky pigs of the Sierra de Aracena Biosphere Reserve, in Southern Spain.

Friday 20th January

Culture File: Pianist, Izumi Kimura and percussionist, Gerry Hemingway's Thought Bubbles

In Galway's remote Inagh Valley, musicians Izumi Kimura and Gerry Hemingway have found a space for improvisation

Thursday 19th January

Culture File: Jaques Brel Is Alive And Well and Living at the Gate

Cathal Synnott, musical director of the legendary Brel musical, explores the power of Brel

Wednesday 18th January

Culture File: Cian Nugent's guitar fictions

Dublin guitar explorer, Cian Nugent, on quietly ploughing his own furrow - and composing music for his dog

Tuesday 17th January

Culture File: A Birthday Party for Art

Experimental sound curator and Nova presenter, Bernard Clarke, on an tradition invented by French Fluxus artist, Robert Filliou

Monday 16th January

Culture File: And would madam like earplugs with that?

LA-based Irish photographer Deirdre O Callaghan's new book is a who's who of alive and kick-drumming percussionists

Friday 13th January

Culture File: Second Moon of Winter

Irish soprano, Kim Sheehan, explores the extreme possibilities of her voice in an experimental electronic jam band

Thursday 12th January

Culture File: Collecting The World (Part 2)

John Hutchinson on writing and art, and the Douglas Hyde Gallery's role in the Peace Process

Wednesday 11th January

Culture File: Collecting The World (Part 1)

John Hutchinson, on the objects and ideas that guided his quarter century curating at The Douglas Hyde Gallery

Tuesday 10th January

Culture File: Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann

German director, Maren Ade, on her Oscar-nominated comedy, Toni Erdmann. And Austin Powers' false teeth.

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Contact the Show

Email: lorcan.lyricfm@rte.ie

Text: 51554

tweet: @LyricLorcan

Presenter: Lorcan Murray

Producer: Eoin Brady

Production Co-Ordinator: Linda McGlynn


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