The Blue of the Night with Carl Corcoran

The Blue of the Night with Carl Corcoran

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The Blue of the Night with Carl Corcoran Wednesday 31 August 2016

This week on Blue Tunes...

Kaleidoscope Night is a unique event held on the first Wednesday of the month bringing together the worlds of classical, contemporary and experimental music in the informal and intimate surroundings of Bello Bar on the banks of the Grand Canal in Dublin's Portobello suburb. Last June, we broadcast the night Live on Blue (see video below), bringing their 2015/16 season to a close. Wednesday Sept 7th marks the beginning of the new season and we celebrate that this week by presenting a Blue Room Session with some of the artists lined up for this season opener. This Wednesday Carl is joined by Karen Devan and Lioba Petrie, curators - along with brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe, Persian classical musicians currently studying Western classical in Dublin. They're also part of the band Navá. And through the week, Carl plays tracks related to the Kaleidoscope line-up including Navá - the exciting new Dublin based band who explore the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. 

Shahab and Shayan Coohe try to teach Carl a Persian jig!


August Bank Holiday Monday - Blue of the Night at Kaleidoscope

Enjoy this short video collage of a great night when Blue broadcast live from Kaleidoscope Night at Bello Bar in Dublin last June and re-broadcast  on Bank Holiday Monday's Blue (August 1st).

The Blue of the Night with Carl Corcoran

The Blue of the Night connects different musical landscapes - a musical journey through centuries, genres and soundscapes.

CULTURE NIGHT Friday September 16th 10pm 

Music Network 30th Anniversary Concert

We are delighted to be part of RTÉ lyric fm Music Network Culture Night 2016 - broadcast in front of a Live Audience from Studio 1 in Donnybrook on The Purple Vespertine, co-presented by Ellen Cranitch and Carl Corcoran.
The evening features an array of talent: harpist Laoise Kelly; cellists William Butt & Christopher Ellis; the Julien Colarossi Quartet; traditional group Ulaid with vocalist Gráinne Holland and visiting from Norway the trad/folk ensemble, Gjermund Larsen trio.

The concert is free but ticketed with limited access so advance booking is essential. Contact Aisling ( to reserve, four tickets max per person. Stay tuned to The Purple Vespertine and to Blue or visit

Music Played on the Show


Title: Familia

Composer: Sergio Assad/Clarice Assad

Performer(s): Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Sergio Assad (Guitar) Odair Assad (Guitar) Angelina Assad (Vocal) Badi Assad (Vocal) Carolina Assad (Vocal), Clarice Assad ( Vocal) Rodrigo Assad (Vocal)

Album: Songs of Joy and Peace (Recordno: 88697344802) Sony Classical 88697344802

Duration: 3:57


Title: On A Turquoise Cloud

Composer: Ellington, Duke

Performer(s): Bojan Z (Piano)

Album: Soul Shelter Ùniversal Music France 2012 279 319 7

Duration: 3:40


Title: A Boy And A Girl

Composer: Whitacre, Eric

Performer(s): Irish Youth Chamber Choir

Album: Rise up, my love Ergodos ER17

Duration: 4:09


Title: Piano Trio In B Flat Major Op.97 (Iv) Allegro Moderato

Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van

Performer(s): Jacques Thibaud (Violin), Pablo Casals (Cello)

Album: Beethoven Archduke Trio Brilliant Classics 1928 93553/97

Duration: 6:39


Title: Ei Wie Schmeckt Der Coffee

Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian

Performer(s): Inessa Galante (Soprano), Latvian National Opera Orchestra

Album: Inessa Galante - A. B. C. Campion RRSP8001

Duration: 4:32


Title: Coffee Blues

Composer: Hurt, John 'Mississipi'

Performer(s): Mississippi John Hurt (Vocal/ Guitar)

Album: Mississippi John Hurt: The Complete Studio Recordings (Recordno: 3VCD181) Vanguard Masters 3VCD181

Duration: 3:47


Title: Black Coffee

Composer: Burke / Webster

Performer(s): Peggy Lee (Vocal), Pete Candoli (Trumpet)

Album: Humph's Choice Universal Jazz 2CD 560 389-2

Duration: 3:08


Title: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 In D Major (2nd Movement) Affetuoso

Composer: Bach, J.S.

Performer(s): Vincent Charbonnier (Bass), André Arpino (Drums)

Album: My Personal Favorites: The Jacques Loussier Trio Plays Bach Telarc TEL-35319-02

Duration: 5:53


Title: Pavanna Alla Venetiana

Composer: Dalza, Joan Ambrosio

Performer(s): Christopher Wilson (Lute), Shirley Rumsey(Duetist)

Album: Early Venetian Lute Music Naxos 8.553694

Duration: 3:26


Title: No Fear Here

Composer: Bloom, Luka

Performer(s): Luka Bloom (Guitar/Vocal), Jon O'Connell (Bass), Bill Shanley (Guitars); Jim Higgins (Percussion)

Album: Frugalisto Bigsky 2016 BSCD 009

Duration: 5:03


Title: Caoineadh Eoghain Ruadh

Composer: Trad arr McMahon/Cooney

Performer(s): Tony Mcmahon (Accordion) ; Steve Cooney (Guitar)_

Album: Scaoil Amach an Pocaide

Duration: 5:25


Title: Red Room Stratspey

Composer: Brynnel, Sunniva

Performer(s): Sunniva Brynnel (Voice/Accordion), Timo Alakotila (Piano)

Album: Sunniva Brynnel & Timo Alakotila: Duo Rosanna Records AB 2016 RRCD 1601

Duration: 2:12


Title: Lovely Molly

Composer: Trad arr Lee

Performer(s): Sam Lee (Vocals)

Album: The Fade in Time Nest Collective TNCR003CD

Duration: 5:19


Title: Kind Of Sean Nós

Composer: Tsumbu, Niwel

Performer(s): Treelan, Éamonn Cagney (Udu Drum And Percussion), Niwel Tsumbu (Guitar), And Martin Tourish (Piano Accordion).

Album: Enchantment Self Release 2016 N/A

Duration: 5:20


Title: The Two William Davises

Composer: Keegan, Josephine

Performer(s): Laoise Kelly (Harp)

Album: Just Harp (Recordno: LK001) Laoise Kelly LK001

Duration: 3:56


Title: Turn Back

Composer: I Am Niamh

Performer(s): I Am Niamh (Vocals/Instruments)

Album: Wonderland iamn 001

Duration: 5:36


Title: Sleeping Bag

Composer: Stables, Kate

Performer(s): This Is The Kit (Kate Stables; Vocals/Banjo/Guitar)

Album: Wriggle Out The Restless Need No water Records neednoCD001

Duration: 3:02


Title: Vivid Trace (Excerpt)

Composer: Nangle, Jonathan

Performer(s): Jonathan Nangle

Album: Vivid Trace Jonathon Nangle

Duration: 1:37


Title: Concerto For Two Violins (2nd Movement) Slow Movement

Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian

Performer(s): Helena Wood (Violin), Elaine Clarke (Violin), Rte National Symphony Orchestra

Album: Recorded live at the NCH 190716 RTÉ

Duration: 6:10


Title: Heaven Lay Close Ii (I) I Dreamt That Heaven Lay...

Composer: Wilson, Ian

Performer(s): Chatham Saxophone Quartet, Aimee Farrell Courtney (Bodhran), Chatham Saxophone Quartet

Album: Chatham Saxophone Quartet: New Irish Music RTE lyric fm RTE lyric fm CD149

Duration: 3:57


Title: Kestrel Rising

Composer: Lambert, John

Performer(s): Chequerboard

Album: The Unfolding Lazybird Lazyb20

Duration: 2:55


Title: The Meditation Of The Old Fisherman

Composer: Perrudin, Laura

Performer(s): Laura Perrudin (Vocals/Harp)

Album: Impressions L'Autre Distribution 2014 N/A

Duration: 5:46


Title: Storislimpan

Composer: Holmström, Magnus

Performer(s): Krishna Nagaraja (Violas)

Album: ADVANCE SINGLE Biviola 2015 (via Kaleidoscope Night) N/A

Duration: 3:20



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Presenter: Carl Corcoran

Producer: Áine Fay

Production Co-ordinator: Ian McGlynn


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