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 Tuesday 20 May 2014

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 (pictured below), 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. 


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

Each night this week, we're airing selections from "A Thousand Kisses Deep", a brilliant 2014 re-working of eleven Leonard Cohen songs by the acclaimed Irish singer Christine Tobin

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: Billie

Composer: Galliano, Richard

Performer(s): Richard Glliano (Accordian), The Wynton Marsalis Quintet

Album: The Wynton Marsalis Quintet & Richard Glliano - From Billie Holiday To Edith Piaf (Recordno: Not Available) Harmonia Mundi Not Available

Duration: 6:52


Title: What A Little Moonlight Can Do

Composer: H Woods

Performer(s): Billie Holiday

Album: Lady Day - The Best of Billie Holiday Ucj 9831113

Duration: 3:09


Title: String Quartet No. 3 (1985) (Vi) Mishima/Closing

Composer: Glass, Philip

Performer(s): The Dublin Guitar Quartet

Album: The Dublin Guitar Quarttet Performs Philip Glass Orange Mountain Music/Music Network OMM 0092

Duration: 3:39


Title: Cantus Arcticus - Suo The Marsh

Composer: Rautavaara, Einojuhani

Performer(s): Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Album: Classical Chill CD 1 NAXOS 8.520101

Duration: 7:02


Title: Am Koppenplatz

Composer: Sholdice, Garrett

Performer(s): Michael Mchale (Piano)

Album: The Irish Piano RTE lyric fm CD138

Duration: 3:05


Title: Music For A While

Composer: Purcell, Henry

Performer(s): Garth Knox (Viola D'Amore), Agnes Vesterman (Cello)

Album: Saltarello - Garth Knox ECM ECM New Series 2157 476 4501

Duration: 3:29


Title: Kandjoura

Composer: Diabate, Toumani

Performer(s): Toumani Diabate (Kora), Keletigui Diabate (Balafon); Bassekou Kouyate (Ngoni)

Album: The Best Of Toumani Diabate ~~ R401401 Palm Pictures Hncd1462

Duration: 4:51


Title: Precious Lord

Composer: Trad Arr

Performer(s): The Blind Boys Of Alabama (Vocals), The Robert Randolph Family Band

Album: The Blind Boys of Alabama: Higher Ground Real World CDRW107

Duration: 3:53


Title: Li'l Darlin

Composer: Hefti, Neal

Performer(s): Wendell Culley (Trumpet), Count Basie Orchestra

Album: The Complete Atomic Basie Roulette Blue Note 724382863526

Duration: 4:50


Title: Dimming Of The Day

Composer: Richard Thompson

Performer(s): Bonnie Raitt

Album: The Best of Bonnie Raitt On Capitol 1989-2003

Duration: 4:27


Title: Divertimento In B Flat Major (2nd Movement) Adagio

Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Performer(s): The Florestan Trio

Album: Mozart: Piano Trios K496, K548, K254 - The Florestan Trio Hyperion CDA67609

Duration: 5:16


Title: Summa -- Not Available

Composer: Part, Arvo

Performer(s): Dublin Guitar Quartet

Album: Path - Various ~~ PD EL Louth Contemporary Music Society LCMS1001

Duration: 6:01


Title: May - Cumulonimbus

Composer: Talbot, Joby

Performer(s): Joby Talbot (Piano), Everton Nelson (Violin), Chris Worsey (Cello), Rob Farrer (Percussion), Manon Morris (Harp)

Album: Joby Talbot: Once Around The Sun Sony BMG 82876 695252

Duration: 5:25


Title: Lord Franklin -- Promenade 1979 Mulligan Records

Composer: Trad arr Burke/O'Domhnaill

Performer(s): Kevin Burke (Fiddle) Micheal O'Domhnaill (Guitars/Vocal)

Album: The Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk CD 1 Arc Music EUCD 2484

Duration: 3:56


Title: Wiggy Wiggy

Composer: O'Domhnaill

Performer(s): Nightnoise, Micheal O'Domhnaill(Gtrs,Pno,Whist,Harmonium) Bill Oskay(Vln), Brian Dunning (Fl)

Album: Something of Time Windham Hill WD 1057

Duration: 4:24


Title: Lux Aurumque

Composer: Whitacre

Performer(s): The Mornington Singers

Album: Solas The Mornington Singers Not Available

Duration: 3:33


Title: Tower Of Song

Composer: Cohen, Leonard

Performer(s): Christine Tobin (Vocals), Phil Robson (Guitar), Dave Whitford (Bass), Adriano Adewale (Percussion)

Album: A Thousand Kisses Deep Trail Belle Records TBR03

Duration: 6:01


Title: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat -- Not Available

Composer: Mitchell / Mingus

Performer(s): Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine

Album: Mingus (Recordno: 7559 60557-2) Asylum 7559-60557-2

Duration: 5:36


Title: Bemoanable Lady

Composer: Mingus

Performer(s): Charlie Mingus

Album: Blue Moods Spectrum 5526422

Duration: 4:22


Title: Prelude No. 2, Opus 11

Composer: Scriabin, Alexander

Performer(s): Chick Corea (Piano)

Album: Chick Corea: Solo Piano originals Strech Records SCD-9029-2

Duration: 5:06


Title: Allegro -- Not Available

Composer: Abel, Carl Friedrich

Performer(s): Paolo Pandolfo (Viola Da Gamba)

Album: A Solo - Paolo Pandolfo Glossa Nouvelle Vision GCD 920403

Duration: 4:43


Title: Ink Blue Scarf

Composer: Keane, Eileen

Performer(s): Eileen Keane (Vocals), Jimmy Fitzgerald (Guitars); Paul O'Driscoll (Bass);

Album: Spaces Self Release ERAPT005

Duration: 2:11


Title: May's Smile

Composer: Rynne, Padraig

Performer(s): Padraig Rynne (Concertina), Tyler Duncan (Guitars, Synths, Programming),Mike Shimmin (Drums), Joe Dart (Bass)Jeremy Kittel (Strings)

Album: Notify Padraig Rynne PRCD002

Duration: 2:42


Title: Falls Lake

Composer: Takemura, Nobukazu

Performer(s): Kate Mcgarry, Theo Bleckmann (Vocals), Oliver Leicht (Clarinet), Gary Versace (Piano), Frankfurt Radio Big Band

Album: Songs I Like A Lot - John Hollenbeck (Recordno: SSC 1339) Sunnyside SSC 1339

Duration: 7:35


Title: Recuerdos De La Alhambra

Composer: Tarrega, Franciso

Performer(s): John Williams (Guitar)

Album: Portrait Of John Williams ~~ D020303 CBS Mk37791

Duration: 3:35


Title: Love And Affection

Performer(s): Joan Armatrading

Album: Joan Armatrading

Duration: 4:36


Title: Into My Arms

Composer: Cave, Nick

Performer(s): Nick Cave (Vocal, Piano), Martyn P. Casey (Bass)

Album: The Boatman's Call Mute CD Stumm 142

Duration: 4:15


Title: Clair De Lune

Composer: Debussy, Claude

Performer(s): Jean Ives Thibaudet (Piano)

Album: Atonement Ucj 4766195

Duration: 4:52


Title: Benedicta Es Celorum

Composer: Anon

Performer(s): Trio Mediaeval, Trio Medieval

Album: Words of the Angel : Trio Mediaeval ECM ECM 461 782-2

Duration: 4:55


Title: The Sub

Composer: 3epkano

Performer(s): 3epkano

Album: At Land - 3epkano Recordno: SPR002) Smiling Politely Records SPR002

Duration: 3:58


Title: Ingenuo And Um A Zero

Composer: Pixinguinha

Performer(s): Ariel Hernandez (Guitar, Vocal), Ioana Petcu-Colan (Violin), Dermot Dunne (Accordian), Malachy Robinson (Bass), Lucas Gonzales (Perc)

Album: Lunfardia: Acollarados Diatribe 013 9640 9719 1

Duration: 4:37


Title: How Insensitive (Insensatez)

Composer: Jobim/Gimbel/DeMoraes

Performer(s): Frank Sinatra (Vocal), Antonio Carlos Jobim (Gtr/Vcls)

Album: Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim ~~ E3422 Reprise 7599 27041 2

Duration: 3:18



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Text '51554'

Presenter: Carl Corcoran

Producer: Áine Fay

Production Co-ordinator: Ian McGlynn


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