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 Monday 11 August 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 Eamonn Lenihan

Bill Evans, an influential pianist influenced by both Debussy and Bud Powell, was born 85 years ago. This week, Eamonn presents some of Evans' finest solo, duo and trio recordings.

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: String Quartet No. 5 (1991) (Iv)

Composer: Glass, Philip

Performer(s): The Dublin Guitar Quartet

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

Duration: 5:03


Title: Children's Play Song

Composer: Evans

Performer(s): Eddie Gomez (Bass), Session Orchestra

Album: From Left to Right Verve 557451-2

Duration: 4:21


Title: The Earth Turns (Studio)

Composer: Doyle, Roger

Performer(s): Alex Smith (Boy Soprano), Roger Doyle (Progamming); Vyvienne Long (Cello)

Album: The Death By Fire Of Giordano Bruno -- Advance Promo Heresy Records Advance Promo

Duration: 2:57


Title: Ride

Composer: Sylvian, David

Performer(s): David Sylvian, Danny Thompson, Steve Jansen, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Phil Palmer, David Torn, Mark Isham

Album: Everything And Nothing Virgin Records CDVD2897 7243 8 50017 2 7

Duration: 8:00


Title: La Pendule (The Pendulum Clock)

Composer: Silver, Sheila

Performer(s): Alexander Paley (Piano)

Album: Sheila Silver - Piano Concerto, Six Preludes... Naxos 8.557015

Duration: 6:01


Title: When Were You Happy?

Composer: Marling, Laura

Performer(s): Laura Marling (Vocal)

Album: Once I Was An Eagle Virgin Records 006023738618

Duration: 3:53


Title: Kala Djula

Composer: Trad arr. Toure and Diabate

Performer(s): Ali Farka Toure (Guitar), Toumani Diabate (Kora)

Album: Ali and Toumani World Circuit WCD083

Duration: 3:27


Title: I Courted A Sailor

Composer: Rusby, Kate

Performer(s): Kate Rusby (Vocal), Ian Carr (Guitar), Ewan Vernal (Double Bass), Andy Cutting (Accordian), John Mccusker (Fiddle)

Album: Kate Rusby: Little Lights Pure Prcd07

Duration: 4:03


Title: Lacrimosa: Requiem In D Minor

Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Performer(s): Bbc Symphony Orchestra, John Alldis Choir

Album: Mozart: Requiem Philips 420353-2

Duration: 3:07


Title: The Morning After

Composer: Jones, Sean

Performer(s): Orrin Evans (Piano), Luques Curtis (Bass), Obed Calvaire (Drums)

Album: - Never Before Seen Mac Avenue MAC 1080

Duration: 7:14


Title: Northern Lights

Composer: McLoughlin, Dave

Performer(s): Dave Mcloughlin (Bouzouki), Ray Cohen (Fiddle/Guitar); Anna Houston (Cello); Bernard Tohill (Guitar)

Album: Above and Below The Tide Dave McLoughlin DMCL01

Duration: 4:37


Title: Variations On A Theme By Mozart

Composer: Sor, Fernando

Performer(s): Tilman Hoppstock (Guitar)

Album: Alhambra - Spanish Guitar Music Christophorus Records CHE 0194-2

Duration: 7:37


Title: Rondo Capriccioso In E Major

Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix

Performer(s): Howard Shelley (Piano)

Album: Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music - 2 Hyperion CDA68059

Duration: 6:36


Title: Turning The Gun On Myself

Composer: Thompson, Teddy

Performer(s): Jeff Hill (Bass), Marius De Vries (Keyboards, Percussion)

Album: A Piece of What You Need Verve 1779769

Duration: 4:20


Title: Song

Composer: Monk, Daniel

Performer(s): Brodsky Quartet

Album: Moodswings Bordsky Records BRD3501

Duration: 3:16


Title: Ohne Olga

Composer: Dopp, Andreas

Performer(s): Andreas Dopp (Electric Guitar, Zither, Glockenspiel)

Album: Taiga Taxi Blacklisted Records BCD 080801-16

Duration: 3:07


Title: Here's That Rainy Day

Composer: Burke / Van Heusen

Performer(s): Bill Evans (Piano)

Album: Alone Pirouet 833 801-2

Duration: 5:21


Title: Bonnie Boy

Composer: Traditional

Performer(s): Shirley Collins (Vocals, Banjo), Dolly Collins (Organ), Bram Martin (Cello)

Album: The Power of the True Love Knot Fledg'ling FLED 3028

Duration: 3:42


Title: Stars

Composer: Yangchen, Soname

Performer(s): Soname Yangchen (Vocals), Charlson Ximenes (Guitar), Sonny Thet (Cello), Jai Burama Mbye (Kora), Jan Robert Blumenroth (Tibetan Lute)...

Album: Natural Mind - Soname Enja Records TIP-888 852 2

Duration: 4:04


Title: I Know My Way

Composer: Van Schothorst, Anne; Van Luijt, Bob

Performer(s): Anne Van Schothorst (Harp), Bob Nan Luijt (Bass/Samples)

Album: Ek is Eik: Anne Vanschothorst Harp + Bass + Percussion + Trumpet + Viola da Gamba Big Round Records BR893Z

Duration: 4:18


Title: Piano Concerto No.3 (2nd Movement) Largo

Composer: Beethoven, Ludvig van

Performer(s): Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Album: Beethoven - Piano Concertos 3 & 4 Onyx 92.682

Duration: 9:50


Title: Still Learning

Composer: Jansen, Arne

Performer(s): Arne Jansen (Guitars), Andreas Edelmann (Bass), Eric Schaefer (Drums), Friedrich Paravicini (Keyboards, Vibes), Stephan Braun (Cello)

Album: The Sleep Of Reason - Ode To Goya (Recordno: 9539-2) Act Music 9539-2

Duration: 6:07


Title: Little Green

Composer: Mitchell, Joni

Performer(s): Tierney Sutton (Vocals), Turtle Island Quartet

Album: After Blue BFM Jazz / Challenge Records BFM77056

Duration: 4:53


Title: The Silence Beneath

Composer: Travis / Fripp

Performer(s): Theo Travis (Flute, Soprano Saxophone), Robert Fripp (Guitar)

Album: Thread Panegyric gyrcd001

Duration: 8:35


Title: Ego Flos Campi

Composer: Bertolusi, Vincenzo

Performer(s): The Sixteen

Album: The Blossoming Vine Coro COR16123

Duration: 3:44


Title: Música Callada, Book 1 - Vii: Lento

Composer: Mompou, Federico

Performer(s): Jean-Francois Heisser (Piano)

Album: Federico Mompou - Música Callada (CD / Book) Musicales Actes Sud ASM 13

Duration: 3:08


Title: Sweet Rosemary (Demo Version)

Composer: Denny, Sandy

Performer(s): Sandy Denny (Vocal, Guitar)

Album: The Music Weaver (2-CD) (Recordno: 530 725 9) Island / Universal 530 725 9

Duration: 3:01


Title: Hold On

Composer: Waits/brennan

Performer(s): Freddie White & Trish Hickey

Album: Here With You Littledon Records LDCD120

Duration: 4:53


Title: Timothy Grub

Composer: Bunyan

Performer(s): Vashti Bunyan (Vocal)

Album: Just Another Diamond Day Spinney SPINNEY001CD

Duration: 3:15


Title: Blue In Green

Composer: Davis

Performer(s): Miles Davis

Album: Kind of Blue Columbia/legacy 88697 47627 2

Duration: 5:47


Title: Threnos

Composer: Tavener, John

Performer(s): Natalie Clein (Cello)

Album: Essential Tavener Decca 478 6424

Duration: 5:50



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Presenter: Carl Corcoran

Producer: Áine Fay

Production Co-ordinator: Ian McGlynn


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