The Lyric Feature

The Lyric Feature

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The Lyric Feature Friday 21 June 2013

30th of December 2016
Ireland's National Anthems

If national anthems unite people at times of celebration and commemoration, they can also cause division. Ireland has had a number of official and unofficial anthems that have caused both harmony and discord. Michael Murphy explores Ireland's national anthems from God Save the King to The Soldier's Song in the company of historians Diarmaid Ferriter and Carol Mullaney-Dignam, musicologist Harry White, Olympic and World Championship rower Sinead Lynch, Director of the Defence Forces School of Music Mark Armstrong, conductor Liam Daly and literary critic Colbert Kearney who is also a grandson of Peadar Kearney who wrote The Soldier's Song.

Written and Presented by Michael Murphy (Mary Immaculate College)
Produced by Eoin O Kelly and Michael Murphy

The Lyric Feature Friday 21st June 2013

The Lyric Feature Friday 21st June 2013


The second of three programmes celebrating poetry.

“Voice helps to carry words farther and deeper than eye.” Seamus Heaney

A miscellany of poetry and music including archive gems from the RTÉ Spoken Word Vinyl Archive and beyond. From Shakespeare to Laurie Anderson, Kipling to Leonard Cohen and Roger Moore to Paula Meehan.

Presented and produced by Eithne Hand

BESPOKE TWO – Words and Music Played

Lovesong by Ted Hughes, from CD Poetry on Record. Published in Collected Poems by Faber

Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush, read by Albert Niland from CD A Night in Dublin

The Lost Girls by Derek Mahon, from RTÉ Archive. Published in Collected Poems by Carcanet Press

Charlie Parker by Jack Kerouac and Steve Allen, from CD Poetry for the Beat Generation, published by Rhino Records

Summertime by Ira and George Gershwin Charlie. Parker on CD Someone to Watch Over Me by George and Ira Gershwin

Daddy by Sylvia Plath, from CD Poetry on Record. Published in Collected Poems by Faber

Hum Bom by Allen Ginsberg, from CD Holy Soul Jelly Roll, published by Ginsberg Recordings

Dark Angel by Laurie Anderson, from CD Life on a String

Didgeridoo by dePaor and Browne, from RTÉ Archive (Arena 2012)

I Wonder Whether One Expects by Thomas Kinsella, from RTÉ Archive. Published in Selected Poems by Carcanet Press

Green by Ken Nordine, from CD Colours, published by Asp Label (1995)

Song of Solomon from the King James Bible, read by Emma Fielding on Naxos CD Popular Poetry Vol. 2

Contrapunctus II by Glenn Gould, from CD The Art of the Fugue, published by Sony

Bach Haiku by Gabriel Rosenstock, from RTÉ Archive (2007)

One Art by Elizabeth Bishop, read by Charles Dance, from CD Catching Life by the Throat, published by Virago Press/Hachette CD

Simple Twist of Fate by Bob Dylan, from CD Blood on the Tracks

Take a Breath, Hold It, Let It Go by Paula Meehan, from RTÉ Archive and published by Carcanet Press

Fado dos Horas by Dom Antonio de Braganca, sung by Marie Teresa de Noronha on CD O Melhor De

Ballad of Reading Gaol (extract) by Oscar Wilde, read by Neil Toibin on RTÉ CD

Music to Hear: Why Hearest Thou Music Sadly? by Shakespeare, read by Ladysmith Black Mombasa on CD When Love Speaks, published by RADA/ EMI


The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by RTÉ lyric fm staff or in collaboration with independent production companies. Subject matter varies from week to week but most of the programmes aim to provide insight into music and music making.



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