The Lyric Feature

    Friday, 7 - 8pm

    Friday 9th October 

    Digitising Rita

    Rita Lynch was born in Macroom in 1914 and showed an early talent for singing which was encouraged by her mother. Despite having her early career disrupted by the Second World War she went on to record for HMV and to tour extensively performing in operas, concerts and oratorios in Ireland, the UK and the USA. In this programme Evelyn Grant visits the soprano’s daughter Mary Shaw as she sifts through the extensive personal archive of letters, programmes, costumes, recordings and stories which her mother left behind. We get a portrait of the singer and the times she lived in. Rita Lynch’s archive has now being digitised by Cork City Libraries. 

    The Lyric Feature Friday 21 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

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