The Lyric Feature

The Lyric Feature

Friday, 7 - 8pm

The Lyric Feature Friday 18 April 2014

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

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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.

Music Played on the Show


Title: The Pipe On The Hob

Composer: Traditional

Performer(s): Sweeney's Men

Album: Sweeney's Men / The Tracks of Sweeney / UMC / EDEN 1

Duration: 1:25


Title: Glistening Glyndebourne

Composer: John Martyn

Performer(s): John Martyn

Album: Bless the Weather / ISLAND / IMCD 135

Duration: 6:44


Title: Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal

Composer: Pawle

Performer(s): Dr Strangely Strange

Duration: 1:13


Title: Silver Song

Composer: Clodagh Simonds

Performer(s): Mellow Candle

Duration: 1:52


Title: Yorric

Composer: Meic Stevens

Performer(s): Meic Stevens

Album: Outlander / UMC / EDEN 1

Duration: 1:42


Title: Jack Orion (Instrumental Edit)

Composer: Traditional

Performer(s): Pentangle

Duration: 2:40


Title: She Moves Through The Fair

Composer: Traditional

Performer(s): John Martyn

Album: London Conversation / UMC / EDEN 1

Duration: 1:52


Title: Julia Delaney

Composer: Traditional

Performer(s): The Bothy Band

Album: 1975 / MULLIGAN / LUN3002

Duration: 0:56


Title: Softly Robin

Composer: Spiro

Performer(s): Spiro

Album: Kaleidophonica / REAL WORLD RECORDS / CDRW18

Duration: 4:13



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Producers: Olga Buckley & Eoin O Kelly


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