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    The Birth of Jazz

    Tonight we continue our journey through popular music and the social and political events that shaped the sounds we listen to.

    We started with the blues and Robert Johnson, and last week we heard about the protest songs of the Almanac singers. Tonight we’re looking at jazz...or more specifically the birth of jazz….

    And Ollie Cole joins Seán in studio

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    Swan Lake

    On the 9th November 1995 a new production of Swan Lake was unveiled at the famous Sadlers Well Theatre in London.

    Within minutes of the performance starting though, there were ripples in the audience because the role of the swan was being danced by a man on stage for the very first time.

    Nearly twenty years later this now famous production lives on, and is visiting Dublin in a few weeks time. To find out more about the show, Evelyn O’Rourke went to London to meet up with some of the dancers and the team behind the show.

    Swan Lake is visiting Dublin later this month and will be performed from Tuesday 25th February to Saturday 1st March at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. More information can be found at http://bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/

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    The Kinks

    The band's lead singer, Ray Davies, has just published his memoirs, Americana, and a new biography, God Save The Kinks, looks at the band's legacy. Tony Clayton-Lea has been reading them for us.

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    Matthew McConaghey

    Matthew McConaughey has just won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof, in the film ‘Dallas Buyers Club’. Set in the 1980s, it tells the story of a Texan diagnosed with AIDS who decides to source his own medication in Mexico to help fight the disease.    

    RTE Ten’s Alan Corr recently met up with Matthew Mc Conaughey and asked him how he decided to portray the life and character of Ron Woodroof....

    The track is My Morning Jacket with ‘Ready to be Called On’ from the soundtrack to the movie.....

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    Blue Note Jazz

    As a label Blue Note records is synonymous with the very best of jazz and this year it celebrates its seventy fifth birthday.

    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis. Francis Wolff became involved shortly afterwards. It derives its name from the characteristic "blue notes" of jazz and the blues

    Gerry Godley reports.

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    Caroline Moreau

    Caroline in a French singer living in Ireland. She plays the Sirius Art Centre at the Old Yacht Club in Cobh this coming Friday night, 7th of February; the Pig's Back Cafe in Doulas on Saturday night, 8th February and on Valentine's night, that's the 14th of February, she is playing Whelan's in Wexford Street here in Dublin

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    Death of Pete Seeger

    John McKenna, Tommy Sands and Pierce Turner on the life and music of Pete Seeger who has died aged 94.

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    Music Documentaries

    Tony Clayton-Lea with a preview of music documentaries to be released in 2014 including '20 Feet From Stardom', 'I'll be Me', 'All Things Must Pass - The Rise and Fall of Tower Records', 'Beautiful Noise' and 'The Doc: Shot'.

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    Live Music - The Mighty Stef

    The Mighty Stef performs 'A Song for a Blind Girl' live in studio. The band play Whelan's of Wexford Street in Dublin on Friday January 31st.

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