Monday 25th April

“Left Behind – Songs of the 1916 Widows”

“Left Behind–Songs of the 1916 Widows” is an album by composer Simon O’Connor and singer Michelle O’Rourke which will also be performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall; it is inspired by the book “Easter Widows” by historian Sinead McCoole (about the women in the lives of the 1916 leaders who were executed after the Rising)

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The Tulla Céilí Band celebrating 70 years

Jim Corry, Mark Donlan, Charlie Harris and Brian Donlan of the Tulla Céilí Band perform live and chat about the band's history; the band is celebrating it's 70th anniversary this year

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Friday 22nd April

Sean MacErlaine in session

Multi-instrumentalist Sean MacErlaine chats about his musical style and explains why he chose to two Norwegian musicians to perform with as part of “The Duo Series” of concerts – guitarist Eivind Aarset and folk singer Unni Lovlid

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Album reviews

Róisín Dwyer and Alan Corr review “Pothole In The Sky” by Lisa O’Neill, “Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets” by Rufus Wainwright and “Altamira” film soundtrack by Mark Knopfler and Evelyn Glennie

Thursday 21st April

Prince, RIP

Reaction from fans and music industry professionals to the announcement of death of the musician Prince

Tuesday 19th April

A profile of Miles Davis

Music journalist Billy Ó hAnluain with a profile of jazz legend Miles Davis, ahead of release of the Don Cheadle film “Miles Ahead”

In The Willows in session

Waterford alt-folk band In The Willows in session; their new EP is "Fallen Bird"

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Monday 18th April

Ryan Vail in session

Derry electronic artist Ryan Vail explains how the piano in a Derry doctors house influenced the songs on his latest album “For Every Silence”

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Friday 15th April

Album reviews

Rachel Breslin and Laurence Mackin review “The Hope Six Demolition Project” by PJ Harvey, “Person A” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and “This Path Tonight” by Graham Nash

Thursday 14th April

"A Night By The Ocean" by Simon Quigley

Musician/composer Simon Quigley explains his debut solo project at the National Concert Hall next week, a concert called “A Night by the Ocean” where the ocean is the theme that links all the songs

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