Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

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Friday 4th March

Artists In Their Spaces - Maurice Seezer

For her occasional series 'Artists In Their Spaces', Leeanne O’Donnell chats to songwriter Maurice Seezer about how the space in which he works affects his creativity

Thursday 3rd March

Essay: the death of a pop idol

Peter Murphy with an essay ‘Twilight of the Idols’, examining what happens in the public consciousness when a pop idol dies

Aoife Scott in session

Singer/songwriter Aoife Scott chats about the tracks on her debut album “Carry The Day” which was inspired by Irish history and her interpretation of other folk songs

Official website:   http://aoifescott.com 

(for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

Wednesday 2nd March

"Blissful Pentecost" at Louth Contemporary Music Society

Eamonn Quinn, artistic director of Louth Contemporary Music Society which is hosting a free performance of “Blissful Pentecost”, a new piece composed by Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli to commemorate tragic events in two churches - a fire in Norway in 1822 and Oliver Cromwell's army in Drogheda in 1649

Full details:   www.louthcms.org    

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin scores silent film "Irish Destiny"

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin talks about the inspiration (the Irish national anthem) for his soundtrack to 1926 silent film “Irish Destiny”; he’ll be performing it live at the Irish Film Institute this weekend

Full details:   www.ifi.ie  

Tuesday 1st March

Van Morrison as gaeilge, for IMRAM

Liam Ó Maonlaí and Hilary Bow chat about taking part in “Moondance: Songs by Van Morrison”, a special concert of Van Morrisson songs as Gaelige for IMRAM, the Irish Language Literature Festival

Full details:  http://imram.ie/   and    www.mountainstosea.ie/

(for copyright reasons the music in this interview is not available to download in the podcast)

Monday 29th February

New album from The Gloaming

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Dennis Cahill of The Gloaming chat about the band’s forthcoming second album “The Gloaming 2”

Official website:  http://thegloaming.net     

(for copyright reasons the music in this interview is not available to download in the podcast)

Thursday 25th February

Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto and conductor

French musician Nathalie Stutzmann chats about the challenges of combining careers as a contralto and a conductor; tomorrow night she conducts the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra performing the music of Wagner and Mahler

Full details:   www.nch.ie

Black Bank Folk in session

John Colbert (whose grand-uncle was Con Colbert) and James Sheeran of folk duo Black Bank Folk chat about their debut album “Rising”, a concept album about participants on all sides in the 1916 Rising

Official website:   http://blackbankfolk.com 

(for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

Wednesday 24th February

Preston Reed in session

American guitarist Preston Reed performs live and chats about his unique two-handed playing style and teaching a young Ed Sheeran to play guitar; he is currently on an Irish tour

Official website:  www.prestonreed.com

(for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

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