Tuesday 15th March

Sharon Carty in Handel's "Ariodante" for MusicTown 2016

Mezzo soprano Sharon Carty chats about performing next month in Opera Theatre Company’s production of Handel’s “Ariodante” with the Irish Baroque Orchestra; it takes place in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral as part of the MusicTown Festival 2016

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Friday 11th March

Album reviews

Aoife Barry and Laurence Mackin review “Good Grief” from Lucius, “Untitled Unmastered” from Kendrick Lamar and “Ephemera” from Little Green Cars

Thursday 10th March

Tim Berne and OKO in session

American jazz saxophonist/composer Tim Berne chats about collaborating with Dublin electronic jazz outfit OKO on a current tour

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Wednesday 9th March

"InSight" from the Irish Composers Collective and Tonnta

Sorcha Coller from the Irish Composers Collective and Robbie Blake from the ensemble Tonnta with cellist Adrian Mantu explain “InSight” a new series of concerts bringing together artists and composers to perform new work

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Michael Jackson, Motown and "Off The Wall"

John Meagher looks at the career of Michael Jackson, as a new documentary from Spike Lee set to be released this year - “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall”

Friday 4th March

Album reviews

Lauren Murphy and Jim Carroll review “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Long Way Home” by Lapsley and “Save Your Soul” by Hermitage Green

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

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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

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