Music

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 

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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

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Tuesday 23rd February

David C Clements in session

Singer/songwriter David C Clements chats about the themes in the songs on his debut album “The Longest Day In History”, being the support act for big-name artists and performing in people’s living rooms on his current tour

Official website:   www.davidcclements.com  

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Monday 22nd February

Review: “Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This: A Life In Music”, a memoir by Dave Stewart

Róisín Dwyer reviews “Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This: A Life In Music”, a memoir by Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics 

Further details:  http://davestewart.com/   

Bill McCarthy in session

Singer/songwriter Bill McCarthy talks about his dual career with the Augustines and being a solo artist

Official website:    www.weareaugustines.com

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Friday 19th February

Album reviews

Sinead Gleeson and Simon Maher review “Phase” from John Garratt, “Victorious” from Wolfmother and “Painting With” from Animal Collective

Thursday 18th February

The Evertides in session

Alma Kelliher, Ruth McGill and Ruth Smith of The Evertides chat about how they discovered their vocal harmonies would work well as a group and their debut EP “The Evertides”

Official website:  http://theevertides.com

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Wednesday 17th February

"The Other Half", by Mark Billingham and My Darling Clementine

Crime writer Mark Billingham explains how literature and music collide in “The Other Half”, a collaboration with country music duo My Darling Clementine; they perform next week at The Sugar Club

Full details:  www.thesugarclub.com 

James Walmsley in session

Singer/songwriter James Walmsley chats about being part of comedy rock band Dead Cat Bounce, his current alter-ego Black Wing Bird and his debut album “A Little Wisdom” 

Further details:  http://smockalley.com/smock-allies-scene-heard-festival-week-one-programme/

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