Wednesday 18th January

Anúna and Japanese theatre tradition of Noh

Michael McGlynn and Zach Trouton of Anúna who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and performing the 1917 WB Yeats play ‘At The Hawks Well’ (inspired by the Japanese tradition of ...

Tuesday 17th January

Caoimhín Vallely in session

Chat and live music with trad pianist Caoimhín Vallely  Official website:

Quarter Block Party festival in Cork

Visual artist Kate O’Shea and musician Éna Brennan (who performs as Dowry) who are participants in the Quarter Block Party arts & music festival in Cork Full details: 

Monday 16th January

The Eskies live in session

Chat with The Eskies ahead of their performance at the Banjo and Bovril Festival in Bray this weekend Official website:  Festival details: (for copyright reasons this item is ...

Friday 13th January

Album reviews

Rachel Breslin and Simon Maher review “I See You” by The xx, “Oczy Mlody” by The Flaming Lips and “Rennen” by Sohn

Essay: Ed Sheeran, the ordinary becomes extraordinary

Alan Corr with an essay about how he admires artists like Ed Sheeran who make the ordinary into something extraordinary 

Wednesday 11th January

Ireland's showband years

Ronan Collins chats about the enduring popularity of the music from Ireland’s showband era

Tuesday 10th January

Child prodigies celebrated at Music for Galway Midwinter Festival

Finghin Collins, Artistic Director of the Music for Galway Midwinter Festival explains why ‘Prodigy’ is the theme of this year’s festival (i.e.  child musical prodigy) Full details:

Essay: "The Joshua Tree" by U2

Daragh Downes with an essay about his ongoing appreciation for U2 as they announce they will be touring their 30-year old album “The Joshua Tree”

The KLF to re-form?

Music journalist Siobhán Kane with a history of the band KLF as rumours abound that they are re-forming later this year



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