Tuesday 2nd August

50th anniversary of "Revolver" by The Beatles

Stephen Kennedy marks 50 years since the release of The Beatles album “Revolver”

David Power, uilleann piper

Uilleann piper David Power talks about his attitude to merging a traditional Irish instrument with new technology and other styles of music Official website: 

Friday 29th July

Album reviews

Jim Carroll and Jackie Fox review “The Bird and the Rifle” by Lori McKenna, “Vinyl Adventures, From Istanbul to San Francisco” compilation by Tim Burgess and “The First Kiss of Love” by Cronin 

Thursday 28th July

Navá in session

Paddy Kiernan, Niall Hughes and brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe of Navá, a band which blends Irish and Persian music  

Wednesday 27th July

Big Bang Festival 2016

Brian Fleming, one of the organisers of this weekend’s Big Bang Festival, a celebration of rhythm/drumming from around the world Full details: 

Tuesday 26th July

"The Casement Sonata" by Gavin Friday

Gavin Friday explains "The Casement Sonata", a sonic installation he created in collaboration with poet James McCabe to pay homage to Roger Casement; it runs at the Hugh Lane Gallery this ...

Monday 25th July

“Composing the Island: A Century of Music in Ireland 1916–2016”, a series at the National Concert Hall

John O’Kane, executive director of RTÉ Orchestras and Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall explain “Composing the Island: A Century of Music in Ireland 1916–2016”, a 3-week series ...

Friday 22nd July

Album reviews

Aoife Barry and Simon Maher review “You Got Me Singing” by Jack & Amanda Palmer, “Red Earth and Pouring Rain” by Bear’s Den and “Operator” by Mstrkrft

Thursday 21st July

Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes in session

Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes in session, Pearse talks about the inspiration for tracks on their forthcoming album “The Soft Animal” Official website: (for copyright reasons this item is not ...

A profile of Taylor Swift

Rachel Breslin profiles the rise and rise of pop star Taylor Swift



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