Monday 23rd November

Project Messiah 2015

Abie Philbin Bowman reports from rehearsals of the volunteer choir Project Messiah, an initiative whereby people volunteer to learn Handel’s “Messiah” in 8 weeks before a public performance

Concert: takes place on Saturday 28th November at Whitefriar Street Church, Aungier Street, Dublin 2  

Friday 20th November

"Imagining Home", 1916 at the National Concert Hall

Musician Cáit O’Riordan and CEO of the National Concert Hall Simon Taylor explain the idea behind the NCH’s 1916 project “Imagining Home” - seven concerts held over a single week to honour 100 years of Irish music, culture and history

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"Concert for Paris" in St Patrick's Cathedral

Abie Philbin Bowman who is at St Patrick’s Cathedral for the “Concert for Paris” organised by conductor John Doyle

Album reviews

Alan Corr and Aoife Barry review “25” by Adele, “Dark Sky Island” by Enya and “Bitter Pill” by Gavin James 

Wednesday 18th November

"Concert For Paris" in St Patrick's Cathedral

Conductor John Doyle on why he was driven to organise a free concert to show solidarity with the French people after the terrorist attacks in the city last Friday; it takes place at 8pm in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin on Friday 20th November

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Benjamin Appl, baritone

German baritone Benjamin Appl chats about his career path ahead of his performances in Ireland as part of a Music Network tour

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Tuesday 17th November

Review: “Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl” by Carrie Brownstein

Róisín Dwyer reviews “Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl”, the memoir by Sleator Kinney frontwoman Carrie Brownstein (published by Virago Books)

"In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited" at the National Concert Hall

Jazz singer Sofia Brous and multi-instrumentalist, Mick Harvey (founding member of The Bad Seeds with Nick Cave) who will be performing at the ‘In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited’ live concert tomorrow night at the National Concert Hall

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Monday 16th November

Francesco Turrisi, jazz musician

Francesco Turrisi who is one of the performers at the “Strut” pop-up jazz club at The Peacock stage of the Abbey later this week

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Remembering reggae producer Sir Coxsone Dodd

Jim Carroll on the legacy of Sir Coxsone Dodd, a music producer who was responsible for starting the careers of Jamaican reggae legends and is now remembered in a Soul Jazz album called “Coxsone’s Music: The First Recordings Of Sir Coxsone The Downbeat, 1960 – 1962”



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