Monday 8th August

Live from the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016

Live from the Set Theatre at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, with the British chamber ensemble The Heath Quartet, the Martin Hayes Quartet and French theatre troupe Footsbarn Websites:   / ...

Friday 5th August

“Let The Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul” by Kevin Rowland and Dexys

Kevin Rowland chats about why he wanted to record an album of Irish folk songs on “Let The Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul” 

Album reviews

Zara Hedderman and Simon Maher review “Boy King” from Wild Beasts, “Nigeria Freedom Sounds”, a compilation album from Soul Jazz Records and “Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not” from Dinosaur Jnr

Thursday 4th August

“Éist Anois agus Arís”, an album of Irish-language songs

Enda Reilly who is one of the artists featured on “Éist Anois agus Arís (Songs In Their Native Language”, an album of traditional Irish-language songs performed by a host of ...

Wednesday 3rd August

Áine Cahill in session

Cavan singer Áine Cahill chats about what she is trying to say in her music, being an ambitious person and performing at Glastonbury Official website: (for copyright reasons this ...

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: 



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