Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



Thursday 2nd July

Album reviews

Lauren Murphy and Jim Carroll review “Communion” by Years and Years, “The Monsanto Years” by Neil Young & Promise Of The Real and “Perpetual Motion People” by Ezra Furman

Wednesday 1st July

The Grateful Dead back on stage

John Meagher looks at the history of the psychedelic American rock band The Grateful Dead who are reforming for 50th anniversary concerts called ‘Fare Thee Well’ which will be shown in cinemas worldwide

"The Whistling Girl", celebrating Dorothy Parker

Honor Heffernan and composer Trevor Knight talk about their show “The Whistling Girl”, a music show celebrating the poetry and wit of Dorothy Parker

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Tuesday 30th June

"Amy", the documentary

Alan Corr reviews “Amy”, a new documentary charting the life, career and death of Amy Winehouse

Friday 26th June

Matthew Spangler, theatre director/playwright

American theatre director/playwright Matthew Spangler talks about the challenges of bringing literary adaptations to the stage 

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Brian Eno, composer

Composer and producer Brian Eno talks about his background in art and popular music and how that has influenced his current work as an ambient composer

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Thursday 25th June

"The Puccini Scandal" at Loughcrew House

Composer/dramatist Niall Morris explains the scandal in the life of Puccini that is the basis of a new opera drama that will be staged at Loughcrew House next week

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Arts News - change to status of the National Concert Hall

Simon Taylor, Chief Executive of the National Concert Hall on today's announcement by Minister Heather Humphries of the change in status of the NCH

Wednesday 24th June

Courtney Lewis conducts the RTÉ NSO summer season

Belfast-born conductor Courtney Lewis returns to Ireland to conduct the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in their summer season

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A tribute to Grant Green

Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to musicians Nigel Mooney and Hugh Buckley about their tribute tour to the music of jazz guitarist Grant Green  

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