Friday 7th August

Album reviews

Sinead Gleeson and Jonathan Creasy review “Compton” from Dr Dre, “Positive Songs For Negative People” from Frank Turner and “Automatic” from Don Broco

Thursday 6th August

New Irish orchestra SinfoNua

Joe Csibi and violinist/music graduate Matthew Wiley explain the genesis of the new Irish orchestra SinfoNua who are performing next week at the National Concert Hall with soprano Celine Byrne

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Wednesday 5th August

History behind the album “Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-1983”

Jim Carroll on the history behind the album “Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-1983” which explores the influence of the Rastafari religion on reggae music and political activism

Origins of the Cork Gamelan Ensemble

Mel Mercier, director of Cork Gamelan Ensemble talks about their origins 20 years ago and the release of their first album “The Three Forges” 

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Tuesday 4th August

Donnacha Dennehy, composer of "The Last Hotel"

Donnacha Dennehy talks about his opera “The Last Hotel” which he created with playwright Enda Walsh and is playing in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival

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Led Zeppelin's final three studio albums re-issued

John Meagher on the final three Led Zeppelin studio albums re-mastered by Jimmy Page and which have just been released – Presence, In Through The Out Door and Coda

Friday 31st July

Album reviews

Simon Maher and Rachel Breslin review “Blood” by Lianne la Havas, “Marks To Prove It” by The Maccabees and “Momentary Masters” by Albert Hammond Junior

Thursday 30th July

Bryn Terfel at the National Concert Hall

Welsh bass baritone Bryn Terfel talks about his singing career and performing as part of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra Signature Series at the National Concert Hall

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Wednesday 29th July

Opera Theatre Company at the Kilkenny Arts Festival

Tom Creed and conductor Andrew Synnott of the Opera Theatre Company chat about the two short operas they will be performing at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival – “The Human Voice” and “Susanna’s Secret”

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The 50 best Irish gigs of all time?

Róisín Dwyer with the 50 Greatest Irish Gigs of All Time as voted by Hot Press writers

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