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    Feis Ceoil

    Evelyn O'Rourke reports on the ESB Feis Ceoil which began at the RDS this week and sees 5,000 performers showcasing their musical talents over the next two weeks. She talks to Laura Gilsenan CEO, ajudicating musician Julie Feeney, the Wesley College choir director Helen Doyle and 16-year old student Nathan Hayes


    Band interview

    The Limerick band Fox Jaw chat about their career which is going from strength to strength and perform 2 tracks live from their forthcoming album "Ghosts Parade"  

    Official band website at


    Attaca Quartet

    The Attacca Quartet from New York have just arrived in Ireland for a Music Network tour. They come into studio to give us a taste of what they will be playing in venues around the country.

    They are Amy Schroeder, violin; Keiko Tokunaga, violin; Luke Fleming, viola and Andrew Yee, cello. Tomorrow night, Thursday 27th February, they perform in St Fintan’s Church on Adelaide Road in Dublin; Friday 28th February in Christchurch Cathedral, Waterford; on Saturday, 1st of March they perform at Triskel, Christchurch in Cork before moving on to Wexford; Dun Laoghaire and Clifden.

    Full details of the tour can be found on


    Opera at the Cinema

    Over the coming months HD simulcasts will bring the work of great operatic composers into local cinemas all around the country. They’re aimed, amongst other things, at growing new audiences for opera.

    Bernard Clarke of Lyric FM is in studio. We asked Bernard to tell us who, in his view are the great composers, who we should absolutely not miss and who, if you’re an opera newbie, is the best introduction to the form.


    The Birth of Jazz

    Tonight we continue our journey through popular music and the social and political events that shaped the sounds we listen to.

    We started with the blues and Robert Johnson, and last week we heard about the protest songs of the Almanac singers. Tonight we’re looking at jazz...or more specifically the birth of jazz….

    And Ollie Cole joins Seán in studio


    Matthew McConaghey

    Matthew McConaughey has just won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof, in the film ‘Dallas Buyers Club’. Set in the 1980s, it tells the story of a Texan diagnosed with AIDS who decides to source his own medication in Mexico to help fight the disease.    

    RTE Ten’s Alan Corr recently met up with Matthew Mc Conaughey and asked him how he decided to portray the life and character of Ron Woodroof....

    The track is My Morning Jacket with ‘Ready to be Called On’ from the soundtrack to the movie.....


    Swan Lake

    On the 9th November 1995 a new production of Swan Lake was unveiled at the famous Sadlers Well Theatre in London.

    Within minutes of the performance starting though, there were ripples in the audience because the role of the swan was being danced by a man on stage for the very first time.

    Nearly twenty years later this now famous production lives on, and is visiting Dublin in a few weeks time. To find out more about the show, Evelyn O’Rourke went to London to meet up with some of the dancers and the team behind the show.

    Swan Lake is visiting Dublin later this month and will be performed from Tuesday 25th February to Saturday 1st March at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. More information can be found at


    The Kinks

    The band's lead singer, Ray Davies, has just published his memoirs, Americana, and a new biography, God Save The Kinks, looks at the band's legacy. Tony Clayton-Lea has been reading them for us.


    Blue Note Jazz

    As a label Blue Note records is synonymous with the very best of jazz and this year it celebrates its seventy fifth birthday.

    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis. Francis Wolff became involved shortly afterwards. It derives its name from the characteristic "blue notes" of jazz and the blues

    Gerry Godley reports.

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