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    Michael Jackson, Motown and "Off The Wall"

    John Meagher looks at the career of Michael Jackson, as a new documentary from Spike Lee set to be released this year - “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall”

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    Album reviews

    Lauren Murphy and Jim Carroll review “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Long Way Home” by Lapsley and “Save Your Soul” by Hermitage Green

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    Artists In Their Spaces - Maurice Seezer

    For her occasional series 'Artists In Their Spaces', Leeanne O’Donnell chats to songwriter Maurice Seezer about how the space in which he works affects his creativity

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    Essay: the death of a pop idol

    Peter Murphy with an essay ‘Twilight of the Idols’, examining what happens in the public consciousness when a pop idol dies

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    Aoife Scott in session

    Singer/songwriter Aoife Scott chats about the tracks on her debut album “Carry The Day” which was inspired by Irish history and her interpretation of other folk songs

    Official website:   http://aoifescott.com 

    (for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

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    "Blissful Pentecost" at Louth Contemporary Music Society

    Eamonn Quinn, artistic director of Louth Contemporary Music Society which is hosting a free performance of “Blissful Pentecost”, a new piece composed by Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli to commemorate tragic events in two churches - a fire in Norway in 1822 and Oliver Cromwell's army in Drogheda in 1649

    Full details:   www.louthcms.org    

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    Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin scores silent film "Irish Destiny"

    Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin talks about the inspiration (the Irish national anthem) for his soundtrack to 1926 silent film “Irish Destiny”; he’ll be performing it live at the Irish Film Institute this weekend

    Full details:   www.ifi.ie  

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    Van Morrison as gaeilge, for IMRAM

    Liam Ó Maonlaí and Hilary Bow chat about taking part in “Moondance: Songs by Van Morrison”, a special concert of Van Morrisson songs as Gaelige for IMRAM, the Irish Language Literature Festival

    Full details:  http://imram.ie/   and    www.mountainstosea.ie/

    (for copyright reasons the music in this interview is not available to download in the podcast)

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    New album from The Gloaming

    Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Dennis Cahill of The Gloaming chat about the band’s forthcoming second album “The Gloaming 2”

    Official website:  http://thegloaming.net     

    (for copyright reasons the music in this interview is not available to download in the podcast)

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    Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto and conductor

    French musician Nathalie Stutzmann chats about the challenges of combining careers as a contralto and a conductor; tomorrow night she conducts the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra performing the music of Wagner and Mahler

    Full details:   www.nch.ie

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