Wednesday 3rd January

Inaugural programme from the Irish National Opera

Next week the inaugural programme for the newly-created Irish National Opera will be announced, with artistic director Fergus Sheil and soprano Anna Devin Official website: 

Thursday 21st December

Remembering Woody Guthrie

Andy Irvine remembers the life and career of Woody Guthrie, one of the most significant figures in American folk music and a tireless campaigner for social justice, who died 50 years ...

Wednesday 20th December

Uilleann Pipes awarded UNESCO World Heritage status

Peter Browne on the global recognition given to the uilleann pipes by UNESCO who have listed them on their Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list Full details:

Tuesday 19th December

Forgotten musical gems - "Fire of God's Love" by Sister Irene O'Connor

In the latest in his occasional series on forgotten musical gems, Donal Dineen looks at "Fire of God's Love" by Australian nun Sister Irene O'Connor

Andy White in session

Andy White chats about his 30-year career in music and how current political events at home and abroad inspired him to write new material Official website:

Friday 15th December

Music releases at Christmas

Anna Carey and Chris Wasser review the range of music released for Christmas, from Irish and international artists and some interesting offerings from celebrities

Wednesday 13th December

30th anniversary of "Fairytale of New York"

Peter Murphy marks the 30th anniversary of the classic Pogues song "Fairytale of New York"

"Project Pop Up", curated by Shaun Dunne and Nyree Yergainharsian

Shaun Dunne and Nyree Yergainharsian explain the concept of Project Pop Up, a night of bite-sized performances from a range of artistic disciplines Full details:

Monday 11th December

Joe Chester in session

Joe Chester chats about how his changing attitudes to religion inspired his most recent album "The Easter Vigil" and how being an exile is informing his new music Official website: 

Friday 8th December

Album reviews

Jackie Fox and Eamon Sweeney review "Goin' Platinum" from Robert Finley, "Finding Shore" from Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno and "And Don't Spare The Horses" from The Eskies



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