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    Rap anniversary

    Jim Carroll on 20th anniversary of the ground-breaking rap album “Illmatic” by Nas

    Maria Doyle Kennedy

    live music and chat with Maria Doyle Kennedy (& her husband Kieran), they perform “Sing” and "The Most Beautiful People Are Broken", tracks from her new album ‘Maria Live’

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    Album Reviews

    John Meagher and Sinead Ní Mhórdha review "Caustic Love" from Paolo Nutini, "Architect" from Wallis Bird and "It's Album Time" from Todd Terje

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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

    www.feisceoil.ie

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    Band interview

    Chat and live music from Cork band Ian Whitty and The Exchange

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    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 www.foxjaw.ie

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    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 www.musicnetwork.ie

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    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.

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