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       Mooney Tunes returns!        

    Mooney Tunes, the phenomenally successful Concert Series featuring the RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE presenter Derek Mooney, and the combined input of his many radio fans, will return to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in December, 2015.

    This will be the 12th instalment of Mooney Tunes, which began in September, 2009. In the intervening period, over the 11 concerts to date, as many as 18,000 people have been entertained, over 170 pieces of music have been featured, all performed by around 50 top-class performers and soloists, backed by the RTE Concert Orchestra.

    A VERY MERRY MOONEY TUNES’ will take place on December 7, 2015, at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. And for this show, we are encouraging fans to send us their musical suggestions along the theme of, "movies, musicals and magical memories!"

    We have never been short of magical stories from our audience, accompanying their suggestions for pieces to include in the Mooney Tunes programs. Whether it's a song that reminds you of a loved one, a particular soundtrack from your youth, a theme that evokes a particularly strong memory, let us know. And tell us your story!

    For further information, tune into the all-new Mooney Show, Saturday evenings, 6 PM until 7 PM, from Saturday, September 12, on RTÉ Radio 1

    And keep watching this space for updates and more details!

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    Mooney, Wednesday July 17th 2013

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    Shay Byrne with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

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    Keith Barry's Dark Side

    His new show, The Dark Side, has been described as his most terrifying yet. We’re promised witchcraft, voodoo, Ouija boards and séances; volunteers will become possessed by demons and audience members will receive messages from "the other side"!  Keith Barry joins Shay in studio to chat about The Dark Side!

    The Dark Side continues at Dublin's Olympia Theatre until July 27th - for more information, visit http://olympia.ie/whats-on/keith-barry-the-dark-side/.

    To follow Keith Barry on Twitter, and view his videos, click here.

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    Tribute Bands

    Reports surfaced last year that the four members of ABBA, all of whom are fit and well, were offered a figure around €1 billion to reform and do a world tour.

    As we all know, the band have resolutely stuck to their guns, saying they will never reform. And they each have their own reasons for that.

    But the absence of ABBA gives a great opportunity to the many ABBA tribute bands around the world, including our own ABBA-ESQUE (pictured).

    In fact, the tribute band phenomenon started with BJORN AGAIN, an Australian group formed back in 1988 to capitalise on the band's split. And recently, it was reported that this band, the king and queen of tribute bands, have racked up, over the last 25 years, career earnings of up to €50 million.

    They are HUGE! And not only are they huge, but the whole market for tribute bands has become huge in the intervening years.

    Shay is joined on the line today by Ed Faulkner, a former tribute band singer himself, and founder of a festival that's been described as a "Glastonbury for Tribute Acts", called "TRIB-FEST" (www.tribfest.co.uk).

    And he's also joined in studio by Derek Power, who is Bono in U2 tribute band The Joshua Tree (www.thejoshuatree.ie), and by Mooney producer Olan McGowan!

    To find out more about some of Ireland's tribute bands, visit www.tributebands.ie.

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