This week was Big Music Week here at RTÉ, and to celebrate, the Big Music Week Train travelled the country to meet with some of Ireland's greatest musicians, one of whom is Iarla Ó'Lionáird. Iarla gave The History Show, a special performance of “I’m Weary From Lying Alone” taken from the repetoire of his grand-aunt Elizabeth Cronin, a famed singer from West Cork.
We enter into the spirit of RTE Radio 1's Big Music Week with a programme to raise the spirits and gladden the heart. Eileen Dunne meets experts in liturgical music used in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Jewish faiths, who will discuss the origins and significance of music and song in their various traditions. We'll also have a fair helping of a musical form which is gaining in popularity in all the churches, Gospel Music. Wiith Blanaid Murphy, Jacqueline Mullen, Dr. Melanie Brown and Florence Mutesasira.
Last Monday after the Big Music Train pulled into to Newbridge, Co. Kildare, thousands turned out for the parade through the town & for the concert in the school hall of the Patrician Secondary School. The last performer on stage was Newbridge's most famous son, Christy Moore. It was a really lovely homecoming performance & after he came off stage, he stepped out the back of the hall to tell us about his deep connections to the area.
This morning the programme is in Connolly Station to begin a week-long celebration of the best of Irish music, RTE in collaboration with the Irish Rail are taking you on the BIG MUSIC TRAIN across the country to capture the brilliant music being played & created. On our programme this morning we kick-start the music week with Kodaline & RTE Concert Orcestra, Paul Brady, Bugle Babes, Lisa O'Neill, Luka Bloom, Damien Dempsey & RTE CO with Train House Band, Bronagh Gallagher & the Artane Boys Band.