Now we hear stories of hard it is to make it in the music business, not only our next guest has been there, seen that & wore the t-shirt, he has also written a song about life at the rock coalface.
Nick Kelly speaks to John before performing a track called Break America with the rest of the members of Alien Crew.
The cleverly named Breaking Trad are made up of Dónal Murphy from Abbeyfeale in West Limerick on accordion, Niall Murphy from Camlough, south Armagh on fiddle & multi-instrumentalist Mike Galvin from Killarney. They have just released their self-titled debut album & they join John in studio for peformance.
We have in studio judges former Pogue Cait O'Riordan, singer songwriter Jerry Fish & Laura Lomax of the Saturday Night Show with the top 6 songs selected as part of the new emerging Irish talent competition.
Singer songwriter Sinéad White is fast gaining a following & she's accompanied in studio this morning by Sam Killeen.
Sinéad's new album called 'Finally' will be released on the 30th of May. Sinéad is also playing a gig in the Sugar Club that night to launch the album.
You can find out all about her on:
The Blow the Dust Orchestra, set up to encourage older people who once played instruments to take them out of their cases, dust them off and start again & John is joined in studio by 7 members of The Blow the Dust Orchestra who are here to perform for us this morning ahead of appearing in the National Concert Hall at lunchtime.
The Blow The Dust orchestra are currently at full capacity but would still like to hear from you. They can either add you to the waiting list or recommend other organisations that run music projects for older people. You can call them on 01 417 0077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Moxie are in studio for a chat & performance. There are five of them , Cillian, Jos, Darren, Ted & Paddy, their album is called 'Planted' and their first performance is a song called Leads.
Thursday 21st May The Sugar Club, Dublin
Friday 12th June Doolin Folk Festival, Clare
Sun 26th July Killarney Folkfest, Kerry
A couple of months ago we asked you to send in your music to our emerging Irish music competition & there were hundreds of entries. John Bela Reilly who has been listening assiduously to every one of those entered joins John in studio to reveal the top 20, listed below.
JOHN MURRAY SHOW / SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW TOP 20 - 2015
1. THE TEMPS ‘Feeling Alive' (DUBLIN) / 2. GIGABYTE ‘Simon Says’ (LAOIS) / 3. GONE ALL YEAR ‘Grey’ (ANTRIM) / 4. HUMMINGBYRD ‘Honeymoon’ (KILDARE) / 5. FINTAN O’BRIEN ‘What are you Waiting For’ (DUBLIN) / 6. GRENADE ‘Soldier On’ (KERRY, CORK) / 7. ZEINAB ELGUZOULI ‘Fire to the Flames' (DUBLIN) / 8. SUN SET SHIPS ‘Song for Brothers' (MONAGHAN) / 9. CHARLEEN MURPHY ‘To You From Me’ (DUBLIN) / 10. MARTYN MULHERE ‘Poised for Flight' (DUBLIN) / 11. THE SHADES ‘I give Up’ (DUBLIN) / 12. IF YOU DISCOVER A FIRE ‘January’ (CORK) / 13. CORNER BOY ‘Untie the Noose' (WEXFORD) / 14. MONSTER MONSTER ‘Assassin’ (DUBLIN) / 15. SARAH BUCKLEY ‘Magic Powers’ (CORK) / 16. D.A.N. ‘Visions' (DERRY) / 17. THE ATLANTIC CLUB ‘Love is Here’ (DUBLIN) / 18. DR MINDFLIP ‘Chest Beater’ (KILDARE) / 19. AINE DUFFY ‘Won't Go' (CORK) / 20. THIRD SMOKE ‘Summer Breeze' (LOUTH)
Pierce Turner is in studio with John this morning for a performance & chat. He has been described by the Sunday Times as having "finest body of work in contemporary Irish music, bar none".
A Wexford native, Pierce lives in Manhattan & has returned to Ireland to play four dates this month.
You can see Pierce perform at the following venues, Seamus Ennis, Naul, May 2nd, Coughlans, Cork City, May 8th, The National Concert Hall, Dublin May 12th & Wexford Arts Centre June 5th.
Presenter: John Murray