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    20 Years of Irelands Call

    When Ireland take on England in the six nations in the Aviva on Sunday, the stadium will once again ring to the sound of Ireland's Call - our rugby anthem which is 20 years old this year. Phil Coulter joins John in studio this morning.
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    Music from English folk rock trio The Staves

    One of the most talked about acts in folk rock at the moment are three sisters who started out as part of the backing group to Tom Jones. Sisters Emily, Jessica & Camilla Staveley-Taylor joined John from our London studio.
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    Rock Guitarist Mark Knopfler

    One of the most well-known rock guitarists of all time, Mark Knopfler rose to fame as the driving force behind British rock band Dire Straits, notching up record sales in excess of 120 million. 

    Mark also has composed the scores for big moives & collaborated with some of the biggest names in music from Bob Dylan to Eric Clapton to Van Morrison.  Mark joins John to talk about his career & the release of his 8th solo album in March, entitled 'Tracker'.

     

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    Music with Buffalo Sunn

    John's music guests this morning, Buffalo Sunn released their debut album 'By the Ocean By the Sea' to great reviews.  Buffalo Sunn are here this morning in studio for a performance & chat.


    www.buffalosunn.com

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    We Banjo 3

    In studio this morning are the award-winning Galway band “We Banjo 3”. Their music is a mixture of Irish and Americana and they’ve just released a new single.

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    Julie Feeney

    Julie Feeney has always believed in magic and she has always brought a little bit of that magic to her stage shows... now, she's taking it to another level with a show called The Girl Who Believed in Magic that she will perform in The Project Arts Centre from March 28th. It contains all her own music and a loose narrative to go with it. Some of it is told in words, some through movement. It's about a girl who believes in magic. Tickets from projectartscentre.ie and more information on juliefeeney.com

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    Music with Pete Kennedy

    If you haven't already heard of Pete Kennedy, the chances are you soon will because since leaving Offaly & heading to the Mecca of country music in Tennessee last July, things have really taken off for him. Pete joins John in studio with some of his fellow musicians from Nashville, for a performance & chat.

    PETE KENNEDY TOUR DATES IRELAND
    Feb 12 - The Spirit Store - Dundalk, Ireland
    Feb 13 - The Source Arts Centre - Thurles, Ireland
    Feb 15 - Monroes Live Music Venue - Galway, Ireland
    Feb 17 - The Sugar Club - Dublin, Ireland
    Feb 18 - The Set Theatre - Kilkenny, Ireland
    Feb 20 - Shortt's Live Music Venue - Waterford, Ireland
    Feb 21 - Birr Theatre & Arts Centre - Birr, Ireland

     

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    Music from Bear's Den

    In studio with John are Bear's Den, a British alternative folk band formed in West London in 2012, they released their debut album, Islands, in October 2014 on Communion Record. They are on a UK tour & will perform two of their songs in studio this morning.

    For more information go to bearsdenmusic.co.uk

     

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    The Midnight Union Band

    The Midnight Union are a band from Kilkenny whose sound is described as a blend of Americana folk, Rhythm and Roots and Blues with an alternative-country twist and a sprinkling of old school rock n' roll.

    Their début album is called “Of Life and Lesser Evils” and they’ll be launching it in Whelan's in Dublin tomorrow night with guests In The Willows & The Rattling Kind

    Friday 06 Feb - Katie Daly's, Gorey, Wexford

    Thursday 05 March - Cobblestone Joe's, Limerick 

    Thursday 12 March - Cafe sessions, Cavan

    For more details check out their Facebook page

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    Singer Songwriter Don Mescall

    John's music guest has collaborated with Boyzone, Sharon Corr & Rascall Flatts & has written for so many other people. Don Mescall is in studio for a chat & performance of two of his songs.

    For further information of Don & his music go to www.donmescall.com

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