Irish music fans of a certain vintage with a liking for low-key, quality, country-tinged guitar music will undoubtedly fondly remember Dublin's great Stars of Heaven.
Stephen Ryan is back with his new band & equally laid back,The Drays & they are in studio for a chat & performance this morning.
Their debut album 'Look Away Down Collins Avenue' has already made an impression in the charts & for more information on their music go to www.thedrays.com
Singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes is a Texan who calls Austin home. Her multi-platinum selling songs have been recorded by such stellar acts as Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Joe Ely, John Farnham, Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris & many many more.
Kimmie Rhodes joins John this morning for a chat.
For further information on Kimmie Rhodes www.kimmierhodes.com
Seo Linn & TG Lurgan brought us Avicii as Gaeilge, the band appeared on the Late Late & have racked up thousands of Youtube hits.
The 6 member band, Stiofán Ó Fearaíl, Daithí Ó Ruaidh, Keith Ó Briain, Kev Shortall, Conor Ó Móra & Cathal Ó Ruaidh are all fluent Irish speakers & are passionate about bringing the Irish language & culture around the world in a fun way with their Kickstart campaign.
Seo Linn join us for a chat & performance.
John's music guest this morning is a relative newcomer to the music business. Niamh Crowther impressed a panel of Irish music industry gurus with her songwriting as far back as 2011, at the tender age of 14!
Niamh joins John in studio this morning for a chat & performance.
Niamh's wesite www.niamhcrowther.com
In studio with John this morning are a family of musicians from Nashville, Tennessee. The Willis Clan are currently in the middle of an Irish tour & have released an album called Heaven.
John speaks Brenda, mother of the troop before they perform 'Road to Watertown' followed later by 'A Few of My Favourite Things/'.
John is joined in studio by five musicians, Lauren Stovall, Dusty Rider, Peter Sharpe, Leslie Ziegler & Christine King, all standing around one big old-fashioned looking microphone .
They are called The Railsplitters & are from various parts of US but Colarado based. They play bluegrass, with a modern twist & will perform 'Planted on the Ground' & 'Met the Day'.
At the end of June the Killarney Festival of Music & Food takes place in the Killarney National Park. On stage will be The Proclaimers, Scottish twin brothers Charlie & Craig & we get the opportunity to speak to Charlie Reid ahead of the performance.
Derek Ryan is about to start a short ‘Intimate Acoustic’ tour. He has just released his brand new single, ‘Cecilia’, a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1970 classic, from his soon-to-be-released new album, ‘One Good Night.’ He and his band are in studio to sing Cecelia and Cry.
The tour kicks off at: McGrory’s Of Culdaff (Inishowen, Co. Donegal) 02 July
The Craic Theatre (Coalisland, Co. Tyrone) 09 July
The Flowerfield Arts Centre (Portstewart, Co. Derry) 16 July
The Lodge Entertainment Centre (Castlewellan) 23 July
The Ballymaloe Grainstone (Shanagarry, Co. Cork) 29 November
For more information, go to derekryanmusic.com
Presenter: John Murray