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    American Singer Songwriter Dolly Rebecca Parton

    This woman has had an extraordinary career: seven Grammies, two Oscar nominations, ten Country Music Association Awards and sales of more than 100 million records. The list goes on & on & it is not over yet! American country singer Dolly Parton joins Miriam this morning ahead of her 2014 tour in Ireland.

    Dolly Parton 'Blue Smoke World Tour' www.aikenpromotions.com

    June 10 2014 - Belfast, Odyssey Arean

    June 11 2014 - Dublin at the O2

    June 12 2014 - Cork live at the Marquee

    Tickets on sale Friday November 1st at 9.00am www.ticketmaster.ie & all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide

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    Singer Songwriter David Essex

    He is a singer, songwriter, actor & a sex symbol, he is of course David Essex & he joins me this morning for a chat, about his life, music & acting career. But first we have to start with asking him about his Irish roots.

    David's new album is called Reflection.

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    MyPod series with Steve Coogan

    Recently we spoke to BBC Journalist, Martin Sixsmith, recuited by the family of Irish woman, Philomena Lee, to find her long lost son, brought to life in a new film where Philomena is played by Judi Dench & Martin by actor Steve Coogan, who is here to do our MyPod series with Miriam this morning.

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    Music & Chat with The Sweeneys Men

    They were one of the great trad bands of the 60's, their influence can be heard on groups from Planxty, the Bothy Band & de Danan & they're back. Joining Miriam in studio are Andy Irvine, Terry Woods & Johnny Moynihan, together known as The Sweeney's Men.

    Information for the Sweeney's Men Gigs go to www.andyirvine.com

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    Jimmy MacCarthy returns by popular demand

    We had singer songwriter Jimmy MacCarthy on our show in September, as he was about to head off on a nationwide tour. Because of the extraordinary response to his appearance, many of you requested other songs of Jimmy's that we simply had not time for. Jimmy is back in studio with us this morning as his tour is coming to an end.  Also joining us on the line are Mary Black, Brian Kennedy & Mary Coughlan.  Jimmy was accompanied on piano by Rob Burke.

    All tour dates booked out but there are still some available tickets for Vicar Street, tomorrow night.

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    Music & chat with Rackhouse Pilfer

    Now in its 9th year, Sligo Live is back on this Bank Holiday weekend,  with some big national & International acts, Imelda May, Villagers & Midlake & one of the biggest local acts, Rackhouse Pilfer, supporting Imelda joins Miriam in studio this morning, for a chat & performance.

    To support Rackhouse Pilfer with their second album go to the FundIt website & help with the making of it with a donation.

    For more information on Sligo Live to to www.sligolive.ie

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    The Smiths - Morrissey's autobiography

    Miriam's first guest this morning is Matthew Devereaux from the band 'The Pale',  who has been busy reading Morrissey's autobioghraphy, the lead singer of the 1980's band The Smiths.  James Morrissey's book has been one of the most anticipated books of recent years.

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    Singer Karen Underwood

    Miriam's next guest is a talented singer & performer who moved here from Chicago in 1997 to start a new life in Cork. Since her time in Ireland, her life has been tinged with both happiness & profound sadness. Karen Underwood joins Miriam in studio this morning.

    Karen's new show is called 'The Ladies Lost & Found', a show covering tracks by legendary divas such as Billie Holiday, Whitney Houston, Judy Garland & more.

    Venue is the Everyman Theatre in Cork on Saturday November 30th @ 8pm

    (All profits go to Karen's Cork charity 'Bounce Back' - to create & spread awareness of suicide in youth).

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    Equinox - Europe's hottest Jazz Band fronted by a Dubliner

    Though legally blind Dubliner Johnny Daly became a founding member of one of Europe's hottest new jazz acts, Equinox. Just back from Amsterdam they are described as 'cool & lucid, exciting & virtuosic - a joy to hear' & are about to embark on a nationwide Irish tour. (Jimmy Magee also gives us an impronto performance by singing with Equinox).

    Equinox have recently released their second album 'Face the Music' & can be seen on their nationwide tour

    Galway - Town Hall Theatre - Sat 19th October

    Waterford - Theatre Royal - Wed 23rd October

    Dublin - The Sugar Club - Sun 3rd November

     

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    Liam Ó'Maonlaí, Hilary Bow & the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra

    Miriam is joined by Liam O'Maonlaí, Hilary Bow & the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, who are in studio to perform, for the first time, an Irish language version of a Leonard Cohen & Van Morrison classic.

    Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire tonight - songs of Van Morrison

    Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Oct 24th - songs of Leonard Cohen

    An Grianán, Letterkenny, Nov 1st - songs of Leonard Cohen

    see www.imram.ie for more information

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