Twenty-four years ago Madonna was knocked-off the top of the UK album charts by my next guests - Deacon Blue, at the height of their success, the band's singers broke one of the sacred rules of rock & roll & married each other! Ricky Ross & Lorraine McIntosh, from Deacon Blue speak to Kathryn.
This morning we are coming from the magnificient & historic surroundings of the Guildhall in Derry as the Fleadhas been making vibrations of foot tapping to the fiddles, flutes & bodhráns of the fleadh which has come across the border for the first time in history.
In the next hour we will have performances from pipes, fiddles & Lambeg drums & music from award winning songstress Cara Dillon & Dervish. Plus Kathryn is taken on a musical tour of the town he loved so well, PhilCoulter. Beoga described as the best new traditional band to emerge from Ireland will perform Boxy, guests Julia Kee, former mayor GearoidO'hEara, performances from Mairead NiMhaonaigh & from Canada, Troy McGillivray with Andrea Beaton & Matt Maclsaac....
One immient gig is conspicuous by its general advert absence & that is the Eminem gig at Slane this weekend, because the don't have to - it is a sure sell out. Here is a reminder of some of his music & we would like to hear from some of our listeners who would like to give a little shot at rapping a verse of an Eminem song for a prize! In studio with Kathryn is Matthew Devereux of The Pale rock band & Dublin's own rapper, Collie Collins.
Micheal O'Foighil spoke to Kathryn this morning about students going to the Colaiste Lurgan, an Irish Language Summer School & learnt Irish in a rather unique way, making YouTube music videos as gaelige which have gathered a lot of hits on YouTube!
Ian O'Doherty, a singer-songwriter from Tralee, was in studio recently to perform live for us. While he was in he recorded another track for us - a cover this time - this is Ian O'Doherty's version of Pompeii by Bastille.
Kathryn Thomas reports from this year's Castlepalooza Music Festival held in Tullamore on Sunday last, here are a few of the songs performed, which were selected from a number of entries sent in by our listeners to the show.
The August Bank Holiday is next weekend and so is the Casltepalooza Music and Arts Festival.
There you will find some of the best acts around including CSS, Ghostpoet… And So I Watch You From Afar… Luke Vibert … and of course the best of the music you - our listeners - have sent into us on our own dedicated stage – at the wooded wonderland setting that is Charleville Castle, Tullamore.
See http://www.castlepalooza.com/ for full details on everything you need to know from tickets, to campervans, to children … and everything else.
This week’s selection is from Glimmermen. They are Gavin Cowley, J.Bassetti and Phil Murray. The song is called This Town…it's the first single from their debut LP, which is been released in Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Friday 9th August & in Whelan’s, Saturday 10th August .