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    Music from The Railsplitters

    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'.


    The Proclaimers - Charlie Reid

    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

    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




    Gavin Glass

    Gavin Glass is currently musical director for a forthcoming movie by John Carney – best known for his award-winning 2007 movie ‘Once’.

    He has also recently released his fourth album called “Sunday Songs”  which is out now in all good record shops and on iTunes. The album launch is in Whelan’s, Dublin on Sunday, June 28th.


    Music - Tir na nÓg

    Tír na nÓg are credited with being one of the first progressive folk groups along with British band Pentangle - the original of the species from back in the late 1960s & 70s.

    In studio with John are Sonny Condell & Leo O'Kelly.


    Guitarist Pat Coldrick

    Pat has been playing classical guitar because his business went bust in 2008.  A carpenter who sold ornate Vicotrian Kitchens, but when the recession hit everything changed for him.

    He picked up his guitar for the first time in 25 years & began to play. Pat joins John for a performance & chat in studio this morning.

    For Pat's performance venues & dates go to


    Emerging Irish Music Talent - Final

    Two months ago we launched our emerging music competition jointly with RTE TV Saturday Night Show. Of the hundreds of entries, 20 were selected, then 6 & from that the top 3.

    Our Judges are Cáit O'Riordan, Jerry Fish & Laura Lomax. The three finalists are Third Smoke from Dundalk, Fintan O'Brien from Clondalkin & Gone All Year from Belfast.

    The winner - Third Smoke.



    Music - Kirsty Bertarelli

    Kirsty Bertarelli began writing songs in the 90s & she quickly found success, one of her early compositions was a no 1 hit for British girl group, All Saints.

    Kirsty joins John for a chat & performance ahead of her appearance at Killarney Festival, Saturday 27th June @ 3.30pm.


    Music - Alien Envoy

    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.

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