Broadcaster & columnist Sarah Carey wonders why Catholics don't sing at Mass, in contrast to a Protestant ceremony, when the whole congregation joins in? The Trinity choir is conducted by Margaret Bridge & the Lassius Scholars Choir conducted by Ita O'Donovan, both choirs will perform & we will ask you to compare!
Sinead O Connor has teamed up wih Danny O Reilly from The Coronas as they launch the Christmas single When A Child is Born in aid of Aware. The single is available to download on iTunes and in all good music shops.
This morning John speaks to Suggs, whose real name is Graham McPherson, the lead singer of ska-pop band Madness about his life & career. Madness have produced many successful singles over a period of 20 years, with such hits as Baggy Trousers, It Must be Love, & Our House.
One of the musical highlights of the year is undoubtedly the recording of 'Other Voices', a unique musical event which takes place in St. James Church, Dingle, Co Kerry, December 1st, 2nd & 3rd & Philip King is on the line to John to tell us more about.
Music & chat from actress & singer, Maria Doyle Kennedy accomp by Kieran Kennedy, in studio with John & Maria's album Sing is available in the shops at the moment & you can find out more about her gigs on www.maridk.com
We have music & chat from three of Ireland's best known sopranos, Celine Byrne, Regina Nathan & Cara O'Sullivan accompanied by RTE's National Symphony Orchestra live in studio this morning. www.rte.ie/nso
We are here in Easons in Dundrum with our guest panel, Anne Doyle, Dr. Claire Hayes, Clinical Director of Aware, David Carton, Chairman of Aware & Rev Maria Jannson, COI Dean of Waterford with music from two musicians featured on our CD, John Spillane with 'A Christmas Childhood' & Luan Parle with 'The Little Match Girl'.
After months of work & huge generosity of time & talent on the part of the artists themselves, the release of A Murray Christmas an album of 16 songs & inspirational readings featuring Sinead O'Connor, The Coronas, Sharon Shannon, Micheal O'Muircheartaigh, Jack L, Little Green Cars & many more.
A proportion of the proceeds from the CD will be donated to the charity Aware www.aware.ie with support groups nationwide email firstname.lastname@example.org and a LoCall Helpline 1890.303.302
We also have music & chat from Paddy Casey who is back from a break in recording. With songs from his fourth album 'The Secret Life Of', you can also see Paddy Casey & Dublin Gospel Choir with support by Fiona Melady tonight at Dublin's Olympia Theatre. www.ticketmaster.ie
Also music from Irish band, Aslan & John will also be chatting to the programme's tv presenter Kathryn Thomas & the panel of experts,Dr. Eva Orsmond, Karl Henry & Dr. Eddie Murphy plus a motivational speech from a stern talking Srgt. Mick Mulcahy!
In studio also are John's fellow musical impresarios for a run down on how 'Instrumental' went last night, Manuela Spinelli, John's fellow piano partner Kathleen, composer Greg Clifford, cello tutor Uwe & clarinet tutor Michael Seavers with conductor David Brophy.