Tracy Thorn has achieved popularity as part of the music group Everything But The Girl & Tracey joins John on the line from London to talk about her music & about writing her memoir, ' Bedist Disco Queen, How I grew Up & Tried to be a Popstar'.
Normally my next guest is wearing scrubs, has a scalpel in his hand & is operating on veins & arteries, but this morning, he's warming up his vocal chords. Joining John in studio is Professor Austin Leahy, Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Beaumont Hospital for a chat & performance.
Tim Edey and Brendan Power have played with some of the world's great musicians & composers - from Kate Bush, Sting, Christy Moore, Van Morrison, John Williams, The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and others. They won the BBC Radio 2 Best Duo award for their 'Wriggle and Writhe' album last year & both are in studio with John this morning.
Fresh Ré are a young 5 piece band from Celbridge Co. Kildare, who got together after two of their members went viral on Youtube. Robert Scanlon & Harrison Dhodo covered Rihanna's 'We Found Love' which was viewed by millions on youtube. They have since expanded their repertoire & band members & are in studio with Neil this morning.
This morning Neil speaks to Sir Tim Rice, who has written lyrics for musical theatre & related enterprises for more than 40 years with such successes as Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chess with Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson; and The Lion King and Aida with Elton John.
The Lion King will open in Ireland for the first time
at Bord Gais Energy Theatre in April. For tickets plese click here.
Singer Maria Callas was one of the most renowned opera stars of the 20th century & is the subject of a show Casta Diva, in studio with John is Irish soprano Mairéad Buicke, who stars as Maria joined by tenor Simon Morgan accompanied on keyboard by James Edwards.
Talented traveller sisters Mary & Kathleen Keenan are Clare & they joins us from our Limerick studio for a chat & performance. Mary won her first singing competition aged just 7-years-old. They have since shared the stage with some great acts including The Hothouse Flowers, Finbar Furey & Glen Hansard.
Presenter: John Murray