Music fans where treated to a surprise gig yesterday afternoon on Dublin's Grafton Street when Mexico acoustic duo, Rodrigo y Gabriel showed up for a surprise busking session. Colm Flynn reports.
It may be a big surprise for many as US heavy metal group Metallica are headlining at one of the biggest music festivals in the world this year, Glastonbury! In studio with John is a heavy metal fan, journalist Ronan McGreevy & on the line we are also joined by Darragh O'Leary who runs the Invictus Records label & Into the Void Record shop in Dublin's Temple Bar....to talk about the current popularity of heavy metal music.
It is said that Leitrim's John McKenna is one of the most influential figures in the world of traditional Irish flute music. John died in 1947 & his music has been remastered in a new CD collection by Sean Kilraine. Sean joins John for a chat & a performance with flute players Liam Kelly & Dave Sheridan.
They perform one of John McKenna's - 'The Rollicking Irishman'
Joining John in studio for performances & chat are twins Ellie & Louise Macnamara, also known as Heathers.
International breakout sensation, twin sisters Ellie & Louise are enjoying a big year in 2014 with their second album Kingdom having been released in the US, Canada and around Europe to great reactions. This year also saw Heathers tour for the first time in Asia, and they return to the US again in September for more concert dates.
Heathers also play the following Irish dates this summer:
Thursday JUNE 19 - Leopardstown Racecourse, DUBLIN
Friday JULY 4 – Droichead Arts Centre DROGHEDA
Saturday JULY 5 – Spirit Store, DUNDALK
Friday JULY 11 – Shortts WATERFORD
Saturday JULY 12 – INEC, KILLARNEY
Friday AUGUST 1 – Le Cheile Festival, MEATH
Saturday AUGUST 9 – Mermaid Arts Centre, BRAY
Murder on the Dancefloor was a massive 2001 hit for John's next guest, Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Sophie will be playing the Westport Festival at the end of the month & she has released a new album called Wanderlust. Sophie joins John for a chat in studio this morning.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor plays the Main Stage on Sunday the 29th of June at the Westport Festival of Music and Food: www.wesportfestival.com
John is delighted to be joined this morning in studio by one of our greatest singer songwriters Christy Moore. Christy chats to John about old friends, music collaborations & upcoming gigs, in-between a selection of songs picked by our listeners.
Tickets for Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, Fri July 11th (standing-only) and the Marquee, Cork, Sat July 5th (seated) on sale now from www.ticketmaster.ie & outlets nationwide.
He became one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the mid-1960s. Since then Sir Tom Jones has sung nearly every form of popular music, pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel & has old over 100 million records, with 36 Top 40 hits in the UK & 19 in the US.
Tom Jones tickets at the Live At The Marquee in Cork for 19 Jun 2014 go to www.ticketmaster.ie
In studio this morning for performance & chat are Dublin band The Hot Sprockets. Members Tim Cullen, Wayne Soper, Frankie Kelly & Andrew Sutton (missing member today is Joey Lynch) all share a love of rock & roll music, the kind that is haunted by ghosts of rhythm & blues! Their album The Button Factory is launched on June 7th.
For more information on The Hot Sprockets go to www.hotsprockets.com
Presenter: John Murray