On their posters they describe themselves as 'Amazing Bearded Men', 'Sea-soaked Gypsy Folk' & 'Furious Folking Folkers', they are called The Eskies & they join John in studio this morning for a chat &performance.
They will be performing tonight @ The Button Factory, Temple Bar - doors open @ 7.30pm.
We have music & chat this morning as John is joined in studio by one of our most instriguing & hard working singer-songwriters, Wallis Bird. Wallis is back with a new album 'Architect' & will perform in studio this morning.
Wallis is doing an in-store in Tower Records, Dawson Street, April 25th
Gig dates & venues - The Academy, Dublin Apr 25th / Monroes Live, Galway 26th April / Half Moon Theatre, Cork Opera House 27th April.
Dublin band Picturehouse, best known for the hit singles 'Sunburst','Heavenly Day','Everybody Loves My Girl','Somebody Somewhere', the band toured extensively with the likes of The Corrs, The Saw Doctors, Bon Jovi, Meatloaf, Marillion, Mel C & many more. Dave Browne & Esa Taponen are in studio with John this morning.
This October will see the 63rd season of the Wexford Festival Opera. We have an opportunity this morning for listeners to win some fantasticprizes thanks to the organisers of the Festival. First John is joined in studio by a very talented soprano Chloe Morgan. Chloe sings Adele's song 'Someone Like You' accompanied by Vincent Lynch on keyboard.
Wexford Festival Opera runs for 12 days from 23rd Oct to 2nd Nov - booking opens March 29th www.wexfordopera.com
They have national champions in their ranks & have also won some international accolades. Unusually in the world of trad music they arewriting their own material– normally they are a seven piece but today we have four of them in studio
The Bonny Menmembers are Natalie Ni Chasaide on keyboard, her brother Maitiu on uilleann pipes, brothers Conor & Barry Lyons on Bodhran & Guitar, Adam Whelan on Bouzouki, Moss Landman on Flute & Turlough Chambers on Fiddle.
John is joined in studio this morning by a five piece Dublin band called Red Empire, for a chat & performanence. Frontman Craig Cahill introduces other members of the band, brothers Richie & Deco Connolly, Dessie Finn & Gar McCarthy. They will perform their song Small Mercies & a disco classic from KC & the Sunshine Band, 'Get Down Tonight'.
Their single 'Small Mercies' can be downloaded today on itunes & googleplay today.
This morning we have our special St. Valentine's Day Quiz with three couples competing to become champions of love!Also in studio with John is Tommy Flemingwww.tommyfleming.net to sing some romantic songs, that will have you slow-setting across the floor and the man who fell for a woman in an instant.
In studio with John is Tina Koumarianos, contributing editor to IMAGE magazine who will be adjudicator of our love quiz.
Our three couples are Peter & Valerie Murphy from Tallaght, Noel &AnnemarieCostello, Waterford & Liam Lynch & Carrie Daly from Ashtown.
On the line we also have Pat Cusack & Julie Corcoran from Cavan.
(The winners of the quiz will win a relaxing weekend break in Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa in Meath www.dunboynecastlehotel.com & runner-up will receive a Valentines Hamper courtesy ofwww.gifts.ie)
Country crooner Jim Reeves died in July 1964, when he dominated theairwaves & record sales here in Ireland. This morning joining JOhn in studio are singers Al & Isla Grant for a chat & performance. Al's voice bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Jim Reeves.
Joining John from a studio in Edinburgh is Midge Ure from Ultravox, behind such hits as 'Dancing with Tears in My Eyes' & of course 'Vienna'. He joins us to talk about his childhood, his music, Band Aid & touring again.
Midge is coming to Dublin soon in March...An Acoustic Evening in the Sugar Club on Sunday 2nd March @ 8pm.