In studio with John this morning is the Voice's 2013 winner, Keith Hanley. Keith is accompanied on guitar in studio by Richard McCourt to sing his song called Hush.
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.
For further information go to www.theeskies.com
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 fantastic prizes 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 are writing their own material – normally they are a seven piece but today we have four of them in studio
The Bonny Men members 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 young musical student Joe Kearns, from Bettystown Co Meath. Joe & his friends Joe Monaghan, Liam McDonald & Daniel Noonan will perform Winding Wheel & SOS.
(All the students study music here in Dublin at BIMM - Brighton Institute of Modern Music)
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 Fleming www.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 & Annemarie Costello, Waterford & Liam Lynch & Carrie Daly from Ashtown.
On the line we also have Pat Cusack & Julie Corcoran from Cavan.
Presenter: John Murray