It is said that Leitrim's John McKennais 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
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-Bextorplays the Main Stage on Sunday the 29th of Juneat 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 nowfromwww.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.
In studio this morning for performance & chatare Dublin band The HotSprockets. Members TimCullen, WayneSoper, FrankieKelly & AndrewSutton (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.
John is joined in studio by one of our best known musical composers, Bill Whelan. Flautist, Sir James Galwayis also on the line from his home in Switzerland to talk about their music collaboration Linen & Lace.
We also play a music piece specially arranged for this morning's show by Bill Whelan called Evening Ceilí & perfomed by Zoe Conway on fiddle & the RTE Contempo Quartet.
Tickets for The Bill Whelan Gala Concerts in Dublin & Limerick
Irish folk singer, Cara Dillon has been performing since the age of 14 & has created many opportunities with an almost angelic voice. Cara is a great starin China & she joins John in studio this morning to performs songs from her new album 'A Thousand Hearts'.
Frustration with record labels has led a group of musicians to form a kind of collective or co-operative to showcase what they do. They're calling it Silverwood Music & one of the musicians involved is ÉibhinEviston from Dublin joins John in studio this morning.