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.
John's next guestwas a finalist on first series of The Voice of Ireland, he has since formed a band called The White Chalk& their new EP recently climbed to the Number 1 spot on I-tunes album chart downloads. Conor Quinn & White Chalk perform in studio this morning.
Three nights at Croke Park sold out in just 90 minutes, thousands of Garth Brooks fans braved the cold, the wind and the rain, camping out & queued for hours in the hope of getting their hands on those golden tickets. Still... Countless fans have been left distraught... but hopefullythat’s not for much longer. On the line to John this morning is the man himself,Garth Brooks!
The Garth Broks Comeback Special Event will take place on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th & extra date added Monday 28th July.
In the next hour we're going to be celebrating the life and music of one of the country's greatest folk singers of all time, Luke Kelly as today is the 30th anniversary of his death. We will also have some fantastic music from some of the country's finest musicians, John Sheehan, Damien Dempsey, Paddy Reilly & Finbar Furey.
John is also joined a large crowd of listeners who have made their way here from all over the country for a special show this morning!
His voice has become a part of our lives since we first heard it in 1985 & when he sang one of the most memorable songs 'Walking In The Air'. It is Aled Jones & he has enjoyed continued success ever sinc. He still sings, is a familiar presence on the radio and TV & he will be performing in Dublin soon! Aled Jones joins John from a studio in UK.
You can catch Aled in Dublin in The Gaiety with How Great Thou Art from 3 February until the 8th of February. For tickets, please see: www.gaietytheatre.ie
In studio with John this morning is 23 year old Jarlath Tinvan, who is quietly making a name for himself on the Irish Theatre circuit but his talents are not exclusive to acting. An accomplished traditional musician, he is joined by his brother Conor to play a few reels & to tell us about his role in Martin McDonagh's play 'A Skull in Connemara' as Mairtin Hanlon.
You can see Jarlath Tivnan in 'A Skull in Connemara' which runs all this week until February 2nd, in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.