Monday 5th January

American singer-songwriter Don McLean

John speaks to American folk rock singer-songwriter Don McLean. His signature song, 'American Pie' released on the American Pie album in 1971, was a number-one US hit for four weeks in 1972.

In the UK, the single reached No. 2 on its original 1972 release & a re-issue in 1991 reached No. 12.


Friday 2nd January

Folk & Country singer Brendan Shine

This morning Brendan Shine joins John in studio. His song 'O'Brien has no place to go' was his first hit song in 1971. It was to be only the first of the Athlone man's many successful records, topping the charts with no fewer than 45 singles, 5 of which reached the number No 1 spot & he has at least 40 albums to his name to boot!

The late, great Joe Dolan once famously said, 'Brendan Shine has more tracks than Irish Rail'.

Ireland’s Showbands - Do you come here often? - is performing at The Helix, Dublin from Friday, 2nd – Sunday, 4th January 2015.   Tickets are on sale now.  Book now to avoid disappointment!  Box Office: 01 700 7000 or

Thursday 1st January

On today's programme John will discuss YOUR hopes & ambitions - big goals, small goals, no goals for 2015!

John's guests are former RTE presenter, Derek Davis, comedian Colm O'Reagan, freelance journalist Vicki Notaro, adventurer Pat Falvey and psychoanalyst Michael Murphy.

We also have live music from Mike Denver & his band for further information on tour dates 2015

Tuesday 16th December

Spandau Ballet 80's Band

Some you can remember 1980, may think it was the bleakest year in living memory, with crippling unemployment & little to cheer about. However 5 young lads from London were about to re-write chart music, transform pop culture & define a decade, these young lads were Spandau Ballet.  John caught up with them in Dublin last Friday.


Thursday 11th December

A Murray Christmas Concert

We mentioned yesterday the forthcoming Murray Christmas Concert in Christ Church Cathedral. The concert on Wed 17th December will be featuring many of the artists who appear on our Murray Christmas CD 2 album, which is available in record stores & on iTunes. This is 'Oh Holy Night' sung by Eimear Quinn.

Wednesday 10th December

Music with band The Beards

After an impressive 3 full length albums about beards, Australia's premier beard related band 'The Beards' are returning with a brand new LP 'The Beard Album'.

In studio with John, are Nathaniel Beard (backing vocal) Johnann Beardraven (lead vocal) Facey McStubblington (acoustic guitar &vocal) & John Beardman Jnr (percussion) for a chat & performance.

More about the Beards go to  The Band are playing The Button Factory tonight & The Empire in Belfast tomorrow night.

Tuesday 9th December

Singer songwriter Peter Gabriel

British singer songwriter Peter Gabriel is performing at 3 Arena in Dublin this week. One of the biggest names in rock music, Peter founded Genesis in the mid 60's & went on to have a successful solo career. Peter joins John on the line from the UK this morning.

Music with I Draw Slow

In studio this morning we have band 'I Draw Slow' for a performance & chat.

They will be playing a gig tomorrow night in Whelans in Dublin in aid of lifesaving blood cancer research & all proceeds go the the Mater Institute for Research & Therapy in Blood Health Innovation.

Monday 8th December

Music with Hermitage Green

Hermitage Green has been very busy this year & they are getting ready to record a new studio album & they are in studio this morning for performance & chat with John.

For full list of tour dates go to

Tuesday 2nd December

Music & chat with Finbar Furey

Finbar Furey takes to the stage next February at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, for a sort of homecoming & he joins Kathryn in studio this morning for a chat & performance.

Finbar Furey takes to the stage of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Sunday 15th February 2015. Tickets from

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