The John Murray Show

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    Friday 24th October

    Artist and America's next Top Model Prog

    The producers of America’s Next Top Model presented & produced by ex supermodel, Tyra Banks which is in its 21st series, surprised John's next guest when while sitting at home on Tullamore, he received an e-mail asking him to paint portraits of the models for the show. Vincent Devine joins John in studio to tell us all about it.

    Music with Millie & the Illywhackers

    We’re fast-approaching the most bewitching time of year & we thought we’re give you an entrée of all-things-eerie with a little spooky music. Minnie and the Illywhackers will perform a Transylvanian-themed concert especially for children & families in The Ark in Dublin’s Temple Bar on Bank Holiday Monday & they join John in studio this morning.

    Moore Street - Unveiling of Statue

    This morning, we heard that a crowd was gathering on Moore Street & Colm Flynn took himself into town to find out what is happening there & he reports to us now from the corner of Moore Street & Henry Street.

    Voice Coach & Sound Healer

    John's guest in studio is one of the world’s most sought after voice coaches who has worked closely with Margaret Thatcher, Diana Princess of Wales, Vanessa Redgrave, Minnie Driver & a long list of other distinguished voices. Stewart Pearce is in Ireland for the ‘Mind, Body, Spirit and Yoga’ festival at the RDS this weekend.

    Thursday 23rd October

    Competition - Lord of the Dance Tickets

    Michael Flatley announced an extra date in Dublin for Lord of the Dance on 28th March 2015 & this morning we ask our listeners to give us a good impression of irish dancing over the telephone. On the line to John is Kathleen Greaney & Kath O'Kane.

    Forensics: anatomy of crime - Val McDermid

    Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid has published 28 crime novels which have been translated into 16 languages, selling millions of copies worldwide. In her new book she picks up the scalpel to uncover the secrets of forensic medicine & Val joins John this morning to talk about her new book 'Forensics: the anatomy of Crime'.

    Animal Stars - Kilruddery

    You may recall Flipper the Dolphin, Roy Roger’s Horse Trigger, Babe the pig & Lassie the sheepdog. You might be surprised to hear that we have our very own animal stars here in Ireland. John went to Kilruddery to meet trainer Mary Owens with some of her star canines.

    Michael Murphy former RTE Newsreader

    Michael Murphy switched off his studio microphone & hung up his newsreaders headphones last June after four decades in RTE. His latest endeavour is a show called “Stories, Poetry and Dreams” based on readings from his three books, Michael joins John in studio this morning.

    Wednesday 22nd October

    Mixed Martial Arts - Cathal Prendred

    It's a sport that is fairly new on the scene but thanks to the likes of the notorious Conor McGregor & John's next guest, Cathal Pendred, the popularity of MMA in Ireland is going from strength to strength.

    Its All in the Head - Majella O'Donnell

    John's next guest has spoken publicly in the past about depression & more recently, she made headlines when she got her head shaved on the Late Late Show in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Majella O'Donnell has put it all in a book called 'Its All in the Head'. Majella joins John in studio this morning.

    Paul Hollywood - Get Your Bake On!

    Paul Hollywood is an English baker & celebrity chef, best known for being a judge on the BBC One's The Great British Bake Off since 2010 & a guest speaker at several food festivals. Paul joins John this morning to talk about appearing in the Olympia Theatre for two nights in November 'Paul Hollywood - Get Your Bake On!

    Tuesday 21st October

    Book - Man Sized Town, Fairly Big Story

    If you are looking for an accurate snapshot of the state of the nation, you could do a lot worse than bypassing the national newspapers & delving into the locals! In studio with John is Ronan Casey, whose book is packed full of stories of dogs with nappies, holes for sale in Longford & time travelling Kerry boatbuilders.

    John Finn & Tg4 new 5 part thriller An Bronntanas

    Joining John this morning is one of those fine actors who has had many roles but is rarely in the centre of the limelight. He has appeared in many feature films & US dramas, you may not recognise his voice but would certainly be familiar with US actor John Finn.

    Monday 20th October

    New Laureate for Irish Fiction

    John’s next guest in studio this morning is the Director of the Arts Council Orlaith McBride to announce there will be a first ever Laureate for Irish Fiction. The list of nominees has been shortlisted by the project partners, Arts Council, The Irish Times, NYU & UCD.

    One Man Play 'A Man in a Woman's Shoes'

    Following his recent performances on the stage in Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk, my next guest returns to the boards with his one man play “The Man in the Woman’s Shoes” . Joining John in studio this morning is Mikel Murfi.

    Oscar Wilde Exhibition in Reading

    This week an exhibition opens in Reading in England that tells the story of Oscar Wilde’s time in Reading gaol. Oscar was jailed for his homosexuality in the 1890’s & the exhibition promises new insights into aspects of prison life. Professor Peter Stoneley of the University of Reading joins John from the UK this morning.

    Music with Wyvern Lingo

    “Lush harmonies” “striking melodic pop” &“perfect synchronicity” are some of the ways our next musical band have been described. So it is little surprise that they have racked up credits with big selling acts like Hozier & others. They are Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane and Caoimhe Barry. Together they are Wyvern Lingo.

    Little Things Mental Health Campaign

    The HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention has joined forces with over 20 partner organisations in the mental health & suicide prevention sector to lead a new mental health campaign called The ‘Little Things’ campaign' launched today. In studio with John are two of the ambassadors of the campaign, Alan O’Mara & Robert Carley.

    Friday 17th October

    Search for Sandy

    Aoife Kilbane a finalist in The John Murray shows search for Sandy, she has gone on to study at the London School of Music thanks to a John Murray Show listener who was taken it back by the fact that Aoife was willing to go abroad to follow her dream. While in London the John Murray Show caught up with Aoife to see how she was getting on

    Live Music - The Coronas

    The John Murray Show comes live from London this morning and John is joined by Danny O Reilly and Dave Mc Philips from The Coronas to tell him about their new album and perform the track Just Like That

    Thursday 16th October

    Kate McGrew - Reality TV

    Artist Kate McGrew comes from a respectable middle-class family background & is college educated. She is also a sex worker & star of Connected - RTE 2’s new reality TV series, that breaks many of the conventions of TV story telling.

    Dad's Army - new feature film

    The BBC comedy series “Dad’s Army” was a product of the 1970s, a golden age of sitcoms & although the shows were quintessentially British, they caught the imagination of the viewing public here in Ireland where they were regarded with great affection. This morning Oliver is joined by Patrick Freyne, feature writer with the Irish Times.

    Music with Luan Parle

    Live music today comes from a singer songwriter who recorded her first album in 1993 at the tender age of 12 following an appearance on the Late Late Toy Show & went on to become a household name & Meteor Award Winner. Luan joins Oliver in studio this morning to sing her latest single 'When My Day is Done'.

    Web Summit - RDS Nov 4th

    Investment companies & hundreds of visitors from across the Globe are coming to Web Summit held here in Dublin . The websummit has been described as “the best technology conference on the planet”. In studio with Oliver this morning is Paddy Cosgrave to give a little idea of just how big it has become.

    Wednesday 15th October

    Dinner Parties

    With the advent of so many cookery shows on tv, you can be forgiven for thinking that the prosect of giving a dinner party would be less daunting than it used to be. In studio with John are Sinead Moriarty, Francis Breenan & Joe McNamee.

    At Your Service - Christmas Special

    Francis & John Brennan, stars of the tv show the Hoteliers always have lots of good advice for people needing a helping hand or makeover in the hospitality business. Their latest challenge involves working with Enable Ireland which provides free services to adults & children with disabilities.

    Park Bench Series

    Our man John Bela Reilly has been out on the streets finding out for himself which habits people would like to change in their lives.

    Tuesday 14th October

    Music & Chat - The Delorentos

    hey are the Irish band of the moment. Their critically acclaimed new album ‘Night Becomes Light’ is a follow up to the 2012 ‘Little Sparks’. They are of course the Delorentos & they are in studio with John for a chat & performance.

    A day in the life of a Milkman

    The National Dairy Council celebrates its 50th anniversay this year & the website has also been launched where you can now order online. Our man Colm Flynn recently spent a day with two milkmen & brings us this report.

    Comedian Maxine Jones

    Dublin housewife Maxine Jones who took a plunge of a very different kind when at the age of 55, she took to the stage as a stand-up comedian. Maxine is currently appearing in Dublin with her show “Invisible Woman” & she joins John in studio this morning.

    Mix-ups / Mashups & Autotunes

    A mashup is a digital recording which combines & synchronises instrumental & vocal tracks from two or more songs. Increasingly this technique is being developed to distort the REAL spoken word for satirical effect. Joining John in studio this morning is a social media manager, Darragh Doyle.

    Monday 13th October

    The Story of Tata - Dragons' Den Peter Casey

    Derry native Peter Casey, known to most from RTÉ's Dragon Den & Executive chairman of Claddagh Resources,a global recruitment and search business that place high level executives with some of the world’s largest firms.Peter has wrote a book about a company he is passionate about, the Greatest Company in the World? he told John the story of Tata.

    Friday 10th October

    Music & chat with Red Molly

    Since forming around a campfire at the FAlcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York in 2004, Red Molly have gone on to make six albums & have toured worldwide. They are currently in Ireland & the UK before heading back stateside & they join John in studio this morning.

    Mike Jackson - Still the Enemy Within

    The story of a small group of gay rights activist helping a small group of striking Welsh miners wouldn’t necessarily appear to be the stuff of movies but that is the basis of “PRIDE”. Mike Jackson joins John this morning, Mike was a contributor to the documentary 'Still the Enemy Within'.

    Microphone Gaffes

    One of the first rules of broadcasting is - NEVER say anything in front of a microphone unless you’re prepared for it to go out on air regardless of whether you think it’s switched on or not! As we know these gaffes aren’t unusual in the world of sport & politics. Joining John from our Cork studio is journalist Pat Fitzpatrick.

    Thursday 9th October

    Gaza City

    Many of us saw the horrific events during the fighting in Gaza last July & John's next guest, a musician from Buncrana, decided to put his skills to use & with the help of old friend Rory Gallagher wrote a song to raise money.

    Cat Watch 2014

    There are probably something like 700,000 domestic cats living in Ireland, while, according to the ISPCA, there are another 200,000 living ferally. Yet we know surprisingly little about how these creatures operate. Joining John in studio is cat owner & journalist Barbara Scully.

    Wednesday 8th October

    Charlie Bird, Fund Raising for Breast Cancer Research

    There are pictures of former RTE journalist, Charlie Bird in a red sequinned shirt during rehearsals for the upcoming star-studded 'Strictly Fun Dancing' fund raising event for Breast Cancer. Charlie joins John on the line this morning.

    Wordless Communication

    John's next guest is Conductor David Brophy who tells us he is very interested in communication & wordless communication in particular. David is addresssing an IMI conference tomorrow & his talk is Leading Without Words.

    Travel Review Threat

    Travel review websites such as Trip Advisor have become hugely influential when booking, hotels, hostels & B&Bs. But if you feel you are getting an unfair review, what do you do? Joining John in studio this morning is hotelier Paul Stenson.

    Tuesday 7th October

    The Irish In Texas

    Violect O' Valle joined John this morning about the Irish in Texas, and how they emigrated to America.

    From Clery’s Clock to Wanderly Wagon

    Damian Corless has written From Clery’s Clock to Wanderly Wagon. Irish History You Weren’t Taught at School and it’s full of the offbeat things that you won’t find in any schoolbook. Damian joined John this morning.

    Monday 6th October

    Voices from the Merry Cemetery

    Composer Shaun Davey is in studio this morning to tell John about Voices from the Merry Cemetery which was inspired by the famous Romanian cemetery in Maramures, the lyrics adapted from epitaphs on traditionally-carved wooden crosses. It will be performed this comming Wednesday in the NCH. For more ticket information go to

    Kids Insults

    American writer Johanna Stein video of her child insulting her and it went viral Colm Flynn went out and about to ask people what things their kids have said to insult them

    At Home with the Queen

    Former Royal press advisor Dickie Arbiter has written the book At Home With the Queen and he joins John to tell him more about his time with the royal family. John is then joined by artist Michael Hanrahan who is on his way to deliver a painting to the Queen herself

    Friday 3rd October

    Disability, fitness, diet & Operation Transformation

    Earlier in the week John spoke to four of last year's Operation Transformation, in association with Safefood, which prompted one of our next guests Tina Lowe wondering if Op Trans could inspire or help people with disabilities. Also in studio with Tina is her PA Liz Nelligan.

    Music with band - Mozaik

    Donal Lunny & Andy Irving are well-known to Irish audiences & they are in studio this morning along with Nikola Parov from Hungary, Bruce Molsy from US & Rens van der Zalm from Holland & Australia.

    Mary McEvoy - Ordinary Beauty

    John's next guest is well known personality Mary McEvoy. Mary has always spoken honestly about her depression & in letting go of self-imposed rules, goals & identities she has become more aware of the ordinary beauty that surronds her in life. Her book is called 'Ordinary Beauty: Meaningful Moments in Everyday Life'.

    Super Choir

    John is standing on the steps of the Radio Centre this morning to introduce a choir - 120 strong! This is connected to National Choral Week which begins this Sunday & World Mental Health day next Friday. The choir perform a version of Cold Play's 'Fix You'.

    Thursday 2nd October

    X Factor - Janet Grogan

    Irish artistes have featured large in this year’s X-Factor. No fewer than five home-grown solo artistes making it through to the “Boot Camp”. In studio with John this morning is one of those contestants, Janet Grogan secured one of Simon's 6 seats, that is until things started to go terribly wrong for Janet.

    Wednesday 1st October

    Irish Tree of the Year competition

    There is a competition called 'European Tree of the Year' where countries all over Europe put forward one tree each from which a winner is picked! Ireland has taken part over the years & John is joined in studio by Tom Roche from 'Just Forests' & on the line we have Francis Brennan & Marie Staunton.

    Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes

    John's next guest’s list of achievements as an explorer, he was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel & the first to cross the Antarctic Continent. Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on the Battle of Agincourt in October 1415, revealing that three of his own ancestors fought in the battle for Henry V.

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