Philip King is a musician, filmmaker, broadcaster and National Treasure. He presents South Wind Blows on RTÉ Radio 1, and is the creative force behind Other Voices, which returns for its fifteenth season to RTÉ2 on Thursday 2nd February.

Film: Song Of Granite

Directed by Pat Collins, this is a film to be released later this year: Song of Granite is inspired by and loosely based on the life of Irish singer and story-teller Joe Heaney (1919-1984, pictured above). He hailed from Carna in Connemara is widely regarded as Ireland's greatest traditional singer.  The film explores singing and story-telling and man’s need for artistic expression.  

It is at its heart a meditation on what it is to be a singer and a carrier of songs.

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Music: All Tvvins/Saint Sister

80 bands artists and singers of every genre raised their voices over the Other Voices weekend in Dingle in December. There is so much richness creativity and real brilliance abroad in Irish music right now and it was energizing and uplifting to be right at the beating heart of it in Dingle.

We photographed the soundtrack of Ireland and the All Tvvins voltage blew us away, while Saint Sister ensnared all who saw them.

Book: The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu

One of the most profound thinkers and commentators writing today, Wu is an author,policy advocate, and professor at Columbia, best known for coining the phrase 'Net Neutrality' and the author of The Master Switch. With a smart phone in our pocket, a nest in our fridge and a fit bit on our wrist, a tablet on our lap and with WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts The Attention Merchants have our attention and detailed private information on every aspect of our daily lives.

Are we living to feed them?

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Theatre: Collapsing Horse

Theatre makers are amongst the bravest and vital of artists and recently we have been working with Collapsing Horse, a cutting-edge innovative creative company developing and deconstructing, challenging and celebrating what it is to tread the boards..

The Collapsing Horse Science Fiction Radio Hour is just a brilliant concept. Don’t miss The Anied…if it happens to be in production anywhere near you.

TV: The Tommy Tiernan Show

Tommy Tiernan… Fionn McCool said ”The best music is the music of what happens”. Tommy applies that notion to the talk show, and in the simplest way possible changes the possibility of what might happen. No forecast outcome…

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Gig: Chris Thile

Mandolin Maestro Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers and the host of A Prarie Home Companion) is heading to The National Concert Hall. He is virtuosic and sensitive. Have a listen to his playing of Tabhair Dom Do Lámh with Brad  Mehldau - it's exquisite!

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Art: Pablo Picasso

At the mouth of the harbor in Marseilles is a remarkable exhibition space and late last year with The Mistral whipping in from the Mediterranean, I found myself completely and randomly looking at and absorbed by a selection of works by Pablo Picasso. The exhibition sang out In my head I heard the most beautiful guitar music ever.

I was drawn back to Wallace Stevens:

They said, ‘You have a blue guitar,

You do not play things as they are.’

The man replied, ‘Things as they are

are changed upon the blue guitar.’

-From The Blue Guitar by Wallace Stevens

Radio: Bowman: Sunday

Never miss John Bowman on a Sunday morning… It can be the most enriching radio of the week. Points up just how important an archive is. This is the heart and soul of what a public service broadcaster does. It keeps in store for us all the stories of who and what we are.

Tech...

See The Attention Merchants... Too much time lost and flittered away when we could be dozing and dreaming.

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The Next Big Thing...

The Creative Ireland initiative offers a remarkable possibility for Ireland to differentiate itself in these times of great flux. Ireland is a place where we are already seeing the convergence of Culture and Tech and where the emphasis on a steam agenda culture and coding will be vital.

Other Voices, RTÉ2 from Thursday 2nd February @ 11.30