What inspires and drives the creative mind? John Kelly returns to RTÉ One this May with five new episodes of The Works Presents, which explore this very question - guests include innovative musicians, visually stunning film-makers, well-loved writers, unique composers and performers as well as politically-driven artists - watch the first episode now, via RTÉ Player.

In conversations with John, these key creative forces, share insights into how and why they work in their chosen fields. John discovers what inspires them and how it drives them to create the works they make.

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The series opens on Thursday, May 5th with a memorable chat session from traditional musician Cormac Begley. From West Kerry, Begley is concertina player – and one with at least 13 concertinas to his name – instruments that range from bass to piccolo.

Part of a very famous musical family, he remains deeply rooted in the tradition of his own locale – a place rich with language, tunes and musicianship of the highest order. While utterly devoted to that, he is also more than happy, when the circumstances are right, to collaborate with others from beyond the Conor Pass – musicians like Lisa O'Neill, Liam O Maonlaí, Martin Hayes, and the choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. It's an approach that serves him well as one of the finest musicians of his generation.

The Work Presents: John Kelly and Frank McGuinness

Other interviews this season include venerable playwright Frank McGuinness, politically motivated artist Rachel Fallon, visually stunning filmmaker Clare Langan, and innovative composer and performer Jennifer Walshe.

The Works Presents, Thursdays @ 11.15 pm from May 5th 2022.