SOnance HOtel in Session, 10.00pm, RTÉ 2fm.

In this session for Dan Hegarty, SOnance HOtel offer listeners a preview of what’s to come from their forthcoming second album. SOnance HOtel is the brainchild of Brian Gallagher (ex-Humanzi).

Gallagher released his debut album Don’t Look Behind You in 2011 and pursued other projects afterwards. Now Gallagher makes a return as SOnance HOtel, whose new single is Sub-Dude.


Richard Ford's Canada: The Book on One, Monday to Friday, 11.10pm, RTÉ Radio 1

The much-acclaimed novel Canada from the supremely-gifted Richard Ford is read by the author.

"First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later." So begins Ford’s most recent work, which tells the story of 15-year-old Dell Parsons, and the impact that his parents’ actions have on the course of his life.

"Listening to him, sentence by careful sentence, is like watching a car-crash survivor making his way along a hospital corridor, step by careful step. His voice, at once muffled and clear, is remarkably resonant, and devastating in its directness..."

Thus wrote John Banville, reviewing the novel for The Guardian newspaper. He concluded: "Although it is too early to do so, one is tempted to acclaim it a masterpiece. It catches movingly the grinding loneliness at the heart of American life – of life anywhere."

Canada is published by Bloomsbury.