Mystery Train with John Kelly

Mystery Train with John Kelly

Sunday to Thursday, 7 - 9pm

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Sunday 22nd March

Novelist Sara Baume chats to John and picks the tunes

Novelist Sara Baume climbs aboard the Mystery Train for a Sunday Service special, and picks music by Rory Gallagher, Cyclefly and Joanna Newsom.

Tuesday 17th March

Lisa Dwan joins John for Mystery Train Sunday Service

Tonight, John is joined by actress, writer and director Lisa Dwan. Currently seen in Top Boy and Pale Sister at the Gate Theatre, Lisa chats about life and career and picks music by Nick Cave and Suzanne Vega.

Monday 16th March

Writer and actor Mark Doherty joins John Kelly

Writer and actor Mark Doherty joins John Kelly on board Mystery Train and he'll be picking all the music.

Sunday 15th March

Actress Derbhle Crotty joins the Sunday Service

Every Sunday night, John Kelly presents a special Mystery Train Sunday Service where a guest picks the tunes. Tonight actress Derbhle Crotty climbs aboard and picks music by Abba, Sly and The Family Stone and Millie Jackson.

Sunday 8th March

Novelist Eimear McBride talks loss, literary success and being a 'method novelist'

In another memorable edition of the Mystery Train Sunday Service, John Kelly chats to Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing and Strange Hotel, about loss, the long road to literary success, training as an actor, sexism in the book industry and being a 'method novelist'.

Sunday 1st March

'The Dark Fields' author Alan Glynn chats to John and picks the tunes

Author Alan Glynn joined John Kelly on Mystery Train. His novel The Dark Fields became the film Limitless starring Bradley Cooper and he spoke to John about the slow road to success and not having a plan B. His very fine music choices include Coleman Hawkins, Nicholas Britell and Ennio Morricone.

Sunday 23rd February

Harpist and composer Una Monaghan talks New Music Dublin

Harpist and composer Una Monaghan climbs on board our Mystery Train Sunday Service, and talks Astro-Physics, Brian Wilson and New Music Dublin.

Sunday 16th February

Martin Hayes | Mystery Train Sunday Service

On this weeks Sunday Service John is joined by fiddle player Martin Hayes as he picks all the music

Sunday 9th February

Ian Lynch | Mystery Train Sunday Service

On tonight's Sunday Service, John is joined by Ian Lynch of Lankum. The musician, folk song collector and folklore lecturer explains the epenthetic vowel and a mondegreen, and picks music by Shannon and the Clams, Portishead and Iron Maiden.

Monday 3rd February

Jessica Traynor | Mystery Train Sunday Service

Acclaimed poet Jessica Traynor joins John Kelly to chat poetry & plays and she picks all the tunes by everybody from Vivaldi and Leonard Cohen to Throwing Muses and Le Tigre.

Sunday 3rd November

Meteorites in gold painted skulls and Mama Cass with Dorothy Cross

Meteorites in gold painted skulls. Bronze sharks. Mama Cass and the song of a shark caller in Papua New Guinea. All on Mystery Train, when John is joined by artist Dorothy Cross for our Mystery Train Sunday Service.

Sunday 27th October

Lisa Dwan chats to John and plays Nick Cave and Suzanne Vega

Tonight, John is joined by actress, writer and director Lisa Dwan. Currently seen in Top Boy and Pale Sister at the Gate Theatre, Lisa chats about life and career and picks music by Nick Cave and Suzanne Vega.

Sunday 20th October

Colm Mac Con Iomaire talks about going from Slógadh to Bob Dylan, and picks all the tunes

Colm Mac Con Iomaire joins John for a Mystery Train Sunday Service. Colm chats about a musical life that brought him from Slógadh via The Frames to touring with Bob Dylan, and picks music by Caitlin Maude, Popul Vuh and The Boomtown Rats.

Sunday 13th October

Director Dearbhla Walsh talks Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale

On tonight's Mystery Train Sunday Service, John is joined by Emmy award-winning Irish director Dearbhla Walsh. Dearbhla's many credits include episodes of Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale, and music choices include Nana Mouskouri, Thomas Newman and Hozier.

Sunday 6th October

Birthday boy Gavin Friday chats about the Virgin Prunes, his musical influences and also picks the tunes

Tonight birthday boy Gavin Friday chats to John Kelly in a special Mystery Train Sunday Service. Gavin picks all the records and chats about his varied musical influences and takes a look back over his own musical career.

Sunday 29th September

Director Jimmy Fay talks about Tallaght in the 1980s and working with Sam Shepard

Director Jimmy Fay joins John in studio and picks tunes by Lisa O'Neill, Neil Young and Miles Davis. Currently Executive Producer of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Jimmy remembers Tallaght in the 1980s, working with Sam Shepard and buying his first Beatles album hours before John Lennon died.

Sunday 22nd September

Writer Nicole Flattery discusses growing up in the midlands and picks music by Sharon Van Etten and Amy Winehouse

Writer Nicole Flattery joins John for a Sunday Service special, picking all the tunes. She talks to John about growing up in the midlands, the pressure of a book deal and the many puns available to sub-editors based on her surname. Music choices include Sharon Van Etten, Amy Winehouse and Frank Ocean.

Sunday 15th September

Cellist Kate Ellis picks music from Bach to Zorn and chats about new Irish music

Crash Ensemble Artistic Director and cellist Kate Ellis joins John Kelly for a Mystery Train Sunday Service. Kate picks music from Sarah Vaughan, JS Bach and John Zorn, and chats about her career, key collaborations and being allowed to watch Star Trek.

Sunday 8th September

William Brittelle picks the tunes and chats about his 'genre-fluid electro-acoustic song cycle'

In advance of a performance at the Sounds From a Safe Harbour festival, composer William Brittelle joins John for a Mystery Train Sunday Service to talk about his music and musical influences. His latest release 'Spiritual America' is described as 'a genre-fluid electro-acoustic song cycle' and music choices include Prince, Bon Iver and Whitesnake.

Sunday 1st September

Writer Emilie Pine picks the music and talks about joy and loss

'Notes to Self' writer Emilie Pine picks the music on Mystery Train Sunday Service. She talks to John Kelly about her writing success, and how loss and joy can co-exist.

Sunday 25th August

Bronagh Gallagher talks bebop, soul and Tarantino

John Kelly was joined by Bronagh Gallagher aboard the Mystery Train Sunday Service for a whistlestop tour of her extensive record collection, a brief history of bebop and soul music, plenty of hilarious anecdotes and as many top-notch tunes as this pair of music-loving Northerners could wedge into the two-hour journey.

Sunday 18th August

Glen Hansard joins John and picks music by Peadar O'Riada and El Perro del Mar

Glen Hansard joins John Kelly for another Mystery Train Sunday Service, and picks music by Joni Mitchell, Peadar O'Riada, El Perro del Mar and Gastr Del Sol. G

Sunday 11th August

'Sweet Home' author Wendy Erskine

Another chance to hear writer Wendy Erskine joining John Kelly aboard the Mystery Train, and she'll be picking all the music for our Sunday Service.

Sunday 4th August

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Camille O'Sullivan

Another chance to hear musician and actor Camille O'Sullivan joining John on Mystery Train

Sunday 28th July

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Kevin Barry

In a week when Kevin Barry's Night Boat To Tangier has been long-listed for the Man Booker Night Prize, we re-visit the inaugural Sunday Service programme when Kevin took musical control of the train.

Thursday 25th July

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Emer Reynolds

Film-maker Emer Reynolds is John's guest on Mystery Train and she'll be picking all the music.

Sunday 30th June

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Paul Muldoon

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon joins John Kelly, and also chooses the music.

Sunday 23rd June

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Julie Feeney

Composer, vocalist and musician Julie Feeney joins John in studio and picks all the tunes.

Sunday 16th June

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Michelle Browne

Artist Michelle Browne is John Kelly's guest aboard Mystery Train and she'll be picking all the music.

Sunday 9th June

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Colin Currie

Percussionist Colin Currie climbs aboard Mystery Train and he'll be picking all the music.

Sunday 2nd June

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Emilie Pine

Tonight John is joined by writer Emilie Pine, who picks all the records.

Sunday 26th May

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Danny Denton

Novelist Danny Denton is John's guest on Mystery Train, and he picks all the tunes.

Sunday 19th May

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Mark Doherty

Writer and actor Mark Doherty joins John Kelly on board Mystery Train and he'll be picking all the music.

Sunday 12th May

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Mel Mercier

Musician Mel Mercier climbs aboard Mystery Train with John Kelly and he'll be picking all the tunes.

Sunday 5th May

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Emer Reynolds

Film-maker Emer Reynolds is John's guest on Mystery Train and she'll be picking all the music.

Sunday 28th April

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Glen Hansard

Musician Glen Hansard climbs aboard Mystery Train with John Kelly and he'll be picking all the tunes.

Sunday 24th March

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Eileen Walsh

Actress Eileen Walsh joins John Kelly on Mystery Train and she picks all the tunes.

Sunday 17th March

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Katie Kim

John's guest tonight is musician Katie Kim, who also picks all the tunes.

Sunday 10th March

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Helen Cullen

Author Helen Cullen joins John on Mystery Train and she'll be picking all the music.

Sunday 3rd March

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

Musician Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh joins John Kelly aboard Mystery Train and he'll be choosing all the music.

Sunday 24th February

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Wendy Erskine

Writer Wendy Erskine joins John Kelly aboard the Mystery Train and she'll be picking all the music.

Sunday 17th February

Mystery Train Sunday Service - Myles O'Reilly

Music documentarian Myles O'Reilly joins John Kelly on Mystery Train and he'll be picking all the music.

Sunday 10th February

Mystery Train Sunday Service - Donal O'Kelly

Actor Donal O'Kelly joins John Kelly on Mystery Train and tracks his life and work in his music choices.

Sunday 3rd February

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Aaron Monaghan

Actor Aaron Monaghan kicks off a new season of guests on Mystery Train when he joins John and Kelly and picks all the music.

Sunday 6th January

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Bronagh Gallagher

Musician and actor Bronagh Gallagher joins John Kelly aboard Mystery Train and she'll be picking the music.

Sunday 23rd December

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Neil Hannon

In keeping with tradition, Neil Hannon returns for an exclusive second journey on board the Christmas Mystery Train with John Kelly.

Sunday 16th December

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Siobhán McSweeney

Tonight John's guest is actress Siobhán McSweeney, better known as Sister Michael from 'Derry Girls', who picks all the tunes.

Sunday 9th December

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill

Singer and composer Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill is John's guest on Mystery Train, who also picks all the music.

Sunday 2nd December

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Adrian Crowley

Composer and singer-songwriter Adrian Crowley is John Kelly's guest aboard Mystery Train tonight and he'll be picking the music.

Sunday 25th November

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Paula Meehan

Poet Paula Meehan joins John aboard the Mystery Train and she'll be picking all the music.

Sunday 18th November

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Paul Cleary

On tonight's programme, John is joined by Paul Cleary of The Blades who picks all the records.

Sunday 11th November

Mystery Train Sunday Service Podcast - Conor 0'Brien

John's guest tonight is Conor 0'Brien of Villagers, who also picks all the records.

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Presenter & Producer: John Kelly

Producer: Áine Fay (Sunday)

Production Co-ordinator: Ian McGlynn (Sunday)

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