Mystery Train with John Kelly

Mystery Train with John Kelly

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Sunday 9th August

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. (First Broadcast March 2020)

Sunday 2nd August

Author Eimear McBride picks the tunes and talks literary success and sexism in the industry

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 26th July

'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 19th July

Harpist and composer Una Monaghan joins John and picks the tunes

Harpist and composer Una Monaghan climbs on board our Mystery Train Sunday Service, and talks Astro-Physics at Oxford, Brian Wilson and everything in between.

Sunday 12th July

Ian Lynch of Lankum talks epenthetic vowels and picks the tunes

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.

Sunday 5th July

Poet Jessica Traynor picks the tunes

Acclaimed poet Jessica Traynor joins John Kelly to chat poetry & plays on our Sunday Service, and she picks tunes by everybody from Vivaldi and Leonard Cohen, to Throwing Muses and Le Tigre.

Sunday 28th June

Derry Girls' Siobhan McSweeney joins John and picks the tunes

Actor Siobhan McSweeney joins John and picks the tunes for our Sunday Service. Best known as the formidable Sr. Michael in Derry Girls, Siobhan works in theatre in Ireland and London and picks music from The Slits, Molly Drake and The Sultans of Ping, of course.

Sunday 21st June

Novelist Danny Denton chats to John and picks the music

Danny Denton, author of The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow, is John's guest on Mystery Train, and he picks all the tunes.

Sunday 14th June

Lisa McInerney picks the tunes on Sunday Service

On Mystery Train's Sunday Service John invites a guest to choose the music, and this week is joined by author Lisa McInerney.

Sunday 7th June

Paul Cleary of The Blades join John and picks the tunes

On tonight's Mystery Train's Sunday Service, John is joined by The Blades frontman Paul Cleary. As you might expect, his choices include The Sex Pistols, XTC and The Jam - but there's also Dionne Warwick and the best introduction to Paul Brady's Arthur McBride. He talks about the Dublin band scene of the 1970s and performing again.

Sunday 31st May

Loah picks music by Kamasi Washington, Oumou Sangare and Charles Mingus

John is joined tonight by Loah (AKA Sallay Matu Garnett), a singer songwriter of Sierra Leonean/Irish origin. Loah chats about her life and music and also picks the tunes, from Kamasi Washington, Oumou Sangare and Charles Mingus.

Sunday 24th May

Artist Catherine Owens picks the tunes

Tonight John's guest is artist Catherine Owens, and she'll be picking the tunes on another Sunday Service.

Sunday 17th May

Composer, producer and musician Seán Mac Erlaine picks the tunes

Tonight John is joined for a Sunday Service by composer, producer and woodwind instrumentalist Seán Mac Erlaine, who also picks the tunes.

Sunday 10th May

Folk singer Eliza Carthy joins John and picks the tunes

John Kelly's guest this week is English folk singer Eliza Carthy. Eliza has worked with a diverse array of artists including Paul Weller, Richard Hawley, Peggy Seeger and Van Dyke Parks. She talks about her musical life and picks some fantastic music for the Sunday Service.

Sunday 3rd May

Gavin Bryars on working with John Cage and Tom Waits

On tonight's Mystery Train Sunday Service, another chance to hear John's 2018 interview with composer Gavin Bryars who talks about his approach to composition, and working with the likes of John Cage, Tom Waits and Father John Misty.

Sunday 26th April

Artist Michelle Browne chats to John and plays music by Lauren Hill and This is How We Fly

Artist Michelle Browne climbs on board the Mystery Train Sunday Service. She chats to John and picks music by Kris Kristofferson, Lauren Hill and This is How We Fly.

Sunday 19th April

Aaron Monaghan chats to John and picks the tunes

Aaron Monaghan joined John Kelly on Mystery Train, bringing with him his choice musical selections and introducing John to the merits of a certain global country music star... He talked about rapping along to Eminem to in advance of performing Shakespeare, inhabiting characters and the irrelevance of relevance.

Thursday 16th April

Film-maker and writer Alan Gilsenan joins John and picks the tunes

Tonight John Kelly is joined by film-maker and writer Alan Gilsenan, who picks tunes by Stiff Little Fingers, Liam Clancy and Emmylou Harris.

Wednesday 15th April

Triona Ni Dhomhnaill chats about The Bothy Band, Skara Brae and picks the tunes

John Kelly is joined by singer, musician and composer Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill for a memorable Mystery Train Sunday Service that spans a varied career from Skara Brae to The Bothy Band and Relativity. Music choices include Rachmaninov, The Beatles and The Band.

Tuesday 14th April

Adrian Crowley climbs on board the Mystery Train Sunday Service

Singer-songwriter Adrian Crowley joined John Kelly on Mystery Train's Sunday Service for the chats and a selection of some delightfully lo-fi tunes including Smog, Katell Keinig and Jason Molina.

Monday 13th April

Inni K joins John in studio and picks the tunes

On tonight's Mystery Train Sunday Service, John Kelly is joined in studio by the singer songwriter Inni-K, who also picks the tunes.

Sunday 12th April

Martin Hayes chats to John Kelly and picks the tunes

Master of traditional music and Gloaming mainstay Martin Hayes joins John Kelly for a fascinating chat on the Mystery Train Sunday Service, picking tunes from longtime collaborator Steve Cooney and trad legend Tommy Potts as well as music by Radiohead, Miles Davis and Jeff Buckley.

Sunday 5th April

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 29th March

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

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 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.

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Presenter & Producer: John Kelly

Producer: Áine Fay (Sunday)

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