The Lyric Feature

The Lyric Feature

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Sunday 29th November

Undersong | The Lyric Feature

Rediscovering the life and work of the modernist, anarchist, Irish-born poet Lola Ridge. Presenter/producer: Claire Cunningham. Producer for lyric: Eoin O'Kelly (First broadcast 8th Sept 2019)

Sunday 22nd November

The Fountain of Magic | The Lyric Feature

The first of two programmes about the life and work of the Irish composer, conductor, teacher and musicologist, Aloys Fleischmann. Producer: Celia Donoghue Production Co-ordinator: Eoin O Kelly (First broadcast: 3rd April 2010)

Stranger Than We Thought | The Lyric Feature

Aisteach, meaning strange, is the 'Avant-garde Archive of Ireland.' The artists' works preserved in its collection radically alters our view of the Irish artistic heritage. Presented and produced by Tom Roseingrave Producer for lyric: Eoin O Kelly

Sunday 15th November

Cross Currents (Prog 3/3) | The Lyric Feature

Cross Currents is a three-part series, narrated by award-winning actor Barry McGovern, exploring Irish composers’ work from 1975 to 1985. An Athena Media production made in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre. Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley (First Broadcast 2016)

The Wild Irish Girl and her Harp | The Lyric Feature

A portrait of Sydney Owenson, later Lady Morgan, the 19th century celebrity cult figure who penned the influential novel: The Wild Irish Girl. A Heritage Music production. Presented and Produced by Una Hunt. Producer for lyric: Eoin O'Kelly

Sunday 8th November

Cross Currents (Prog 2/3) | The Lyric Feature

Cross Currents is a three-part series, narrated by award-winning actor Barry McGovern, exploring Irish composers’ work from 1975 to 1985. An Athena Media production made in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre. Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley (First Broadcast 2016)

Ethel Voynich: Music Mystery and Manuscripts | The Lyric Feature

Zoë Comyns explores the life of Ethel Voynich, the Cork born writer, revolutionary and composer who became a Soviet literary sensation. Presented & Produced by Zoë Comyns Producer for lyric: Eoin O'Kelly (First broadcast March 2020)

Sunday 1st November

Beethoven’s Irish Songs | The Lyric Feature

Singers Ian Bostridge, Natalie Perez and Sophie Daneman on Beethoven's settings of Irish folk songs. Presenter and Producer: Jon Tolansky Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley

Sunday 25th October

Cross Currents (Prog 1/3) | The Lyric Feature

Cross Currents is a three-part series, narrated by award-winning actor Barry McGovern, exploring Irish composers’ work from 1975 to 1985. An Athena Media production made in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre. Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley (First Broadcast 2016)

The Vagrant Birds of Cape Clear | The Lyric Feature

Writer Sara Baume and radio producer Regan Hutchins hit Cape Clear Island to find rare vagrant birds but find some meaning to life instead. Presented and produced by Regan Hutchins. Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O'Kelly

Sunday 18th October

The Totally Made Up Orchestra | The Lyric Feature

Back in February, the most unique orchestra in the world came together and played a concert. Most of them had never met each other before and none of them, including the conductor, had any idea what kind of music they were going to play. Presented and Produced by Ross Hannon Producer for lyric: Eoin O'Kelly

A Symphonic Life | The Lyric Feature

A Symphonic Life is an intimate portrayal of Ireland's most prolific symphonist, John Kinsella. Presenter: Mary Boyle Producer: Neal Boyle Producer for lyric: Eoin O’Kelly (First Broadcast 2019)

Sunday 11th October

Joan Sutherland: La Stupenda | The Lyric Feature

Liz Nolan presents a commemorative programme on the anniversary of Joan Sutherland's death on the 10th of October 2010. (First broadcast 2011) Producer: Eoin O'Kelly

Wild | The Lyric Feature

'Wild' tells the story of Ireland's landscapes and its wildlife across past, present and future, exploring the ever changing relationship between people and nature through time. Written and presented by Anja Murray Original music score by Margie Jean Lewis Produced by Anja Murray and Lenny Antonelli Producer for lyric: Eoin O Kelly

Sunday 4th October

Apex: The Kronos Quartet | The Lyric Feature

Bernard Clarke explores the music of American group the Kronos Quartet. Producer: Sarah Blake (First broadcast 2007)

Bull Island Haiku | The Lyric Feature

Poet Pat Boran brings us on a poetic exploration of Bull Island in Dublin Bay. Producer: Claire Cunningham A Rockfinch Production Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley

Sunday 27th September

Apex: The Doors | The Lyric Feature

Bernard Clarke explores the music of the Doors Producer: Sarah Blake (First Broadcast 2013)

Over Nine Waves | The Lyric Feature

An exploration of the powerful and enigmatic poem 'The Song of Amergin' and the ancient Milesian legend in which it appears. Producer: JJ O’Shea. Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly

Sunday 20th September

Wilde Stories 5: The Selfish Giant | The Lyric Feature

Robert Sheehan narrates Wilde Stories, a re-imagining of Oscar Wilde through the prism of his fairytales The Happy Prince and Other Stories. Reader: Brian Gleeson Narrator: Robert Sheehan Producer: Helen Shaw An Athena Media production. Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley (First broadcast 2016)

Sappho's Daughter | The Lyric Feature

Sappho's Daughter an epic poem by Theo Dorgan performed by Olwen Fouéré and Barry McGovern with a musical score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Written by Theo Dorgan Performed by Olwen Fouéré and Barry McGovern Music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire Producer: Eoin O Kelly

Sunday 13th September

Wilde Stories 4: The Nightingale and the Rose | The Lyric Feature

Robert Sheehan narrates Wilde Stories, a re-imagining of Oscar Wilde through the prism of his fairytales The Happy Prince and Other Stories. Reader: Lauren Coe Narrator: Robert Sheehan Producer: Helen Shaw for Athena Media Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley (First broadcast 2016)

The Ballad of the Stowijk Rescue | The Lyric Feature

Brían MacGloinn's radio ballad commemorating a 1940 sea rescue off the Donegal coast in story and song. Written, presented, performed, produced and sound mixed by Brían Mac Gloinn. Producer: Eoin O Kelly

Sunday 6th September

Wilde Stories 3: The Remarkable Rocket | The Lyric Feature

Actor Robert Sheehan narrates Wilde Stories, a creative re-imagining of Oscar Wilde through the prism of his fairytales The Happy Prince and Other Stories. Part 3 brings us The Remarkable Rocket. Reader: Brian Gleeson Narrator: Robert Sheehan Producer: Helen Shaw An Athena Media production. Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley (First broadcast 2016)

The Collectors | The Lyric Feature

The Collectors follows British folk singer & song collector, Sam Lee, on the search for forgotten traditional songs from Ireland’s Traveller Communities, before they disappear forever. Producer: Julien Clancy. Producer for lyric fm: Olga Buckley (First Broadcast July 2015)

Sunday 30th August

Wilde Stories 2: The Devoted Friend | The Lyric Feature

Actor Robert Sheehan narrates Wilde Stories, a creative re-imagining of Oscar Wilde through the prism of his fairytales The Happy Prince and Other Stories. Part 2 brings us The Devoted Friend. Reader: Lauren Coe Narrator: Robert Sheehan Producer: Helen Shaw An Athena Media production. Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley (First broadcast 2016)

Memory and Montmartre: Searching for Satie in the writings of Marcel Proust | The Lyric Feature

Curt Adler explores the intriguing parallel lives of two musical Parisians, Marcel Proust and Erik Satie. Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O'Kelly

Sunday 23rd August

Wilde Stories 1: The Happy Prince | The Lyric Feature

Robert Sheehan narrates Wilde Stories, a re-imagining of Oscar Wilde through the prism of his fairytales The Happy Prince and Other Stories. Narrator/Reader : Robert Sheehan Producer : Helen Shaw An Athena Media production. Producer for lyric fm: Olga Buckley

All those Names for the Mysteries of Love | The Lyric Feature

An intimate exploration of the life and work of veteran Donegal poet, Francis Harvey who died in November 2014. Presenter & Producer: Éamon Little. Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly

Sunday 16th August

Musica Arcana: The Secret Life of Allegri’s Miserere | The Lyric Feature

Brian McIvor unravels the mystery surrounding Allegri’s Miserere Mei, one of the most celebrated and hauntingly beautiful pieces of early music. Producer for RTÉ lyric fm: Olga Buckley (First Broadcast December 2014)

Walter Arlen: A Film Score at 100 | The Lyric Feature

The story of a remarkable centenarian composer and a chillingly prophetic long lost film. Presenter/Producer: Jon Tolansky Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley

Sunday 9th August

Hidden Ground: The Story of Jolyon Jackson

A profile of the experimental multi-instrumentalist and composer the late Jolyon Jackson. Presenter/Producer: Peter Curtin Producer for lyric: Eoin O'Kelly (First broadcast June 2017)

Vocal Chords: In Conversation with Peggy Seeger | The Lyric Feature

Singers Iarla Ó Lionáird and Peggy Seeger discuss the global journey of the human voice and ask, why do we sing and what happens when we do? Producer: Helen Shaw Audio editor: Pearse Ó Caoimh Producer for lyric fm: Olga Buckley (First TX March 2017)

Sunday 2nd August

The Road To Maritana (Prog 3) | The Lyric Feature

The Road to Maritana is a three part series marking the bicentenary of the birth in 1812 of William Vincent Wallace whose adventures are the stuff of movies. Presented and Produced by Una Hunt A Heritage Music Production for RTE lyric fm Series Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley First broadcast Oct 2012

Night | The Lyric Feature

In a three-part series, Regan Hutchins joins artists, poets, friends and family to hear how we encounter morning, noon and night. Presenter/Producer: Regan Hutchins Series Producer for RTÉ lyric FM: Olga Buckley

Sunday 26th July

The Road To Maritana (Prog 2) | The Lyric Feature

The Road to Maritana is a three part series marking the bicentenary of the birth in 1812 of William Vincent Wallace whose adventures are the stuff of movies. Presented and Produced by Una Hunt A Heritage Music Production for RTE lyric fm Series Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley First broadcast Oct 2012

Noon | The Lyric Feature

In a three-part series, Regan Hutchins joins artists, poets, friends and family to hear how we encounter morning, noon and night. Presenter: Regan Hutchins Producer: Regan Hutchins Series Producer for lyric fm: Olga Buckley

Sunday 19th July

The Road to Maritana (Prog 1) | The Lyric Feature

The Road to Maritana is a three part series marking the bicentenary of the birth in 1812 of William Vincent Wallace whose adventures are the stuff of movies. Presented and Produced by Una Hunt A Heritage Music Production for RTE lyric fm Series Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley First broadcast Oct 2012

Morning | The Lyric Feature

In a three-part series, Regan Hutchins joins artists, poets, friends and family to hear how we encounter morning, noon and night. Presenter/Producer: Regan Hutchins Series Producer for lyric fm: Olga Buckley

Sunday 12th July

Vocal Chords: Sinéad O’Connor | The Lyric Feature

Singer Iarla Ó’ Lionaird goes on a musical odyssey to discover the global phenomenon of the human voice. He talks to Sinéad O’Connor about her relationship with her voice. Producer: Helen Shaw Recordist: Michael Gallen Audio editor, Coordinator: Amy Millar An Athena Media production for RTE lyric fm Producer for lyric: Olga Buckley

Ireland Portrayed (Prog 4) | The Lyric Feature

Art critic Cristín Leach explores how ideas of Ireland and Irish identity have been visually represented, over three hundred years. Presenter: Cristín Leach Wrtten by: Mary Brophy Producer: Neal Boyle Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O'Kelly

Sunday 5th July

Dick Farrelly: A Quiet Man | The Lyric Feature

Grainne Gavigan tells the story of Dick Farrelly whose song The Isle of Inisfree provided the musical theme for John Fords classic The Quiet Man. Presented & produced by Grainne Gavigan Producer for lyric: Eoin O'Kelly

Ireland Portrayed (Prog 3) | The Lyric Feature

Art critic Cristín Leach explores how ideas of Ireland and Irish identity have been visually represented, over three hundred years. Presenter: Cristín Leach Wrtten by: Mary Brophy Producer: Neal Boyle Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O'Kelly

Sunday 28th June

Ireland Portrayed (Prog 2) | The Lyric Feature

Art critic Cristín Leach explores how ideas of Ireland and Irish identity have been visually represented, over three hundred years. Presenter: Cristín Leach Wrtten by: Mary Brophy Producer: Neal Boyle Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O'Kelly

Sunday 21st June

The Fractured Voice | The Lyric Feature

Ian Maleney explores the work of four contemporary Irish writers, and examines the traditions, landscapes, and ideas which run through their unique and surprising books. Producer/Presenter; Ian Maleney. Producer for lyric: Eoin O'Kelly

Ireland Portrayed (Prog 1) | The Lyric Feature

Art critic Cristín Leach explores how ideas of Ireland and Irish identity have been visually represented, over three hundred years. An IWR Media production for RTE lyric fm. Producer for lyric: Eoin O'Kelly

Sunday 14th June

Common Ground | The Lyric Feature

Producer J.J. O'Shea explores the controversial era of Blackface Minstrelsy and the key role of Irish performers in America's first popular cultural form. Presenter/Producer J.J. O'Shea. Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O'Kelly

Dancing with Lucia | The Lyric Feature

Dancing with Lucia reassess the artistic significance and legacy of Lucia Joyce as an artist in her own right. Producer/Presenter: Deirdre Mulrooney Producer for lyric: Eoin O'Kelly

Sunday 7th June

City Of Words | The Lyric Feature

Bernard Clarke chronicles the composition of Ulysses in the various cities that James Joyce resided in from 1908 to 1922 with a particular emphasis on the place of popular song in the work. Producers: Kevin Brew & Olga Buckley (First broadcast on Bloomsday 2002)

Mother’s Blood, Sister Songs (Part 2) | The Lyric Feature

Composer Linda Buckley and producer Helen Shaw explore the genetic connections between Iceland and Ireland through story and song. Production team: Linda Buckley, Helen Shaw, John Howard Audio Mix: Pearse Ó Caoimh Producer for lyric: Eoin O'Kelly

Sunday 31st May

Generational Resistance: Granny’s Intentions and the Birth of the Irish Beat Scene | The Lyric Feature

A look at the birth of the Irish beat scene and the rise of Granny’s Intentions from local Limerick band to a group with an international record deal. Presented & Produced by Peter Curtin. Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O'Kelly

Mother’s Blood, Sister Songs (Part 1) | The Lyric Feature

Composer Linda Buckley and producer Helen Shaw explore the genetic connections between Iceland and Ireland through story and song

Sunday 24th May

Ross Daly Road to Modal | The Lyric Feature

The story of Ross Daly, a unique musician and composer on a journey of musical exploration and discovery. A J.J. O’Shea production for RTÉ lyric FM Producer for lyric fm: Olga Buckley (First Broadcast 3 Oct 2014)

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Producers: Olga Buckley & Eoin O Kelly

Production Co-Ordinator: Peter Curtin 

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