The Lyric Feature

The Lyric Feature

Sunday, 6 - 7pm

Podcasts

Sunday 28th February

Through the Canvas: Episode 8 'In a Dublin Park, Light and Shade” | The Lyric Feature

Diarmuid McIntyre and Cristín Leach seek refuge in Dublin’s leafy Merrion Square as they consider Frederick Osborne’s, beautiful yet harrowing oil painting “In a Dublin Park, Light and Shade”(c.1895) National Gallery of Ireland Collection. oil on canvas. Produced by Diarmuid McIntyre / Grey Heron Media (First broadcast July 3st 2018)

Through the Canvas: Episode 7 'Out here III” | The Lyric Feature

Diarmuid McIntyre and Cristín Leach begin their exploration of Oliver Comerfords 2003 painting “Out Here III” in the isolated grounds of an old Tuberculosis Sanatorium. Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Oil on Canvas over board. Produced by Diarmuid McIntyre / Grey Heron Media (First broadcast July 24th 2018)

Vocal Chords: Veronica Dunne | The Lyric Feature

Singers Iarla Ó Lionáird and Veronica Dunne discuss the journey of the human voice and ask, why do we sing and what happens when we do? An Athena Media production Producer: Helen Shaw Audio editor: Pearse Ó Caoimh Producer for lyric: Eoin O Kelly (First Broadcast December 26th 2017)

Sunday 21st February

Through the Canvas: Episode 6 'Waves Breaking on the Rock's Kilkee' | The Lyric Feature

Cristín Leach and Diarmuid McIntyre head out to the Pollack Holes on Clare's Atlantic coast guided by a Nathaniel Hone the Younger sketch 'Waves Breaking on the Rock's Kilkee' (c1890) National Gallery of Ireland Collection Watercolour with white highlight on paper. Produced by Diarmuid McIntyre / Grey Heron Media (First broadcast July 17th 2018)

Through the Canvas: Episode 5 'Untitled (Shannon Series) | The Lyric Feature

Cristín Leach and Diarmuid McIntyre go through security at Shannon Airport and venture out amongst the aircraft of Camille Souter's Untitled (Shannon Series) Painting (1980) Irish Museum of Modern Art, Oil on paper. Produced by Diarmuid McIntyre / Grey Heron Media (First broadcast July 10th 2018)

Vocal Chords: Peggy Seeger | The Lyric Feature

Singers Iarla Ó Lionaird and Peggy Seeger discuss the global journey of the human voice and ask, why do we sing and what happens when we do? An Athena Media production Producer: Helen Shaw Audio Editor: Pearse O Caoimh. Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly (First broadcast 24th March 2017)

Sunday 14th February

Through the Canvas: Episode 4 'View of Kilmallock' | The Lyric Feature

Cristín Leach and Diarmuid McIntyre step back in time into the historic world of John George Mulvany's 'View of Kilmallock' (c1800) National Gallery of Ireland Collection, oil on canvas. Produced by Diarmuid McIntyre / Grey Heron Media (First broadcast July 3rd 2018)

Through the Canvas: Episode 3 'Rain II' | The Lyric Feature

Cristín Leach and Diarmuid McIntyre visit Noreen Quish's farm in a downpour for an encounter with Gwen O'Dowd's abstracted landscape painting 'Rain II' (1992) Irish Museum of Modern Art Collection, oil on canvas Produced by Diarmuid McIntyre / Grey Heron Media (First broadcast June 26th 2018)

Vocal Chords: Glen Hansard | The Lyric Feature

Singers Iarla Ó Lionáird and Glen Hansard discuss the global journey of the human voice and ask, why do we sing and what happens when we do? An Athena Media production Producer: Helen Shaw Audio Editor: Pearse O Caoimh. Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly (First broadcast 29th October 2017)

Sunday 7th February

Through the Canvas: Episode 2 'Sonny's Day' | The Lyric Feature

Cristín Leach and Diarmuid McIntyre head up the Galtee Mountains to enter the storied landscape of Martin Gale's 1980 painting 'Sonny's Day'. Irish Museum of Modern Art Collection, oil on canvas. Produced by Diarmuid McIntyre / Grey Heron Media (First Broadcast 19th June 2018)

Through the Canvas: Episode 1 'Garden Green' | The Lyric Feature

Cristín Leach and Diarmuid McIntyre accept the invitation of Norah McGuinness' 1962 still life painting 'Garden Green' to throw open the doors and escape into a world shaped by artistic possibility. Hugh Lane Gallery Collection, oil on canvas. Produced by Diarmuid McIntyre / Grey Heron Media (First Broadcast June 12th 2018)

Vocal Chords: Linda Buckley | The Lyric Feature

Singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and composer Linda Buckley discuss the journey of the human voice and ask, why do we sing and what happens when we do? An Athena Media production Producer: Helen Shaw Audio Editor: Pearse O Caoimh. Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly (First broadcast 3rd December 2017)

Sunday 31st January

Bones of Contention – Flann O’Brien | The Lyric Feature

The life and work of Brian O'Nolan and his many alter egos through a playful mixture of interviews and dramatization. Producer: Marc-Ivan O'Gorman Producer for lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly

Sunday 24th January

Bax, Ireland and 1916 | The Lyric Feature

In Bax, Ireland and 1916, Aidan Thomson and guests explore the English composer Arnold Bax's complex and unusual relationship with Ireland, Irishness and Patrick Pearse. Presented by Aidan Thomson Produced by Eoin O Kelly

Sunday 17th January

In The Wind | The Lyric Feature

Mary Brophy and guests on the natural world and how we describe it. Presenter: Mary Brophy Producer Neal Boyle Producer for lyric: Eoin O Kelly (First broadcast 18th November 2018)

Sunday 10th January

Stranieri | The Lyric Feature

'Stranieri' tells the story of extraordinary European musicians who were recruited to the RTE Symphony Orchestra when it was founded in 1948. Presented and Produced by Angie Mezzetti Producer for lyric: Eoin O Kelly

Sunday 3rd January

Islands | The Lyric Feature

An imaginative journey through recorded sounds with Chris Watson and Luke Clancy. Sound Supervision: Ruth Kennington Producer: Kevin Brew Series Producer, Drama On One: Kevin Reynolds Producer for lyric: Eoin O Kelly (First broadcast October 2020 RTÉ Radio 1 Drama On One)

Thursday 24th December

Derek Mahon-The Hudson Letter | The Lyric Feature

The late Derek Mahon’s long poem The Hudson Letter read by Stephen Rea and Dawn Bradfield set to a soundtrack recorded along the Hudson River and music by Peter Browne. (The programme was first broadcast on RTE Radio 1 on Christmas Day 2001.)

Winds of Change | The Lyric Feature

Celebrating 35 years of the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble. Presented by Máire Nic Gearailt A Pine Valley Productions feature, commissioned by Irish Youth Wind Ensemble Producer for lyric: Eoin O Kelly

The Ballad of the Stowijk Rescue | The Lyric Feature

Ye Vagabonds Brían Mac Gloinn tells the story in word and song of the rescue of 18 Dutch sailors off Arranmore Island 80 years ago this month. Written, presented and performed by Brían Mac Gloinn, Produced by Brían Mac Gloinn and Eoin O Kelly Sound Supervision: Damian Chennells

Sunday 20th December

The Silence In Between | The Lyric Feature

Pianist Guy Livingston takes us on his quest for silence in music, from medieval chant to the future sounds of a trip to Mars. Presenter & Produced by Guy Livingston Sound: Erik Hense Producer for lyric: Eoin O Kelly (First broadcast 19/04/20)

Sunday 6th December

Beethoven's Songs and Rarities (Prog 2) | The Lyric Feature

Tenor Ian Bostridge and mezzo soprano Natalie Perez on song settings composed by Beethoven.

Beethoven’s Songs and Rarities | The Lyric Feature

Tenor Graham Johnson on song settings composed by Beethoven.

Sunday 29th November

The Freedom of the City | The Lyric Feature

The second of two programmes about the life and work of the Irish composer, conductor, teacher and musicologist, Aloys Fleischmann. Producer: Celia Donoghue (First broadcast: 10th April 2010)

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 (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

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