The Lyric Feature

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    Friday 9th October 

    Digitising Rita

    Rita Lynch was born in Macroom in 1914 and showed an early talent for singing which was encouraged by her mother. Despite having her early career disrupted by the Second World War she went on to record for HMV and to tour extensively performing in operas, concerts and oratorios in Ireland, the UK and the USA. In this programme Evelyn Grant visits the soprano’s daughter Mary Shaw as she sifts through the extensive personal archive of letters, programmes, costumes, recordings and stories which her mother left behind. We get a portrait of the singer and the times she lived in. Rita Lynch’s archive has now being digitised by Cork City Libraries. 

    The Lyric Feature Friday 28 June 2013

    The Lyric Feature Friday 28th June 2013


    The third of three programmes celebrating poetry.

    “Voice helps to carry words farther and deeper than eye.” Seamus Heaney

    A miscellany of poetry and music including archive gems from the RTÉ Spoken Word Vinyl Archive and beyond. From Shakespeare to Laurie Anderson, Kipling to Leonard Cohen and Roger Moore to Paula Meehan.

    Presented and produced by Eithne Hand

    BESPOKE THREE – Words and Music Played

    No Worst There is None by G.Manley Hopkins, read by Jasper Britton from Naxos CD collection Popular Poetry/Popular Verse Vol II

    St Bridgets Shrine by Paula Flynn/ Jinx Lennon, from CD Know Your Station, published by Lennon Music

    St Kevin and the Blackbird by James Harpur, from RTÉ Radio Archive and collection The Dark Age, published by Anvil Poetry Press

    Maggie and Milly... by E.E. Cummings from CD Natalie Merchant/Leave Your Sleep

    Wonder by Sharon Olds from CD Poetry on Record, published on collection The Father by Faber and Faber

    I Will Come Back by Neruda from Luciana Souza CD Neruda

    Lagnaetti by Steindor Anderson from CD Rimur 2003

    Insomnia by Billy Collins and Vivian Fung from CD The Billy Collins Suite. Published by Cedille Records 2009

    Cowards by Sarah Clancy, RTÉ Radio Archive from collection Thanks for Nothing, Hippies published by Salmon Poetry

    Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare, read by Brian Ferry from CD When Love Speaks. Published byRADA

    The Lake by Michael Longley from RTÉ Radio Archive Collected Poems, published by Jonathan Cape 2007

    The Wonderful Widow... by Joyce/Cage, read by Paul Hillier from CD Litany for the Whale, published by Harmonia Mundi 2002

    A Game of Chess by T.S. Eliot from Guardian Poetry / Great Poets of The 20th Century.

    I heard an Angel Singing by William Blake, read by Martha Redbone from CD Garden of Love, published by CD Baby 2012

    Body Talk by Benjamin Zephaniah from RTÉ Radio Archive Read Me and Laugh, published by McMillan Childrens 2007

    Live with me and be my love by Shakespeare, read by Annie Lennox from CD When Love Speaks, published by RADA

    Lake Isle of Inishfree by W.B. Yeats from CD Poetry on Record, published by Shout

    The Fish by W.B. Yeats, read by Sinead Lohan from CD Now and in Time To Come

    Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare, read by Jasper Britton from Naxos CD collection Popular Poetry, Popular Verse Vol II

    An Cualin by Michael McHale from CD The Irish Piano published RTÉ lyric fm

    Maurice’s Foal by Tess Gallagher from RTÉ Radio Archive collection Midnight Lantern, published by Graywolf Press

    Who by Fire by Leonard Cohen, read by Susanna Wallumrood from If Grief Could Wait, published by ECM 2011

    The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by Lyric fm staff or in collaboration with independent production companies. Subject matter varies from week to week but most of the programmes aim to provide insight into music and music making.

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