The Lyric Feature

The Lyric Feature

Friday, 7 - 8pm

The Lyric Feature Friday 20 December 2013

30th of December 2016
Ireland's National Anthems



If national anthems unite people at times of celebration and commemoration, they can also cause division. Ireland has had a number of official and unofficial anthems that have caused both harmony and discord. Michael Murphy explores Ireland's national anthems from God Save the King to The Soldier's Song in the company of historians Diarmaid Ferriter and Carol Mullaney-Dignam, musicologist Harry White, Olympic and World Championship rower Sinead Lynch, Director of the Defence Forces School of Music Mark Armstrong, conductor Liam Daly and literary critic Colbert Kearney who is also a grandson of Peadar Kearney who wrote The Soldier's Song.

Written and Presented by Michael Murphy (Mary Immaculate College)
Produced by Eoin O Kelly and Michael Murphy

The Lyric Feature - Out with Paganism and all that Jazz

Singer Christine Tobin investigates the fears of a newly independent country and its attempt to define a sense of Irishness.

Fears of scarlet women, outsiders and immoral music enflamed Irish newspapers in the 1920s, brought thousands onto the streets of Leitrim in protest during 1934 and even led RTÉ to ban jazz in 1940s. Singer

The programme was a silver radio winner in the religious programmes category at the New York Festivals 2013.

The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by RTÉ 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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