Evonne will be up with the early birds to ease you into the weekend with her gentle blend of music from across the centuries, plus regular intervals for news and weather.

Join ecologist, Anja Murray, every Saturday morning at 9.20 for Nature File - a celebratory journey to the lesser known realms of nature in Ireland.

Episode 31 - Birch Trees

At this time of year, the delicately yellowing leaves of birch trees stand out in in the landscape. The male catkins are formed in the autumn and will remain on the tree all winter - only opening in April or May. Discover the surprising reproductive strategies of birch trees in this week's Nature File.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 16th October, 7am-10am


Brandee Younger is a fearless and feisty harpist, who draws upon a vast palette of musical colour to make her funky and fabulous sounds. Her new album, Somewhere Different, was recorded last year in the famed Van Gelder studios in New York, and reflects the strange, but for her, highly creative time of lockdown. It's my featured album this weekend on Vespertine.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 16th October, 10pm-1am


Evelyn Grant plays a selection of the best orchestral works, vocal delights and favourite tunes. And today Finghin Collins leads the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in a recording of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466, a work that Finghin says turns apparent despair to hope.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 17th October, 4pm-6pm


Island Time and On the Ice Edge

As part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture the artist Louise Manifold worked in partnership with the Marine Institute to commission work from seven artists, writers and composers, which would explore one of the last unknown spaces on Earth, the ocean wilderness. The works were exhibited in September 2020 on the island of Inis Oírr under the title Aerial / Sparks. On tonight's programme we'll hear two works created as part of the project Kevin Barry's Island Time and Louise Manifold's On the Ice Edge.

Island Time is a multimedia monologue written and performed by Kevin Barry at Inis Oírr Lighthouse. A melancholy lighthouse keeper dreams of a different life and of distant lands and even of a woman in Ennistymon. It's a tragic-comic reflection on isolation which has many resonances with our current predicament. Sound design is by Foley artist Jean McGrath and the piece was made with support from the Commissioners of the Irish Lights.

On the Ice Edge is a sound composition by Louise Manifold which was inspired by the artist's participation in survey work on board the Marine Institute's Celtic Explorer. It features original text by Louise Manifold performed by Adrian Crowley, sound recordings by John Brennan and Louise Manifold with sound design by foley artist Jean McGrath.

Other artists involved in Aerial/ Sparks included Ailís Ní Ríain, Carol Anne Connolly, David Stalling, Kennedy Browne, Magz Hall and Robertina Šebjanic. For more visit

Produced by Eoin O Kelly and Elizabeth Laragy
Production Co-ordinator: Peter Curtin
(First broadcast 21st March 2021)

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 17th October, 6pm-7pm


Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. Every day at 12 Niall chooses a piece for his Five of a Kind. This week Niall chooses five pieces played by the pianist Lang Lang.

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 18th October, 10am-1pm


Members of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra perform Mozart's Serenade No. 10 in B flat in today's concert from the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 19th October, 1pm-4pm


Join Marty as he broadcasts live from this year's Wexford Opera Festival with a mix of musical guests and a taste of this unique event.

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 20th October, 7am-10am


Mystery Train is a nightly journey through the many wonders of recorded music - from its vintage glories to the latest sounds. Essential listening for the discerning music fan.

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 20th October, 7pm-9pm


The Blue of the Night connects different musical landscapes - bringing you through centuries, genres and soundscapes. Musical treasures from the ancient to the contemporary.

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 21st October, 9pm-12am


Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. Every day at 12 Niall chooses a piece for his Five of a Kind. This week Niall chooses five pieces played by the pianist Lang Lang.

11:00 am - TAKING FLIGHT

Taking Flight is a series of radio essays celebrating the work and continued influence of the poet Patrick Kavanagh. It was commissioned by The Patrick Kavanagh Centre with the support of Monaghan County Council and Creative Ireland.

Participants in this series include writers, a filmmaker and poet. These creative responses to Kavanagh's work illustrate the significance of the poet in our culture and the potency of his own work as a source of continued artistic exploration.

Kavanagh once remarked that his more successful works achieved 'weightlessness', 'that I had become airborne and more'. This series celebrates Kavanagh's brilliance and his encouragement to successive generations of artists and thinkers to achieve weightlessness and take flight.

Episode 3: 'Kavanagh, The Great Hunger, and Me' by Jaki McCarrick

In 'Kavanagh, The Great Hunger and me', writer Jaki McCarrick discusses her personal relationship with the work of Patrick Kavanagh and how it helped root her at a formative age in the border town her family had moved to from London. Read by Jaki herself, the essay moves organically from past to present, from Kavanagh's life to McCarrick's own.

Narrated & Written by Jaki McCarrick
Producers: Aidan Guilfoyle and The Patrick Kavanagh Centre
Sound Editing: Aidan Guilfoyle
Producer for RTÉ lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly

Patrick Kavanagh's original works reproduced with kind permission of the Trustees of the Estate of the late Katherine B. Kavanagh, through the Jonathan Williams Literary Agency

This project is funded by Monaghan County Council & Creative Ireland. The broadcast partner is RTÉ lyric fm

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 22nd October, 10am-1pm


Michele Mariotti conducts the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring Verdi, Dvorak and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.1 performed by Vadym Kholodenko. Presented by Paul Herriott.

Verdi La Forza del Destino Overture
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no. 1
Dvorak Symphony no. 9 'From the New World'

Vadym Kholodenko (piano)
Michele Mariotti (conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 22nd October, 7pm-10pm