Miscellany 50

Miscellany 50

Miscellany 50 Saturday 6 June 2020

Miscellany50 is a celebratory radio festival weekend of short writing and music produced to salute fifty years on air in 2018 of Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1’s iconic programme. Five concerts each captured a decade between 1968 and 2018 and were introduced by writers including Mary O’Malley, Joseph O’Connor and Lisa McInerney.

Miscellany50 offered a feast of music and song to savour – some specially commissioned to premier over the weekend – from artists including Donnacha Dennehy, Kate Ellis, Jennifer Walshe, Michael Holohan and Niall Valelly.

Throughout the weekend The Cube downstairs in the Project played host to Miscellany50’s Listening Lounge. Here there was free access to a choice of content from Sunday Miscellany’s eclectic archive from classic contributors across the decades such as Maeve Binchy, Benedict Kiely, Sam McAughtry, Nuala O’Faolain and Anthony Cronin. 

Miscellany50’s concerts were recorded and produced for broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 and were broadcast in July and August 2019 with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Miscellany50: Live at The Project

Miscellany50: Live at The Project

Miscellany50 was a celebratory radio festival weekend of short writing and music produced to salute fifty years on air since 1968 of Sunday Miscellany.

Programme 3 (repeat broadcast on 6 June 2020) 1978 -1982 

Setting the Scene (1978-87) by Mary O'Malley
Summer of Love (1978) by Donal Hayes 
12A (1979) by Mia Gallagher
Wailing Like Banshees (1980) by Pat Boran
Back Home in Derry (1981) by John Connell 
Days (1982) by Michael O’Loughlin

Music and song on the programme was:

Sibéal Davitt (dancing) with Tom Doherty (accordion) performing The Bucks of Oranmore and Stetson's Reel
Kate Ellis (cello) performing Aisling Gheal; 

Ham Sandwich performing When Doves Cry by Prince; 

Back Home in Derry performed by Christy Moore; 

Niall Vallely(concertina) and Kate Ellis (cello) performing The Search by Niall Vallely



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