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       Mooney Tunes returns!        

    Mooney Tunes, the phenomenally successful Concert Series featuring the RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE presenter Derek Mooney, and the combined input of his many radio fans, will return to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in December, 2015.

    This will be the 12th instalment of Mooney Tunes, which began in September, 2009. In the intervening period, over the 11 concerts to date, as many as 18,000 people have been entertained, over 170 pieces of music have been featured, all performed by around 50 top-class performers and soloists, backed by the RTE Concert Orchestra.

    A VERY MERRY MOONEY TUNES’ will take place on December 7, 2015, at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. And for this show, we are encouraging fans to send us their musical suggestions along the theme of, "movies, musicals and magical memories!"

    We have never been short of magical stories from our audience, accompanying their suggestions for pieces to include in the Mooney Tunes programs. Whether it's a song that reminds you of a loved one, a particular soundtrack from your youth, a theme that evokes a particularly strong memory, let us know. And tell us your story!

    For further information, tune into the all-new Mooney Show, Saturday evenings, 6 PM until 7 PM, from Saturday, September 5 on RTÉ Radio 1

    And keep watching this space for updates and more details!

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    Mooney, Thursday August 21st 2014

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    On Mooney today...

    Christmas, in August - Brenda Donohue visits one of Dublin's best known stores as their Christmas decorations go on sale. Irish cabaret star Noel V. Ginnity pops into Derek's shower. We meet the West End's leading man from Wicklow Town, Rob Vickers, and we ask: can you reach the high note on Bring Him Home?

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    Christmas In August

    Summer's not even over, the kids are still off school, we're weeks away from Halloween, but it'll be beginning to look like Christmas from tomorrow, as Brown Thomas stores in Dublin, Cork and Limerick are opening their Christmas shops.

    That's tomorrow, Friday AUGUST 22nd!

    This morning, Mooney reporter Brenda went along to their store in Grafton Street for a preview of the latest Christmas trends, where she met Edel Woods, Christmas buyer for Brown Thomas...

    Brenda with Edel Woods

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    Shower Singing & Taylors Cabaret

    That was of course the fantastic Colm Wilkinson singing one of our favourite songs, Bring Him Home, from the musical Les Misérables.

    And Derek had the great pleasure recently of hearing another amazing rendition of the song while attending the famous Cabaret in Taylors Three Rock in Rathfarnham in Dublin. 

    Rob Vickers

    The singer's name was Rob Vickers, a Wicklow man newly-returned from London's West End, where he played the role of Jean Val Jean in Les Mis, and we're delighted that Rob is in studio with us today, alongside our guest shower singer, and star of Irish cabaret Noel V. Ginnity, and Stuart O'Connor, from Spotlight Productions, who is the producer of the Cabaret in Taylors Three Rock.

    Now you didn't think we brought Rob Vickers in here just to sing and chat, did you? No. We want him to be a judge too!

    Judge what though? This is where you, the loyal listener comes in.

    The prize is one night's accommodation for four people (two rooms) in Fitzpatrick’s Killiney Castle Hotel (www.fitzpatrickcastle.com). But that’s not all!  All four people will have a four-course dinner in the hotel. And that's not all! You'll then be taken to Dublin's Irish Cabaret at Taylors Three Rock in Rathfarnham, where you’ll enjoy the night in the company of Noel V, Rob and all the other performers.

    It’s a fabulous night out and don’t forget it’s for 4 people!

    The challenge: we want you to sing Bring Him Home, live on air this afternoon. You don’t need to sing the whole song, just the last verse or so with that really big high note at the end.

    To help, here are the lyrics:

    You can take
    You can give
    Let him be
    Let him live
    If I die
    Let me die
    Let him live
    Bring him home
    Bring him home
    Bring him home

    We had four *outstanding* singers perform Bring Him Home on Mooney today, Stephen Harland, Sean Keaney, Conor Sweeney and Kevin Fagan, and we applaude them all. But there could only be one prize winner, and he is Kevin Fagan - congratulations!

    For more information about Taylors Three Rock, visit www.taylorsthreerock.ie. And for more information about Rob Vickers, visit www.robertvickersofficial.com.

    Mooney's Singers In The Shower

    The winner of MOONEY's Singing in the Shower competition will get a Voucher from TileStyle worth €2500.

    TileStyle is a one stop shop, offering a vast selection of high quality Bathrooms, Tiles, Stone, Wood Flooring and Paint. TileStyle is open 7 days a week and is conveniently located just off the M50 at Exit10. Their highly trained team is available to offer any advice or assistance you might need. Meet them here or drop into the stunning showroom. To find out more visit www.tilestyle.ie

    To enter, all you have to do is make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower. (If you do this during your daily wash you will not waste water).

    Send your audio recording, not to exceed one minute in duration, along with your name and contact number to mooney@rte.ie. Please do not send recordings of original compositions. Click here to read terms and conditions for RTÉ.ie and click here to read competition terms and conditions.

    Entry to the competition confirms your acceptance of these terms and conditions. 

    The prize for Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower, as decided by our panel of judges, will be announced on Mooney. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    Please note that if you submit a recording, RTÉ reserve the right to use this material as it sees fit in accordance with the terms and conditions for rté.ie. 

    Who is our mystery singer in Derek's shower today? It's Irish cabaret star Noel V. Ginnity!

    Noel V. Ginnity

    Singles Night Out!

    We are organising a singles night out for our listeners who are over 35! The where and when is still being finalised, but if you are interested in joining in the fun, then send us an e-mail! Let us know your age, gender, and if you are single. You must be available to travel to the venue at your own expense. Please send your e-mail to mooney@rte.ie, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!

    Search For A Child Star Finalists

    Earlier this year, we launched our competition to find Ireland's newest child star. The competition was open to boys and girls who were aged 10 years old or under. We asked you to record a piece that was no more than three minutes long, and e-mail it in to us.

    The finalists, in no particular order, are:

    - Hannah Kinsella (9 years old, from Lucan, Co. Dublin) with Pushover
    - Nikki Brown (8 years old, from Saggart, Co. Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind
    - Anna Lily Fox (6 years old, from Ballinalee, Co. Longford) with a Johnny Cash medley
    - Laoise Farrell (9 years old, from Ogonnolloe. Co. Clare) with The Call
    - Alannah Bermingham (10 years old, from Kilmacud, Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind

    The date for the final will be announced shortly and the winner will perform at our Christmas Mooney Tunes concert.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: I'Ll Tell Me Ma
      Composer: Trad Arr Rojo/Dustin/Zig And Zag
      Performer(s): Noel V. Ginnity
      Performer(s): Noel V. Ginnity
      Album: No Details
      Duration: 1:31
    • 15:04
      Title: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas -- It's Beginning To
      Performer(s): Michael Bublé (Vocal)
      Performer(s): Michael Bublé (Vocal)
      Duration: 3:42
    • Title: Bring Him Home
      Composer: Schonberg, Claude-Michel/Boublil, Alain/Kretzmer, Herbert
      Performer(s): Colm C. T. Wilkinson
      Performer(s): Colm C. T. Wilkinson
      Duration: 3:54
    • Title: Still In Love With You (Live)
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Rob Vickers
      Performer(s): Rob Vickers
      Duration: 7:56
    • Title: Bring Him Home
      Composer: Schonberg, Claude-Michel/Boublil, Alain/Kretzmer, Herbert
      Performer(s): Rob Vickers
      Performer(s): Rob Vickers
      Duration: 3:54
    • Title: Bring Him Home
      Composer: Schonberg, Claude-Michel/Boublil, Alain/Kretzmer, Herbert
      Performer(s): Stephen Harland
      Performer(s): Stephen Harland
      Duration: 3:54
    • Title: Bring Him Home
      Composer: Schonberg, Claude-Michel/Boublil, Alain/Kretzmer, Herbert
      Performer(s): Sean Keaney
      Performer(s): Sean Keaney
      Duration: 3:54
    • Title: Bring Him Home
      Composer: Schonberg, Claude-Michel/Boublil, Alain/Kretzmer, Herbert
      Performer(s): Conor Sweeney
      Performer(s): Conor Sweeney
      Duration: 3:54
    • Title: Bring Him Home
      Composer: Schonberg, Claude-Michel/Boublil, Alain/Kretzmer, Herbert
      Performer(s): Kevin Fagan
      Performer(s): Kevin Fagan
      Duration: 3:54

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