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    The John Murray Show Thursday 25 July 2013


    The John Murray Show with Miriam

    A lively mix of entertainment, human interest and lifestyle features with Miriam O'Callaghan featuring The Gathering & David Caffrey, Castlepalooza Festival & Glimmermen 'This Town', Lily Koppel & The Astronaut Wives Club, Camping beside the M50 and music from Ian O'Doherty.


    The Gathering - David Caffrey

    Miriam's guest is David Caffrey - the director of RTE’s hugely popular drama series, ‘Love/Hate’.

    His uncle and his dad got interested in their family ancestry in the last year or so and coincidentally they got an email from a lady in the Virgin Islands explaining who she was and that they were related. They began swapping emails and his dad and brother were invited over to the Virgin Islands for a get together but unfortunately they were unable to go. She emailed him afterwards and gave him a link for Facebook to look at some of the pictures from the night. So he got on his computer to look them up and they got a surprise to see the entire family, every single person at the reunion, were black!

    So they decided to arrange a ‘gathering’ of the Caffrey / Wells family. 18 or 19 cousins from the Virgin Islands arrived over yesterday and they met last night for the first time.


    Castlepalooza Festival - Glimmermen

    The August Bank Holiday is next weekend and so is the Casltepalooza Music and Arts Festival.

    There you will find some of the best acts around including CSS, Ghostpoet… And So I Watch You From Afar… Luke Vibert … and of course the best of the music you - our listeners - have sent into us on our own dedicated stage – at the wooded wonderland setting that is Charleville Castle, Tullamore.

    See for full details on everything you need to know from tickets, to campervans, to children … and everything else.

    This week’s selection is from Glimmermen.  They are Gavin Cowley, J.Bassetti and Phil Murray.  The song is called This Town…it's the first single from their debut LP, which is been released in Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Friday 9th August & in Whelan’s, Saturday 10th August .


    More info visit


    Lily Koppel

    On April 9, 1959, the U.S. introduced its first astronauts: the Mercury Seven. We know their story, but the story of their wives is often overlooked.

    Until now because we have a new book – The Astronaut Wives Club – which tells the real story of women who waited for their husbands to come back from space... It was written by Lily Koppel, a writer living in New York.


    Camping beside the M50

    Mark Graham, Ireland’s festival aficionado, has been sending us reports on some of the quirkier ways that people are spending their leisure time this summer.

    This week he reports from a campsite in one of the least likely locations… it’s on the edge of Dublin’s M50!

    Music from Ian O'Doherty

    Music from Ian O'Doherty who plays in Whelans in Dublin and McCarthy's Bar in Dingle regularly.  He has released his own EP Never in Colour. He is supporting Gemma Hayes in Westport on October 5th.

    “John Murray Show / Saturday Night Show Emerging Music Competition"


    1. Talent must be emerging rather than established. Open to those who have not received considerable air-play and/or exposure. Entrants must also normally be resident in the 32 counties.

    2. It is open to all musical genres like punk, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, country, electronic, compositional etc.

    3. A backline and sound engineer will be provided by the Saturday Night Show on the night of the winning performance, May 30, but the winning act will provide their own instruments and drum kit. The winning act will look after their own expenses on the night of the Saturday Night Show performance.

    4. The act must be available to perform on the John Murray Show on Friday, May 29th and on the Saturday Night Show on Saturday, May 30th. 


    5. How do I enter? 
    All entries are by email only and should be sent to  

    6. What should my entry include?
    Your email should include a short description (maximum 100 words) of the musician or band, a contact mobile phone number and ONE audio file attachment. The audio filename should contain the band/musician name and composition title. The entry should also include a photo of act of approximately 1Mb. 

    Only original work will be considered – no covers or samples. Due to a high volume of entries we cannot give individual feedback on music received.

    7. Which type audio files should I send? 
    Audio files must be sent in high-quality audio, preferably stereo and of as high a production standard as possible as this track is what will be played on the John Murray Show on RTE Radio One. MP3 (192kbps or higher) files only will be accepted. No other file types should be entered as they will not be accepted. Tracks should be no longer than 3’30” in duration.

    8. Can I enter more than once? 
    No. One entry is sufficient.

    9. Deadline for submission? 
    Get your music in ASAP.  Deadline for submissions is 12 noon, Friday, May 8th.

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