The Western Skyline Podcast – 14 July 2018

On the Western Skyline this week a look at gigs and theatre at the Galway Intl. Arts Festival, plus the line-up in Ennis at the Munster Fleadh. A couple of shows to see at the Courthouse Gallery here in Kinvara, plus music from Earth, Wind & Fire, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Christians, Genesis, A-ha, Soul to Soul, Nik Kershaw, Swing Out Sister and Kim Wilde.

Oh, and a surprise – thanks to the playlist gremlins!

#HeatGettingToTheDJ #GhostsInTheMachine  #Summer

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The Western Skyline Podcast – 30 June 2018

On The Western Skyline –

Fun summer tracks, Arts news including Galway Film Fleadh, Willie Clancy Summer School, Ennis Street Arts Festival and and a preview of the Galway Intl. Arts Festival. Also the Kinvara Alive Concert, and congrats to Mike Mc Cormack on winning the Dublin International Literary Award!

Playing The Lighthouse Family, Semisonic, Free, The Boomtown Rats and The Stranglers, among others!

 

The Western Skyline Podcast – 16 June 2018

Lots of Arts news, and the music on the Western Skyline is from films and musicals.

Info about Cruinniú na nóg – a national day of creativity for children; art at the Russell Gallery; comedy and theatre in Galway; congrats to Mike McCormack on winning the International Dublin Literary Award with his novel Solar Bones; details about a conference on the ‘Big House’ happening at the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna; a preview of the Sidney Nolan exhibition and symposium at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan; and a tribute to the Irish poet Macdara Woods who died the night before the show was broadcast.

MUSIC from shows and films including Chicago, the War of the Worlds, Cabaret, Toy Story, Django Unchained, Gangs of New York, The Great Gatsby, and others …

 

The Western Skyline Podcast – 19 May 2018

On The Western Skyline: The Silver Branch screens in Kinvara, news of two art exhibitions in New Quay & Ballyvaughan, a callout to young musicians for a new orchestral initiative in Galway, ‘The Only Jealousy of Emer’ – Yeats’ s play is being performed at Thoor Ballylee, Ennistymon Book Town Festival events, and news of the Galway Early Music Festival
Plus tracks by Fat Boy Slim, The Eurythmics, Erasure, Eric Clapton, Derek & the Dominos, Lynard Skynard, M People, Thompson Twins, Madness, and M C Hammer
Comments to @karenjmcdonnell karenjmcdonnell.com or kinvarafm@gmail.com

 

The Western Skyline Podcast – 05 May 2018

A blend of World Music and the best of the Irish tradition, with theatre and art news, and a lowdown of what’s happening this bank holiday weekend at the Cuckoo Fleadh here in Kinvara. Plus poems with a cuckoo theme.
Music includes Ali Farka & Ry Cooder, Alain Stivell, Andy Irvine in collaboration with Paul Brady, Davy Spillane and a host of Irish & Eastern European musicians, Boubacar Traore, Clannad, and finale from De Dannan.
I really enjoyed putting this set together – I hope you like it!

 

The Western Skyline Podcast – 21 April 2018

PLAYING TRACKS BY

Talking Heads, Big Country, Stevie Nicks, Don Henley,Blur, Howard Jones, Dire Straits, Billy Joel, Stockton’s Wing.

 

On The Western Skyline: a look at some of the coming events at the Cúirt literary festival in Galway. Gigs in Gort, Galway and Kilfenora. More news from the ‘Bosom Pals’ fundraising publication for www.breastcancerresearch.ie– an exhibition of Ruth Cadden’s illustrations for the book (see the image with this podcast c. Ruth Cadden).
Also, birthdays. And a haiku to mark Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday 26th April.
Enjoy!

 

Poetry Month: keeping on keeping on

There’s quite a post waiting to be written about ‘The Year of the Book’.

This time last year, I had just submitted the final MS of This Little World to Doire Press, and was waiting for the first editor/writer discussion. It was an exciting time, and everything was so new. Well, it was my first book, after all!

And the new experiences continue … 

The new year was barely a week old when I received some invitations to take part in readings during the year ahead. In a way, it’s hard to believe that it’s April already.

This week I got news that I’ve been awarded a writer’s residency, I was invited to participate in the Wild Voices Writers Salon readings at Listowel Writers Week, and I was invited to be a part of the special Take Heart edition of spontaneity.com The edition links up with the Take Heart Pop Up Exhibition which takes place in Dublin on 10 May. More details of that here.  Images and signed books will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Congrats to Ruth, Angela, and all the organisers of this great event.

For such good news, my thanks go to Co. Offaly Arts Office, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, and Ruth McKee.

Finally – It’s Poetry Month! April 26th is Ireland’s Poetry Day.

On Thursday the 26th, at 4 pm, in Ennis Educational Centre we will announce the winners of the Every Child A Poet Competition – organised and judged by the Poetry Collective. I helped draw up the shortlist, so I’m looking forward to hearing the children read their work. We had an increase in entries from last year. It’s fantastic that the kids engage with poetry, and to see the support that’s given to the competition by their teachers and parents.

Before all that fun, I’ll be reading at the DeValera Library with other members of the Poetry Collective at 11 am. The theme this year is Poetry Without Borders: we will read poems by non-Irish poets, and works we’ve written about places & people encountered abroad.  The lovely people in the Library will supply morning coffee/tea, and everyone is welcome. What we REALLY would like is if you would also bring along a favourite poem to read.

Poets and librarians don’t bite – generally! You would be so welcome.

The Western Skyline Podcast – 07 April 2018

Tonii Kelly of Guaire Magazine joined me in studio today with an update on their children’s writing competition, and deadlines. Workshops have taken place during the winter and the closing date for the competition is 20 April. Full details and entry forms at guaire.org

Also on the show – news of ballet, theatre, gigs and concerts around Galway and Ennis, with more info on exhibitions in Kinvara.

Plus music from The Black-eyed Peas, Robert Palmer, Aimee Mann, The Script, The Beautiful South, Roxy Music, Rufus Wainwright, and Rickie Lee Jones.
Thanks for listening!

 

The Western Skyline Podcast – 24 March 2018

 

The Western Skyline – slightly shorter than usual! The panic when the playlist didn’t open. But still, we got there in the end!

Arts news – Anne Korff at the Courthouse Gallery, a concert for Easter, audio of Robert Kennedy: Martin Luther King’s 50th anniversary is April 4th – we remember the event.
Also, music by the Rolling Stones, The Waterboys, U2, Tracy Chapman, The Pogues, Stevie Wonder, and Ms. Lauryn Hill
Hope everyone had a great Easter.