The Western Skyline Podcast – 23 September 2017

Here is a link to  last Saturday’s The Western Skyline on Kinvara FM 92.4fm.

It was only as it went out that I realised that the Withnail & I clip was a bit low – so here is a link to the film clip on YouTube.

SO, a Western Skyline Special – this time focused on Live Events being shown at the Eye Cinema, Galway over the next six months. Today’s show highlights music and arias from operas by Bellini, Mozart, Puccini, & Donizetti.
There’s news of an animated film ‘Loving Vincent’ – dedicated to the life and work of Van Gogh, and – also at the Eye Cinema – an encore performance by Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet on 5th October. Instead of the poem this week, listen to Richard E Grant’s rendition of ‘What a piece of work is a man’ (Hamlet), in the closing scene of ‘Withnail & I’. (Filmed in a downpour at the Zoo).
We have details of a new dance/cello collaboration between Jean Butler & Neil Martin. Finally, there’s an instrumental version of a well -loved modern song – from Galway-based ConTempo Quartet.
If you’d like to hear another classical Western Skyline – let me know. Just email kinvarafm@gmail.com and put The Western Skyline in the subject line. As always – Thanks for listening!

 

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YEATS! SOLD!!

Willy from George
© Sothebys

As I type, the Yeats Family Collection is being sold in Sothebys in London.

I was happy to be one of the signatories to Adrian Paterson’s letter to our Arts Minister, requesting that the State do something to keep the collection – or some of  it – in the country. Poetry Ireland was going over to London to bid for Yeats’s writing chair and desk. They’ve sold for much more than the estimates – so I’m not sure that they will be coming back to Ireland.

What is interesting is that the Olivia Shakespear letters failed to sell.  Will any of the Irish cultural institutions now step in and buy them, supported by the State … or by someone of a philanthropic nature?

Just as well I’m broke and can’t attend auctions.  I love ’em. I could do serious damage.

As it is, I got a bit carried away and leapt into action – even as the auction began. I rang Sothebys, got instructions, and emailed an absentee bid for a little silver box (photo above). It was a gift to WB from his wife, George.  Guiding £100-120, it sold for £3000.

Ah well.

Now, about those Persian tiles that failed to sell …

Culture Night & Che Guevara

A great weekend, altogether.

Last Friday was Culture Night in Ireland – and the goodies on offer were only legion!                       My contribution was reading poetry in two different parts of Clare.

Firstly the Clare Poetry Collective linked up for a reading in the Library in Ennis, with contributions from the floor, including Michéal FitzGearailt – a young man from whom we hope to hear more.

Then it was zoom! off in Might Aphrodite the Blue Polo, back to North Clare and the Salmon Bookshop & Literary Centre in Ennistymon. I joined Eleanor Cummins at 7pm for round two. The shop was cosy with rugs, and lovely lights, and the audience was warm and receptive. Everyone first said what their favourite poem was. Then Eleanor and I read some poems. Thanks Ellie, for having me over and, ‘Get Well Soon, Jessie!

Saturday saw me back in the car, motoring down along the coast to Kilkee. The Clare Poetry Collective had a gig at the Che Do Bheatha Festival.  Is it not the best name for a festival that you’ve ever heard?

Well, Irish people will get it.

Che mural , Kilkee
© Karen J McDonnell

The rain stayed away until we got into the Sweeney Library – which was fine with us.  We read turn and turn about, with contributions from the audience.  Thanks to Anne at the Library for delaying closing up until the last Che-themed poem was read! We really enjoyed ourselves, and it was lovely to meet up with friends from out Moyasta way.  A well-deserved chowder and brown bread in Bay View; where I stayed as a tiny tot with Grannie  (now changed, changed utterly!).  Then it was home again to the Burren.

All in all, a stimulating weekend. And lovely to be invited to participate. Thanks, lads.

Clifden Arts Festival – let’s be havin’ ya!

Photo © Clifden Arts Festival

 

The B&B has been organised, the snacks are being stockpiled, and the reading list is nearly complete!         CLIFDEN – Let’s be havin’ Ya!

On Wednesday 13 September 2017  I’ll be taking part in the Doire Press Readings – with writer Martin Malone   [click here for full details]

Venue: Clifden Library             Time: 4.00pm

I’ll be reading poems from This Little World  (Doire Press, 2017), and Martin will be reading fiction – I think!

If I’m lucky, I might get to meet Michael D. as he’s opening the Festival later in the evening. (We’re fierce casual with our President in this country!)

If you know anyone in Connemara who would like to come along … please pass along the details. Hell, come along and bring the clan with ya!

Major thanks to Brendan Flynn, and all the team, for the invitation. My first Clifden Arts Festival – and I get to read at it.

I’m a lucky woman.

 

The Western Skyline Podcast 09 September 2017

And here is the podcast of my latest show on Kinvara FM – Live 92.4FM from the studio in the village of Kinvara on Ireland’s Atlantic Coast.  Let me know where you’re listening in from – I’d love to hear from you!!

Yes we are shouting to the top this week: celebrating Galway’s hurling success.
Also celebrating some fine musicians and songwriters: Suzanne Vega, Neil Young, Adele, Stevie Wonder, The Style Council, The Police, Stevie Nicks … and others.
We preview Culture Night 2017, look at a volunteering opportunity, and there’s a poem for Autumn by Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz.
Hope you enjoy the show. Feedback and comments always welcome. And a follow or two would be great!

The Western Skyline Podcast 26 August 2017

Another podcast from my show with Kinvara FM. And we’re live on air now at 92.4fm  .

HUZZAH!

Tonii Kelly, the editor of Guaire Magazine in Gort joined us on The Western Skyline today to tell us about a new initiative to get the children of south Galway writing poetry and fiction. Tonii also spoke about the magazine, which celebrates Gort and the area around the town. Check out guaire.org for more details.
Music is from Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder, M People, Jambalaya Cajun Band, Youssou N’Dour, Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, Alan Stivell, De Dannan, Bruce Hornsby & The Range, and the Buena Vista Social Club.
There’s news of art exhibitions and a seaside installation. Don’t forget to contact kava@kinvara.com if you want to join the day trip to see the Vermeer Exhibition at the National Gallery.
We preview Muldoon’s Picnic, coming next Tuesday 29th to the Town Hall Theatre in Galway, and Moonfish Theatre Company’s production of Joseph O’Connor’s ‘Star of the Sea’ – also at the Town Hall Theatre on 1 & 2 September.
[Image c. Karen J McDonnell]

 

The Western Skyline Podcast 12 August 2017

Beara sunset from the cabin. © Karen McDonnell

I’d a lovely time in the studio on Saturday, chatting to local artist Christopher Banahan about a pop up exhibition at his house next weekend. There will be lots of artwork to celebrate the Cruinniu na mBad Festival which takes place in Kinvara on 19/20th August. And Kinvara FM 92.4fm will be live at the pier. We hope to remain dry!

Art by Christopher Banahan

Also on this podcast, a poem from Anne Tannam’s most recent collection: ‘Tides Shifting Across My Living Room Floor’, published by Salmon Poetry. Find out more here.

Hope you enjoy the mix of music! Comments and requests are always welcome.

https://m.mixcloud.com/KinvaraFM/the-western-skyline-12-august-2017/

 

 

The Western Skyline Podcast 22 July 2017

HERE’S A LINK TO THE PODCAST OF THE WESTERN SKYLINE FROM 22 July 2017

Today’s show features an interview with local artist and author, Cathy Dunne, as well as news from the Galway International Arts Festival, and an important local fundraiser: Palestine Comes to Kinvara.

Music is from such greats as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman & Peggy Lee, Jimmy Webb, Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, CSN .

The Western Skyline Podcast 8 July 2017

HERE’S A LINK TO THE PODCAST OF THE WESTERN SKYLINE FROM 8 July 2017

An exploration of music from 1967 & the Summer of Love, with some arts roundups thrown in for good measure. Enjoy the vibes with songs from The Turtles, Procul Harem, The Stones, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Scott McKenzie, The Spencer Davis Group and more …
Keep an eye out for BBC4 repeats of their 1967 special. Also SKY Arts are showing programmes about musicians connected to the movement that began in 1967.
Turn on, Tune In …. don’t Drop Out until you’ve listened to the show!
Groovy.

The Western Skyline Podcast 10 June 2017

 

Here’s a link to the podcast of The Western Skyline from 10 June 2017

Another line up of great music from some of Music’s best, including Johnny Cash, Dave Brubeck, Sandy Denny, The Doobie Brothers, Tracy Chapman…
Arts News focuses on art exhibitions & workshops, a drama production by children for children, W. B Yeats’s birthday and Bloomsday. And today’s poem is No Second Troy by Yeats.
Email requests & comments to me at kinvarafm@gmail.com – put The Western Skyline in the subject line.
Hope you enjoy the music!