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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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!

Poems On The Wireless #1

Recently, I brought ‘the childer’ up to Capital City!

A major trip for both me & and my poems. It was the first time I actually drove around Dublin.

I spent a very enjoyable time at RTÉ radio chatting to Seán Rocks on Arenaand reading a few poems from This Little World . The Arena team made the selection:  ‘I’ll Tell Me Ma’ seems to appeal to a lot of people!

Anyhoo, if you’d like to hear it – here’s the link to the Arena podcast 28 July 2017

Thanks to everyone in Team Arena for the great welcome.

 

New from The Western Skyline

I’m still working as a volunteer with Kinvara FM  – about 10 km from home – in Kinvara, Co. Galway. The station hopes to be broadcasting on air in late summer when its 30 day licence is received from the BAI. Until then, there is a variety of shows going out every Saturday, and some on Sundays too. You can listen in live online, or catch the podcasts later.

I’ll be presenting The Western Skyline every fortnight. The next show is on 10 June. There will be Arts & Heritage news, interviews, and some poetry.                                                                     Below are links to podcasts the  two most recent shows. I hope you enjoy them!

‘Hail to the Chief’

Ever since I was a child I haven’t been able to help myself when it comes to sounding off.

The first such letter I wrote was to the RTÉ programme, Motley. It was a kids’  TV programme so I don’t know why they were discussing Finance Minister Charlie Haughey’s tax exemption scheme for writers and artists. Perhaps it was part of a news round up.  Anyhoo, they must have asked their junior viewers what they thought about it, because I seem to have expressed an opinion to whatever adult would listen to me.  I thought it was a great idea:  artists and writers should get tax breaks. Someone, probably my dad, said, Write and tell them. So I did. And they read my letter out on the television.

Reader, there was no stopping me after that.

Which leads me to texting radio shows. Sometimes, I shout at the radio and type out furious texts or social media posts. Then, I delete them – as there are times one shouldn’t become radio fodder. Or, I’ll engage and comment here and there. So, when someone asked was anyone watching the U.S. presidential debates, I offered up my ha’penny’s worth.

Which is how I ended up talking to Ryan Tubridy about the second debate and, in the process, extolling the virtue of the Tunnocks teacake.

tunnocks-teacake

http://www.rte.ie/radio1/ryan-tubridy/programmes/2016/1010/822820-the-ryan-tubridy-show-monday-10-october-2016/

They  asked me to chat about the third debate – but ran out of programme time. Then they rang the day before the election and asked if I’d be doing an all-nighter again. I sure was. And I’d be going for the Tunnocks teacakes again as treat of choice. Would I chat about it? I sure would:

http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b9%5F21084683%5F20433%5F09%2D11%2D2016%5F

Up at 1.30am again – Let the games begin! Poor CAT didn’t know whether she was coming or going. Over to her dish, and discovered it wasn’t breakfast time. To the front door, and discovered it was still the middle of the night.

cat-election-night

In the end she stuck with me & CNN until dawn, by which time we all knew the outcome. He’d voted for himself, and made sure The Missus did too, by the looks of this:

trump-voting

Unfortunately, plenty more voted for him too. (Hillary won the popular vote, however!)

As a slightly older child, I wrote to President Childers’ widow when he died, and I received a lovely note from her. Imagine: being a kid and getting a black-edged envelope with the presidential crest on it.  As literary editor of the student newspaper in college, I wrote to our current President; requesting a poem for our Christmas issue. I had a lovely call from his personal assistant.

I’d write to the White House … but I’d end up with a permanent ‘Denied Entry’ stamp on my passport if I wrote what I really want to say. It would not “be a beautiful thing”. Bigly.

So, here’s this ha’penny’s worth: ‘Heil to the Chief’.

That’s SO not a typo.

We’ll leave it there.