Hi! Below is a link to the latest from The Western Skyline, on Kinvara FM.com . The radio station has applied for its 70-day licence, and we hope to be broadcasting live on air again soon. Roll on 92.4fm! In the meantime, you can always catch the shows at weekends from 12-8pm. And the podcasts, of course.
On The Western Skyline, tracks from various American songbooks – featuring Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Billy Joel, Suzanne Vega, The Carpenters, and Carole King. Also music from Britain, home, and the Antipodes.
Arts news includes theatre, shows, a writing workshop for children, and a local art project – The Witches Knickers. To find out more about that, go to the Russell Gallery in New Quay next Saturday!
This week on Kinvara FM, The Western Skyline looks at film, theatre and festival news. There’s a poem, and the music is traditional and folk from some of Ireland’s greatest performers – including Stockton’s Wing, Martin Hayes, Denis Cahill, The Chieftains, Seamus Ennis, Shaun Davey, Rita Connolly, The Bothy Band, and Liam Og O’Flynn. A special treat is the 11 minutes 36 seconds track: ‘Lord Baker’, sung by Sinead O’Connor & Christy Moore.
Enjoy the show.
The first Western Skyline of 2018 has an eclectic mix of music spanning 60 years – from the Beatles, Cockney Rebel, the Alan Parsons Project, Carly Simon, Sting, The Script, and others. There are details of the Music for Galway Midwinter Festival and of the planned commemoration at Kiltartan of Major Robert Gregory, on the 100th anniversary of his death in WWl (see image). I hope you enjoy the show.
Feedback is always welcome!
This is the podcast of my last broadcast of 2017 – a special show with Christmas readings, traditional carols, and music.
It was lovely to be broadcasting live with the Christmas Market in full swing next door to the studio in Kinvara’s community centre.
Here’s to more broadcasts in 2018 and to being back on air, as well as online, when we get our next license!
“Christmas on The Western Skyline! Today’s show is a bit of calm in the ‘getting ready’ madness. Turn off the phone, sit by the fire, take it easy for an hour of Christmas themed readings, carols, and music. And a poem by Seamus Heaney. There’s also info on pantos, children’s books, and we also play some requests.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS from The Western Skyline, and thanks for listening.
I hope Santa is good to everyone!”
A mix of music for you on this The Western Skyline – from stompin’ yer feet, to ConTempo String Quartet. There’s news of community awards, and an update on KAVA and the renovation of the Courthouse arts venue. Plus info on some shows. There’s been a new appointment at NUI Galway at the Huston School of Film! And – was Chilean poet Pablo Neruda really murdered? The poem today is Neruda’s ‘Leave me a place underground’.
The Western Skyline was delighted to host two poets who have contributed to ‘Bosom Pals’ a new poetry collection by eight women who share their experience of breast cancer. ALL proceeds from the book go to Breast Cancer Research Ireland – a national organisation based in Galway. With a foreward by Prof. Michael Kerin and introduction by Áine Lawlor, this is a book to dip into alone, or to share with friends. You can buy it via breastcancerresearch.ie or at Charlie Byrnes in Galway. Kudos to editor Marie Cadden for making it all happen.
Music today from fab female singers: Sheryl Crow, Anastacia, Kylie, Marianne Faithful, & Carly Simon. The common thread? They have all survived breast cancer.
Enjoy the show!
And think about buying the book – it would make a great gift as we head towards Christmas.
Below is the podcast of my radio show from 7 October.
We had a Travelling Wilburys special on The Western Skyline in the week that saw the death of Tom Petty at the age of 66. Rather than play the best known tracks by Petty, I decided to put a playlist together that includes tracks from Petty & the Heartbreakers, but also by his fellow musicians in the Travelling Wilburys: George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison. Needless to say, the music is, in the words of George, ‘Fab’.
Also – I spoke to actor Oisin McDonagh and stage manager Elizabeth Jacob about a theatrical production of Crime & Punishment, the great 19th century Russian novel by Fydor Dostoevsky. The novel has been adapted for the stage by Philip McDonagh, and is directed by Luke Morgan, with music by Jake Morgan. The theatre company performed in Kinvara on the 14th, and are in the Mick Lally Theatre in Druid Lane, Galway until 28 October. Drop in if you’re nearby.
Gremlins mean we didn’t make it to ‘The End of the Line’. A good omen, perhaps!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and put The Western Skyline in the subject line. As always – Thanks for listening!