The Western Skyline Podcast – 10 February 2018

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!

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The Western Skyline Podcast – 27 January 2018

The Bothy Band. That’s all there is to say!

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 Western Skyline Podcast – 13 January 2018

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!

The Western Skyline Podcast – 16 December 2017

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!”

The Western Skyline Podcast – 02 December 2017

On this Western Skyline: news of exhibition openings & local concerts. Also, Christmas gift ideas for students, families, and the arts lovers in your life. Plus music by Macca & Wings, Joe Jackson, Air, Altered Images, Lloyd Cole, Johnny Cash, Simon, and Garfunkel, and the divine Joni Mitchell. Photo © Karen McDonnell.

 

The Western Skyline Podcast – 18 November 2017

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 Podcast – 04 November 2017

 

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.
Here are some links about the book:

The Western Skyline Podcast 21 October 2017

There seems to be less and less time between each radio show! This should bring us up to date with the podcasts.  Here is last Saturday’s.

In this week’s Western Skyline there’s arts news, and listings of upcoming Hallowe’en events. We preview the upcoming Comedy Festival in Galway and play some vintage comedy clips  -including the great Tom Lehrer. Finally, there are some tracks in homage to George Michael, following the release of the documentary ‘Freedom’. In the show, I mention a Rolling Stone item about the documentary. You can read that here. And the BBC are saying that Michael is heading for a posthumous number 1 after the airing of the documentary. Read that news clip here.              I hope you enjoy the show. AND, if there is a book club out there interested in reading Lincoln at the Bardo and also Cré na Cille … well we’d love to have you in the studio to discuss them!  Contact me at kinvarafm@gmail.com putting The Western Skyline in the subject line. Or tweet @kinvarafm
Image © Karen McDonnell

The Western Skyline Podcast 07 October 2017

Hi guys!

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!

 

 

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!