Mags Brehony came into studio to chat to me on The Western Skyline about Kinvara’s mini festival in solidarity with the poets and people of Nicaragua. Also on the show: music by Anastacia, Big Country, Destiny’s Child, Sigrid and others. Plus some arts news. Keep informed – check out what’s happening in Nicaragua; what caused the cancellation of their poetry festival for the first time in its history.
Hard to believe that this was already end of the first month of 2019: Opening with Dave Brubeck, the show continues with a chat with Sinéad Moylan about the upcoming fundraiser for Kinvara Community Creche. Mic problems presented themselves, but hand-held-mic skills were brought into play and the show went on!
Arts News as usual, with tracks from Peter, Paul & Mary, Lulu, Roger Miller, Petula Clark, Andy Williams, Dusty Springfield, Roy Orbison and Duffy. Some classics never die!
An all female line-up on this The Western Skyline podcast.
Easing into 2019 with our featured artist Joni Mitchell: Tracks include Carey, Amelia, Come in from the Cold, Both Sides Now. With a bit of news from the Arts, and songs from Marianne Faithful, Suzanne Vega, Marlene Diertrich, Edith Piaf, The McGarrigle sisters, Kirsty McColl, Madeleine Peyroux, and the Dixie Chicks.
It was a pleasure to put this set together. Hope you enjoy it!
A special to welcome in 2019: a mix of new year songs and comedy clips relating to Hell, technology, needing your Ma when the weather and the flu sets in, The Great War, the British & the EU. The featured album is David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, but there are also tracks from ABBA, Cat Stevens, Ella Fitzgerald, Dan Fogelburg, U2, & Taylor Swift. There’s a mix!! Thanks for listening in 2018. Here’s to a great 2019 for us all.
On the show Kieran O’Halloran tells us about a new Open Mic venue in Ballyvaughan, there’s news of Christmas concerts around the area, new exhibitions, and a few bookish ideas for Christmas gifts! And we pay tribute to two treasures in the Irish music world – Alex Finn, and Micheál Ó Súilleabháin.
On The Western Skyline this week – my guests Tonii Kelly and Chris Banahan discuss the process of editing, and book illustration – in this case, the bi-annual journal ‘Guaire’, and Aine Kelly’s new book of short stories.
Plus good music, news of local art exhibitions, a children’s competition, and a special shout out for Chris Droney – trad musician extraordinaire who celebrated his 90th birthday with a big bash at Glor in Ennis!
This Western Skyline takes a look at all the offerings ‘Live in the Cinema’: Operas, Ballets, Theatre, Art exhibitions – with music from some of 2018-2019 season’s best-loved works.
Also ‘Remorse’, a poem by Siegfried Sassoon, – to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice – followed by Leontyne Price singing the Miserere from Il Trovatore.
And we remember the wonderful soprano Monserrat Caballe, who died in October.
The Western Skyline is full of razzamatazz! Quincy Jones, The Pointer Sisters, Prince, Genesis, Sisters Sledge, The Righteous Brothers, Queen & David Bowie, Rick Astley, Robbie Williams. As well as our arts news: KAM; Adventure Talks; Frank Pig Says Hello – 25 years on; Rough Magic; Paul Brady; Mongolian musicians …
Lads, what more could you want??? Even I was dancing in the studio!
The Western Skyline was delighted to welcome back writer Marion Cox to the show – this time as the administrator of the Lady Gregory-Yeats Autumn Gathering at Coole Park. Lots of info about this year’s programme, plus a lovely reading by Marion of one of Yeats’s poems about Major Robert Gregory. The Gathering takes place from 28-30 September, in Gort, Coole Park, Kiltartan, and Thoor Ballylee.
Plus a quick look at local events on Culture Night which takes place on Friday 21st. And great music – of course! Hope you enjoy the show.
Photo: Autumn Leaves (c) Karen J McDonnell