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!
On this The Western Skyline – a great chat with guest Nutan, an artist living and working in Kinvara, with a new exhibition of work. Also in the studio – musician and theatre performer Steve Johnston who has launched a new CD. We hear a track, ‘To Chelsea Bridge’, and he performs ‘Kinvara’ live in studio, accompanied by his wife Helen Lane – an artist and collaborator with Steve in their theatre work. Thanks a million to my guests!
Plus other music and arts news
A live outside broadcast of The Western Skyline on the Saturday of the mighty Cruinniú na mBád Festival in Kinvara – complete with crying babies and the sound of turf being offloaded from the Galway Hookers at the pier outside our studio!
There are interviews with Gráinne, Claire, and Anna – three of the young artists showing work over at the Courthouse Gallery in the village. Also a discussion with Lily Johnston about KAVA artists’ work which is on display around the village during the Festival. And Paul Crowley joins me to talk everything ‘Cruinniú’ as the Galway Hooker boats edge into the harbour. The grace and beauty of the boats has to be seen to be truly appreciated.
Music from two featured albums – Shaun Davey’s ‘Granuaile Suite’ and La Bottine Souriante’s ‘La Traversée de l’Atlantique. Plus vocals from Rita Connolly.
Yes – it’s a very LIVE Western Skyline this week!!!
No battle of the bands here on The Western Skyline – just an hour of The Beatles & The Rolling Stones … with a minimum of chat or news, for once! Hope at least a few of YOUR favourites appear on the playlist:
Revolution, As Tears Go By, Eleanor Rigby, Ruby Tuesday, Martha My Dear, Rocky Racoon, Play With Fire, The Fool on the Hill, In My Life, Paint It Black, With a Little Help from My Friends, All You Need is Love, It’s All Over Now, Angie, For No One, Tomorrow Never Knows, Waiting On A Friend.
And damn those gremlins … they got at Eleanor Rigby – the poor aul’ gal. I’ll play it in full soon – I promise! I’ve left the gremlins in this podcast … it’s all part of the live experience on The Western Skyline!
Lots of Arts news, and the music on the Western Skyline is from films and musicals.
Info about Cruinniú na nóg – a national day of creativity for children; art at the Russell Gallery; comedy and theatre in Galway; congrats to Mike McCormack on winning the International Dublin Literary Award with his novel Solar Bones; details about a conference on the ‘Big House’ happening at the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna; a preview of the Sidney Nolan exhibition and symposium at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan; and a tribute to the Irish poet Macdara Woods who died the night before the show was broadcast.
MUSIC from shows and films including Chicago, the War of the Worlds, Cabaret, Toy Story, Django Unchained, Gangs of New York, The Great Gatsby, and others …
A blend of World Music and the best of the Irish tradition, with theatre and art news, and a lowdown of what’s happening this bank holiday weekend at the Cuckoo Fleadh here in Kinvara. Plus poems with a cuckoo theme.
Music includes Ali Farka & Ry Cooder, Alain Stivell, Andy Irvine in collaboration with Paul Brady, Davy Spillane and a host of Irish & Eastern European musicians, Boubacar Traore, Clannad, and finale from De Dannan.
I really enjoyed putting this set together – I hope you like it!
Tonii Kelly of Guaire Magazine joined me in studio today with an update on their children’s writing competition, and deadlines. Workshops have taken place during the winter and the closing date for the competition is 20 April. Full details and entry forms at guaire.org
Also on the show – news of ballet, theatre, gigs and concerts around Galway and Ennis, with more info on exhibitions in Kinvara.
Plus music from The Black-eyed Peas, Robert Palmer, Aimee Mann, The Script, The Beautiful South, Roxy Music, Rufus Wainwright, and Rickie Lee Jones.
Thanks for listening!