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 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 26 August 2017

Another podcast from my show with Kinvara FM. And we’re live on air now at 92.4fm  .


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 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 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 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


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!

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 – put The Western Skyline in the subject line.
Hope you enjoy the music!

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!

The Western Skyline – Woody Allen’s Music


The Western Skyline – Woody Allen’s Music

First broadcast on on 30 July 2015

Thanks to my friends and family, and to the listeners who contacted the show via Twitter, and Facebook. And thanks to Sinéad, Tom, Peadar, Gerry & Heather – the people who gave radioheads like me the chance to create, broadcast and podcast my shows. And to the GRETB radioheads … it’s been a blast guys!

Thank you all. X

So: the final show from this series of The Western Skyline on Wild Atlantic Waves Radio …  … The music of Woody Allen’s films, plus a track from the man himself; no mean player of New Orleans jazz clarinet. Check out the documentary film about Allen, his films, and music: Wild Man Blues 

You can listen to the podcast of the show here, and the playlist is below.

The Western Skyline: Woody Allen’s Music  

First broadcast 10.30-11.30am on  30 July 2015


Track Name: Theme from the Purple Rose of Cairo

Complete Work Name: Same [Purple Rose of Cairo soundtrack]

Composer: Dick Hyman

Album Title: House of Pianos

Record Label: Arbors Records 2015

Duration: 02.09

Track Name: Dancing Cheek to Cheek

Complete Work Name: Same [Purple Rose of Cairo soundtrack]

Performer: Fred Astaire

Album Title: Songs from Woody Allen Films: compilation

Record Label: WNTS 2011 (Spotify)

Duration: 03.16

Laaa di daaa  (Note Annie's clothes!)
Laaa di daaa
(Note Annie’s clothes!)

Track Name: Moonglow

Complete Work Name: Same [Annie Hall soundtrack]

Orchestra: Artie Shaw & his orchestra

Album Title: Songs from Woody Allen Films: compilation

Record Label: WNTS 2011 (Spotify)

Duration: 03.20

Manhattan film

Track Name: Rhapsody in Blue

Complete Work Name: Opening scene of Manhattan/ Voicover by Woody Allen

Composer: George Gershwin

Orchestra: New York Philharmonic

Downloaded from YouTube

Duration: 03.42

Martin Landau & Woody Allen
Martin Landau & Woody Allen

Track Name: String quartet No.15. Excerpt from the 1st Movement Allegro Molto Moderato

Complete Work Name: String Quartet in G Major #15 D887 [Crimes & Misdemeanours]

Composer: Schubert

Orchestra: Artemis Quartet

Album Title: Schubert Quartets 13,14,15

Record Label: Virgin Classics

Duration: 04.21

Track Name:  Gymnopedie #3

Complete Work Name: Les Gymnopedies  [Another Woman soundtrack]

Composer: Eric Satie

Orchestr: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Pianist: Philippe Entremont

Album Title: Woody Allen Classics

Record Label:

Duration: 03.25

Radio Days - Joe's family ©
Radio Days – Joe’s family

Track Name: In the Mood

Complete Work Name: Same [Radio Days soundtrack]

Composer: Glenn Miller

Orchestra: The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Conductor: Glenn Miller

Album Title: Songs from Woody Allen Films

Record Label: WNTS 2011 (Spotify)

Duration: 03.29

Radio Days - New Year's Eve 1944: The Masked Avenger & Sally ( post-elocution lessons!)
Radio Days – New Year’s Eve 1944: The Masked Avenger & Sally ( post-elocution lessons!)

Track Name:  If I didn’t care

Complete Work Name: same [Radio Days soundtrack]

Orchestra: The Ink Spots

Album Title: Songs from Woody Allen Films

Record Label: WNTS 2011 (Spotify)

Duration: 02.56

Allen directing Dianne Wiest, Mia Farrow & Barbara Hershey in Hannah & Her Sisters
Allen directing Dianne Wiest, Mia Farrow & Barbara Hershey in Hannah & Her Sisters

Track Name:  Largo (excerpt)

Complete Work Name: Concerto #5 in F Minor [Hannah & Her Sisters]

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Orchestra: London Strings

Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner

Album Title:

Record Label: Sony BMG

Duration: 03.10

Midnight in Paris

Track Name: La Conga Blicoti

Complete Work Name: same [Midnight in Paris]

Singer: Josephine Baker

Album Title: Songs from Woody Allen Films

Record Label: WNTS 2011 (Spotify)

Duration: 02.18

Woody - Wild Man Blues

Track Name: Come On and Stomp Stomp Stomp

Complete Work Name: Same [Wild Man Blues documentary]

Orchestra: Woody Allen & Band incl. Eddy Davis

Album Title: Wild Man Blues

Record Label: BMG Entertainment 1998

Duration: 04.43


The Western Skyline – Classical Choruses (& Gremlins)

It’s not often one gets to co-host a show with gremlins. But on our penultimate day in the studio, it happened to me.

Gremlins messing with the music, Man!
Gremlins messing with the music, Man!

Today, the beginning of the show had lovely music, interspersed with …

… silence!

Direct sunlight on the presenter’s fade button meant that while it looked like everything was ticketty boo, in fact I was just talking to myself. Listeners could hear the music, however – which was the most important part of the programme.

Consequently, this show opens directly with the first track, Allegri’s Miserere Mei – all 11 minutes 52 seconds of it.

Sheet Music Allegri's Miserere

Sheet Music: Allegri’s Miserere

Here is a link to a documentary from Lyric FM about the Miserere. It won a bronze medal at this year’s New York Festival -Radio.

Yup, you’re not hearing things.The third track? It is the music from the Eurovision – but Charpentier preferred to call it Te Deum!

I pick up the narrative after the fourth track: Mozart’s Requiem is my Desert Island disc – especially this recording conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

Below is the podcast of the show and a full playlist. Feel free to leave comments!

The Western Skyline – Classical Choruses – First broadcast on 10.30 -11.30am Wednesday 29 July 2015:



Track Name: Miserere Mei

Complete Work Name: Miserere Mei

Composer: Gregorio Allegri

Choir:    The Sixteen

Orchestra:  with the Gabrielli Consort & the choir of Kings College Cambridge


Album Title: Allegri Miserere: Tallis: Lamentation of Jeremiah, & other Renaissance Masterpieces

Record Label: Decca Virtuoso 2011

Duration: 11.52

Track Name: Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting Alone

Complete Work Name: Same

Composer: John Farmer

Choir: The Kings Singers

Orchestra: The Consort of Musicke


Album Title: The Madrigal Mystery Tour

Record Label: EMI 1989

Duration: 01.11

 Track Name: Te Deum , Laudamus, Te Aeternum Patrem

Complete Work Name: Te Deum

Composer: Marc Antoine Charpentier  H146

Choir: Le Poeme Harmonique, Capella Claco Viensis

Soloist: Benoit Arnould

Conductor: Vincent Dumestre

Album Title: (Live recording) La Chappelle Royale du Chateau de Versailles

Record Label: Alpha Productions 2013

Duration: 06.20

Mozart Requiem image

 Track Name: Communio, Lux Aeterna

Complete Work Name: Requiem in D Minor, K.626

Composer: W A Mozart ( completed by Franz Xaver Sussmeyer)

Soloists: Wiener Singeren & Anna Tomowa-Sintow

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic

Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

Album Title: Mozart, Requiem

Record Label: Deutshe Grammophon GmBH 1976/1988

Duration: 06.03

Track Name: In Paradisum

Complete Work Name: Requiem in D Minor, Opus 48

Composer: Gabriel Fauré

Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Choir: Choir of Kings College Cambridge

Conductor: Stephen Cleobury

Album Title: Fauré Requiem & Mese Basse

Record Label: Choir Kings College 2014

Duration: 03.10

 Track Name: Thine Own of Thine Own

Complete Work Name: Liturgy of St John Chrysostem in C Major, Opus 41

Composer: Pytor Tchaikovsky

Choir & Orchestra: USSR Ministry & Culture State Chamber Choir  (live recording)

Conductor: Valery Polyansky

Album Title: Liturgy of St John Chrysostem

Record Label: FSU ‘Firma Melodie’ 2011

Duration: 03.54

Shostakovich Choral Music
Shostakovich Choral Music

Track Name: I told my sweetheart

Complete Work Name:  Ten Russian Folk Songs

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

Choir & Orchestra: Chorus of the Moscow Academy of Choral Art

Conductor: Victor Popov       Piano: Tatyana Kravchenko

Album Title: Shostakovich: Choral Music

Record Label: Brillian Classics 2013   (1999 National Music Publishers, Russian Federation)

Recorded in the Small Hall, Moscow Conservatory  Jan-Apr 1998

Duration: 04.08

 Track Name: Song for Athene

Complete Work Name: Song for Athene

Composer: John Taverner

Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge

Conductor: Christopher Robinson

Album Title: Taverner: Song for Athene/Svyati

Record Label: Naxos 2000

Duration: 05.21

 Track Name:  Adhaan – The Muslim Call to Prayer

Complete Work Name: The Armed Man

Composer: Religious – traditional

Muzzein: Mohammed Gad

Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Karl Jenkins

Album Title: The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace

Record Label: Virgin Records 2001

Duration: 01.56

 Track Name: L’Homme Armé

Complete Work Name: The Armed Man

Composer: Karl Jenkins

Choir: National Youth Choir of Great Britain

Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Karl Jenkins

Album Title: The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace

Record Label: Virgin Records 2001

Duration: 06.00