On The Western Skyline – a film music special:
Most featured composer: Thomas Newman. Music also from films by Quentin Tarantino, and composers Gabriel Yared, Hans Zimmer. And, a Mozart aria sung by Renée Fleming & Cecilia Bartoli, and a Verdi theme arranged by Jean- Claude Petit.
Some local arts news, and new of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature.
This is one to enjoy by the fire with a cuppa, or a glass of wine.
Our second look at this season of Live-Screened Events at the Eye Cinema, Galway.
The Western Skyline takes in opera, ballet, theatre, and art exhibitions.
For full details go to www.eyecinema.ie
Music on the show includes Wagner, Verdi, Gounod, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Thomas Arne, and Prokofiev. And some wonderful singing!
Here, I’m joined on The Western Skyline by Aoife Reilly, a writer living and working in Co. Galway. Aoife chats about her writing process and reads poems from her pamphlet ‘Lilac & Gooseberries’, which is published by Lapwing Press. You can read more about her here: https://aoifereilly.com/ It was great to have a live reading in the studio!
Some Arts news also on the show, and music from Coldplay, Keith, The Monkees, Bruce Hornsby & the Range, Carole King, and Bob Dylan.
This was a first for me on the show – featuring a complete musical work. I hope you enjoy the result.
A special on The Western Skyline – a programme devoted to Gránuaile, or Grace O’Malley. Featuring the Gránuaile Suite composed by Shaun Davey and sung by Rita Connolly, with a 32 piece orchestra, Donal Lunny and Liam Óg O’Flynn. The suite takes us through Grace’s life from childhood to the meeting with another great woman of her age – Elizabeth l – to an ending, back on the coast of Mayo.
Check out this site run by Grace’s biographer, Anne Chambers: http://www.graceomalley.com/
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!