The Western Skyline Podcast 12 August 2017

Beara sunset from the cabin. © Karen McDonnell

I’d a lovely time in the studio on Saturday, chatting to local artist Christopher Banahan about a pop up exhibition at his house next weekend. There will be lots of artwork to celebrate the Cruinniu na mBad Festival which takes place in Kinvara on 19/20th August. And Kinvara FM 92.4fm will be live at the pier. We hope to remain dry!

Art by Christopher Banahan

Also on this podcast, a poem from Anne Tannam’s most recent collection: ‘Tides Shifting Across My Living Room Floor’, published by Salmon Poetry. Find out more here.

Hope you enjoy the mix of music! Comments and requests are always welcome.




Trekking Through Laurel Canyon – on the Western Skyline

My solo radio show on on May 27 was inspired by an article in Vanity Fair by Lisa Robinson. You can read ‘An Oral History of Laurel Canyon’  here.

laurel canyon

This time around on the Western Skyline, I journeyed to Laurel Canyon of the 60s and 70s and played tracks by Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash and others.

You can listen to the show here:

The playlist is below:

For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield,  Buffalo Springfield 1966 Atco Records

Monday, Monday – The Mamas & Papas, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears 1966 Dunhill Records

A Case of You – Joni Mitchell, Blue 1971 Warner Bros. Records

Woodstock – Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Dejá Vu 1970 Atlantic Recording Corp.

Cathedral – Crosby Stills  & Nash, CSN Greatest Hits 1977, 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp.

Carey  – Joni Mitchell,  Blue 1971 Warner Bros. Records

Home Again – Carole King, Tapestry 1971 Ode Records

I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King, Tapestry 1971 Ode Records

Earlybird – The Eagles, Eagles 1972 Asylum Records

Marrakesh Express – Crosby Stills & Nash, CSN Greatest Hits 1977, 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp.


Western Skyline – with Karen McDonnell

bothy band

From now on I will broadcast my solo shows with Wild Atlantic Waves Radio under the programme title Western Skyline. Most likely, each show will have a different theme.

So, here is the first one – a selection of Irish traditional and ‘prog. trad’ music: some of the finest musicians in the world.

Listen to Clannad, Planxty, The Chieftains, Horslips, Martin Hayes and many of the people with whom he collaborates.

The chieftains stamp

Hope you enjoy the show as much as I did compiling it.

And, if you wonder about a reference to Marilyn Moroe on the sign off – we had a live Happy Birthday sung for our Chris in the studio. I edited that out of the podcast!


Clannad: Brian Boru’s March – ‘Clannad’ 2014 Spectrum Music

Planxty: As I Roved Out – ‘The Well Below the Valley’ 2005 Shanachie Records

Planxty & Bill Whelan: Timedance Eurovision 1981 Interval Act – see youtube

The Chieftains & Sting: Mo Ghile Mear (excerpt) – ‘The Long Black Veil’ 1995 BMG Music

The Chieftains: Carolan’s Concerto – ‘The Essential Chieftains’ 2006 BG Intl

The Bothy Band: The Kesh/Give us a drink of water… – ‘Bothy Band Live’ 1994 Windsong Intl

The Bothy Band: Farewell to Erin – ‘Bothy Bank Live’ 1994 Windsong Intl

Horslips: Dearg Doom – ‘The Táin’ 1973 RCA (UK)

Martin Hayes: The Star of Munster – ‘Martin Hayes’ 1992 Green Linnet

Martin Hayes & Denis Cahill: Martin Rochford’s/The Green Gowned Lass – ‘Live in Seattle’ 1999 Green Linnet

The Gloaming: Samhradh Samhradh – ‘The Gloaming’ 2011 prod. T Bartlett.