Sunday, December 30, 2012

What’s that you’re watching? Philip Barrett’s finished comix take on The Vision Service, a radio fairy tale of the arrival of television in Ireland. The new Drama on One producion is broadcast tonight, Sunday, December 30th, 8pm, RTE Radio 1.

And online here.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Above is Philip Barrett’s comix “trailer” for radio drama, The Vision Service, an alternative history of the arrival of television in Ireland, written by Luke Clancy and produced by Kevin Brew. It stars Sue Collins, as the storyteller, alongside Aoife Duffin, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Amy Conroy, Steve Blount, Mikel Murfi, Enda Oates, Rory Nolan, Pádraic Delaney and Joe Taylor. 


You can hear/download it here: http://www.rte.ie/drama/radio/genres-comedy-thevisionservice.html

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Among the legacies of 20th century American composer Alfred Burt are a set of 15 carols, currently being revived by The Cork Chamber Choir. Nicki Ffrench Davis who sings with the choir, tells us of the short but productive life of the composer, who died when just 33.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Caught one more time, up on Cyprus Avenue…with music historian, Stuart Bailie, in search of some East Belfast locations made famous in the music of Van Morrison. (Part 2 of 2)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Conquered in a car seat. We go for a ride with Stuart Bailey, head of Belfast’s Oh Yeah music centre — and an oracle of the city’s geography as seen through the songs of Van Morrison. (part 1 of 2)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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Incredible instrument eating boy, Conor Mitchell, on adapting and scoring the Belfast stage version of the Oliver Jeffers The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Monday, December 17, 2012

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Let freedom ring! Culture File takes to the rooftops with Kristian Marken, unofficial Keeper of the Smock Alley Theatre’s storied bell.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Columnist and comedian, Anne Gildea, talks to Luke Clancy about the season’s joys and pains

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Knitting a Rothko and other extreme knitting projects, with “performance knitter” Rachel Gomme.

This here is the brilliant Phil Barrett’s comix take on our “When Hitch Met O’Casey” feature by Liam Geraghty, which you can listen to here. Now, look over there (on the right of the page) and click to follow us, then to win Phil’s original artwrk, just tweet this link: pic.twitter.com/y8pkX8xI

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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This time on Culture File the long lost story of what happened when Hitch met O’Casey. When Alfred Hitchcock came to Sean O’Casey’s place for dinner, it was not the start of a beautiful friendship. But their meeting may have sown the seeds of something more important.

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"I’m only know two places: Dublin and the Internet" says our guest this time, Mumblin Deaf Ro, who has released one of the most beautifully poignant, soulful and sweet albums of 2012 in Dictionary Crimes.

Monday, December 10, 2012

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"I’m only known two places: Dublin and the Internet" says our guest this time, Mumblin Deaf Ro, who has released one of the most beautifully poignant, soulful and sweet albums of 2012 in Dictionary Crimes

Friday, December 7, 2012

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Unpretentious, anonymous, and without monetary value - everything the world of contemporary art isn’t. The Douglas Hyde Gallery ‘s John Hutchinson explains the charms of the gallery’s current show of some 200 handcrafted bags from Iran.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

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Lars Von Trier’s latest bizarre movie premise involves creating a “social network” film, enlisting hundreds of directors around the world to contribute short sections to a film now showing in Copenhagen.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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The strange case of Fr. Conefrey and the war on jazz, is part of the story of the music’s troubled past in Ireland, told in a new documentary, Out with Paganism… and all that Jazz, presented by jazz vocalist, Christine Tobin. The documentary airs in the Lyric Feature on RTE lyricfm Friday 7th December at 7.00pm

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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Even iTunes can’t give us the definitive insight into what has tweens and pre-tweens on their feet in 2012. That job rests with the Panto. Claire Tighe and Aidan Mannion of Theatreworx tell us about song selection and their “panto boot camp”.

Monday, December 3, 2012

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The much longer and basically raw version of our conversation with Aisling Kelliher on Millennials and the spotting industry they’ve accidentally spawned.

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How much faith should we put in “studies” of “Millennials”? Prof Aisling Kelliher on generational markers and markets. And if you are looking for Eric Hoover’s terrific article mentioned in the piece, The Millennial Muddle, there it is.

Friday, November 30, 2012

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Mark Cantan, the writer behind Rough Magic’s latest comedy, Jezebel, explains why the best training for writing farce maybe a degree in mathematics.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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Michael Haneke’s latest film Amour? Do I really have to see it? If the prospect is simply too much for you, give us 5 minutes and we’ll save you the trouble. (NB: It’s actually more like 7, but you’re still saving hours!)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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How do you get from the Lewis Street to the Ulster Museum? The winding route of painter, John Luke, in a new Belfast exhibition of the Ulster Modernist

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Didn’t have time in the end to hear Ronan on the rice-filled balloons…so here they are in all their hissy glory.

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One of 10 young Irish musicians making a mentored debut with the RTE NSO this week is 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist and video blogger, Ronan Dikker.

19-year-old multi-instrumentalist and video blogger, Ronan Dikker, who runs the thisisprojectrebirth vlog. Which may or may not relate to percussion. And those are his rice filled balloons. 


He talks to us about the art of the percussionist here
And plays them rice-filled balloons here.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Artist John Byrne tells us about his “Good Works Art Service” a kind of contemporary art mass, which has its second coming at IMMA, in Dublin.

Friday, November 23, 2012

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In the third part of our Shetland visit, we take the ferry further North still this time, to Whalsay, one of the smaller islands, to meet the two Whalsay natives who guard the memory of poet, Hugh MacDiarmid’s escape to their island. (3 of 3)



For more about Shetland, visit http://www.visitscotland.com/creative

Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Cerys Matthews flies her explosively eclectic new project to 60 degrees North* (That’s Lerwick, in Shetland, by the way) (2 of 3).



For more about Shetland, visit http://www.visitscotland.com/creative

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Northwards ho, for the opening of the Mareel Arts Centre, on Shetland, a shimmering harbour-side venue that holds the title of these island’s most Northerly arts centre. (1 of 3).


For more about Shetland, visit http://www.visitscotland.com/creative

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Culture File travels to 1960s San Francisco to uncover the story of Compton Cafeteria Riot, a tiny rising often eclipsed in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender) culture by the more famous, but later, Stonewall Riot.

Monday, November 19, 2012

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Tapeworm is a Berlin based label that aims to keep cassettes alive, by releasing all their material on cassette. And only on cassette. Tapeworm in chief, Philip Marshall, explains why

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Can you dance ballet in an Aran jumper? Former pupils of Joan Denise “Miss” Moriarty remember a dance pioneer.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Say ‘hi!’ to 18 year old cellist, Sinead O’Halloran, winner of Ireland’s largest classical music scholarship for post-primary schools, the Fr Frank Maher Music Awards sponsored by Top Security.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Since its earliest days, Black Metal has been as adept at generating lurid myths as making music. But, according to Nick Richardson, one of the contributors to Beyond The Darkness, a new study of the music and its aesthetic, the genre’s visual sophistication is often overlooked.

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Culture File joins a hybrid book club that meets at Dublin’s Lighthouse cinema to debate the hottest of topics: which was better, the book or the film?

Monday, November 12, 2012

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Do women design differently from men? A Design Week event in Dublin brings together three prominent design world women to attempt some answers to this question — while also bigging up women in design.

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Artist filmmaker, Luke Fowler, on adult education, elitism and The Late Late Show, as well as his film on historian, EP Thompson, The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcote.

Friday, November 9, 2012

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If Don Draper existed, American Modernist designer Paul Rand would be on his rollerdex. We visit a Dublin exhibition of “the designer’s designer” who gave everybody from IBM to Enron their logos.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

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The Women’s Institute as participatory art project? Don’t snort until you’ve met the Dalston Darlings, the Shoreditch Sisters, Gothic Valley WI, or Stoke-Newington WI.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Thomas Edison called it “The Eighth Wonder of the World” It completed the revolution that Gutenberg started. But now you can hardly pay someone to take one off your hands! Doug Wilson, director of Linotype: The Film tells us about the machine that kickstarted the Information Age.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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Say hello to Si Schroeder, experimental music maker and reluctant conscript into the standing army of Irish singer-songwriters.

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Take a walk with Guillaume Ollendorff, author of Berlin Sampler: From Cabaret to Techno: 1904-2012, through the wintry streets of Kreuzberg, to listen to the sound of the city.

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The long puppet roots of Anglo: The Musical, a shocking satire set in a mythical land filled with fools and their money, written by Paul “@RossOCK” Howard.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Bone up on the reproductive life of snails and Greek gods tonight — as well as the hidden connections between Domenico Ghirlandaio and the Thomson Twins — as we tour Alice Maher’s current IMMA exhibition in the company of the artist.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Exploring 17th century picture-in-picture technology with Velázquez expert, Peter Cherry and National Gallery of Ireland’s Kitchen Maid with the Supper at Emmaus (c.1617-1618)

"So I says to her ‘straighten them pots, or you’re out on your ear,’ and she says to me if you think I’m going to…" 
"Ssssssh! Watchit, Jesus, I think she’s listening.."


More/better readings of Velázquez @RTELyricFM, 6.40pm, October 31st, 2012. Or, failing that, just listen here!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Pssssst! Wanna come to a secret cinema? Culture file visits MORB, Dublin’s highly irregular horror film club.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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In case anyone wanted to take a wintery dérive on a Saturday afternoon in Berlin…Bitte sehr!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Each year the European Broadcasting Festival, the Prix Europa takes place in Berlin where awards are given to the best European Television, Radio and Online productions. This year Culture File has been nominated in the Radio Music category. All this week we feature extracts from the compilation submitted to the awards that have been broadcast on Classic Drive over the past 12 months.

Friday, October 19, 2012

If you were totally/a bit curious to see Monotype Corporation Series 121 Colm Cille (after you’d heard this) then, here ya go!

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Early instruments collector and player, Laoise O Brien, on musical nursery rhymes and the stranger danger of old Europe.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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A little bit Xtra from our interview with type historian, Dermot McGuinne, curator of a new exhibition on Irish typography and the rise and fall of Colm Cille. Here, he tells the story of how Elizabeth I may have commissioned the first type for use in Irish language printing.

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Dermot McGuinne, curator of a new exhibition at the National Print Museum, on Irish typography and the rise and fall of the fount they call Monotype corporation series 121 Colm Cille.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Turning sciobs into poetry and poetry into skibs, with Galway-based basket artist and willow farmer, Joe Hogan

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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The background artist hogs the limelight in “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” - the autobiography of superstar extra, Harry ‘Aitch’ Fielder.

Monday, October 15, 2012

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Our regular tech correspondent Aisling Kelliher, of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design, on a new wave of devices to promote intimacy over the internet.

Friday, October 12, 2012

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Graffiti Classics’ Cathal O’Duill’s talks about building a multi-company outfit, his father, Irish TV legend, Brendan, and taking his street quartet into the theatre.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

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2012 Turner Prize nominee, Luke Fowler, on adult education, elitism and the Late Late Show, as well as his latest film on historian, EP Thomson.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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MacGyver, the former cult TV hero and IED maven, is making his comeback via a new comic book from Cork artist, Will Sliney.

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Vienna-based Japanese counter-tenor, Daichi Fujiki bringing his unearthly voice to "King David" by Herbert Howells.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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hypervocal:



“Call Me Maybe” Without Music


Another “Call Me Maybe” parody? HAHAHA YOU THOUGHT IT WAS OVER! But actually, it’s exactly what we wanted! To watch Carly Rae Jepsen roll off a car and get a concussion without any of that pesky music in the way. And maybe also to watch Tattoo Guy take off his shirt (with sound effects!).


These just get better and better. See also: the bizarre, hilarious “Gangnam Style” Without Music.




without a song, what would life be? Slightly improved?

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Listening for Howells (and Bach and Mahler and Gluck) among the tombstones, with Japanese counter-tenor, Daichi Fujiki.

Monday, October 8, 2012

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Audio historian, Jonathan Sterne, on why piracy is the wrong word for unauthorised music downloading; and how the tech behind mp3 is helping drive an advertising revolution.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

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The running time of a CD has little to do with that of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, according to Media historian, Jonathan Sterne, who has some far more obvious explanations.

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Media historian, Jonathan Sterne, author of MP3 The Meaning of A Format, on the gruesome experiments that form part of the history of digital music.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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Wanna come play in the “Spectrum Playground”? Filling The White Spaces, a conference at Dublin’s Science Gallery, gathers pioneers who want encourage clever uses of soon to be freed-up radio frequencies in Ireland.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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In Tromluí Phinocchio / Pinocchio’s Nightmare, Galway’s Moonfish theatre company lay on a bilingual and thoroughly unplugged version of the fibber classic, with the tale stripped back to its dark and scary basics.

Monday, October 1, 2012

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Why treating scientology as a religion might be good for everyone, with Prof Hugh Urban, author of “The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion”.

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Einojuhani Rautavaara: to some he’s the master of Finnish music, to others, a pronunciation pole vault. Guess which camp our guest this time, Finnish violinist, Pekka Kuusisto falls into?

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How do you follow a show involving reading aloud F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby over the course of 8 hours? By taking from the shelf a copy of The Sun Also Rises, of course. John Collins of Elevator Repair Company explains.

Friday, September 28, 2012

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When Rodin Met GBS…there was nudity involved. Curator, Logan Sisley on the great French sculptor’s bust of the Irish writer.

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One or two things you didn’t know about putting on Wagner, including the importance of the pee-plot, with stage manager, Julia Carson-Sims, of Wide Open Opera’s production of Tristan und Isolde

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How to survive in the Joycean feeding Frenzy, with Michael West, who has co-adapted the just-out-of-copyright short story collection, Dubliners.

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Bessie Burgess and Mrs Gogan remember to breathe as they fight over a pram in the final part of Culture File’s very own Abbey (backstage) Trilogy.

Friday, September 21, 2012

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Violinist Lara St John on the best motto a young performer can be taught: When All Else Fails, Lower Your Standards.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Violinist Lara St John is mystified about the ongoing problems musicians have getting their (often extremely expensive) instruments on board aeroplanes.


The full interview with Lara, about her concert debut (aged 4!) her love of polka, and the importance of the motto “If all else fails, lower your standards” is on Culture File, 6.40pm, Thursday, 20th September, 2012, on RTE Lyric FM at 6pm. And on this tumblr ever after.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Prowling the alleys with the ne’er-do-wells and rakes of “Tribes Alive” Paraic Breathnach’s dramatic walking tour of Galway’s old city.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Can a composer possibly be pleased when someone says their music works very well in the background? Possibly, maybe, says Sam Jackson, a composer best known for his work with Druid Theatre Company.

Monday, September 17, 2012

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How to turn a 1,500,000-word novel into a 50-minute show, with the creators of Souvenir, an entry-level pass at Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past.

Friday, September 14, 2012

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Follow us to Finglas, where we sniff out the National Theatre’s Costume Hire department, where garments from scores of previous productions are cared for; and where we find a rather becoming hat.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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As hundreds of green theatrical talents are getting their first tastes of crappy reviews and stagefright at Dublin Fringe Festival, we meet some who are taking a slightly less extreme-sport route to stagecraft, via community theatre.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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Ken Thompson, sculptor and master-baker, on career options and carving.

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Simon Reynold’s Skypes in for an attempt to explain the rise and rise of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in the United States.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Made this list a little while back in response to an RTE Guide request for Culture File’s favourite tunes. Surely it’s time to put it up here


1   Don Rendell & Ian Carr Quintet – Blue Mosque - Shades of Blue


Rather than wondering what my favourite tunes were, I looked them up on last.fm, which is a great service for telling you what you really like, ie, keeping track of which songs you actually play the most. And apparently, best of all I like this piece of 1960s British jazz, originally crate-crawled by Giles Peterson.


2   Iron & Wine – Sunset Soon Forgotten - Our Endless Numbered Days


What these songs mostly have in common is that they are slow and easy enough to be on my random go-to-sleep playlist. Actually that playlist often turns up some possibly unsetting tunes, like this one, which seems to be about death and grief. But is lovely for all that.


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Van Morrison did it, and so have Pixies. Latest to commit to performing an album in its entirety is Kíla singer and songwriter, Rónán Ó Snodaigh, who is set to perform all of five of his solo albums in a series of concerts in Dublin’s Whelan’s.

Monday, September 10, 2012

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Have you seen Billy? Run into Gorm? We join audience members as they assemble (forgive us!) for the first night of Flatpack, an opera with a libretto composed entirely of Ikea product names.

Friday, September 7, 2012

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But what’s Mrs Clitheroe wearing? Creating the audio descriptions for The Abbey’s production of an O’Casey classic.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

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'Shut up And Play The Hits' is a concert documentary of a now famous night when the ultimate cool kids band, the LCD Soundsytem, played their farewell gig at Madison Square Garden, New York City. We relive the night of the greatest gig ever…

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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Additional material from Luke’s conversation with mathematics’s author, Dana Mackenzie in which they talk about the work of Irish maths giant, William Hamilton. (Part 4 of 3. Ha-ha!)

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They move in mysterious ways. Dana Mackenzie explains how financial derivatives resemble gas molecules, and the mistake at the heart of the financial world’s most important formula. (Part 3 of 3)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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How whale geometry scooped Einstein by several millennia, and a short history of the apparently uncontroversial equation: 1 + 1 = 2, with author, Dana Mackenzie. (Part 2 of 3)

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In our Back to School special, Dana Mackenzie, author of The Universe in Zero Words, explores where — and why — maths and culture meet. (Part 1 of 3)

Friday, August 31, 2012

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Cork French Film Festival’s Paul Callanan edited some images to go with our episode on The Passion of Joan of Arc. Wonder who’ll take up the challenge… 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

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What do you do with other hand? Ivan Ilic, who has followed a tiny elite of pianists who have recorded Leopold Godowsky’s Chopin studies for left-handed piano, talks about that eccentric, yet persistent genre. (part 1 of 2)

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Pianist, Ivan Ilic, best known for his acclaimed recording of Godowsky’s left handed Chopin studies, tells how he fell under the spell of 20th century master, Morton Feldman. (part 2 of 2)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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Rebooting a night at the opera, with Ergodos composer-director, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly.

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I say: “street art!” You say: “vandalism!” A new walking tour of Dublin’s, ahem, unauthorised graphic interventions helps us with our little debate.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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It’s never simple to sort out the proportions of serious v comic content in the work of Belfast artist, John Byrne; and it doesn’t get any easier in his latest, an art church service — with art hymns — for Cavan Cathedral.


In this report, Elaine Agnew is mentioned in connection with the music. Her part was in scoring the music for John Byrne, who wrote both music and lyrics for the art hymns.

Friday, August 10, 2012

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The art of going to church: Artists, Alanna O’Kelly and John Byrne (soloists) with the Palestrina Choir, under conductor, Blanaid Murphy, in rehearsals for ‘Good Works’ Art Mass, singing Enlightenment, with words by Byrne and music by Elaine Agnew.

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Do you do “The Slosh”? Incorrigible dancers, Joan and Christie McCarthy, on the perennial appeal of the tea dance and the dance craze that has the nation’s over-55s in its thrall.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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What’s this? A Celtic supergroup that doesn’t feature Martin Hayes or Caoimhin O Raghallaigh? Scottish Mouth music specialist, Alyth McCormack on her part as one of the 14 musicians in a new collective, Dán.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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Music with all the unpredictability of weather is one of the goals of Irish composer and incurable warranty-voider, Jonathan Nangle.

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Has performance art come of age again? Curator, Catherine Wood, shows us around The Tanks, Tate Modern’s brand new underground haven for live art. (3 of 3)

This gif is from a fantastic tumblr filled with Studio Ghibli minimations…so, oodles of nice Totoros, Chihiro etc. Hours of wonder.

Friday, August 3, 2012

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Bumped into Guardian art critic, Adrian Searle, on the ramp at Turbine Hall and we had a little chat about Tino Sehgal that wouldn’t squeeze into our report. So here it is… (2 of 3)

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Are you ready to merge? Tino Sehgal on why swarms are good, and his latest work at Tate Modern’s epic Turbine Hall, These Associations. (1of 3)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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Improbable Frequency and Alice in Funderland did it big’n’bold. But the renaissance in Irish musical also includes pocket-sized delights, like Kostick & Clohessy’s 45-minute, Pocket Music.

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Drone-shot video from Loitering Theatre* by Caroline Campbell and Nina McGowan.



*The work is named after a ‘next generation’ drone which has the wherewithal to ‘loiter’ in ‘theatre’ carrying out missions for five years without needing to take on fuel. And we’re not talking about The Abbey here. 

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Drone Art: A whole new meaning for the phrase “Hidden Ireland as Caroline Campbell & Nina McGowan bring their hovercopter work, Loitering Theatre, to Dublin’s Science Gallery.

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Giving Joan of Arc a voice, or at least a soundtrack: Paul Callanan and Irene Buckley on a new score for Dryer’s silent masterpiece.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

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WOMAD is having a 30 birthday party this year in a field in Wiltshire. And once more, the event has been programmed by Paula Henderson, the woman whose job is to scour the planet all year long to fill the festival’s program of music and culture from around the world.

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Tenderness, sleep and ecstasy, the frugality of needs and the pleasure of the senses are the prescription for “After The Future”. Italian critic and activist, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi on life on a dying planet.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Does it matter if the workshop window looks out on rolling hills or a car park, or even the main road from Limerick to Tralee? These and other questions answered in a new exhibition of Irish craft, My Place, in Liverpool.

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The first time Hauschka visited Iceland it was along with violinist, Hilary Hahn and on a mission: to start improvising and see what happened…spoiler alert: what happened was the CD, Silfra

Monday, July 23, 2012

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Everyone is welcome at the Dublin Comic Jam, where each month a brand new comic story is drawn collaboratively.

Friday, July 20, 2012

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Which would you rather be in an ideal free market, a goat or a human? Julian Gough’s neoliberal satire, The Great Goat Bubble, at Galway Arts Festival will possibly not help with your decision. But it could make you laugh.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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As the supernatural riff on folk song, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart gets to entertaining the Galway Arts Festival, we talk again to Prudencia herself, Madeleine Worrall.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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After a hiatus in which Rufus Wainwright wrote his first opera and performed a Judy Garland tribute show at Carnegie Hall, the Canadian singer, songwriter composer — and Garland impersonator — is back in pop game.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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For this year’s Galway Arts Festival, Crash Ensemble have commissioned dimmerswitch, a new work from one-time Virgin Prune, Daniel Figgis.

Monday, July 16, 2012

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They haven’t gone away you know…the WAGs. And to prove it, a new play on that very subject opens in Dublin called…W.A.G.

Friday, July 13, 2012

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Hip hop in the concert hall with Gabriel Prokofiev, Nonclassical founder and composer of a Concerto for Turntable and Orchestra. (Part 3 of 3)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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A disappointment at Blackheath prompts Gabriel Prokofiev, founder of the London-based Nonclassical organisation, to think again about where classical music should be played, and heard. (Part 2 of 3)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Come with us to meet Gabriel Prokofiev,the man who got club kids to mix with Penderecki freaks and the music of Xenakis with the sound of The XX. (Part 1 of 3)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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What a theatre artist might bring to - or indeed, take away from - the place where daily activity involved the search for ‘the god particle’, with That’s About The Size of It performer, Niamh Shaw.

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JELLY: Turns out, Beyonce was right. You can’t handle it. At least, not unless you do so with the kind of care for which 5 year olds are not known. Kids at the Jellytown event at the 2012 Kinsale Arts Week.

Hear the sound of breaking jelly, here on our Jellytown podcast

Photos: Peter Carroll

Monday, July 9, 2012

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The curators of The Skibbereen Museum of Miniatures explain the fine art of “brown paper packages tied up with strings”.

Friday, July 6, 2012

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Are you ready for this jelly? Architect, Peter Carroll reveals the hidden potential of jelly as a building material at Kinsale Arts Week.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

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Baton down the hatches! The storm is coming, in the shape of the hyperspeed verbals of Finglas rapper, Temper-Mental Misselayneous.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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Bring your Bartok pizz and your col legno if you’re planning a trip to The Dark Side of the Moon. The Trinity Orchestra tackle Pink Floyd’s classic album.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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What’s a traditional potter to do in the age of conceptual craft? We’re off on a kiln all-nighter with Mandy Parslow for some answers.

Monday, July 2, 2012

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Anyone for pie? A “data dining” experience, along with dozen of hacktivist workshops and open source lectures made up the Open Here festival at the Science Gallery, Dublin.

Friday, June 29, 2012

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What’s your handle, Handel? A short history of pseudonyms and the art of making a name for yourself, online and off.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Insect media theorist, Jussi Parrika, one of the contributors to this week’s open here conference in Dublin talks insects, ecology and media.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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Pianist Ivan Ilic on his discovery of the music of Morton Feldman and why he’d like to surprise play the composer’s music for fans of Brahms. (part 2 of 2)

Monday, June 25, 2012

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Pianist, Ivan Ilic unlocks the sinister secrets of left handed piano music, with some help from Chopin, Ravel and Godowsky. (Part 1 of 2)

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How Dublin artist Garrett Phelan enlisted thebell-ringersof the city’s two cathedrals to collaboate on his New Faith Love Song.

Friday, June 22, 2012

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The beauty of creaking escalators and the role of podcasts in the work of young Irish composers, with Dylan Rynhart and Emma O Halloran of The Irish Composers Collective

Thursday, June 21, 2012

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For the best improv music, just add some good friends, advises a current multi instrumentalist practitioner of the art, Sean Mac Erlaine.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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Come with us into the doctor’s waiting room where the painist plays every Thursday, with Prof Tim Lynch.

Monday, June 18, 2012

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Why have so many great musicians been struck with the neurlogical disorder, dystonia? Prof Steve Frucht on understanding and treating the condition.

Friday, June 15, 2012

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Is there a Facebook exodus underway? We hear about one person’s decision to leave the social network, with THISISPOPBABY’s Jenny Jennings.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Musician, Liam Ó Maonlaí, choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan, along with composer, Donnacha Dennehy, discuss the musical powers of Sean O’Riada, who inspired the globetrotting dance show, Rian.

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Albanian artist, Anri Sala, and American composer, Ari Benjamin Meyers, on humming, breathing and their film,1395 Days Without Red

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

If you listen to the end of our report on the Serendipitor app, you’ll hear mention of a sketch of our reporter, Louise Williams, created by some eight year olds in Smithfield, Dublin. Well, this is that sketch. And this is exactly what Louise Williams look like. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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Artist, Mark Shephard and his Serendipitor app help us discover a Dublin of happy accidents

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Nyanyanyanyanyanyanya! Mick Minogue’s real life (sorta) model of the Nyan Cat. He explains himself here (audio, 7mins). Although, Nyan cat still keeps schtum.

Monday, June 11, 2012

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Giving physical form to the internet’s biggest memes with Dublin-based artist, Mick Minogue.

Friday, June 8, 2012

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Limerick Art collective, Faber Studios,on making good use of the things the everyday folks leave behind for their EVA 2012 project, re-possession. (3/3)

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EVA contributors, Art Links Limerick on social practice and scary monsters in the Shannon. (2/3)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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EVA curator, Annie Fletcher, tells about her motives and her choices for this year’s Limerick’s Biennale, as well as about the exhibition’s title, After The Future. (1/3)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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Unstoppable travel writer and author of The Blessings of a Good Thick Skirt, Mary Russell, shows us around the place she calls home.

Friday, June 1, 2012

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Artist papermaker, Tunde Toth, on getting the passing crowds making paper for her Silk Garden at this year’s Bloom in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

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One common link between John Cage, The Beatles and Aphex Twin is that they’ve all been reworked by champion new music ensemble, Alarm Will Sound. We talk to the outfit’s Alan Pierson.

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Why are writers of Young Adult fiction leaving Dystopia behind and setting sail for The Big C? Books blogger, David Maybury explains.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Michael J Nelson, star and writer on Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the strange compulsion to make fun of movies, and his latest project, Rifftrax.

Monday, May 28, 2012

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Glass artist Róisín de Buitléir gives the kiss of life to Irish glass, with the help of the masters at The Irish Handmade Glass company

Friday, May 25, 2012

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"Drop Everything" was the title of a crowd-funded free festival in the unlikely location of Inis Oirr last weekend. Louise Williams shipped out for Culture File

Thursday, May 24, 2012

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"Like Disneyland for Geeks!" Niamh Shaw, star of That’s About The Size Of It, on life at CERN and how to put string theory on stage.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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Hear how the words of WB Yeats inspired UK theatre company Ad Infinitum’s Translunar Paradise, a drama with no words at all.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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In the final part of our interview, Pascal Bruckner, concludes his dissection of the culture of happiness with an offer of some alternatives to the pursuit of that ellusive state. (Part 3 of 3)

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Pascal Bruckner, continues his dissection of the culture of happiness with a look at its economic face. (Part 2 of 3)

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As the the Science Gallery, Dublin, is talking about “Happiness” at the moment, why not have a listen to Pascal Bruckner, author of a very considered study of “the cult of happiness” (Part 1 of 3)

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Prof Henry Jenkins on how the The Harry Potter Alliance challenged the studio behind the film, The Hunger Games to fight real hunger. And why it would be safer for schools to open up access to Facebook and Twitter. (Part 2 of 2) Part 1

Monday, May 21, 2012

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Why might fans of Harry Potter be the future of politics? Prof Henry Jenkins, author of Spreadable Media, explains. (Part 1 of 2) Part 2



Enjoyed that? There’s an odds on chance you’d like to listen to Prof Aisling Kelliher decode Klout. (And give the whole social rating scene a good kicking!)

Friday, May 18, 2012

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Big heads and little tunes come together in Pigeon, a new collaboration between Carpet Theatre company and Waterboys, Jack Cawley and Steve Wickham.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Comedian Stewart Lee tells us how improv jazz taught him how to keep every show special.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Prepared piano person, Hauschka, (one third of the Transcendentalists tour) on ping pong balls and John Cage.

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What’s your Klout? Our regular tech commentator, Aisling Kelliher, of Arizona State University, decodes the new wave of social rating systems.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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To the perennial conundrum “waving or drowning?” now add “flying or falling?” - a question explored in Junk Ensemble’s latest for this year’s Dublin Dance Festival.

Friday, May 11, 2012

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Composer and artist, Denis Roche on making art for the very mobile (dancers’) and very immobile (transplant patients’) bodies.

Oded Ezer’s crowdsourced SkypeType.
The text reads (as if you couldn’t read it!)

Every improvement in communication makes the truth less visible

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Unplugged comedian and writer Isy Suttie talks about her Skype love story, Pearl and Dave, and her big unlove of Facebook.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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"I’m not a prophet but I have some ideas" Oded Ezer on the future of typography (2 of 2)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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A typeface based on sperm & a religion for typographers: just two of the projects of our guest, Israeli experimental typographer, @OdedEzer. (part 1 of 2)

Friday, May 4, 2012

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On our second visit of the week’s Cork International Choral festival, Regan Hutchins meets some of the 4,500 singers involved - including members of a Filipino Glee Club…

Thursday, May 3, 2012

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It’s pop, Laura, but not as we know it. Avant singer-songwriter-cellist, Laura Moody, on the meaning of “pop”.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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A man walks into a pub…and sees a performance of National Theatre of Scotland’s supernatural exploration of folk songs,The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, then talks to the show’s Madeleine Worrall.

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As Microsoft announce their latest assault on the eBook arena, we talk to publishing commentator and book blogger, David Maybury.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Into the heart of the night, choral style, as we celebrate Compline with the Clerk’s Choral, at their HQ in the ancient church of St. Mary’s, Youghal.

Friday, April 27, 2012

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Even fans of The Magnetic Fields sometimes miss out on musically promiscuous frontman, Stephin Merritt’s forays into musical theatre.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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The spooks-in-chief with progressive trad act,The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, explain their interest in the poetry of Arthur Griffith

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Architect, Christopher Whyms-Stone on on his Culture Yard project to restore and celebrate a very special 20th century housing project in the Kingston suburb of Trenchtown, Jamaica. (Part 2 of 2)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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Taking a machete to a blancmange but in a good way, is how Stephen Fry describes Gerald Barry’s opera of The Importance of Being Earnest. The composer shares some other takes on the piece.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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It’s all about the universe’s tastiest rhizome this time, as we talk to the folks behind Edinburgh restaurant, Rhubarb.

Monday, April 23, 2012

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Some photos to browse, while you listen to our two part interview with Jamaican architect and Culture Yard conservationist, Christopher Whyms-Stone, about his project to restore and celebrate a very special few square yards of Trench Town that inpired among other things, Bob Marley to write No Woman, No Cry.

Friday, April 20, 2012

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Jamaican architect, Christopher Whyms-Stone, helps tell the story of Trenchtown and an historical Irishman without whom Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry couldn’t have been written. (Part 1 of 2)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Can you be graphic, gory and tender all at the same time? Yes, if you are baroque composer, Dieterich Buxtehude, says academic, author and musician, Yonit Kosovske.

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What is it that makes today’s packaging so different, so appealing, we ask artist and Styrofoam aficionado, Brendan Earley.

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Contralto, Raphaela Mangan and pianist, Niall Kinsella join us to celebrate the extraordinary, unsettling sounds of Kathleen Ferrier.

Monday, April 16, 2012

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Accordionist, Sharon Shannon shares some secrets about collaborations, recalcitrant harmonia and much missed pets.

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Luke Clancy explores the strange, compulsive world of the unboxingvideo and the product teardown.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

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All The Young Dudes: Culture File catches up with the members of Dublin’s newest (and possibly youngest) contemporary music ensemble, Kirkos.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Korean-born Dublin-trained piano champion, Soo Jung Ann, and her teacher, John O’Conor celebrate victory at Barcelona’s Concours International de Musique Maria Canals.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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With the launch of a new book and exhibition dedicated to nearly 30 years of work, we celebrate the comix genius of Daniel Clowes.

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Guess the magical musical link between HRH Elizabeth II and pop princess, Katy Perry…OK, it’s Albert Nobbs composer, Brian Byrne.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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Have you met Nyai Sekar Madu Sari? Luke Clancy makes the acquaintance of UCC’s shiny gamelan orchestra.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

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Luke Clancy reviews the first posthumous show of work by Tyrone born artist, William McKeown, at the Kerlin gallery, Dublin.

Monday, April 2, 2012

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The twisted roots of Bob Dylan’s Masters of War in the second part of our interview with culturalequity.org’s Don Fleming.

Friday, March 30, 2012

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Director, Pat Collins, on his first feature film, Silence, the story of a sound recordist’s search for exactly that elusive stuff.

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As Alan Lomax’s peerless archive of folk recordings from around the world goes online, we talk to one of those behind the project, Don Fleming.

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The Baton v The Bow: John Wilson and Andrew Haveron talk about what a long friendship can do for a conductor and his soloist.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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Director and celebrity sister, Sophie Fiennes, on shooting her documentary, Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, about German artist,Anselm Kiefer.

Monday, March 26, 2012

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Actor, Rory Nolan, tells us about the occupational hazard that led him to write The Audition for Fishamble Theatre Company’s “Tiny Plays for Ireland” programme.

Friday, March 23, 2012

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Will it be the Talibam! or the Bunyan, sir? The staff at Cork’s talismanic Plugd Records shop help us choose a new CD from their eclectic racks.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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L’affaire Daisey, where do you stand? Aisling Kelliher on a few things we might learn about technology in the wake of writer and performer, Mike Daisey’s fall from grace.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Harlem-born Julliard-trained tenor, Noah Stewart, shares his feelings on Pinkerton, Puccini and the Atkins Diet.

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Luke Clancy reviews a very chatty dual London exhibition from David Shrigley and Jeremy Deller. (Despite what you hear at the end of this piece, the Shrigley and Deller shows run until May 13th.)

Friday, March 16, 2012

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Is Ireland having a musicals renaissance? Phillip McMahon writer of the Abbey’s new musical, Alice In Funderland, and the show’s Alice, Sarah Greene, think so.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

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What would do get if a barbershop quartet supped with a gospel choir? Something that sounds a lot like Harold’s Cross very own the Larkfield Four.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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How do you solve a problem like Philomena? Stephanie McKeon on taking on an already well-loved role in Rough Magic’s Improbable Frequency.

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Anything planned for June 21st? Love:Live Music organiser, Jody Ackland, explains how Ireland’s daylong celebration of music is going to take over the solstice.

Monday, March 12, 2012

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Historian Helen Castor tells us about her book She Wolves: The Women who Ruled England before Elizabeth, which has now been turned into a BBC television series.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

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What does the Christchurch, Triskel, Cork, look like when Dreyer’s Joan of Arc is being projected? A bit like this.

Friday, March 9, 2012

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A cinematic mass? Composer Irene Buckley & Cork French Film Festival director, Paul Callanan on giving Dreyer’s ‘Joan of Arc’ a new sound.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

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Eric Whitacre’s rallying cry “Choir Nerds of the World Unite!” is taken up on Culture File this time by Greg Beardsell and the Irish Youth Chamber Choir.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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In a bonus part of our conversation with Martin Lindstrom (which we saved specially for podcast fans) the author of Brandwashed tells us why “nostalgia” in marketing isn’t what it used to be. (Part 4 of 3! Haha!)

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In the final part of our interview with Brandwashed author, Martin Lindstrom, he weighs up where our relationship with technology is leading us. (Part 3 of 3)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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Are consumers giving away their personal information too cheaply on sites like Facebook and Gmail? Brandwashed author, Martin Lindstrom, says absolutely, yes. (2 of 3)

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Could you do a “brand detox” and live a life without brands? Our guest this time, Martin Lindstrom, author of ‘Brandwashed’, tried & failed. (part 1 of 3)

Friday, March 2, 2012

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What does it feel like when you are singing Madama Butterfly? Soprano, Anne Sophie Duprels (@duprels) tries to explain.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Activist comedian, Josie Long, talks to Luke Clancy about where agitating against austerity is taking her comedy.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Irish Baroque Orchestra’s artistic director, Monica Huggett, explores the Cult of the Virgin Mary in Italian music.

Monday, February 27, 2012

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Why do cities matter more than ever? Avner de-Shalit, co-author of a new book about the city in the 21st century, The Spirit of the Cities, has some ideas.

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Kate OBrien: The Opera? Well, not quite. But Limerick composer,Fiona Linnane, has composed the music for a song cycle based on the novelist’s characters.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

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Culture File climbs on board a coach trip to perdition, to experience a new spooky tour of damned Dublin.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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In the second part of our interview with philosopher of science, Bruno Latour, we hear how bad science might lead to good art… (part 2 of 2)

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Culture File meets a superstar of academia, and now a playwright and curator, Bruno Latour. (part 1 of 2)

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Culture File’s Golden Great No 1


Does Margaret Thatcher retain the power to stir deep emotions? Culture File takes an exit poll at Dublin screening of The Iron Lady

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Culture File gets its microphone and its taste buds down to the Science Gallery, Dublin for their noshtravaganza of an exhibition, Edible.

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For all those who wanted to *see* the tech marvel that is Robo-Gershwin playing Rhapsody In Blue with the Dallas Wind Symphony, here it is, recorded Feb 14th 2012. Luv in particular for the bit near the end when conductor, Jeff Helmer, looks casually over to see how his soloist is getting on…


Thanks to the Zenph.com crew for the video!

Friday, February 17, 2012

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"Mr Brownlow is film history," said Martin Scorsese of our guest on Culture File, conservationist & silent film evangelist, Kevin Brownlow.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Sackbutts at the ready? Let’s Gabrieli! Culture File eavesdrops on rehearsals for a “surround sound”concert of the 16th Venetian composer’s work.

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Last night we met Robot Oscar Peterson, this time, we hear the inimitable stylings of Robo-Gershwin with some help from Dr. John Walker. (Part 2 of 2)

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Stephen Sondheim likened songwriting to making hats…but did he ever make a hat? Dublin singer-songwriter-milliner, Jaime Nanci does it all the time…

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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Rachmaninoff was quite a pianist! But don’t take our word for us, have a listen to a tech that’s letting long gone performers play again, with Dr John Q Walker of Zenph. (part 1 of 2)

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Luke Clancy reviews David Hockney’s blockbusting show at the Royal Academy, London, including the painter’s biggest showing yet of iPad prints…

Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Perched high above a green bend in the Lagan, Culture File goes to meet the team behind a new production of Brian Friel’s “improved” version of Uncle Vanya.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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CultureFile says hello to the husband and wife team behind Sam specialists, Gare St Lazare, & hear about their latest staging of a Beckett short story.

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Culture Filefollows the journalistic pilgrimage to Smithfield to visit artist, Frank Buckley, and his house made from old Euro notes…

Monday, February 6, 2012

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Comedian Stewart Lee explains what he learned from improv jazz and John Cage…(part 2 of 2)

Friday, February 3, 2012

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Comedian Stewart Lee explains what he learned from improv jazz and John Cage…(part 2 of 2)

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Jes Benstock explains the pains and pleasure of documenting the Alternative Miss World for his film, The British Guide to Showing Off.

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Why have so many of our possessions begun to bleet, beep and chirrup at us? It’s sound branding, says composer John Groves.

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Can comedy be art? And more importantly, should it be? We consult with the stand up and Gerry Springer: The Opera writer, Stewart Lee. (part 1 of 2)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Composer and @Ergodos co-founder, Garrett Sholdice, explains how classical music embraced the DIY spirit.

Friday, January 27, 2012

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Where is the biggest collection of Robert Burns material outside Scotland? Why, in the Linenhall Library, Belfast, of course. We meet the woman who looks after it, Deborah Douglas.

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What exactly goes into your favourite classical sausage? Virtual choir leader, Eric Whitacre hazards a guess…