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.

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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. 

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


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.


"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


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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.