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The Sounds of Grief

The Sounds of Grief is a 40-minute documentary funded by the BAI’s Sound & Vision scheme telling the story of one of our most infamous and persistent traditions – caoineadh/keening – the Irish funeral cry. Presented by Traditional Arts researcher and Sound Art practitioner Michelle Collins, the programme features contributions from: James Wilce, author of Crying Shame; Emeritus […]

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Making the Grade

Making the Grade explores the history, people, music and stories of the local centre exams which have been held by the Royal Irish Academy of Music from small beginnings in 1894, when just a handful of students sat the exams, to today, when around 42,000 students a year aim for certificates in dozens of musical instruments […]

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The Banshee and the Tiger

In The Banshee and The Tiger American pianist Guy Livingston explores the influence of Ireland and Irish music on the work of American composer Henry Cowell. Broadcast on Sunday 21st January 2018 on RTÉ lyric fm. This programme won BRONZE at the 2018 New York Festivals Radio Awards in the Music category. Henry Cowell (1897-1965) […]

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Mince Pies and Minor Chords

Mince Pies and Minor Chords – broadcast on Friday 1 September 2017 at 7 pm on RTÉ lyric fm. A one-hour programme on the life and work of Amy H H A Beach (1867-1944), considered to be the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music, who again and again during her composing career returned […]

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Lafcadio

A two-part documentary on the life and work of Lafcadio Hearn. These programmes are a collaboration between producer Claire Cunningham (Rockfinch Ltd) and presenter/producer Julien Clancy (Out Loud Productions). First broadcast on RTE lyric fm on Friday 25 January and Friday 1 February 2013. This documentary was nominated for the New York Radio Festivals Awards […]

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The Belgian Connection

While many people are aware that thousands of American GIs were based in Northern Ireland during World War 2, not many know that Belgian soldiers were also based there for a time. In The Belgian Connection three veterans recall their time in Northern Ireland. This half hour programme was made with the support of the Broadcasting […]

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Women of Note

Women of Note is a series of six half hour programmes on composers whose work has been forgotten or is little known in Ireland. All the composers featured in the series were Irish or have strong Irish connections. They are: Lady Helen Dufferin, Augusta Holmès, Alicia Adelaide Needham, Annie Patterson, Charlotte Milligan-Fox, Rhoda Coghill, Elena […]

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My Mount Everest

In My Mount Everest, five Irish adult literacy students tell their stories of having, and overcoming, difficulties with literacy. All are students at Adult Learning Centres in Roscommon, Longford and Cavan. This 45-minute programme was made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and was first broadcast on Shannonside/Northern Sound in 2010. This […]

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From the Darkness

Ina Boyle (1889-1967) was a major Irish composer of the early 20th century whose work has been sadly neglected. The programme From the Darkness explores her life and music and includes performances of several songs  by mezzo soprano Sonya Keogh and accompanist David Brophy. This one hour programme was made with the support of the […]

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Remembered Words

Remembered Words is a series of short features on forgotten or neglected writers. All the writers featured are Irish or have strong Irish connections. Biographer Fiona Brennan talks about the life and work of Kerry playwright George Fitzmaurice. Juanita Casey looks back on her writing and her eventful life. Vincent Woods talks about Frank MacNamara, […]