Arts On Air from the 40th Clifden Arts Festival

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Arts On Air from the 40th Clifden Arts Festival 2017

Welcome to Arts on Air page. Where you will be able to listen back, or download programmes’ from the 40th Clifden Arts Festival, The longest running community arts festival in Ireland. Which this year takes place between Wednesday the 13th & Sunday the 24th of September.

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Official opening of the 40th Clifden Arts Festival 2017

Official opening of the 40th Clifden Arts Festival with Breanden O’Scannaill.

With President Michael D Higgins.

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M4a 2017 Clifden Arts Festival. File 34.7 MB

MP3 2017 Clifden Arts Festival. File 35.8 MB

Broadcast Wednesday the 13th Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Friday 5pm – 7pm 15th September.

Friday’s Arts On Air programme with Paul Phelan & Marian Herriott.

5.02 Karen Mercer & Beth Trepper speaking with Paul, The Mae Trio (Opening by Karen Mercer) will be in Mullarkey’s Bar in Foyles Hotel on Saturday 16th at 10pm. Exhibition called Ethereal by Beth Trepper from September 13th to 24th at Steam Cafe, Clifden Station House.

5.25 Mick O’Dea & Ray Murphy chatting with Paul. Renowned Irish & internationally acclaimed artist, Mick O’Dea PRHA has an Exhibition in The Festival Gallery during the Arts Week Festival entitled Connemara.

5.45 Robyn Rowland, Catherine Bateson & Jane Williams
Poetry, Story & Song: Away & Here will be performed on Sunday September 17th at 3pm in the Station House Theatre.

5.55 Dr Lucy Collins & Ursella Byrne speaking about the archiving of Clifden Arts Festival material over the years in conjunction with University College Dublin.

6.04 An interview by Una McKeever who spoke with Ann Chambers who had a talk about TK Whitaker. Biographer, novelist & screenplay writer Anne’s books have been the subject of international TV & Radio documentaries & have been translated & published in many languages.

6.19 A recording of Seamus O’Flaithearta singing sean nós & playing the harp from The Cherish the Ladies concert from Thursday night at the West Connemara Sports & Leisure Centre.

6.29 Marian speaking with Nick Pfeiffer, son of Walter Pfeiffer. The Launch of Connemara & Aran by Walter Pfeiffer will happen on Sunday 17th September at 5pm in the Festival Gallery, Market Street Clifden. Connemara & Aran, a visual chronicle of landscapes & seascapes by photographer Walter Pfeiffer, was to be launched joyously at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival. Sadly Walter died unexpectedly on 21st April 2017 – he was not to see his much-anticipated book published.

Nick Timothy, lively night of original Soul & Blues music with Nick Timothy & The Soft Touches.

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M4a Arts On Air Friday 5pm – 7pm 15th September. File 40.6 MB

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Broadcast Friday the 15th Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Saturday 11am – 12pm 16th September.

Saturday morning’s Arts On Air programme with Marian Herriott.

11.01 Archive Gems: Mairtin O’Connor Road West Story

11.06 Joanna McMinn speaking with Blaithin de Sachy & regarding a Group Exhibition with Michael Cullen RHA, Dennis Mamalis, Reingard Gahan, Trish Findlater, Patricia Byrne, Richard Ward, Bernie Dignam, Michael Gemmell, Kieran Tobin, Kate Noonan, Dolores Lyne, Caroline Canning, Leon de Sachy.
The exhibition will be opened by Mary Finan on September 16th at 6:00 pm at the Blaithin de Sachy Art Gallery, Market Street.

11.15 Dave O’Halloran & Paddy Howard speaking about their Group Photographic Exhibition — Beyond Boundaries With Aoife Herriott, Patrick Howard, Caroline Kei, James Mortimer, Laurence Hofman, Jamie Howard, Dave O’Halloran. Beyond Boundaries Exhibition opening Saturday 16th September at 6.30pm by Joe Boske & open all week. Exhibition Space beside AIB Bank, Galway Road.

11.34 Recording from A Tribute – Tim Robinson which was held on September 13th. Tim is an author, visual artist, cartographer, curator & mathematician. Through his fascination with the geography & the ruggedness of Connemara & its islands, his adopted home, he has delighted & enriched the lives of all who have experienced the wealth & depth of his intuitive creativity. Regardless of the medium used, Tim Robinson has left us with beautiful pictures in our minds. Opening was by Dr. Gearoid O’Tuathaigh.

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M4a Arts On Air Saturday 11am – 12pm 16th September. File 20.5 MB

MP3 Arts On Air Saturday 11am – 12pm 16th September. File 21.2 MB

Broadcast Saturday the 16th Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Saturday 5pm – 7pm 16th September

Saturday evening’s Arts On Air programme with Mary Ruddy.

5.07 The May Trio, The trio, all the way from Melbourne are Maggie Rigby (banjo, ukulele, guitar & vocals), sister Elsie Rigby (violin, ukulele & vocals) & Anita Hillman (cello, bass & vocals). Their debut album, Housewarming, was released in 2013.

5.22 Siobhan Ruddy spoke with Jonathan Powell about the Fairy Trail. Rev Stan Evan introducing the event, children singing twinkle twinkle little star, Lorraine Barry from the Tin House Shop in Clifden, Bernie from Clifden Library speaking about Fairy Jill.

5.27 Margaret Irwin West, Katherine West, Manon West speaking about their exhibition Triple which is an intergenerational exhibition of the work of one family with close connections to the evolution of Clifden Arts Festival ever since its beginnings.
Triple is open to view daily at the Gallery beside Hedz Hairdressers, Station House Hotel, Clifden until September 24th.

5.43 Eileen P Keane from Currywongan Kylemore speaking about her career & reciting a memoir & singing.
Poetry, Story & Song: Away & Here with Catherine Bateson, Jane Williams & Eileen P Keane, introduced by Robyn Rowland was held on Sunday 17th September in the Station House Theatre.

6.03 A recording from the very successful launch of well-known Galway-based guitarist & singer Lol Hardiman’s first solo album. An eclectic collection of original songs encompassing great lyrical observation alongside deft arrangements – a musical feast to touch the heart & get the feet tapping.

6.16 Colette Laffey speaking about Connemara Novelty Pony Show – A pony show with a difference! on Sunday 17th September at 11am at Noonan’s Arena, Ardagh, Clifden.

6.27pm Recording of School Children from all over Connemara, aged 7 to 16 years playing music accompanied by their teachers Marie Walsh, Eileen O’Malley & Jeremy Madden in Tom Kings Clifden today.

6.36pm Joanna McMinn speaking with Angie Williams about her exhibition Felix Anniversario. Angela Williams has lived & worked in Ireland over 35 years, returning to Connemara where her mother was a native. Finished her BA (Hons) in Fine Art this year, Angela has been longlisted for the RDS Visual Arts Award 2017. Felix Anniversario Exhibition is on daily until September 24th at the Irish Antique Gallery at Clifden Station House.

6.46pm Mary Ruddy speaking with James Harold, Galway City Arts Officer, James launched Angie Williams Exhibition on Saturday 16th.

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M4a Arts On Air Saturday 5pm – 7pm 16th September. File 41.2 MB

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Broadcast Saturday the 16th Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Sunday 10am – 11:30am 17th September

Sunday morning’s Arts On Air programme with Eamonn McLoughlin.

10.03am Archive Gems – Guys & dolls on early years 2009

10.07 Marie Walsh, Ritchie Newman & John Gerard Walsh live with Eamonn playing music

10.34 Mike Harding, Chris & Valerie Coulter & Ritchie Newman.

11.04 David & Denis Kinsella, father & son playing uilleann pipes & bodhrán, David’s brother James & his son Sean join them in studio, James Kinsella plays the box & Paddy Buckley banjo.

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M4a Arts On Air Sunday 10am – 11:30am 17th September. File 30.1 MB

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Broadcast Sunday the 17th Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 17th September

Sunday evening’s Arts On Air programme with Breandan O’Scannaill.

5.02pm Steve Poltz live in studio. Among the music cognoscenti, Steve Poltz is regarded as one of the most talented & prolific songwriters of our time. His songs have been among the longest running ever on the Billboard Top 100 & they regularly appear in movie soundtracks, television shows, & even the odd commercial. Concert with Steve Poltz was held in Mullarkey’s Bar, on Sunday 17th September.

5.26pm Alannah Robins speaking about her Exhibition – She’s Like A Briar, also in studio Brett Sroka from New York (composer & experimental musician) & Madelaine Sillfors from Sweden (visual artist) who along with Alannah have a Studio Visit & Members’ Exhibition at Interface Residency, Inagh Valley. Rauno Nieminen from Finland (kantele & jouhikko player) is featured at the Exhibition. Group leaving Clifden for 3 visits to the Inagh Valley: cars leaving at 11am on Monday 18th, 4pm Wednesday 20th & Friday 22nd at 6.30pm. Ring Alannah on 086 1993878 for more information & to confirm your place. Visits outside of the 3 programmed times are by appointment only.

5.41pm Pre record from the Lough Inagh Lodge, introduced by Dominic Lynch, sean nós singing with Caitríona Canavan & Johnny Mháirtín Learaí.

5.54pm Yvonne King Artist from Roundstone speaking about her Exhibition entitled Connemara Light which is open daily until September 24th at the Clifden Tourist Office. Yvonne King studied painting & drawing with the Scottish artist Douglas Anderson, Royal Painter, in his Connemara studio for 4 years.

6.08pm Recording from Foyles Hotel with Clifden Writers Group who are celebrating 25 years, Eileen P Keane singing & Gerry Keogh on guitar. Ita O’Donovan from Clifden Writers Group introduces Lavinia Joyce, a founding member of the Writers Group who recites her own poem. Ita O’Donovan recites a poem.

6.23pm Imelda Healy in studio speaking about her Exhibition – Aqua. She is a Dublin-based artist who holds a B.F.A. with honours from the National College of Art & Design. At her degree show at the R.H.A. she won the Symantec Prize in Painting. Aqua is available to view daily at the Old Whistlestop Shop, Station House Complex until Sunday September 24th.

6.40pm Joanna McMinn reviewing Jung, Symbols & Songs of the Soul with Brendan Harding, Eleanor Shanley & John Feeley, & a recording of Eleanor singing from the event. The presentation consisted of a short introduction to basic Jungian Psychology & how the unconscious speaks to us through symbols. This event took place on Sunday 17th.

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M4a Arts On Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 17th September. File 41.6 MB

MP3 Arts On Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 17th September. File 41.3 MB

Broadcast Sunday the 17th Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Monday 11am – 12pm 18th September

Monday mornings’ Arts On Air programme with Eileen P. Keane.

11am Archive Gem – John Nettles speaking about Connemara.

11.05 Eamon Grennan in studio speaking about his upcoming Reading Remembering Francis Ledwidge & reciting his poem ‘Taking my son to school’ & a Francis Ledwidge poem. The Reading with Peter Fallon & Eamon Grennan Remembering Francis Ledwidge event took place on Monday 18th at 12pm at the Station House Theatre.

11.20 Local man Michael Gibbons speaking about his Lecture: Newgrange & the Connemara Connection. Michael is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland with thirty five years of experience as an archaeologist & completed a 5 year term on the Archaeology Committee of the Heritage Council. Michaels Lecture will take place on Tuesday 19th at the Station House Theatre at 10am.

11.29am Joanna McMinn speaking with Marie Fitzpatrick Artist about her Exhibition Shifting Sands. Marie Fitzpatrick was raised in Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland. The surrounding sea & mountains provided a profound & constant source of inspiration. The Exhibition is available to view daily until September 24th at the Irish Antique Gallery.

11.31am Eileen speaking with Margaret McAuliffe about Fishamble: The New Play Company Presents The Humours of Bandon. The Humours of Bandon is a coming of age story, full of heart, humour & wisdom, for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life. Doors Open at 5:30pm Clifden Town Hall on September 18th.

11.47am Marie Feeney speaking about her book The Cleggan Bay Disaster. The Cleggan Bay Disaster is the story of that fateful night in the life of the two communities – a night that changed the course of local history. The author, Marie Feeney, is the granddaughter of one of the survivors. The Cleggan Bay Disaster Talk will take place at the Station House Theatre at 2.20pm on September 18th.

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M4a Arts On Air Monday 11am – 12pm 18th September. File 20.0 MB

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Broadcast Monday the 18th Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Tuesday 11am – 12pm 19th September

Tuesday mornings’ Arts On Air programme with Mary Faherty.

11am Archive Gem – Sean Garvey The Bogs of Shanaheever.

11.05am Aodhán McGlynn speaking about the upcoming performance of Haydn Mass with Cantairí Chonamara Choir, The Ranelagh Singers & Raymond O’Donnell on September 23rd in St Joseph’s Church Clifden at 7pm. Caintairí Chonamara contributes music to the local community & builds on the culture of arts in Connemara. The Ranelagh Singers is a community based mixed voice choir based in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. This dynamic choir was established in 2009 & is conducted by Rosemary O’Brien. Raymond O’Donnell has been Director of Music at Galway Cathedral since January 1994.

11.31am Paddy Hayter from Footsbarn speaking about the Irish Première – Bottom’s Dream – A Magical Comedy of Rude Mechanicals & Scheming Fairies. Footsbarn Travelling Theatre is one of the world’s leading touring companies performing for the most part in one of its circus big tops but also in theatres throughout the world. This event will take place on September 19th at The Showgrounds at 7pm. Footsbarn will present Mingling with Molière on Wednesday 20th September at The Showgrounds, starting at 7pm.

11.47am John Fanning speaking about his career & upcoming Lecture by John Fanning: Ads Make Their Own Importance which will take place on September 19th at 2pm at the Station House Theatre. John Fanning is well known in the advertising circuit. He was the Managing Director of McConnells Advertising 1980-1999, & Chairman 2000-2005. John now lectures in Branding & Marketing Communications at the Smurfit Business School & published The Importance of Being Branded: An Irish Perspective in 2006.

11.55am Joanna McMinn speaking with Erin Gibbons about her Talk — Connemara to Clydebank & Clinton which took place on September 19th at the Festival Gallery, Market Street. The winter & spring storms of 2014 wreaked havoc on the Connemara shore & Islands. Inishbofin was particularly badly affected. In 2015 an eroding site was observed on Inishlyon, a tidal Island, located off the east beach, Inishbofin. Annual rescue work has been going on there by a team of archaeologists, artists & students since, to try & understand its significance before it disappears. Erin Gibbons, archaeologist & Museum Consultant is a native of Clifden. She has directed excavations & research projects in 10 counties & much of her work relates to eroding coastal sites in the west of Ireland. Also the Inishlyon Group Exhibition By the Waters Edge with Joe Boske, Brian Bourke, Augustin Coyne, Olwen Kelly, Dolores Lyne, Marie Fitzpatrick, Jay Murphy, Scott Ward, & Margaret Irwin West. The Exhibition is inspired by the exposure of an abandoned coastal village on Inishlyon, east of Inishbofin, Connemara in 2015 at the Clifden Library until September 24th.

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M4a Arts On Air Tuesday 11am – 12pm 19th September. File 23.6 MB

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Broadcast Tuesday the 19th Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Wednesday 11am – 12pm 20th September

Wednesday mornings’ Arts On Air programme with Mary Ruddy.

11am Archive Gem – Colm Stride O’Brien

11.04am In studio Mike Harding & Shaun Griffin speaking about their upcoming Poetry Reading which will take place on September 20th at 12pm at Mullarkey’s Bar, Foyles Hotel. Mike Harding recites his own poetry a& he has six published volumes under his belt including the well received Connemara Cantos, he will be launching his seventh book Fishing For Ghosts at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival. Shaun T. Griffin is the co-founder & director of Community Chest, a rural social justice agency serving northwestern Nevada since 1991.

11.26 Eamon Grennan speaking about his upcoming play The Aran Islands – J.M. Synge: A Dramatic Recital for Two Voices which will take place on September 20th at the Station House Theatre at 2.30pm. The play will be performed by Tegolin Knowland & Sean Coyne, adapted by Eamon Grennan. Between May 1898 & October 1901, John Millington Synge, a Dubliner, spent just under four months (accumulated over four separate visits) on Inishmaan, the middle island of the three Aran Islands lying off the West Coast of Ireland. From the diary & notebooks he kept while there, he composed his volume, The Aran Islands, completed in 1901, but unpublished until 1907. Synge died in 1909, at the age of thirty-eight.

11.38 Johnny Duhan speaking about his upcoming Book Launch & Concert which will take place on September 20th at the Church of Ireland at 1.15pm. Johnny is in studio live playing The Voyage & the final verse of Don’t Give Up Till It’s Over. Johnny Duhan’s songs are performed worldwide in a variety of languages, thanks to the focus put on them by Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Mary Black & hosts of other Irish & international singers. His song The Voyage has become a modern classic.

11.56 Joe & Paula McHugh in studio. Joe McHugh is a fiddler & storyteller whose powers of imagination & infectious sense of humor hearken back to the likes of Mark Twain & Will Rogers. Paula McHugh is a gifted visual artist & musician. Together as the Time Travelers they transport audiences through time to the folkways of the trans-Appalachian pioneers, the rough & ready days of the California gold rush, the injustice of slavery & building of the underground railroad, the divided loyalties of the Civil War, the myth & reality of the cowboy, the perils of the Dust Bowl & Great Depression even the crazy challenges faced by back-to-the-landers in the 1970s.

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M4a Arts On Air Wednesday 11am – 12pm 20th September. File 21.3 MB

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Broadcast Wednesday the 20th Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Thursday 11am – 12pm 21st September

Thursday mornings’ Arts On Air programme with Una McKeever.

11am Archive Gem – Mary Coughlan Review.

11.04 Una McKeever chats with sculptor John Coll. John Coll will give a talk & demonstration on the art, history & techniques of modelling a portrait head with reference to many of the famous & infamous heads he has worked on in the past 33 years as a sculptor. The talk will take place at The Festival Gallery Market Street on September 21st at 5pm.

11.16am Joanna McMinn speaks with local Artist Valerie Joyce about bringing Hayday (a haystack) to the Square in Clifden at 12pm on Thursday 21st. For Culture Night in Clifden Friday 22nd Valerie Joyce will present La Dolce Vita Connemara Style.

11.27am Singer Seán Keane in studio with Una & sings Little Thatched Cabin. Sean is going back to his roots in music. In this brand new one-man show, set in his grandmother’s kitchen as he searches through her old leather suitcase where she held all the words of many famous songs collected from people who visited her home in Carragh near Caherlistrane, Lunchtime Concert with Seán Keane will take place on September 21st at the Church of Ireland at 1pm.

11.56am Carmel Lydon recites a poem for her late brother, the poet Tomas Lyden. The Festival’s tribute to the late poet & great friend of the Clifden Arts Festival, Thomas Lyden for his family, friends & his old comrades of the Baskethouse Collective of which he was a founding member will take place on September 21st at 5pm in Mullarkey’s Bar, Foyles Hotel.

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M4a Arts On Air Thursday 11am – 12pm 21st September. File 20.1 MB

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Broadcast Thursday the 21st Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Friday 11am – 12pm 22nd September

Friday mornings’ Arts On Air programme with Maureen Corbett.

11am Archive Gem – Michael Coady reciting the Seamus Heaney poem The Wood Road.

11.05am Maurice O’Scanaill retired Veterinarian & crime writer , home from Malta chats with Maureen about events that he has been to during the Arts Festival. Haydn Mass with Cantairí Chonamara Choir, The Ranelagh Singers & Raymond O’Donnell will take place on September 23rd at St Josephs Church at 7pm & The Ranelagh Singers – Church of Ireland Restoration Fund will take place on September 23rd at The Church of Ireland at 3pm.

11.19 Artists Mo West, Alannah Robins & Claire Griffin discuss the Culture Night event that will happen at the Square in Clifden on Friday 22nd. Mo, Alannah & Claire all have exhibitions during Arts Week, for more details go to www.clifdenartsfestival.ie

11.31 A recording from the Concert with the Irish Opera Artists which was held on September 18th in the Church of Ireland. Four of Ireland’s leading young opera singers. Soprano Rachel Croash, Mezzo Soprano Kate Allen, Tenor Patrick Hyland, local man Baritone Rory Musgrave with pianist Dearbhla Collins came together to form a new ensemble that aims to provide an exciting series of gala concerts to include highlights from, amongst others, La Boheme, Carmen, La Traviata & Rigoletto.

11.40 Dave O’Halloran reviewing Kevin McAleer ‘Saying Yes to Yes’, comedy which took place on September 21st. Kevin McAleer is an Irish professional stand-up comedian. He came to prominence on the RTÉ television show Nighthawks which began broadcasting in the late 1980s. McAleer became known for his three-minute sketches of surreal rustic tales told in his slow County Tyrone drawl.

11.49 Mandy Blinko from LUXE chats about Ship of Fools – To celebrate the 40th Clifden Arts Festival, landscape spectacle company LUXe present Ship of Fools, a special intimate spectacle in the harbour mouth with procession, illuminated boats, fire, & music at sunset in the half light. This will take place on September 22nd at 8pm at Clifden Beach.

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M4a Arts On Air Friday 11am – 12pm 22nd September. File 20.1 MB

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Broadcast Friday the 22nd Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Friday 5pm – 7pm 22nd September

Friday evenings’ 2 hour ‘Arts On Air’ programme. Presenter Ronan Tierney

5.08pm Joey, Tommy & Peter from the Johnny Cash Tribute Band live in studio. Award-winning singer, songwriter & accomplished pianist Joey Lee Lawlor returns by popular demand with his energetic authentic show The Man in Black. This is one show not to be missed & was on September 22nd at the Station House Hotel.

5.23pm Frank McGuinness in studio speaking about his Reading with Carlo Gebler & Frank McGuinness which took place on September 22nd. Frank McGuinness original plays include The Factory Girls; Baglady; Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme (Awards from London Evening Standard for Most Promising Playwright, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, Harvey’s Best Play Award, the Cheltenham Literary Prize Plays & Players Award, the Ewart-Briggs Peace Prize & the London Fringe Award). His first novel, Arimathea, was published in 2013. He has published five volumes of poetry from Gallery Press. Frank McGuinness lectures in English at University College Dublin. Carlo Gébler was born in Dublin in 1954. He lives in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. He is the author of several novels including A Good Day for A Dog & The Dead Eight (shortlisted for the Kerry Irish Fiction Prize), the short story collections W.9. & Other Lives & The Wing Orderly’s Tales, works of non-fiction, The Siege of Derry & the memoirs Father & I, Confessions of a Catastrophist & The Projectionist, The Story of Ernest Gébler.

5.48pm Recording from Carmel Dempsey Concert with Brenda Curtin (lilting) & Frankie Colohan which was held on September 19th in the Church of Ireland. Musician & singer, Carmel Dempsey made her first arts festival appearance in September 1983 when she jammed with the great Tom McHugh & Mike Scott at Clifden community school. She has been part of the festival almost every year since. Carmel has her own wedding band & also tours with Dolores Keane. With Carmel in the Church of Ireland were fiddle player and vocalist Brenda Curtin and Frankie Colohan on guitar and vocals. A lively trio.

5.58pm Chantal McCormick co-founder & Artistic Director of Fidget Feet along with her husband Jym Daly. Fidget Feet will take to the skies of Clifden, bringing you amazing aerial acts high in the sky. Performances will take place from 2-5pm and again that night during the gig, with live special effects. Each year Fidget Feet bring fun, laughter & a sprinkle of beauty to the Festival. This is always one of the highlights of the Grand Parade which will take place on Saturday 23rd September at 8pm in the Square Clifden. LUXE will also be there with their amazing costumes.

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M4a Arts On Air Friday 5pm – 7pm 22nd September. File 40.0 MB

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Broadcast Friday the 22nd Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Saturday 11am – 12pm 23rd September

Saturday mornings ‘Arts On Air’ programme.

Congrats to Orlagh Kane, Cody Johnson, Patrick Murray, Nikita Mcloughlin & Grace Cafferkey who received their QQI certs in Media Expression during the week. This wonderful group have produced this morning’s programme on Arts On Air. They have researched, recorded, edited, presented & produced 1 hour of the highlights from the Clifden Arts Festival school programme.

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M4a Arts On Air Saturday 11am – 12pm 23rd September. File 18.6 MB

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Broadcast Saturday the 23rd Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Saturday 5pm – 7pm 23rd September

Saturday evenings’ ‘Arts On Air’ programme. with Eileen P. Keane, followed by Breandan O’Scannaill.

5pm The Voice Squad live in studio. The Voice Squad‘s (Phil Callery, Fran McPhail and Gerry Cullen) style of singing in harmony does not form part of the Irish singing tradition but each singer had already served their time in our individual tradition before coming together to sing in harmony. The Voice Squad performed at the Church of Ireland on September 23rd at 6pm.

5.18pm Recording from the performance of Poetry, Music & Song with Nan Tom Teaimín de Búrca, John Sheahan, Seamus O’Flaithearta & Danny O’Mahoney which took place in the Alcock & Brown Hotel on September 22nd at 4.30pm. John Sheahan introduces the first piece of music, Nan Tom sings a tune & John Sheahan recites a tribute poem to the late Luke Kelly.

5.38pm A Recording from the Lunchtime Recital with Jack O’Rourke, introduced by Jack himself, which was held on September 23rd in the Church of Ireland. 2016 was a phenomenal year for Jack O’Rourke, with the musician releasing one of the most critically acclaimed debut albums of the year. Dreamcatcher includes cinematic torch songs, noir folk & baroque pop creating a singular sound, delivered in a plaintive baritone around the piano.

5.43pm Recording from the The Festival’s Tribute to the late poet & great friend of the Clifden Arts Festival, Thomas Lyden for his family, friends & his old comrades of the Baskethouse Collective of which he was a founding member. The Tribute took place on September 21st in Mullarkey’s & featured Poet John Dunne Clifden, singers John O’Malley Ballyconneely & Nicky from Mullarkeys, Poet Valerie Joyce recites a poem & Brendan Flynn pays tribute to the late Tom.

5.55pm Joanna McMinn reviews the Poetry Reading with Paul Muldoon which took place on September 24th at the Station House Theatre. Paul Muldoon is an Irish poet & professor of poetry, as well as an editor, critic, & translator. Paul Muldoon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences & the American Academy of Arts & Letters. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, he has received an American Academy of Arts & Letters award in literature, the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry.

6.09pm Steve Stanne from Betty & The Baby Boomers introduces the band who play live in studio, the band have been together 31 years. The group first performed here in 1993. The Boomers music is timeless, featuring songs by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, & others who shaped the ‘baby boomer’ generation in America. Betty Boomer, Jean McAvoy, Paul Rubeo, Steve Stanne, & Robert Bard create distinctive arrangements for these classics as well as recent songs in that tradition, original compositions, & selections inspired by their experiences in Ireland. The band performed at numerous locations during the festival.

6.29pm Paul Rubeo from Betty & the Baby Boomers & Jill Flannagan speak about a transatlantic technological project connecting students from the USA & Clifden.

6.40 The Light Runners playing music live in studio and Lazare Mbouwoua speaking with Breandain. The Light Runners were formed in 2014 by Lazare Mbouwoua, from the Central African Republic, the lead singer & frontman of the group whose passionate and enigmatic performances have brought people of all ages to the dance floor all over Europe and Africa. Daniel is joined on stage by his long-term friend and collaborator Oscar Fololo ‘Troca’, also from Kinshasa, the capital of the D.R. Congo. Percussionist, Patrick Naughton has played alongside Daniel and Troca in a number of bands including Guadeloupean Gwoka band Pitak. The Light Runners performed live on September 23rd at Mullarkey’s.

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M4a Arts On Air Saturday 5pm – 7pm 23rd September. File 39.5 MB

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Broadcast Saturday the 23rd Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Sunday 10am – 11:30am 24th September

The 2nd Sunday morning ‘Arts On Air’ programme. with Eamonn McLoughlin.

10.06am Janet O’Toole speaking about the festivals highlights.

10.28 Mike Harding, Val & Chris Coulter in studio chatting about the festival & performing the The Lakes of Pontchartrain & more & Mike Harding recites a poem.

10.56 Archive Gem Michael Coady – State of Light.

11am Poet Tony Curtis & Musician & Poet John Sheahan in studio. Both John & Tony recite poetry, John Sheahan from The Dubliners plays the fiddle & Tony sings a poem!

11.16 Mary Teresa Davies speaking about her radio show in the UK.

11.16 Peter Carey in studio singing.

11.20 Back West featuring Tyrone’s legendary virtuoso PJ McDonald (guitar/vocals/whistle), Galway’s well known brother & sister duo Maureen & Brendan Browne (fiddle & accordion) & Galway’s own ‘Lord of the Dance’ Peter Vickers (percussion/dance), this is not just any 4 piece live in studio & will be performing at One For The Road Sunday 24th in Mullarkey’s at 11.30am.

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Broadcast Sunday the 24th Of September 2017.

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Arts On Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 24th September

The final ‘Arts On Air’ programme. with Linda O’Malley & Paul Phelan.

5.01pm Magnificent Recording from the One For The Road with the band BackWest featuring Tyrone’s legendary virtuoso PJ McDonald (guitar/vocals/whistle), Galway’s well known brother & sister duo Maureen & Brendan Browne from The Claddagh (fiddle & accordion) & Galway’s own ‘Lord of the Dance’ Peter Vickers (percussion/dance), this is not just any 4 piece live in studio. Together, they are BackWest – a vibrant, vivacious and thoroughly exciting new trad band, & they are all set to hit the open road with their magical combination of music, song and dance!.

6.08 Presenter Paul Phelan chats with Joanna McMinn about the surprise concert which was held in the Footsbarn Tent with Glen Hansard, Hank Wangford & John Sheahan. Joanna also speaks about her highlights of the Festival.

6.12 Recording of Jarlath Henderson – The Slighted Lovers.

6.17 Des Lally Chairman and Brendan Flynn Artistic Director of the Clifden Arts Festival in studio & chat with Paul, joined by Volunteer Carol Ann Joyce & Primary School Coordinator Eily O’Grady.

6.30 Recording from the Lough Inagh, sean n&oacutes song of Peggy Leitir M&oacuter with Caitríona Canavan & Johnny Mháirtín Learaí.

6.34 Carol Ann Joyce & Eily O’Grady reviewing their highlights of the Festival.

6.46 Karen Mannion Secretary of the Arts Festival speaks about the standout events of the festival.

6.53 Recording of Poet Paul Muldoon reciting Cuba.

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Broadcast Sunday the 24th Of September 2017.