Arts On Air from the 41st Clifden Arts Festival

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Arts On Air from the 41st Clifden Arts Festival 2018

Welcome to Arts on Air page. Where you can listen to, or download programmes’ from the 41st Clifden Arts Festival, The longest running community arts festival in Ireland. Which this year will take place between Wednesday the 12th & Sunday the 23rd of September.

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Audio files in M4a & MP3 format.

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Official opening of the Clifden arts festival

This programme was recorded at the official opening of the Clifden arts festival for 2018.

M4a Official opening of the Clifden arts festival. File 24.0 MB

MP3 Official opening of the Clifden arts festival. File 25.2 MB

Broadcast Thursday the 13th Of September.

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Arts on Air Friday 5 – 7pm 14th September 2018

The first Arts On Air Programme for 2018. With presenter Ronan Tierney.

5.05pm Recording of High Time who performed at the Station House hotel on Wednesday 12th September, Conall & Seamus Flaherty & Ciaran Bolger a fresh new trio who hail from the heart of Connemara.
5.19pm Dermot O’Donovan Head of Department GMIT Letterfrack & Tadhg O’Mahony senior scientific officer at the Environmental Protection Agency re Book Launch ‘See The Wood From The Trees’ by Marion McGarry & Dermot O’Donovan. The book is available directly from Artisan House, Letterfrack.
5.45pm Mo West speaking about her family exhibition including works by Margaret Irwin West, Katherine West, Manon West & Richard West which is being held in the Connemara Properties Building, Bridge Street Clifden.
6pm Des Lally Festival Program Coordinator & Breandan O’Scannaill Festival Chairperson chatting with Ronan.
6.22pm Music from the Whileaways ‘I am a Hill’ performing at the Church of Ireland at 1pm on Sunday 16th.
6.26pm Across the Waters Wide Robyn Rowland, Ruth Cadden & Gina Mercer exhibition to at the Gallery above the Station House Bar on Saturday 15th at 3.30pm & also poetry recital on Sunday 16th at the Station House Theatre at 2.30pm.
6.51pm James Garvey aka Dollhead from Dr Mindflip live in studio & the band Mindflip performance at Mullarkeys Bar on Friday 14th at 10pm.

M4a Arts on Air Friday 5 – 7pm 14th September. File 39.8 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Friday 5 – 7pm 14th September. File 41.8 MB

Broadcast Friday the 14th Of September.

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Arts on Air Saturday 11am – 12 noon 15th September

Saturday mornings’ Arts On Air Programme with presenter May Ruddy.

11.07 In studio Ita O’Donovan from Clifden Writers Group, music & poetry at Foyle’s Hotel on Satrday 15th at 2pm with Harpist Lynn Saoirse.
11.14 Composer and producer Brendan O’Regan live music in studio; Brendan is a former member of De Dannan.
11.27 Professor Joe Lee Irish Historian and former Senator live in studio and he will present Ireland in History: Past, Present – & Future at the Station House Theatre Saturday 15th at 3pm.
11.46 Two members of Camerata Kilkenny live in studio Claire Duff baroque violin & Marja Gaynor baroque violin, The Piper & the Fairy Queen performance with David Power uileann pipes at the Church of Ireland Saturday 15th at 7pm, also in the group Nathan Sherman viola, Norah O’Leary baroque cello & Malcom Proud on harpsichord.
11.54 Karen O’Toole from Cleggan who has a solo exhibition at McDara’s Bar Market Street during the festival, also a musician & sings Bright Blue Rose by Jimmy MacCarthy.

M4a Arts on Air Saturday 11am – 12 noon – 15th September. File 19.7 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Saturday 11am – 12 noon – 15th September. File 21.3 MB

Broadcast Saturday the 15th Of September.

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Arts on Air Saturday 5 – 7pm 15th September 2018

Saturday evenings’ ‘Arts On Air’ Programme with presenter Marian Herriott.

5.02pm Poet John Liddy in studio & his recital was held in O’Malley’s Bar on Saturday 15th & he has a new book called Madrid & Other Poems.
5.20pm Recording from the launch of the Exhibition ‘Sioraiocht’ by Dympna Heanue & Meadbh Ni Eidhin introduced by Paraic Breathnach Galway Arts Centre Director, this exhibition is available to view at Clifden Library during the festival week.
5.31 In studio photographers Lorna Hill who has an exhibition ‘In the Belly Button Of The Moon’ & Laurence Hofman’s exhibition is Inishturk: Faces, Places & Traces, both available to view at the Exhibition Space beside AIB.
5.45pm Singer Songwriter Lisa Hannigan playing Snow live in studio, Lisa’s third album is currently available entitled At Swim. Lisa also sings live Prayer for the Dying.
6.02pm Arts Editor from The Connacht Tribune Judy Murphy in studio discussing Clifden Arts Festival & Galway 2020.
6.24pm Recording from the Clifden Writers Group recital on Saturday 15th with poetry reading by Ita O’Donovan and music by Harpist Lynn Saoirse.
6.41pm Recording from The Reading with Paul Durkan from Friday 14th at the Station House Theatre, Paul Durkan being one of Ireland’s most distinctive poets.
6.44pm Nick Timothy live in studio and playing the title song of his album Down with the Wind, an Etta James song I’d Rather Go Blind & another of his own composition In your Eyes. Nick & My Fellow Sponges performing at 10pm in Mullarkey’s Bar with special guests on Saturday 15th September.

M4a Arts on Air Saturday 5 – 7pm 15th September. File 37.5 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Saturday 5 – 7pm 15th September. File 41.0 MB

Broadcast Saturday the 15th Of September.

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Arts on Air Sunday 10am – 11:30am – 16th September

Sunday mornings’ ‘Arts On Air’ Programme with presenter Eammonn McLoughlin.

10am Tony Curtis & Mike Harding in studio, Tony sings ‘The Bold Fenian Men’ accompanied by Mike on banjo, Tony & Mike chat with Eamonn interspersed with music & poetry.
10.41am Band Guys & Doll live in studio, Tom McHugh, Tom Mitchell, Robert Redd, Tom Anthony, Sue Matthews, John Harris & their performances are E.J.King’s Monday 17th September at 6.30pm, Mannions on Wednesday 19th at 2pm & Tom Kings on Thursday at 9pm.

M4a Arts on Air Sunday 10am – 11:30am – 16th September. File 28.3 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Sunday 10am – 11:30am – 16th September. File 30.8 MB

Broadcast Sunday the 16th Of September.

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Arts on Air Sunday 5 – 7pm 16th September 2018

Sunday evenings’ ‘Arts On Air’ Programme with presenter Paul Phelan.

5.13pm Music & chat with Betty & The Baby Boomers who include Betty Boomer, Jean McEvoy, Paul Rubeo & Steve Stanne, performances during the week Fatima Hospital Monday 17th at 2pm, Walsh’s Bakery Thursday 20th at 3pm & Station House Friday 21st at 6pm.
5.50pm In studio Danielle & Tommy from Australian band Mama Kin Spender, Nick Timothy and Jason Foyle.
5.53pm Nick Timothy singing his own composition ‘Down with the Wind’.
5.58pm Mama Kin Spender playing ‘Water & Fire’. Performance with support at Mullarkey’s Bar Sunday 16th at 10pm
6.07pm Mama Kin Spender playing ‘Underground’.
6.16pm Nick Timothy plays ‘In Your Eyes’.
6.26pm Damian Manning Still Life and Real Life, original sketches, available to view at HEDZ Hairdressing Salon Station House Hotel.
6.35pm Pre record with Anna Faulkenau who will be appearing with Ged Foley at Mullarkey’s Bar at 10pm on Monday 17th.

M4a Arts on Air Saturday 5 – 7pm 16th September. File 38.4 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Saturday 5 – 7pm 16th September. File 42.2 MB

Broadcast Sunday the 16th Of September.

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Arts on Air Monday 11am – 12 noon 17th September

Monday mornings’ ‘Arts On Air’ Programme with presenter Mary Faherty.

11.04am Jim Murphy in studio speaking about A Letter from America, a letter his father wrote from Brooklyn to ask for Jim’s mother’s hand in marriage, this performance includes Seidiu (a vocal ensemble from Clifden). Jim is a director emeritus of the Irish Studies Program at Villanova University. This performance takes place at 2pm on Monday 17th September in the Station House Theatre.
11.21am Recording of Miriam Roycroft (Cello) & Lance Coburn (Piano) who performed at the Church of Ireland on Saturday 15th September.
11.28am In studio Roxanne Fitzmaurice speaking about her exhibition ‘Creatures of Habit’ in conjunction with Ness Porter-Kelly, Tania Gray & Oilbhe Scannell which is available to view at the Gallery beside HEDZ, Station House Hotel .
11.38am Recording of the Kinsella’s recorded by the Arts on Air team, more of that recording on Eamonn McLoughlin’s show next Sunday September 23rd from 10am.
11.44am Terri Conroy discussing ‘Weeds On the Wall’ her photographic exhibition which is on display at The Hair Gallery Bridge Street Clifden.
11.58am Recording of the Whileaways who performed on Sunday 16th at the Church of Ireland.

M4a Arts on Air Monday 11am – 12 noon 17th September. File 19.4 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Monday 11am – 12 noon 17th September. File 21.0 MB

Broadcast Monday the 17th Of September.

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Arts on Air Tuesday 11am – 12 noon 18th September

Tuesday mornings’ ‘Arts On Air’ Programme with presenter Breandan O’Scannaill.

Mary Teresa Davies from Patches chatting with Breandan in studio.
Prerecord with Dr Eimear O’Connor regarding her talk on John Millington Synge: Art & the Rest which will take place on Wednesday 19th September at the Station House Hotel at 11.30am.
In studio Poets Ryan Vine, Geraldine Mitchell & Joan McBreen who have a reading at the Station House Theatre on Tuesday 18th at 2.30pm.
Recording from the performance of RTE Contempo Quartet with Iulian Pusca which took place at the Church of Ireland on Monday.
Alannah Robins & Eileen Ryan Artist in Residence at Interface Studio in the Inagh Valley, car pool leaving Lidl on Friday 21st at 5.30pm.

M4a Arts on Air Tuesday 11am – 12 noon 18th September. File 20.1 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Tuesday 11am – 12 noon 18th September. File 20.7 MB

Broadcast Tuesday the 18th Of September.

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Arts on Air Wednesday 11am – 12 noon 19th September

Wednesday mornings’ ‘Arts On Air’ Programme with presenter Marian Herriott.

11.04am Recording from the Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill concert which was held in the Station house Theatre on Tuesday 18th.
11.07am Roger Harrison in studio discussing his photographic exhibition (Clifden old & new) which is available to view at E.J. Kings.
11.15am Recording from the concert with Anna Faulkenau & Ged Foley which was held in Mullarkey’s Bar on Monday 17th.
11.19am Aodhan McGlynn speaking about ‘The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace’ which will be held on Sunday 23rd at 6pm & 8pm with Galway Tribal Chamber Choir, Cantairi Chonamara with mezzo-soprano Raphaela Mangan & conductor Mark Keane.
11.37am Des Lally interviews Gerard McInerney regarding ‘Sarah Purser & her Legacy’ which was held on Tuesday 18th, Sarah created the decorative windows of Loughrea’s St. Brendan’s Cathedral.
11.47am David Lyttle, Ireland’s most celebrated jazz musician of today & Paul Phelan in studio, David will be playing on Wednesday 19th at Mullarkey’s Bar. Music ‘Septembertime’ from David’s album ‘True Story’.

M4a Arts on Air Wednesday 11am – 12 noon 19th September. File 20.1 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Wednesday 11am – 12 noon 19th September. File 20.7 MB

Broadcast Wednesday the 19th Of September.

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Arts on Air Thursday 11am – 12 noon 20th September

Thursday mornings’ ‘Arts On Air’ Programme with presenter Mary Ruddy.

11.04am Shane Joyce in studio regarding his talk ‘Unravelling Marconi’s First Letterfrack Station on Diamond Hill’ which will be held in Foyle’s Hotel Thursday 20th September at 5pm.
11.12am Pre record with Bernie sister of Christy Dignam lead singer with Aslan who played a sell out concert at the Connemara Leisure Centre on Wednesday.
11.21am Sean Heaney nephew of the late Joe Heaney the great traditional Irish sean nos singer speaking about the film by Pat Collins ‘Song of Granite’ which was shown at the Station House Theatre on Thursday.
11.33am Peter Browne in studio talking about his talk ‘The Uilleann Pipes’ which will take place at the Station house Theatre at 3pm on Thursday.
11.46am Mandy Blinco from LUXe Ireland’s internationally-acclaimed illuminated processional artists, LUXe will present ‘The Journey of the Crystal Ship’ on Thursday 20th at Clifden Beach at 8pm. Free Event, walking is involved and please bring a torch & dress well for the weather. LUXe will also perform at The Grand Parade River of Light on Saturday 22nd.
11.54am Recording from concert with Shane Hennessy & Dave Flynn ‘Virtuosos of the Guitar’ which was held at the Church of Ireland on Wednesday.
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M4a Arts on Air Thursday 11am – 12 noon 20th September. File 19.4 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Thursday 11am – 12 noon 20th September. File 21.0 MB

Broadcast Thursday the 20th Of September.

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Arts on Air Friday 11am – 12 noon 21st September

Friday mornings’ ‘Arts On Air’ Programme with presenter Una McKeever.

11.03am Mary Hughes author from Clifden speaking about her book launch ‘A Lifetime Long ago’ which will be launched Friday 21st at the Clifden Bookshop at 5.30pm.
11.10am Patricia Coughlan & Lucy Collins had a talk on Thursday 20th entitled ‘Echoes Into Silence: Recovering Irish Women Poets’.
11.24 Valerie Joyce performance artist who has a performance for Culture Night on the street outside Guy’s Bar at 9pm Friday 21st, also Hannah O’Sullivan will have An Installation 1km on the Upper Sky Road at 7pm entitled ‘Taobh Uisce’.
11.35am Recording of the band Graffiti Classics who performed at Scoil Mhuire in Clifden on Thursday 20th.
11.41am Pre record with Joanna McMinn speaking with Ray Murphy about his art exhibition ‘Dark to Light’ which can be views at the Steam Cafe, Station House Courtyard.
11.56am Joanna Webb Theatre Director/Actor speaking about the festival.

M4a Arts on Air Friday 11am – 12 noon 21st September. File 20.5 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Friday 11am – 12 noon 21st September. File 21.0 MB

Broadcast Friday the 21st Of September.

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Arts on Air Friday 5pm – 7pm 21st September

The 2nd Friday evenings’ ‘Arts On Air’ Programme with presenter Mary Ruddy.

5.01 Live music in studio with Sophie Lavoie & Fiachra O’Regan from Roundstone who are launching their new album on Friday 21st at the Church of Ireland at 7pm.
5.24pm Bernhard Sanders who has been attending Arts Week since 1989 and he has been digitizing archive photographic footage from the Festival. Ursula Byrne from UCD & Lucy Collins speak about The Clifden Arts Festival Archive at UCD which is paper and digital. This event took place on Thursday 20th.
Recording of Graffiti Classics who held their concert at the Church of Ireland on Thursday 20th, their mission is to make music fun and inclusive for everyone through interaction and comedy.
5.51pm In studio Rory O’Connell a Volunteer & Worker with the festival, John Durning Visual Arts Curator& Jane Colleary who speaks about the Brian Maguire Exhibition ‘War Changed Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings – A Selection, Including Other Words which is available to view at The Festival Gallery.
6.12pm Lynn Saoirse playing the Irish harp live in studio; the piece is called ‘The Seas are Deep’. Lynn will be playing at The Connemara Sands on Saturday 22nd at 4pm. Also in studio singer Harry Bent and together they perform ‘Lord Franklin’.
6.27pm Greg Yule from the Yule & McQ’s Big Band (10 piece band) who will be performing on Friday 21st at Mullarkey’s Bar at 10.30pm, The Gig Rig on Saturday 22nd and Oliver’s Cleggan on Sunday 23rd at 7pm, tracks from his album ‘Sinner’ & ‘Hold on to Her’.
6.41pm Recording of monologue ‘Dearest Old Darling’ written by Mary Kenny & performed by Jeananne Crowley which was held on Friday 21st and recording from the Recital with concert pianist Veronica McSwiney which took place on Friday 21st.

M4a Arts on Air Friday 5pm – 7pm 21st September. File 38.9 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Friday 5pm – 7pm 21st September. File 42.2 MB

Broadcast Friday the 21st Of September.

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Arts on Air TY Special 22nd September

Saturday mornings’ ‘Arts on Air’ TY Special.

A special programme produced by Clifden Community School students. Finn Gray, James Allen, James Sullivan, Conor Thorpe, Jamie Nee, Michelle Mulkerrins, Luca O’Halloran and Hannah Lavelle.

M4a Arts on Air TY Special 22nd September. File 19.0 MB

MP3 Arts on Air TY Special 22nd September. File 20.7 MB

Broadcast Saturday the 22nd Of September.

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Arts on Air Saturday 5pm – 7pm 22nd September

The 2nd Saturday evenings’ ‘Arts On Air’ Programme with presenter Michael Gannon.

5.03pm True North live in studio Lefty, Tumbleweed, Blind Boy, Dusty, Doc & Calamity sing ‘Past the Point of Rescue’, ‘One Voice’and ‘Fishin in the Dark’.
5.27pm Bernie Jeffries speaks about the Roll of Honour she has compiled so far of 46 local young men who died during World War One, a performance of Karl Jenkins will take place on Sunday 23rd at 6pm & 8pm at Clifden Mart, ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.’.
5.53pm Diarmaid Ferriter in studio, Diarmaid is one of Ireland’s best know historians & is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD and on Saturday 22nd a documentary by Nuala O’Connor ‘Keepers of the Flame’ was shown at the Station House Theatre and a Lecture followed hosted by Diarmaid.
6.06pm In studio Janet O’Toole Chairperson of Connemara Community Radio discussing the Festival.
6.16pm Recording from a performance at The Lough Inagh Lodge with Johnny Mháirtn Learaí Mac Dhonnchadha, one of the finest sean-nós singers in Ireland, also present was Caitríona & Paul Canavan who are also masters of this style of music which was held on Saturday 22nd. Dominic Moran from Lough Inagh Lodge introduces the musicians.
6.42pm Afrobeat Orchestra playing music live in studio, a ten piece orchestra with leader Allen-Taylor & they will be performing at 11pm in Mullarkey’s Bar on Saturday 22nd.

M4a Arts on Air Saturday 5pm – 7pm 22nd September. File 37.8 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Saturday 5pm – 7pm 22nd September. File 41.1 MB

Broadcast Saturday the 22nd Of September.

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Arts on Air Sunday 10am – 11:30am – 23rd September

Sunday mornings’ ‘Arts On Air’ Programme with presenter Eammonn McLoughlin.

10.03am In studio Irish Poet Michael Coady chats with Eamonn and recites his poem ‘Mountain Lakes’.
10.11am Dr John Sheahan (Dubliners) in studio playing tin whistle, John accompanied Doireann Ní Ghríofra a bilingual writer at the Station House Theatre on Saturday, Tony Curtis recite Haiku & John Sheahan on fiddle playing a new composition ‘A New Horizon’. Tony Curtis sings a Ralph McTell song ‘A Long Way from Clare to Here’.
10.30am Recording of the David Kinsella & the Bukley family at the Arts on Air Studio.
11am Betty & the Baby Boomers with Ritchie Newman & Dave.

M4a Arts on Air Sunday 10am – 11:30am – 23rd September. File 28.1 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Sunday 10am – 11:30am – 23rd September. File 30.7 MB

Broadcast Sunday the 23rd Of September.

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Arts on Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 23rd September

Our final ‘Arts On Air’ programme with Linda O’Malley.

Highlights from our ‘Arts On Air’ Programmes for 2018.

M4a Arts on Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 23rd September. File 38.3 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 23rd Septembe. File 40.7 MB

Broadcast Sunday the 23rd Of September.