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2015-05-31 20:01:11

We say goodbye to May 2015 with the familiar - relaxing yet stimulating - late-night mix: Max Richter (see video), playing piano; Loudon Wainwright, bemoaning the wife of a friend; Gerry Mulligan teamed up with Johnny Hodges; there's piano music by Ravel, Rachmaninov and Rautavaara; Clifford Brown with strings; singer-songwriter Jackie Oates; the late Montserrat Figueras, and something originating from 12th century France; another selection from "Dallendyshe"; Christy Moore sings a Philip Chevron creation; and we listen to a choral work by Stanford.

 

 

"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 10pm...

 

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2015-05-30 07:12:46

Eamonn presents part of Michael Nyman's Symphony No.11 (Hillsborough Memorial); Joe Albany's reading of "As Time Goes By" (Albany played piano for Charlie Parker in the 1940s); a selection from "The Murphy Beds", a recording by Eamon O'Leary and Jefferson Hamer (see video); music for solo piano by Australian composer Kate Moore; Estonian jazz courtesy of Mart Soo; Ben and his dad Tom Paley from "Paley & Son" (Tom played with Woody Guthrie and mentored Bob Dylan and Ry Cooder, amongst others); Samuel Barber's Op.38, performed by Keith Jarrett; also on Saturday's BLUE, more from Elina Duni's "Dallendyshe"; and Courtney Pine, from his new duet CD with pianist Zoe Rahman.

 

 

"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 10pm…

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2015-05-29 07:46:53

Tonight, Eamonn presents the Irish Youth Chamber Choir, from its 2015 debut release (an EP); a solo piano improvisation by the young American musician Aaron Parks who, at age 15, was majoring in music, math and computer science at the University of Washington; English composer Laura Rossi remembers our dead ancestors (specifically those killed in World War I); bandoneon-player Dino Saluzzi is heard with his "family band"; two Irish-American sisters sing an ode to mothers; we'll also hear a 2015 release by Olga Georgievskaya (whose sister is also a professional classical pianist); jazz piano-man Kenny Werner (see video), from a forthcoming CD; new Andy Sheppard; symphonic Shostakovich; and another selection from "Dallendyshe".

 

 

"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 9:45pm (approx)

Free Stuff!!

2015-05-28 16:11:08

Five free copies of "Power & Perdition" will be up for grabs at goodreads.com for most of the month of June.

 

These are hardback first editions that come with a dust jacket, signed by the author; and will be delivered to the lucky winners at no charge whatsoever. Visit the Goodreads website, any time from June 1st to 28th, and click on "Enter To Win" to include your name in the draw...

 

Incidentally, the nobetterman site will also be offering book-lovers the chance to win free copies of both the paperback and hardback editions. Watch this space…

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2015-05-24 15:41:51

The latest recording by Trio Mediaeval (see video) is a collection of polyphony from Iceland to Italy; it's named "Aquilonis", in honour of the North Wind. Hear a selection from the CD on tonight's BLUE. We'll also listen to 3 samples of contemporary jazz from Estonia; the father and son pairing of Tom and Ben Paley; Argentinian guitarist Pablo Márquez; young jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock (who'll be teaching and performing in Sligo this summer); more from the pen of Bob Dylan; solo piano music by Arnold Schoenberg; and American sax-player Harry Allen, recorded in the company of the Jan Lundgren Quartet.

 

 

"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 10pm...