Vocal Chords In Conversation with Peggy Seeger – available as podcast/stream

In a new instalment of Vocal ChordsIarla Ó Lionáird meets folk singer Peggy Seeger at her home in Oxford to explore her life’s journey in song and song composition. Peggy talks of her childhood growing up under the influence of her older half brother Peter Seeger and in a home where legendary singers like Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie would visit to meet her parents, song collectors and composers Charles Seeger and Ruth Crawford Seeger.

 

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Peggy met, and later married folk singer and writer Ewan MacColl, and she shares her experience of working with Ewan from the late 1950s until his death in the late 1980s. Since then Peggy has continued to write and perform and she now works with her musician sons Neill and Calum and she is now in a civil partnership with Irene Pyper Scott, a Northern Irish singer she first met in 1964 in Belfast.

 

For more about the making of the episode check out our LinkedIn Blog – “Meeting Peggy”.

peggyseeger.com for more about Peggy Seeger

iarla.com for more about Iarla Ó Lionáird

 

New Edition of Vocal Chords – featuring Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill

Iarla Ó Lionáird meets sisters Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, two of Ireland’s most respected traditional singers,

and shares a conversation of family, song and language with them; from the stories of their father, the singer and folk song collector Aodh Ó Domhnaill, and his sister, the blind singer Neilí Ni Domhnaill, natives of Rann na Feirste, Donegal, to their own roots in the Meath Gaeltacht.

In this segment from the upcoming documentary feature Iarla talks to the sisters about that journey back to Donegal when they were children, to what they see as their spiritual home, and how their Dad would tip them sixpence for the first sighting of Errigal. In the piece you hear the song Níl sé ina lá that the sisters learnt as girls from their Aunt Neilí and recorded by them on the album Idir an Dá Sholas.

The full episode will be broadcast at 7pm on May 5th on RTÉ Lyric fm.

This feature documentary, in the award winning Vocal Chords series, is a unique insight into a family whose work has played a profound part in preserving the traditional culture and soundscape of Ireland and gives an intimate portrait of sisters, and singers, who share a deep and instinctive bond in song and life.

From their first band Skara Brae, with their late brother Micheal, the sisters share their work together and separately, Tríona in the ground-breaking Bothy Band and Maighread in her acclaimed solo work. They sing together for Iarla a song once sung by their late Aunty Neili and collected by Maighread’s husband and traditional music devotee, Cathal Goan.

Vocal Chords is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Lyric fm made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the TV licence fee.

The producer is Helen Shaw, The audio editor is Pearse Ó Caoimh. The digital editor is John Howard.

Photo image by Helen Shaw – all rights in Vocal Chords, recordings and images, rests with Athena Media Ltd. athenamedia.ie

Pantisocracy Episode 6 available as Podcast

In Episode 6 of Pantisocracy (aired during a Halloween daytime slot of 2pm, Monday October 31st), Panti’s guests in her chamber in this show were novelist John Boyne, (author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Amanullah De Sondy, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam University College Cork, Sligo based Illustrator Annie West, singer Hozier and the actor and singer Bronagh Gallagher. Bronagh offers a song to the cabaret with a performance of ‘Hand on My Heart’ and Hozier sings his song ‘To Be Alone’.


Subscribe / Listen to the extended Director’s Cut of Pantisocracy Episode 6

As ever, more information and additional content is available at pantisocracy.ie.
We’re also delighted to be able to announce that Episode 7 of #Pantisocracy will be broadcast on Christmas Day at 6pm! Panti’s monologue might be elevated to the status of our very own Queen’s Speech. Full details of the episode’s guests will be confirmed shortly so stay tuned.

 


 
 

Hozier performing ‘To Be Alone’ from Pantisocracy – Episode 6 from Athena Media on Vimeo.


 
 

 
 

 

 

 

Cross Currents – 3 Part Series on Contemporary Irish Composers for RTÉ lyric fm

WHAT ARE THE INFLUENCES WHICH SHAPED MODERN IRISH COMPOSERS?

A THREE-PART SERIES ON RTÉ LYRIC FM NARRATED BY BARRY MCGOVERN AIRING AT 7PM ON FRIDAYS 9TH, 16TH AND 23RD OF SEPTEMBER 2016.

The 1970s was a defining period for music in Ireland with a number of major talents blossoming. Roger Doyle produced his first LPs; Raymond Deane and Gerald Barry traveled to study at the very epicentre of new music in Cologne, Germany, studying with Stockhausen and Kagel; and Jane O’Leary arrived in Ireland from the US, establishing Ireland’s first contemporary music ensemble, Concorde.

This was the era in which contemporary Irish music came of age, shedding its self-conscious often nationalist image, and becoming internationally focussed, in keeping with the wider political and economic shift in Ireland after it joined the European Economic Community.

Cross Currents is a landmark three-part music documentary series, narrated by award-winning actor Barry McGovern, exploring contemporary Irish composers and their work. Produced by Athena Media in association with the Contemporary Music Centre and RTÉ lyric fm, the last 50 years have seem Irish composition flourish as young Irish composers look to Europe and beyond to re-imagine an Irish identity in music, paralleling many of the societal and economic shifts in post-de Valera Ireland. After the ‘nation-building’ period of Seán Ó Riada’s music and the watermark 50th anniversary of the 1916 Rising in 1966, a new generation of musicians and writers sought to explore their identity within the influence of continental Europe.

Episode 1 of the series airs at 7pm Friday the 9th of September on RTÉ lyric fm. Detailed background on the series and composers at crosscurrents.ie.

Wilde Stories – Episode 1 now available for download

Wilde Stories our radio series inspired by Oscar Wilde’s collection of fairytales The Happy Prince and Other Tales has now begun airing on RTÉ Lyric FM, for the ‘Lyric Feature’ – on Friday evenings at 7pm for the next few weeks, with Episode 2 (centred on the story of ‘The Devoted Friend’, read by Lauren Coe going to air this Friday the 15th of July.
Episode 1 was broadcast last week and is now available to download via iTunes.
 
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Wilde Stories – new iTunes Podcast channel/RSS Feed

Wilde Stories is an artistic transmedia project around Oscar Wilde‘s collection of fairytales The Happy Prince and Other Tales. This Athena Media project brings together Irish artists including composer Michael Gallen and visual artist Felicity Clear, to re-imagine the stories in a broadcast collaboration with RTÉ lyric fm.

In anticipation for the release of the full episodes this Summer, an iTunes channel/RSS Feed has been established for Wilde Stories, where listeners can access a number of short promo features, with readings by Lauren Coe, Brian Gleeson and Robert Sheehan. As the episodes go to air, the full length radio programmes will be uploaded to the iTunes channel to stream and download.

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Wilde Stories – Taster : 'High Above the City' – Support our Wilde Imagination from Athena Media on Vimeo.

HISTORY’s Vikings Podcast

Athena Media producing ongoing podcast series taking you behind the scenes of HISTORY’s Vikings TV show

Love Vikings? HISTORY’s Vikings Podcast, with host Nick Hodges, brings you behind the scenes of the hit series, featuring commentary from creator/writer Michael Hirst, and exclusive interviews with cast and crew.

It’s the perfect audio companion for fans of the series. New episodes are posted Friday mornings after the premiere of each Vikings episode in Season 4 on Thursdays at 10/9c. Subscribe to the podcast and get involved on twitter using #talkingvikings, or via the HISTORY Vikings Facebook page.

In this week’s episode, Nick talks to Michael Hirst, the sole writer on Vikings since season 1 and gets exclusive access to Hirst on location to talk about the origins of the show and how Hirst approaches writing it.

‘Historians write from the outside, as a dramatist I write from the inside’

Michael reveals and says he quite likes to get the Vikings characters to do terrible things and hope the fans still love them – because they are Vikings! Of course, Michael’s vision would be nothing without the ability to realise them, and Head Costume Designer Joan Bergin provides exactly that. Nick talks to her about where she draws her inspiration from and how she and her experienced team conceptualise the contrasting societies within the Vikings world and manage to execute them with such realism.

Go to history.com for more.

If you want to talk to Nick about Vikings Season 4, email historyvikingspodcast@gmail.com
 

The Family of Things – Episode 12: Vivienne DeCourcy

Vivienne DeCourcy

Vivienne DeCourcy, the writer and director of the new feature film ‘Dare to be Wild’ is Helen Shaw’s guest in episode 12 of The Family of Things.

‘Dare to be Wild’, is based on the true story of Irish wild garden designer Mary Reynolds who won the Chelsea Garden Show in 2002. The film is Vivienne’s directorial debut and in this podcast Vivienne talks about her connection to the film’s message, the importance of the environment, nature conservation on our planet and the connection between man and the environment. Vivienne, a former lawyer, began writing scripts after surviving cancer and she talks about her instinctive relationship with the outdoors and nature from her childhood.

Her parents, her father was in the Irish Army, and her mother was an English teacher, encouraged her to become a doctor or a lawyer, but as a lover of art and history, she feels she was given a special gift – to take inspirational and enlightening stories and share them with an audience. Stories, she says, that may “positively impact the way we live on planet earth”.

Dare to be Wild will be released in cinemas in Spring 2016.

The Brain Box – Episode 1 now on iTunes

“We’ve learned more about the brain in the past 50 years than in the previous 2000” says The Brain Box presenter and lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Maynooth University, Dr. Richard Roche.

The Brain Box, a two part radio series for Newstalk 106-108 fm, brings listeners on a quest into our mind to uncover the secrets of the human brain, ‘the most complex entity in the known universe’, asking questions like What is intelligence?, How are memories made and lost? Is madness linked to creativity? and How close are we to creating true Artificial Intelligence?<p>

“It’s the most complex entity in the known universe. You’ve got these three kilograms of fat, and yet the most fascinating capacities come out of it!”
Professor Ian Robertson, Trinity College Dublin.

Richard meets experts in the field, like Professor Ian Robertson and Professor Fiona Newell from Trinity College Dublin, to talk about the brain and the things that we are still discovering every day, including new research into the exciting area of brain plasticity which states that the brain constantly evolves and adapts, even after damage and into old age, which has implications for the rehabilitation of the brain after trauma and in treating diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Episode 1 – How the Brain Works
What is intelligence, how do we learn, think and create? How do we create and lose memories and why have we learnt more about the human brain in the last few decades than the previous thousands? Neuroscientist Dr. Richard Roche unravels the most complex thing in the universe.
Voices you will hear in this episode include: scientists Fiona Newell, John Foxe, Kevin Mitchell, Shane O’Mara and Olivia O’Leary and synesthete Karen Kane. Part 1 was broadcast on October 17th at 7am and 10pm and is now available for free on iTunes.

Episode 2 – How the Brain Breaks
What causes mental illness? is genius linked to madness? What is autism and how should we treat it? And is dementia inevitable in old age? What happens to us in a stroke or brain injury and how can we recover? Scientist Dr Richard Roche explores the human brain and our quest to know ourselves.
Voices you hear in this episode include neuroscientists Niall Pender, John Cryan and Michelle Kelly, Seamus Cunningham, who has early onset Alzheimer’s, and mother of 2 autistic children Lisa Domican. On Air October 24th at 7am and 10pm. Additional content is available on The Brain Box Audioboom channel.

An Athena Media production for Newstalk made with the support of the TV licence fee via the BAI.
The producer is Helen Shaw.
The presenter is Dr. Richard Roche.
The audio editor is Amy Millar.
Researcher/Recordist is Cormac McAdam.
The Brain Box is made with the funding support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the TV licence fee.

The Kinder Letters – Podcast now on iTunes

The Kinder Letters is a radio documentary broadcast on Newstalk 106 – 108fm about one Irish man’s quest to unravel the mystery of a thank you book that unveils a web of untold stories of human struggle, childhood innocence, and the complex bilateral relations between Germany and Ireland in post-war Europe. This story about war, memory and the power of love airs is now available for free via iTunes

In 1955, 11 year old Irish girl Mary Walshe came into possession of a colourful book of letters, compiled by schoolgirls in Saarbrücken, Germany in 1946. This ‘dankebuch’ thanks the Irish people for their invaluable donations at a time of humanitarian crises after the collapse of Nazi Germany. More than 60 years later, the book passed to her husband Tony O’Herlihy, who as a loving remembrance after her death in 2011 began unravelling the mysteries behind the origins of the book, revealing a complex story about that time in history.

The story of the Dankebuch is shrouded in mystery. I regret that while Mary was still alive we never tried to find out anything about it….So it was a few months after she died that I came across the book again, and I thought now, hold on, Tomorrow has come.

Tony O’Herlihy

The Kinder Letters follows Tony’s highly emotional journey into the devastation of post-war Europe via modern day Dublin and Saarbrücken as he narrates this incredible story of meeting survivors of the original class, hearing first-hand recounts of the time. Historical experts such as executive editor of the documents on Irish foreign policy at the Royal Irish Academy Dr. Michael Kennedy, Irish Ambassador to Germany Michael Collins and researcher in mid-century Irish-Jewish history Dr. Kevin McCarthy reveal Ireland’s largely unspoken positive, yet at times unsavoury, position at that time, such as with the relationship between De Valera’s Ireland and Germany, and the contrasting fortunes of the German orphan children of ‘Operation Shamrock’, against that of the Jewish refugee children housed in Clonyn Castle whose admittance to Ireland had stringent conditions attached because of their religion.

This documentary captures a rare glimpse of post-war Europe through the microcosm of this children’s book, and through a rich canvas of archive, music and interviews reveals Ireland’s position within Europe at a time of chaos.

The Kinder Letters is produced by Robert Hope and Amy Millar of Athena Media

A short write up about the program is also available on The Independent.

The Kinder Letters is an Athena Media Production for Newstalk 106 – 108fm made with the support of the BAI and the TV licence fee. All rights rest with Athena Media Ltd.