Colleen Shanks plays the Uilleann Pipes in her cottage in Inagh and Eoin chats to her about her journey in piping and in life.
What do a bicycle, a living room sofa, spools of copper wire, and a six-pack of Cherry Vanilla Coke Zero have in common? All of them may soon be or currently are in short supply as the global economy experiences a supply chain in disarray that has left few consumer goods and commodities untouched. Ships backed up and waiting to dock in California ports, containers that wait for trucks or trains to deliver them, and warehouses that lack enough labor to unpack those containers — all contribute to the bottlenecks in the supply chain that threaten to leave store shelves empty. With the holidays around the corner, some retailers, like Costco, are hiring their own ships to help deliver goods. We’ll look into what is causing these supply chain issues and how they might be resolved in the near- and long-term future.
A radio documentary about the fiddle player and self proclaimed legend from Brosna, Co Kerry - Con Curtin
Con was born in Brosna, Co Kerry in 1925. Every year the village of Brosna holds a festival in his honour.
Con’s life story has a Rabelaisian quality to it. Apprenticed as a blacksmith - a trade with no future he points out - he left for the promise of London at an early age. There he worked as a ganger for Murphy for ten years, tunnelling beneath the streets of the city, before becoming a publican.
His 14-year tenancy of The Balloon in Chelsea passed into London folklore. The Balloon was renowned as a place that rarely closed for business - pushed by a policeman on one occasion Curtin defined his opening hours as from January until December.
He played music on the Topic album, Paddy in the Smoke, recorded in London in the 1960s and regarded by many as the finest live recording of traditional music ever made.
Musically Curtin is defined by Sliabh Luchra and by his time in London. Brosna is — for him — the place that music comes from and his life has been defined by that music and the people he met through it. Con Curtin was one of the last of his kind: a natural storyteller.
Con passed away in April 2009.
A radio documentary about the magic of playing the fiddle.
In The Fiddler’s Frenzy, Aoife Nic Cormaic presents a bi-lingual feature about fiddle players and the magic of fiddling - clár dhátheangach a bhreathnaíonn ar an ndraíocht a bhaineann le ceol na fidile.
The fiddle is one of the most popular instruments in Ireland and evidence suggests that this has been the case throughout history - indeed there is evidence of bowed instruments in Dublin dating back even as far as the 11th century.
Over the centuries the form of the fiddle (or violin) has developed and the one now seen played, only emerged in Italy in 1550. But its popularity has never waned and tin fiddles were even used in some areas when wooden ones were harder to come by.
For some people the attraction of the fiddle is its closeness to the human voice, its range and adaptability. It is also a very beautiful instrument, which is equally at home playing jazz, bluegrass, classical music, folk or traditional music.
In the documentary, Aoife Nic Cormaic talks to fiddle players - including Martin Hayes, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Charlie Lennon about the attraction of the fiddle.
Listeners will also hear voices from the archives speaking about their love of fiddles and fiddle music.
Aoife also talks to fiddle maker Kieran Crehan, and to writers and folklorists about the fact and the fiction associated with the instrument.
Produced by Aoife Nic Cormaic. Production supervision by Lorelei Harris.
"The Fiddler’s Frenzy" was first broadcdast on the 5th March 2003.
It was part of a short season of bi-lingual documentaries called ‘Fusion’ in the Documentary on One slot on RTÉ Radio 1.
A look at the career of the world renowned, and occasionally controversional, accordian player Tony McMahon. (Broadcast 2005)
Mac Mahon’s contribution to Irish folk music is remarkable. His music has been variously described as both transporting and transforming; the raw emotion and profound character of his performance leaves his audience deeply moved.
His extraordinary interpretation of the old Song Airs of Ireland, in particular, stand alone – inhabiting spaces where mystery and magic find full expression, opening pathways of feeling for the old Gaelic past in all its nobility, tenderness and sadness.
As radio & televion producer with RTÉ, Mac Mahon has championed the cause of native Irish Arts for 25 years.
Uncompromising in his damning of superficiality and commercialism in traditional music, he defends the cultural milieu which claimed him as a child in the south-west of Ireland 66 years ago. Possibly the best-known figure in traditional Irish music, this man is its least visible icon.
Most interviewed & quoted, he is often dismissed & criticised – yet he remains its most articulate, most respected and even most feared ideologue.
He has played and worked with most of the great Irish traditional musicians of the past half-century, his tv productions have won international awards & his recordings have travelled in the wider world of Irish music. In 2004 he was given awarded the ‘Hall of Fame’ award for his broadcasing service by TG4 – the Irish language public service television station.
Produced by Peter Woods
After a set of leaks last month that represented the most damaging insight into Facebook’s inner workings in the company’s history, the former employee behind them has come forward. Now Frances Haugen has given evidence to the US Congress – and been praised by senators as a ‘21st century American hero’. Will her testimony accelerate efforts to bring the social media giant to heel?
Greg Jenner and his guests examine the life of Sake Dean Mahomed who introduced curry, shampooing and therapeutic massage to 19th-century England. He grew up under colonial rule, but Sake Dean Mahomed ended up living in Brighton until the age of 92 and counted members of the Royal Family among his many clients. Greg’s guests in this episode are Dr Arunima Datta from Idaho State University and the comedian and podcast host Eshaan Akbar.
Your favorite web dev podcasts join forces for a super collab that’ll knock you frontend off! Amelia joins Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert from ShopTalk Show while Divya teams up with Wes Box & Scott Tolinski from Syntax. Let the FEUDing begin!
Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh is important. An innovator and a musician who always improves the sound whenever he plays. There is no rush during his chat with Eoin. As he opens up about his native Galway and the musicians he has played with, we realise we are in a way listening to a social history of more than half a century. Eoin and Adam, who records and mixes the conversations, are grateful for the support and the donations to the paypal account which allow this series keep going. Enjoy Ringo!!
We talk about all things STRANGE in this episode brought to by the members of Kern - Brendan McCreanor, Barry Kieran and Dylan Pearse along with support from An Táin Arts Centre. Our willing guests who get a grilling this time are Director of An Táin Arts Centre, Paul Hayes and world renowned Louth fiddler & singer Zoe Conway!