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Every week we glean life lessons from an inspirational artist. New episode every Monday. Presented by Donal Scannell. Continue Reading >>
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'Sue' from Hong Kong Sue, not her real name, talks to us from Hong Kong to give an insight in life there right now from the perspective of a 21 year old. She talks about hope, pessimism and the need for trust and also calls for a boycott of Chinese goods, including Apple. A fascinating window into the daily realities of oppression.
Tolu Makay A fascinating chat with the great Tolu Makay that touches on religion quite a bit and where it does and doesn't fit in. Tolu released two fantastic singles in 2019 - her debut single 'Ocean' and 'The Greatest Gift' with Delush.
Andy White A conversation 35 years in the making with a truly inspirational Irish singer now over 14 albums into an amazing career. From his debut single 'Religious Persuasion' to his brand new album 'Time Is A Buffalo In The Art Of War' his pace and passion have remained intense. From growing up in Belfast at the height of the troubles to live on the edge of culture in Melbourne to his 90s Dublin days we cover a lot in this special episode.
Artgirl turns the tables for a special edition of our podcast. We start off by getting to know her as we talk about FOMO, health and expectations. Then she asks the questions and gleams information relevant to where she's at. A very interesting view into the early stages of a career that spans Mundy, Boy George, Philip Treacy and DJ Sideral. The unifier is of course the importance of great headwear! Artgirl turns the tables for a special edition of our podcast. We start off by getting to know her as we talk about FOMO, health and expectations. Then she asks the questions and gleams information relevant to where she's at. A very interesting view into the early stages of a career that spans Mundy, Boy George, Philip Treacy and DJ Sideral. The unifier is of course the importance of great headwear!
The Late David Turpin - a schooling in so many things from the singer and screenwriter with some quite controversial comments here. A wide ranging interview with goes from late night TV to the intertwining of sexual politics and socialism. Wonderful, insightful and incendiary. The Late David Turpin - a schooling in so many things from the singer and screenwriter with some quite controversial comments here. A wide ranging interview with goes from late night TV to the intertwining of sexual politics and socialism. Wonderful, insightful and incendiary.
Caoilian Sherlock - we speak to this Cork troubadour at a very auspicious time his life. A time when he sorta almost could possibly be moving to Dublin to launch the solo chapter of his musical adventure. Along the way we find out about why he does all the great things he does in the first place. Caoilian Sherlock - we speak to this Cork troubadour at a very auspicious time his life. A time when he sorta almost could possibly be moving to Dublin to launch the solo chapter of his musical adventure. Along the way we find out about why he does all the great things he does in the first place.
Modern classical and electronic artist Paddy Mulcahy in conversation to herald his brilliant second album 'How To Disappear'. Paddy's full of the joys that music brings and shares how he got to where he is. Modern classical and electronic artist Paddy Mulcahy&nbsp;in conversation to herald his brilliant second album 'How To Disappear'.&nbsp;Paddy's full of the joys that music brings and shares how he got to where he is.&nbsp;
Kevin Murphy from Slow Moving Clouds joins us in advance of Songs From A Safe Harbour Festival in Cork and talks mixing music, academia and caring about climate change. Kevin Murphy from Slow Moving Clouds joins us in advance of Songs From A Safe Harbour Festival in Cork and talks mixing music, academia and caring about climate change.
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