Arts Show #6: May 22 2012

The weeks are flying by on The Arts Show at this stage of things, now six weeks in the hot seat at KCLR. Tonight was another fun show with loads of chat and an all-female lineup on the guest front.

Up first was Stella Konik of Irish Baroque Orchestra. The IBO are in Kilkenny this weekend for a special performance at The Black Abbey from 3.15pm. Directed by Monica Huggett, their programme for this weekend titled The Dutch Connection features the works of three key Baroque composers: the violin virtuso Locatelli, the elusive and mysterious Van Wassenaer and the elegant Leclair – with a Dutch twist! For full details there you can check out IrishBaroqueOrchestra.com

Bealtaine Festival programme coordinator Sandra Adams joined me for a chat about Translunar Paradise which is being staged as part of Bealtaine at the GB Shaw Theatre this Saturday night in Carlow. Tickets for the show are still available and can be booked via GBShawTheatre.ie. Translunar Paradise takes you on a journey of life, death, and enduring love. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go. Using a live accordion accompaniment this exquisite piece of mask and movement theatre was an award winning sellout at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011. Translunar Paradise is a co-production with The Lowry, Salford Quays, Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) & BE Festival, Birmingham and The Ustinov, Bath.

Last but not least, I got to chat with the lovely Aisling Quinn. Hailing from Galway, Aisling released her latest single Song I Wrote For You last month from debut album Let The Games Begin, released 2011. Aisling gave us an insight to the creative process behind the album itself, the music video, the song and looking ahead to album number two – even in the first one was a four year process.

You can listen back to all three interviews, plus hear the setlist below (scroll past the video) in the Listen Again area from Wednesday 23 May.

Aisling Quinn – Song I Wrote For You

Setlist for Arts Show May 22 2012

  • Fernando Sor’s Variations on a Theme of Mozart as performed by John Williams (recorded in London, December 1958). Taken from the album John Williams: Guitar Recital available on Decca Records.
  • Her Beautiful Ideas by The Guggenheim Grotto, taken from their 2008/09 release Happy The Man, available on UFO Records
  • Ennio Morricone’s classic Gabriel’s Oboe, taken from the soundtrack to The Mission, starring Jeremy Irons, Robert DeNiro, Ray McAnally and Aidan Quinn
  • Aisling Quinn’s Song I Wrote For You, taken from her 2011 debut album Let The Games Begin
  • Tchaikovsky’s March from The Nutcracker Suite