Arts Show #16: July 31

Lotta Virkkunen and Martino Vacca in studio
Lotta Virkkunen and Martino Vacca in studio earlier tonight.

Tonight marked the last of the shows for July with a healthy blend music and chat to soothe away the woes from the miserable weather we’re having today.

Brightening up spirits in studio this evening to kick things off were Lotta Virkkunen and Martino Vacca. Celtic Cry brings together a host of musicians at the Watergate each Wednesday and Thursday for the summer months and it was great craic to get Lotta and Martino in for a chat and a tune and find out how a Finnish fiddle player and Italian uileann piper wound up on stage in Kilkenny. Check out the player for a listen back to the clip and a tune ahead of their return to the stage tomorrow after a short break.

There’s loads happening too in the world of Jerpoint Glass and Sally Leadbetter popped in for a chat about Bernadette Madden’s latest show. One of the country’s foremost batik artists, Jerpoint Glass Studio hosts Bernadette from this Friday thorugh to September 7th. They’ve also got an open day coming up on 17 August dubbed ‘Blow A Glass Bubble for Kilkenny Arts Festival’. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at glassblowing, now’s your chance. The free event takes place from 10am to 2pm and bookings can be made via 056 7724350.

Joining me on the phone for a quick chat about his pending performance at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival was Dublin-based guitarist and composer Cian Nugent. A year on from the release of debut album Doubles and his performance supporting Agnes Obel at last year’s festival, Cian is back in action this August, this time at St. John’s Priory on John Street on Saturday 11th.

I was hoping to have a chat with Ethan Dooley, one of the crew involved in Flash:Light and the Disposable Film Festival Screening which took place in Callan tonight but such is life with mobile phones, we lost the call only 30 seconds in so I got to break out some Mark Knopfler again.

Until next week,


Arts Show Playback July 31

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Music Played This Week

  1. Live performance from Lotta Virkkunen and Martino Vacca of Celtic Cry
  2. Over The Hill by Agnes Obel, taken from the album Philharmonics
  3. Sixes and Sevens by Cian Nugent, taken from the album Doubles
  4. Sing by Maria Doyle Kennedy featuring Damien Rice, taken from the album Sing (out August 24th)
  5. What It Is by Mark Knopfler, taken from the album Sailing To Philadelphia