The All New Arts Show Has Landed

And just like that, the all new Arts Show on KCLR96FM has landed – first show in the bag, plenty more to come. While I’ve something of a more comprehensive writeup over on my arts blog, I’ll keep this one short and just say thank to you all who tuned in and contributed to the first show. There was some nice to-and-fro banter on both Facebook and Twitter, both of which I hope will grow as the show grows itself.

My thanks to guests Gillian Daly, Edward Crane, Anna Galligan and Steven O’Rourke and to producer Edwina Grace.

Yes, this was my first time to present a show, in a live setting. Years ago, I did one or two hour-long shows about Kilkenny Music on the old Over To You community programme and in the time since I’ve put in regular slots with Brendan Hennessy, Edwina Grace and popped into studio for chats with Martin Bridgeman (People In Profile), Sue Nunn, Matt O’Keeffe (to talk about potatoes, no less) and Eoin Carey, so I’m not adverse to guesting and chatting on shows – but once the tables turn and you’re on the opposite side of the microphone it gets very different!

The most important thing is, we had a bit of craic, heard some good stories, listened to some good tunes and kept it all about the arts – and that’s what it’s about. So if you’re involved in anything from the world of books, film, music, poetry, craft, visual arts, theatre or beyond and you’d like to be involved, then I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to drop me a line by emailing [email protected], leave a note on Facebook or strike up a chat on Twitter and we’ll see what we can do!

For now, it’s back to planning and on to the second show. It can only get easier from here, right?


Tracks you heard on tonight’s show include

  • Piano Concerto #1 in Bb Minor by Richard Clayderman
  • Monteleone by Mark Knopfler (video below) taken from his album, Get Lucky (2009).
  • Solitude by Billie Holiday, taken from a 2011 compilation, Forever Lady Day.

Listen Again

We’ll have audio of the first show here shortly.

Video Pick: Mark Knopfler: Monteleone