The Western Skyline with Karen McDonnell 21st Oct 2017


In this week’s Western Skyline there’s arts news, and listings of upcoming Hallowe’en events. We preview the upcoming Comedy Festival in Galway and play some vintage comedy clips including the great Tom Lehrer. Finally, there are some tracks in homage to George Michael, following the release of the documentary ‘Freedom’.
I hope you enjoy the show. AND, if there is a book club out there interested in reading Lincoln in the Bardo and also Cre na Cille … well we’d love to have you in the studio to discuss them!
Image © Karen McDonnell

The Western Skyline with Karen McDonnell 7th Oct 2017


Welcome to a Travelling Wilburys special on The Western Skyline. This week saw the death of Tom Petty at the age of 66. Rather than play the best known tracks by Petty, I decided to put a playlist together that includes tracks from Petty & the Heartbreakers, but also by his fellow musicians in the Travelling Wilburys: George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison. Needless to say, the music is, in the words of George, ‘Fab’.
Also – I spoke to actor Oisin McDonagh and stage manager Elizabeth Jacob about a theatrical production of Crime & Punishment, the great 19th century Russian novel by Fydor Dostoevsky. The novel has been adapted for the stage by Philip McDonagh, and is directed by Luke Morgan, with music by Jake Morgan. The theatre company will perform the play for the first time next week in Kinvara. An exciting night is promised. So get to Kinvara Community Centre at 7pm on 14 October.
Gremlins mean we didn’t make it to ‘The End of the Line’. A good omen, perhaps!

The Western Skyline with Karen McDonnell 23rd Sep 2017


A Western Skyline Special – this time focused on Live Events being shown at the Eye Cinema, Galway over the next six months. Today’s show highlights music and arias from operas by Bellini, Mozart, Puccini, & Donizetti.
There’s news of an animated film ‘Loving Vincent’ – dedicated to the life and work of Van Gogh, and – also at the Eye Cinema – an encore performance by Benedict Cumberbatch as ‘Hamlet’ on 5 October. Instead of the poem this week, listen to Richard E Grant’s rendition of ‘What a piece of work is a man’ (Hamlet), in the closing scene of ‘Withnail & I’. (Filmed in a downpour at the Zoo).
We have details of a new dance/cello collaboration between Jean butler & Neil Martin. Finally, there’s an instrumental version of a well -loved modern song – from Galway-based ConTempo Quartet.
If you’d like to hear another classical Western Skyline – let me know. Just email kinvarafm@gmail.com and put The Western Skyline in the subject line. As always – Thanks for listening!

The Western Skyline


Yes we are shouting to the top this week: celebrating Galway’s hurling succes.
Also celebrating some fine musicians and songwriters: Suzanne Vega, Neil Young, Adele, Stevie Wonder, The Style Council, The Police, Stevie Nicks … and others.
We preview Culture Night 2017, look at a volunteering opportunity, and there’s a poem for Autumn.
Hope yourenjoy the show. Feedback and comments always welcome. And a follow or two would be great!

The Western Skyline with Karen McDonnell 26th August 2017


Tonii Kelly, the editor of Guaire Magazine in Gort joined us on The Western Skyline today to tell us about a new initiative to get the children of south Galway writing poetry and fiction. Tonii also spoke about the magazine, which celebrates Gort and the area around the town. Check out guaire.org for more details.
Music is from Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder, M People, Jambalaya Cajun Band, Youssou N’Dour, Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, Alan Stivell, De Dannan, Bruce Hornsby & The Range, and the Buena Vista Social Club.
There’s news of art exhibitions and a seaside installation. Don’t forget to contact kava@kinvara.com if you want to join the day trip to see the Vermeer Exhibition at the National Gallery.
We preview Muldoon’s Picnic, coming next Tuesday 29th to the Town Hall Theatre in Galway, and Moonfish Theatre Company’s production of Joseph O’Connor’s ‘Star of the Sea’ – also at the Town Hall Theatre on 1& 2 September.

The Western Skyline with Karen Mcdonnell12 Aug 2017


Chris Banahan joined the Western Skyline today to talk about a special art exhibition at his home to coincide with next week’s Cruinniu na mBad.
Today’s poem is ‘Mobile Library’ by Dublin poet Anne Tannam – from her collection Tides Shifting Across My Sitting Room Floor, published by Salmon Poetry. Thanks to Anne & Salmon for permission to read her work.
Also on the show; arts news, details about a photography competition for under-18s, and a selection of music ranging from Bjork, to Marc Bolan, to Crowded House.
All in all – a busy day on the Skyline!
Image: Art by Christopher Banahan. Copyright the artist.

The Western Skyline 22nd July 2017


Today’s show features an interview with local artist and author, Cathy Dunne, as well as news from the Galway International Arts Festival, and an important local fundraiser: Palestine Comes to Kinvara. Music is from such greats as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman & Peggy Lee, Jimmy Webb, Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, CSN.

The Western Skyline with Karen McDonnell 8th July 2017


The Summer of Love 1967!
An exploration of music from 1967 & the Summer of Love, with some arts roundups thrown in for good measure. Enjoy the vibes with songs from The Turtles, Procul Harem, The Stones, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Scott McKenzie, The Spencer Davis Group and more …
Turn on, Tune In …. don’t Drop Out until you’ve listened to the show!
Groovy.

The Western Skyline with Karen McDonnell 10th June 2017

Another line up of great music from some of Music’s best, including Johnny Cash, Dave Brubeck, Sandy Denny, The Doobie Brothers, Tracy Chapman…
Arts News focuses on art exhibitions & workshops, a drama production by children for children, W. B Yeats’s birthday and Bloomsday. And today’s poem is No Second Troy by Yeats.
Email requests & comments to me at kinvarafm@gmail.com – put The Western Skyline in the subject line.
Hope you enjoy the music!