In Conversation with Veronica Dunne

On RTÉ Lyric fmSt Stephen’s Day at 6pm – The wonderful Veronica Dunne and Iarla Ó’Lionáird in Conversation for Vocal Chords.

 

Iarla’s guest in this special Christmas edition of Vocal Chords is the singer and vocal coach Veronica Dunne.

Veronica or ‘Ronnie’ as everyone knows her celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year and in this extended interview at her home she traces her life in song from her childhood, when singing competed with horses for her attention, to her debut at Covent Garden in La Boheme.

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Pantisocracy – Christmas Day Special – 4-5pm December 25th on RTÉ Radio 1

In a special Christmas Day edition of Pantisocracy the ‘cabaret of conversations’ host Panti Bliss, the unofficial ‘Queen’ of Ireland, hosts a gathering exploring how we draw upon the traditions of being Irish, in language, music, song, poetry and dance to re-imagine anew ourselves and our place in the world.

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Athena Media’s 3 finalists in New York Radio Festival 2017

For the fifth year running Athena Media has multiple winning projects in the prestigious International New York Radio Festival Awards. 

Three of our 2016 productions, Wilde Stories, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Vocal Chords- In Conversation with Paul Brady, are finalists in this year’s competition which culminates in a New York Gala on June 19th.

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Celtic Media Festival Award Nomination for Wilde Stories

Athena Media’s ambitious transmedia project – Wilde Stories, has been nominated as one of ten finalists for the prestigious Kieran Hegarty Award FOR Innovation at this year’s Celtic Media Festival which recognises innovation in the use of digital media.

Wilde Stories is a transmedia creative arts project by Athena Media around the fairytales of Oscar Wilde. All 5 episodes of the Wilde Stories radio series are now available as podcasts. Visit www.wildestories.ie for more about the project.

Athena Media’s Helen Shaw will be representing us at the festival, which is taking place right now in the Isle Of Man (pictured above!).

The Festival is an annual three-day celebration of broadcasting, film talent and excellence from Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany.

Athena Media has previously won a Torc for our radio project Winning Women in 2012 and we were also short listed for the Kieran Hegarty Award for our transmedia It’s Your Right project promoting awareness of children’s rights.

The creative team on Wilde Stories is Helen Shaw, Michael Gallen, Felicity Clear, audio editor Pearse Ó Caoimh and digital editor John Howard. The production partners for the project are the BAI, RTÉ Lyric FM and Dublin City Council.

 

 

New Edition of Vocal Chords

Iarla Ó Lionáird meets sisters Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, two of Ireland’s most respected traditional singers,

and shares a conversation of family, song and language with them; from the stories of their father, the singer and folk song collector Aodh Ó Domhnaill, and his sister, the blind singer Neilí Ni Domhnaill, natives of Rann na Feirste, Donegal, to their own roots in the Meath Gaeltacht.

In this segment from the upcoming documentary feature Iarla talks to the sisters about that journey back to Donegal when they were children, to what they see as their spiritual home, and how their Dad would tip them sixpence for the first sighting of Errigal. In the piece you hear the song Níl sé ina lá that the sisters learnt as girls from their Aunt Neilí and recorded by them on the album Idir an Dá Sholas.

The full episode will be broadcast at 7pm on May 5th on RTÉ Lyric fm.

This feature documentary, in the award winning Vocal Chords series, is a unique insight into a family whose work has played a profound part in preserving the traditional culture and soundscape of Ireland and gives an intimate portrait of sisters, and singers, who share a deep and instinctive bond in song and life.

From their first band Skara Brae, with their late brother Micheal, the sisters share their work together and separately, Tríona in the ground-breaking Bothy Band and Maighread in her acclaimed solo work. They sing together for Iarla a song once sung by their late Aunty Neili and collected by Maighread’s husband and traditional music devotee, Cathal Goan.

Vocal Chords is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Lyric fm made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the TV licence fee.

The producer is Helen Shaw, The audio editor is Pearse Ó Caoimh. The digital editor is John Howard.

Photo image by Helen Shaw – all rights in Vocal Chords, recordings and images, rests with Athena Media Ltd. vocalchords.ie for more about the series.

 

Athena Media’s transmedia project nominated for the Kieran Hegarty Award for Innovation at the Celtic Media Festival 2017

Kieran Hegarty Award for Innovation Nomination

Wilde stories, our transmedia Irish art, literature and music project built around original music composition and landmark radio series re-imagining Oscar Wilde through the prism of his fairytales has been nominated for the Kieran Hegarty Award for Innovation at the Celtic Media Festival 2017.

The creative team on Wilde Stories is Helen Shaw, Michael Gallen, Felicity Clear and digital editor John Howard. The production partners for the project are the BAI, RTÉ Lyric FM and Dublin City Council