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Listen again to a selection of interviews that have featured on the programme.

 


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Eamon Friel speaks to the Strabane woman with one of the most significant jobs in Derry.

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Eamon Friel speaks to jazz man, and multi-instrumentalist, the talented John Trotter .

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Moving an audience from laughter to tears, and back to laughter - Ann Craig with Eamon Friel.

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Eilidh Patterson on her new album, and making friends with Beth Neilsson Chapman.

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Maria McCool, from the Donegal gaeltacht has a dilemma as to whether to sing in Irish or English.

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Can witnessing stories open a window into the thinking of others, and even bring about healing?

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Miss Ireland, Laura Patterson, spoke to Eamon about tension, tiaras, and keeping her feet on the ground.

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Frank Robinson weighs up the musical legacy of Gram Parsons.

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Peter Vail on why "Don't Turn Up" is some of the best advice he ever got on live performance.

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Cinema reviewer, Martin Bradley, debunks a few classic movies.

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Deirdre Donnelly takes a breather to consider the environment.

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Norman Rosborough on the stories behind the Maiden City Festival…

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Kieran Griffiths, local actor, tells Eamon about the strange and sometimes daunting life of a successful actor…

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Acting, comedy, tragedy - and Daniel O'Donnell… Eamon hears from Marie Jones and Dan Gordon about Women on the Verge of HRT.

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Fionnuala Carlin spoke to Eamon about her book, Days of Wine and Rosaries.

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Roy Arbuckle spoke to Eamon about Different Drums and Factory Girls.

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Passion for Yoga

John Bell told Eamon how his passion for yoga had led local primary schools to adopt it as part of the curriculum.

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Mirenda Rosenberg

Mirenda Rosenberg appeared no less than five times during the City of Derry Jazz Festival. She spoke to Eamon about her music philosophy, being true to herself, and her fears about covering Billie Holliday.

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Independent Music

Stephen McCauley discussed his love of insane music and listening to late night radio under the bedclothes.


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Tune of the Times

How has the recession been affecting local musicians? Eamon spoke to local restaurateur, John McAllister, about his policy of bringing lots of local songwriters to perform in his premises, and also effect of the economic downturn on business in the town…


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Selling the House

Would you sell your house to record music in San Diego? Maranna McCloskey from Dungiven did - and fitted in a few concerts in front of thousands along the way.


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Poachers and Fish Counters

Gillian Simpson explains how the Loughs Agency counts the salmon in the Foyle - and how poachers used to leg it across the border to escape detection.


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Building Bricks of Imagination

The amateur drama adjudicator, Tommy McArdle, came to Derry for the city's amateur drama festival. He told Eamon how sometimes seeing a play performed diminishes the experience for him. And how being one half of a twin turned him into a performer.


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The Workhouse

Patsy Durnin spoke to Eamon about his lifelong passion to preserve the history of the Workhouse Museum. He told Eamon he fears that Derry City Council is reviewing its funding.

Workhouse Museum...»


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Schumann

Soprano, Elizabeth Goell, talked about Clara Schumann's piano which found its way to Donegal in the late 1840s. Elizabeth performed the songs of Clara Schumann in the Guildhall accompanied by Lauretta Bloomer playing the original piano…

Elizabeth Goell...»


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Hugo Duncan

"I believe you are here fHugo Duncanor a reason!" Hugo Duncan, the singer, entertainer, and broadcaster, chatted to Eamon about his hectic workload, life on the road, and why he loves showband music, country music, and Irish music.

Hugo's website...»


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Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman

Eamon chatted to Cara and Sam about the fleadhs of Dungiven, setting up their own label, and the excitement of new interpretations of old songs…

Cara Dillon website...»


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Colum Arbuckle

Eamon and Colum talked about life on the musical road and guitar players, guitar players, guitar players…

More about Les Paul...»


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Margie Bernard

The writer and political campaigner, Margie Bernard, will be in the US for the inauguration of the new president, Barack Obama. She told Eamon why she would hate to be facing the problems he will have before him.


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Theatre of the Street

Eamon O'Donnell and James King took a chair for a walk through Derry. They went on to soothe the streets with circles, and make an impassioned plea to forgive Lundy in song. Not mad, just artists.


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A Picture of You

George Row blew most of his first wage packet on a new camera. And that was the start of a lifetime's commitment to photography...


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"Never forget your roots"

Jeanette Warke told Eamon about her memories of growing up in a house "with a door and a window". And how she manages to find a little bit of time for a glass of nice red wine in a lifetime spent devoted to youth work in the Fountain area of Derry.


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"A Centipede on Overtime"

The oscar-nominated cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey, spoke to Eamon about Hollywood, the future of films, and why he considers the phrase, "a centipede on overtime" a pretty good description of what he does.


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"Three Cheers for the Derrys"

Gardiner S Mitchell sat as a six year old in Sunday School under a painting of the "Charge of the Ulster Division" in World War One. Later he learned that his uncle, Jim, had survived the Battle of the Somme. That inspired a lifetime interest, and he chatted to Eamon about his book, about the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, "Three Cheers for the Derrys".

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Navvy Poet

Eamon spoke to Pat Lynch, a local actor who was appearing in Owen McCafferty's "Shoot the Crow" in the Playhouse. And they also chatted about his next role - as the parish priest in the drama-documentary about the life of "navvy poet" Patrick McGill.

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Canada

Mickey McGuinness, a former History Officer with Derry City Council, highlighted a few links with Canada, and played a couple of recordings from the 50s.

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Biopics

Musician and film fan, Frank Robinson, came in to discuss the Hollywood biopic: good, bad, and indifferent.

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Battlefield

Eamon discovered a Derry man lurking in the prestigious Scottish band, Battlefield. And Sean O'Donnell explained the meaning of "dookin' for beetroot".

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Ken McCormack

Eamon chatted to Ken McCormick about his love of music, and his new book, "Following the Foyle", about the whole river system including the Finn, the Mourne, the Strule, and the Faughan.

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Madeline McCully

Sixty years after the birth of Creggan, Madeline McCully spoke to Eamon about her play, "What are you waiting for now? - a Creggan Story".

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Mark Chambers

"Any man who can do an impression of a woman can be a counter-tenor". That's the assessment of Mark Chambers, a counter-tenor himself... He told Eamon he's not sure whether modern musicians rely on a "good tune".

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Mickey Harte

Ireland's former Eurovision entrant, Mickey Harte, spoke to Eamon about drinking glug, incubating a new album while still telling people about the last one, and why you have to watch your language when you're in the States.

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Declan Mclaughlin

Singer, songwriter, muralist... That's the story of Declan McLaughlin, who spoke to Eamon about propaganda, censorship, and identity... and reflected on the publication of "Murals of Derry".

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Carita Kerr

"If you don't sing in praise of the Lord, forget it" - words which Carita Kerr took to heart. She chatted to Eamon about the athletic pursuit of opera singing, and playing the principal part in "The Tragedy of Dunkeer".

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John Walsh

Poet, and songwriter, John Walsh, is originally from Derry but has lived in Co Galway for years. Eamon didn't hold that against him.

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Jonathan Burgess

People who can sing and dance are few and far between . But Jonathan Burgess took 200 young people back in May and found 45 to perform in one of the most challenging musicals to be staged in Derry - West Side Story, which came to the Millennium Forum in August. Eamon started by asking Jonathan about the musical's influence - even on shopping in the city.

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Frank Galligan

The father of bluegrass's encounter with a Donegal sheugh, and much more from Frank Galligan, the co-ordinator of the Bluegrass On The Walls Festival.

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Richard Moore

Historian, Richard Moore, re-evaluated the contribution of Lundy during the siege of Derry, and told Eamon about the dunghills which were once visible outside the city, and his new book...

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Mirenda Rosenberg

She is an American jazz and soul singer originally from Stafford in Virginia but now living in Letterkenny. She turned out to be one of the stars of the City of Derry jazz festival, and she spoke to Eamon.

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Ken Good

Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Ken Good, spoke to Eamon about his love of music, quiet gardens, and church life.

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Margie Bernard

Margie Bernard first came to Ireland from America 28 years ago - and felt instantly at home. She spoke to Eamon about life, politics, and why she backs Obama.

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John O'Neill

John O'Neill, the former international footballer, spoke to Eamon about life, injuries, and Euro 2008. Eamon asked him how he felt about being a "former" footballer.


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Dave Duggan

Dave Duggan stopped off to chat to Eamon about his latest work - plays in a peace process. Eamon started by suggesting it sounds like a serious business.


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Roy Arbuckle

Roy Arbuckle launched his new album, Songs of the Fountain. Eamon spoke to him on his show, and started by asking him about one of the signature songs, "Factory Girls".


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Don O'Doherty

A former Radio Foyle presenter, Don O'Doherty, died recently. In tribute, Eamon Friel played an interview he did with Don in 2005. In this extract, Don talks about his beginnings in entertainment in Derry.


 

 

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