This week's guest...Jake O'Kane
This week's guest Jake O'Kane is one of Northern Ireland's funniest men.Jake's official website
This Belfast-based stand-up had a baptism of fire into comedy in 1993. Within one week of appearing at a local comedy club’s try-out spot, Jake became a resident MC.
Jake is now resident compere of Northern Ireland’s biggest and longest running comedy club The Empire Laughs Back at The Empire Music Hall in Belfast.
This week's artist...
Domnall Starkie is a Derry born artist famed for his own brand of Controversial Art in which can be described as a contemporary take on the deepest depths of everyday life.Domnall's official website
His work includes undertones of celebrity obsession and mass media influence.
This week's music act...Rams Pocket Radio
Photo: Reuben SkinnerRams Pocket Radio
Peter McCauley a.k.a. Rams Pocket Radio is a drummer, pianist and diverse songwriter from Lisburn. Having played at Glastonbury this summer and supported Snow Patrol this October, Rams Pocket Radio have returned to Belfast to promote their second EP ‘Dogs Run in Packs’.
With rave reviews from the likes of 6music and AU magazine and a third EP in the making, Ram’s Pocket Radio’s desire to ‘make something that could last forever’ is increasingly possible…
This week's films...
This week we have some eclectic treats for you all. Mickey Bradley investigates when punk came to town, Carrie Neely gets her head round the weird and wonderful world of taxidermy and we have our mystery celeb revealing their favourite things!
When Punk Came To Town
Mickey Bradley looks at how a cancelled concert led to the punk scene exploding in Belfast, and became the motivation for numerous youngsters forming their own bands and protesting the “establishment”!
Northern Ireland was never known as the must-visit destination on a band or singer’s tour schedule. The civil unrest over the years meant it really wasn’t worth the hassle. Who wants to come somewhere where the insurance premiums are twice the amount as two hours down the road?
Mickey meets Brian Young from the punk band Rudi, Terri Hooley who was at the heart of the 70s punk scene and Greg Cowan from The Outcasts. Between them they tell the story of when the Clash came to Belfast.
My Favourite Things...
Most of us have a favourite work of art – whether it’s a song, book, painting, even a great photograph. On this show we take a mystery celebrity from Northern Ireland to their own private gallery that contains four of their ‘favourite things’. During this trip down memory lane our celebrity reveals why they love these works of art so much and the personal memories attached to them.
This week's mystery guest has received an MBE and has been performing and acting here in Northern Ireland for 40 years.
Taxidermy..the method of preserving dead animals for display or study has in the last few years taken a new turn with artists now embracing the technique.
Carrie Neely takes a closer look...
She talks to London based taxidermy artist Polly Morgan and visits David Irwin who provides his taxidermy service throughout Northern Ireland.
Domnall's painting will be auctioned for Children in Need
Born in Londonderry, Domnall Starkie is famed for his own brand of Controversial Art. After studying Graphic Design at Humberside University and working in England and Australia he has now returned to Derry to pursue his artistic career.Children in need
While in Australia, one day he went out and bought some paints and canvases and thought he would give it a go.
Six years on he has developed his own very individual style described as a contemporary take on the deepest depths of everyday life. Domnall’s art explores the dark undertones in our society particularly our obsession with celebrity and the influence of the mass media.
One of his signature paintings is entitled ‘Worshipping False Gods’ in which a Louis Vuitton-clad Paris Hilton poses in a Virgin Mary-like stance. Domnall says, “Paris Hilton was a prime figure for the ‘Worshipping False Gods’ piece. She represents how society today makes glam, wealth, celebrity and fame God-like.”
Donmall's painting will be auction soon for Children in Need.
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