What's on as 6 Music Celebrates Ireland

Find out what's happening at 6 Music as we celebrate Ireland's musical heritage.

Dave Fanning

Dave Fanning celebrates Classic Albums to come out of Ireland. Over four weeks the broadcaster and journalist will be looking at different themes associated with Irish music. 

In the second instalment Dave looks at Classic Irish Songs, iconic tracks from Thin Lizzy, Sinead O'Connor and The Undertones to classics from The Pogues.

And in a series of special programmes, Steve Lamacq looks at contemporary irish music with sessions from the BBC Archives. 

From Dublin with Love

Cerys Matthews is travelling to Dublin to bring you musical and poetic delights, including live music from bands Hozier and Little Bear.


The Rory Gallagher Story is a chance to hear a programme first broadcast in 2005 in which the late Gary Moore paid tribute to Rory Gallagher, the talented Irish blues-rock guitarist. 

In The Thin Lizzy Story, Former bandmember Midge Ure remembers the unique group fronted by Phil Lynott.

The two-part series, How Ireland Went Pop, looks at the success of Irish pop bands. The first part is all about The Ballrooms Of Romance To Tin Pan Alley and the second looks at Boomtown, Boy Bands and Beyond. Both parts are presented by broadcaster and musician Gerry Anderson.

Another two-part documentary, Elevation: The Story of U2, guides you through thier success story. From their humble rocking roots in the 1970s through to making the albums, Boy, October, The Joshua Tree in 1987 and the movie and album Rattle and Hum.

In the second part Simon Mayo picks up the story in the 90s with the band's transformation from cowboy chic to flying Trabants, wraparound shades and funky beats. 

In An Evening with Van Morrisson you'll be able to hear a programme first broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster on Christmas Day 2013, Van Morrison talks to Ralph McLean about his early, musical inspirations.

Classic Irish Anthems

This series of documentaries looks at iconic albums which came out of the Irish music scene.

Kicking off with Van Morrison - Astral Weeks, Ralph McLean looks back at the magic involved in making a true Irish rock classic.

Stiff Little Fingers - Inflammable Material is next up. Ralph recalls the band's 1979 debut album.

Ash's 1977 was the first album to be released by the band who were formed in 1989 in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Ralph takes a look at the album which spawned the iconic single Girl From Mars.

Finally Ralph delves into David Holmes - Let's Get Killed, is the iconic album from the Belfast electronica DJ and producer.