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    • madeinireland What are the crafts and skills that say something about our culture, our heritage and our sense of being Irish? What stories do the people who practiced these skills have to tell, and how have these skills and traditions been passed on to new generations of Irish people? Made in Ireland is a 13 part radio series, presented by Ella McSweeney, which tells the stories of what we used to make in this country, and how such traditions and skills are continuing today. It's the story of Ireland's manufacturing past, present and future. The series will be broadcast live on the "Today with Pat Kenny Show" on RTE Radio 1, and on RTE Digital. Episode 1 will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio during the Today with Pat Kenny show on Monday 3rd October and runs for 13 weeks. Episode 1 - Microwaved Wood When you burn wood in the absence of oxygen, what’s left is a powerful substance that can burn at 2,700 degrees Celsius. Not only that, but Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci would have been lost without it; it makes soils more productive; and it can be used in tablet form to aid digestion. Charcoal wasn’t produced in traditional earth kilns in Ireland until the early 20th century. The practice dates back over 1,000 years and today, charcoal production is having a comeback. Liam O’Sullivan from Durrow, Co. Laois shows Ella how he makes charcoal for fuel and for drawing, while Niall Kenny takes her to a site where one of Ireland’s most impressive charcoal pits was excavated in Westmeath.
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    • madeinireland Episode 4 is Broadcast on the 24th of October 2011 on the Today with Pat Kenny Show on Rte radio 1, presented by Ella McSweeney Seeing the Light “One day you will get out of bed and it will just happen”, so said the Irish stained glass artist Willie Earley to his young apprentice, Evan Connon, who had spent 3 years perfecting the art of drawing in his Dundrum studio. Stained glass artistry was in the blood. Evan’s grandfather worked for the genius Harry Clarke. Evan shows Ella his studio and shows her his favourite piece of Harry Clarke work in North Dublin. She meets Willie Earley and sees one of his last pieces of work in Co. Meath.
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    • HighFidelityJJ Episode 16 will be broadcast on 29th August at 7pm on RTÉ lyric fm. Screen Scores Screen scores and composers from the early days of cinema and sound recording to today. The music of Max Steiner, Erich Korngold, Bernard Hermann to John Williams, Ennio Marricone, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass and Rachel Portman
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    • HighFidelityJJ One of the most charming recordings. An added extra from the High Fidelity team ; we discovered our cameraman Barry has a passion for vintage records and even has his own phonograph. So here he is with Jack talking records and the lovely Louise playing out via the horn
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    • HighFidelityJJ Episode 25 Broadcast on the 31st October on Rte Lyric Fm at 7pm, Generation Mp3 Music goes digital, the birth of Mp3, iTunes and music downloads changes sound recording and the music industry. Jack and Julie explores how digital and the Internet as a platform has revolutionised music and looks at how bands like Radiohead and artists like Moby have met the challenge. Hand in hand with digital downloads is the resurgence of live performance
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    • HighFidelityJJ Episode 24 Broadcast on the 24th October at 7pm on RTE Lyric Fm From O'Riada to Riverdance From Sean O Riada's epic 'Mise Eire' to Bill Whelan ground-breaking composition for 'Riverdance' this weeks' episode traces the story of Irish composition in the age of recording and the legacy of people like O'Riada to contemporary artists and performers like Crash Ensemble. Some of the voices you will hear include Sinead O'Connor, Enya and Iarla O' Lionaird.
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    • athenamediaie Episode 4 Broadcast on the 24th October 2011 on the Today with Pat Kenny Show, presented by Ella McSweeney Seeing the Light “One day you will get out of bed and it will just happen”, so said the Irish stained glass artist Willie Earley to his young apprentice, Evan Connon, who had spent 3 years perfecting the art of drawing in his Dundrum studio. Stained glass artistry was in the blood. Evan’s grandfather worked for the genius Harry Clarke. Evan shows Ella his studio and shows her his favourite piece of Harry Clarke work in North Dublin. She meets Willie Earley and sees one of his last pieces of work in Co. Meath.
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    • HighFidelityJJ Episode 26 Broascast on the 7th November on Rte Lyric Fm at 7pm: The Listeners’ Edition In the final episode of a century of recorded song the listeners get to pick the music; the songs and the singers. We’ve been asking our listeners to let us know via facebook, twitter and gmail what songs and artists they love and which ones we have left out. So episode 26 is the listener’s playlist with songs like ‘Not Fade Away’ from Buddy Holly who somehow did not get played during the rest of the series! Listener Mark Rowan picked us up on the Buddy Holly miss but find out who else is on the listener playlist.
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    • HighFidelityJJ Episode 23 will broadcast on 17th October on RTÉ lyric fm at 7pm World Beat Jack and Julie take the story of sound recording and song global and explore the power of world music from South African townships and Miriam Makeba to Cuba and the Buena Vista Social Club.
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    • HighFidelityJJ Episode 19 will be broadcast on the 19th September on RTÉ lyric fm at 7pm. ‘I Heard it through the Grapevine’ The sounds of Motown, soul and rich voices like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross & The Supremes as well as Dusty Springfield, Smokey Robinson, Amy Winehouse and the Commitments. High Fidelity’s time machine lands in the seventies and plays the records from the Motown era 1959 to 2005.
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    • HighFidelityJJ Episode 26 Broadcast on the 7th November on Rte Lyric Fm at 7pm: The Listeners’ Edition In the final episode of a century of recorded song the listeners get to pick the music; the songs and the singers. We’ve been asking our listeners to let us know via facebook, twitter and gmail what songs and artists they love and which ones we have left out. So episode 26 is the listener’s playlist with songs like ‘Not Fade Away’ from Buddy Holly who somehow did not get played during the rest of the series! Listener Mark Rowan picked us up on the Buddy Holly miss but find out who else is on the listener playlist.
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    • HighFidelityJJ Episode 24 Broadcast on the 24th October at 7pm on RTE Lyric Fm From O'Riada to Riverdance From Sean O Riada's epic 'Mise Eire' to Bill Whelan ground-breaking composition for 'Riverdance' this weeks' episode traces the story of Irish composition in the age of recording and the legacy of people like O'Riada to contemporary artists and performers like Crash Ensemble. Some of the voices you will hear include Sinead O'Connor, Enya and Iarla O' Lionaird.
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    • HighFidelityJJ Episode 26 Broadcast on the 7th November on Rte Lyric Fm at 7pm: The Listeners’ Edition In the final episode of a century of recorded song the listeners get to pick the music; the songs and the singers. We’ve been asking our listeners to let us know via facebook, twitter and gmail what songs and artists they love and which ones we have left out. So episode 26 is the listener’s playlist with songs like ‘Not Fade Away’ from Buddy Holly who somehow did not get played during the rest of the series! Listener Mark Rowan picked us up on the Buddy Holly miss but find out who else is on the listener playlist.
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    • CarlowOpera In this episode we meet Aspiro, the choir who will work with the creative team on the new opera and get to hear from those involved.
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    • HighFidelityJJ Tonight's episode goes out on RTÉ lyric fm at 7pm. Jack L takes down the Cole Porter songbook featuring the life story and voice of Frank Sinatra as well as KD Lang, Billie Holiday, Ethel Merman, Bono, Elvis Costello, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald. This episode tells the story of Frank Sinatra’s ‘Sings for Swinging Lovers’ album orchestrated and arranged by Nelson Riddle in 1956 and featuring several classic Cole Porter recordings. Listen back after via the RTÉ lyric page: http://www.rte.ie/lyricfm/highfidelity/1449600.html
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    • athenamediaie Episode 5, Broadcast on the 31st October 2011 on the Today with Pat Kenny Show, presented by Ella McSweeney Pain Blanc, Waterford-style A small, rotund, white floury bap tells the story of the French Huguenots who arrived in Waterford in the late 1600s. Persecuted in France, they came to east Ireland and set up industries such as linen making, but it was their bakers who inspired the local people. White flour, imported from France, was used to make ‘pain blanc’ - white bread. The locals loved it so much, they made it their own. Today, over 20,000 Waterford Blaas are made every day and Dermot Walsh, a third generation baker whose family have been making bread since the 1920s, is a dab-hand at the Blaa.
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    • HighFidelityJJ Episode 25 Broadcast on the 31st October on Rte Lyris Fm at 7pm Generation Mp3 Music goes digital, the birth of Mp3, iTunes and music downloads changes sound recording and the music industry. Jack and Julie explores how digital and the Internet as a platform has revolutionised music and looks at how bands like Radiohead and artists like Moby have met the challenge. Hand in hand with digital downloads is the resurgence of live performance
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    • madeinireland Episode 2 broadcast on 10th October 2011 on the Today with Pat Kenny Show on RTÉ Radio 1, presented by Ella McSweeney Hide and Sow: Leather-working in Ireland It’s no surprise that Ireland used to export vast quantities of leather hide across Europe. Shoes, saddles, sofas - our leather was in demand. But today, there are no tanneries left in the country and only a handful of people are working with leather. Ella meets Willie Power, who spent decades working in Portlaw Tannery in Waterford; she also talks to Paul Ronan who ran the last tannery in Ireland. George Tutty is one man who uses leather every day - for 60 years his family has handmade shoes in Kildare. Ella meets him to find out more.
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    • HighFidelityJJ Interview with Greg Milner from Episode 12. Author of Perfecting Sound Forever. He talks about the significance of the invention of magnetic tape and its impact post world war two
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    • madeinireland What are the crafts and skills that say something about our culture, our heritage and our sense of being Irish? What stories do the people who practiced these skills have to tell, and how have these skills and traditions been passed on to new generations of Irish people? Made in Ireland is a 13 part radio series, presented by Ella McSweeney, which tells the stories of what we used to make in this country, and how such traditions and skills are continuing today. It's the story of Ireland's manufacturing past, present and future. The series will be broadcast live on the "Today with Pat Kenny Show" on RTE Radio 1, and on RTE Digital. Episode 1 will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio during the Today with Pat Kenny show on Monday 3rd October and runs for 13 weeks. Episode 1 - Microwaved Wood When you burn wood in the absence of oxygen, what’s left is a powerful substance that can burn at 2,700 degrees Celsius. Not only that, but Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci would have been lost without it; it makes soils more productive; and it can be used in tablet form to aid digestion. Charcoal wasn’t produced in traditional earth kilns in Ireland until the early 20th century. The practice dates back over 1,000 years and today, charcoal production is having a comeback. Liam O’Sullivan from Durrow, Co. Laois shows Ella how he makes charcoal for fuel and for drawing, while Niall Kenny takes her to a site where one of Ireland’s most impressive charcoal pits was excavated in Westmeath.