Podcast corner: Worth a listen - The top Irish culture podcasts

Podcast corner: Worth a listen - The top Irish culture podcasts
Philip King is effusive and affable on the new podcast from the Journal of Music.

The Thin Air Podcast: A sort of Song Exploder for Irish acts, its second season has just concluded, with Danny Carroll, a musician in his own right, talking to Junior Brother, Girl Band, Just Mustard and Soak about one of the songs.

Nothing really links the acts musically, though Carroll references studio tricks that can be heard across some of their tracks, such as Girl Band and Just Mustard using their guitars for percussive sounds.

The discussions, which last 15-20 minutes and feature the full track at the end (sticking to the Song Exploder template), offer the listener a deeper understanding of how these songs form and the work that’s done in the studio — or, indeed, the bedroom wardrobe.

The Journal of Music Podcast: The 20-year-old publication has started a titular podcast which sees editor Toner Quinn talking, on the first episode, to Other Voices founder Phillip King. King is a warm, effusivefigure whose enthusiasm shines through — between slurps of tea.

Quinn intervenes a little too often for a free-flowing chat (a personal preference), but King’s anecdote about Ireland as a boyband is fascinating. Upcoming guests include author Gareth Murphy, Gradam Ceoil award recipient Laoise Kelly, and singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.

Selected Podcast: This arts and culture discussion show began in 2017 but ahead of the Choice Music Prize on March 5, is focusing a series on each of the acts nominated for Irish album of the year.

Host Cian Sullivan talks to the artists, beginning with Daithi (“My entire music career has been done really publicly”, he says — the fiddle player appeared on a reality competition 10 years ago), augmenting the discussion with critics’ takes on the albums. (Note: This writer appeared on the second episode, where I discussed Maija Sofia’s Bath Time.)

Animated Island: We’re big fans of Liam Geraghty’s long-running Meet Your Maker, and this mini-series, contained in its feed, examines the rise of Ireland’s animation industry, from Walt Disney’s Darby O’Gill and the Little People to Oscar-winning shorts. The early appearance of the Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney is unexpected but fascinating as he tells of meeting Walt’s nephew Roy in Disneyland with plans to soundtrack a documentary on the Children of Lir.

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