I have just finished Dearbhla Reynolds’ The Cultured Club, which is absolutely fantastic.
The last Spider-Man film. I loved it.
David Power and Camerata Kilkenny performing ‘The Piper and the Fairy Queen’. It’s such a clever combination of early music and Irish music and when the pipes joined in for the ‘Messiah’ I was blown away.
With the approach of the East Cork Early Music Festival I have been listening to Barokksolistene’s album The Image of Melancholy — it’s dedicated to [group member] Bjarte Eike’s father which really resonates with me at the moment.
I am on the look out for a bass viol at the moment, then I think perhaps I would buy a spinnet.
Hansel and Gretel in the Wexford Opera House. I was only about four or five and I was awestruck.
Maria Keohane singing at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2014.
I don’t own a TV but I do watch some series online... at the moment I’m watching The Good Wife.
RíRá on RnaG, I’ll always try catch Evelyn Grant and I’m definitely a big fan of RTÉ 1 at around 6am on Sunday.
The baritone Edward Grint, Kinga Ujszaszi on violin, and David Adams on harpsichord... so almost a combo of this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival and East Cork Early Music Festival.
Bud Ekins — or more commonly known as Steve McQueen’s stunt man and best friend — my family have a B&B and Bud would come year-in and year-out on his way to a motorbike rally in Kerry. I knew him from when I was knee high, and none of us realised he was a big deal ’til we had known him about 10 years. There was a documentary on him a few years ago on the TV and I was bowled over because here was this man I knew from sitting in my kitchen who was elsewhere mingling with huge Hollywood stars.
I would go to the premiere of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin in April 1742, it’s probably terrible cliche for a baroque musician to say their favourite piece is the Messiah, but I love it. I would also love to go back and fight with Michael Collins... he’s my all time hero.
My aunt Helen O’Leary is an artist in the USA she has a Guggenheim and many, many other rewards. In the last two years, I discovered my great grandparents are Dora Hughs and Walter (Wally) Hall (brother to Henry Hall) who were involved with the founding of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (then RTÉ Light Orchestra). My grand mother would then have been Maureen Hall of the The Hall Sisters but I never met them.
The volunteers who work for the various cancer associations. The therapists who give over time providing free sessions to patients and families, the drivers of the minibuses to radiation and chemo sessions and all the silent donators.
I should say world peace or a health system with no waiting lists... but it would have to be free coffee for all!