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First radio series for the new production company An Sp Idéal

Liam Ó Maonlai, Ronan Ó Snodaigh and Myles Ó Reilly

A new ten-part radio series presented by Liam Ó Maonlaí will be broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta every Thursday.

Cuan an Cheoil, which begins on January 20 at 7 p.m. on RnaG, is the first radio series produced by the art hall and production company An Sp Idéal Stiúideo Cuan.

The series will feature ten of the country’s best-known musicians, who will join Liam Ó Maonlaí each week to perform and chat with him about various aspects of music and life.

Liam describes the programs as “a musical conversation” between him and his guests.

They were recorded at Stiúideo Cuan in An Sp Idéal in a relaxed and open atmosphere, an attempt to recreate the informality of a group of musicians playing together at home, as opposed to a concert.

The aim of the series is to allow musicians to be creative, improvise and compose on the spot, and musicians who have participated in the series have derived great satisfaction and enjoyment from the process.

Síle Denvir and Barry Kerr will join Liam for the series premiere on January 20.

Síle, from Conamara, is a member of the band Líadan and has also played with the Chieftains. Barry Kerr, musician, composer and painter, is originally from Armagh but now lives in Conamara.

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Barry Kerr, Liam Ó Maonlaí & Sile Denvir

Other musicians participating in the series include Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh & Nia Byrne, Peadar Ó Riada & Mick O’Brien, Mary Bergin & Conor Connolly, Johnny Óg Connolly & Liam O’Connor, Róisín Chambers & Maitiú Ó Casaide, Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich & Niamh Varian-Barry, Rónán Ó Snodaigh & Myles O’Reilly, and Caoimhe & Séamus Ó Flatharta.

A visual feed of this program will also be available online each week.

Stiúideo Cuan is a new creative arts and music center based next to Ceardlann, an artisan village of Spidéil in An Sp Idéal.

Founded by composer, violinist and pianist Charlie Lennon and his daughter, violinist Éilís Lennon, the studio was recently revamped, improving facilities which now include a performance hall, with rehearsal and production space, as well as a recording space and audio-visual post-production facilities.