RTÉ is bringing a host of Ireland’s top artists together for a virtual concert at the end of this month.
On Saturday, August 29th – RTÉ One will air an hour of music and specially commissioned spoken word and poetry from 8.15pm.
The programme was filmed at the Iveagh Gardens, the National Concert Hall and at RTÉ over a couple of summer days.
Villagers, west Kerry concertina player Cormac Begley, indie singer Anna Mieke and Booka Brass with Niamh Farrell will play live in the beautiful acoustic setting of the Iveagh Gardens.
Meanwhile, The National Concert Hall will play host to Dermot Kennedy and Denise Chaila with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Sopranos Celine Byrne and Emer Barry will also perform with members of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and Irish/Icelandic male vocal group M’Anam will play together in a link-up between Dublin and Reykjavik.
All-female rock band Pillow Queens will take the tempo up in studio, while singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh brings together a group of celebrated traditional musicians to conclude the concert.
Threaded throughout, there will powerful spoken word from Stephen Murphy, Natalya O’Flaherty and John Boyne, poetry from Jane Clarke and writing by Dermot Bolger performed by Loah and Ruth Smith.
Ann-Marie Power, Group Head of Arts & Culture, RTÉ said: “After the powerful moment of RTÉ’s Shine Your Light at Easter, during the country’s darkest hour, we are delighted to present SHINE, supporting our artists because they have been supporting and sustaining us through these past few months.”
“It’s so moving to see the level of emotion in the artists as they perform again for the first time in months, and we get some glimpse into the thousands of hours that go into mastering a craft, bringing home, yet again, how important it is for our country to cherish and nourish the enormous well of talent we have here in Ireland.”