Tuesday 27 June 2017

Sligo takes to the airwaves on the John Murray Show


THE POPULAR John Murray show was broadcasting from a sunny vista in the Glasshouse Hotel as Sligo Live started up.

It was a crisp October morning, and the bright winter sunshine was mirrored in the jovial atmosphere throughout the hour-long show.

Local group Rackhouse Pilfer, headed by Leon Mooney, opened the show with a brilliant version of a bluegrass number.

There was more music from the visiting groups playing at the festival, including the wonderful Brightonbased Common Tongues and Eoin Glackin.

A sample of students from St. John's National School were recorded the previous day, giving a rather humorous take on what growing up in Sligo means to them.

One boy said that the rivers are great to go fishing, 'to get things off your chest'.

Another mentioned the past pupils of their school who are now well known figures including Mark Scanlon, Tommie Gorman and Ray MacSharry. Sligo Rovers, the rain and Dracula also got a nod. Damien Brennan told the presenter about setting up the Yeats Experience with his wife Paula Gilvarry, in Broc House, overlooking Lough Gill, which treats people to a special look into the life, place and heritage of the poet.

Damien read an earlier Yeats poem, The White Birds, to coincide with the location overlooking the Garavogue.

Shane Mitchell from Dervish joined another group, London Calling, to wrap up the show with a lively traditional number.

Throughout the broadcast, John wore a Sligo Rovers jersey, commending the team on lifting the League trophy later that evening.

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