The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Show 163 with Ambassador Dan Mulhall

Dan Mulhall, Nessy, The London Ear

Dan Mulhall, Nessy, The London Ear

The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Show 163 with Ambassador Dan Mulhall

I was delighted to able to chat to Irish Ambassador to Great Britain, Dan Mulhall, on this week’s show. He is now leaving his post in London to become Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States.Before that though, he sat down with me to chat about Irish Culture, Identity, and the dreaded B word.

You can follow, Ambassador Mulhall on Twitter, he’s great for starting each day off with some poetry.

Our chat was recorded on August 3 2017 in the Irish Embassy in London. Thanks to Brendan and Bernadette for their help in organising this.

The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Show 163

In-between chatting with Ambassador Mulhall, he picked the following tracks to play:

1. Planxty: Raggle Taggle Gypsy/Tabhair Dom Do Lamh
2. Bob Dylan: Shelter from the Storm
3. Clannad: Na Buachaillí Álainn
4. Steely Dan: Aja
5. London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Parry perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute, K. 620: Overture

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Transcription of the interview with Dan Mulhall

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Playlist // Songs for a Nuclear War

Songs for a Nuclear War - nessymon

Songs for a Nuclear War - nessymon

As I write this, the world’s two biggest babies are having a boo boo and shouting ‘My button’s bigger than yours’ at each other.

So while we look at the back of the cupboards for our potassium iodine tablets that went out of date in the 1980’s, I thought I’d spend my time helping mankind, by putting a Spotify playlist together of some music to keep you company during the impending nuclear war.

Playlist // Songs for a Nuclear War

Here we go:

1. Barry McGuire: Eve of Destruction
2. Bob Dylan: A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
3. The The: Armageddon Days
4. Duran Duran: Planet Earth
5. Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Two Tribes
6. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Enola Gay
7. Bell X1: The End is Nigh
8. Kraftwerk: Radioactivity
9. Nena: 99 Luftballoons
10. Pink Floyd: Two Suns in the Sunset
11. Radiohead: 4 Minute Warning
12. Queen: Hammer to Fall
13. Iron Maiden: 2 Minutes to Midnight
14. The Postal Service: We Will Become Silhouettes
15. Yo La Tengo: Nuclear War – Version 2
16. Bob Dylan: Talkin’ World War III Blues
17. U2: Until The End of The World
18. The Byrds: I Come and Stand at Every Door
19. William Onyeabor: Atomic Bomb
20. Cigarettes After Sex: Apocalypse
21. Blondie: Atomic
22. Gang of Four: I Found That Essence Rare
23. R.E.M.: It’s The End of The World As We Know It
24. Bobbie Gentry: Come Away Melinda
25. Alphaville: Forever Young
26. The Clash: London Calling
27. Suede: Stay Together
28. Steely Dan: King of The World
29. Donovan: The War Drags On
30. Kate Bush: Breathing
31. Sheldon Allman: Radioactive Mama
32. Timbuk 3: The Future’s so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
33. Pete Seegar: Talking Atom (Old Man Atom)
34. The Louvin Brothers: The Great Atomic Power
35. Bob Dylan: It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
36. Moving Hearts: Hiroshima Nagasaki Russian Roulette
37. David Bowie: Bombers

So there ye go, now all you need to do is stock up on tins of baked beans and spam. If nothing else, at least it’s not zombies.

Listen on Spotify

Listen to ‘Songs for a Nuclear War’ on Spotify below or here’s a nice link for you.

Culture Cafe on RTE 2XM: Interview with Judy Collins


JudyCollins_FeatAs part of Show 99, in conjunction with, I had the opportunity to speak to a true legend, Judy Collins. Judy is playing in The Pavilion in Dun Laoghaire on June 18th.

This is the full unedited interview, along with an intro from the show itself. I met Judy in The Four Seasons hotel in Dublin, the room was empty apart from two chairs and a small round table. Judy was sitting on the chair to the left, I sat on the one on the right. Judy was loving her afternoon tea, so you’ll hear the clinking of cups during the interview, I preferred to have it like that, the recording device being less ‘in your face’, I believe, makes for a more relaxed chat.

She has some fantastic stories to tell, and I loved listening to her. Stick on the kettle, make a cuppa and enjoy.

Judy will also be inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame this year as well as recording a television show for PBS in America which will feature Irish songs.