The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Show 144 // Simon Lewis and The Survival Code

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On today’s show, I was delighted to catch up with two people I haven’t seen in a long long time. So long I didn’t even recognise Gary McGuinness or the fact that our lives had crossed paths many years ago. Gary was a member of a band that played on nights I had organised in The Voodoo Lounge in Dublin circa 2002 ish.

Simon Lewis is long time family friend but I haven’t seen or spoken to him in years. Yet, through Facebook, we’ve managed to keep up to date with each other.

Chat with poet Simon Lewis

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First up was poet Simon Lewis. Simon had his first book of poetry, Jewtown, published by Doire Press in 2016. He was winner of the Hennessy Prize for Poetry 2015.

He is coming to London on February 26th to read his poetry at King’s Place, near King’s Cross as part of Jewish Book Week.

You can find out more about Simon on his website and you can follow Simon on Twitter

Chat with Gary McGuinness of The Survival Code

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Dubliner, Gary McGuiness is front man of rock band, The Survival Code. They’ve recently recently released their ‘Broken Strings’ EP. We chat about their single ‘One’ taken from the EP and what it’s like being in a band in a transient city like London.

You can find out more on their website and you can follow The Survival Code on Facebook and Twitter.

The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Show 144 // February 19 2017 // Playlist

Today’s playlist:

1. Embers: Signs
2. British Sea Power: Bad Bohemian
3. Chat with poet Simon Lewis
4. J Appiah: Run
5. Superfood: Double Dutch
6. Our Krypton Son: Can’t Make You Come Back
7. Chat with Gary McGuiness of The Survival Code
8. The Survival Code: One
9. Tayne: Heartbeats

Listen Again

Thanks for listening, The London Ear broadcast on DAB radio, Saorview and outside Ireland you can listen online.You can listen to the show again on the RTE player. The show is broadcast every Saturday at 1300.

Don’t forget to check out the RTE 2XM website. You can keep up with me here.

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Photo of The Survival Code from here

Photo of Simon Lewis from here

The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Show 137 // Conor Scully’s Projections // elephants and castles

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I really enjoyed chatting both on air and off air to this week’s guests on the show.

Chris Anderson from elephants and castles

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I’ve know Chris for about two years now. His mum is from Co Roscommon and along with his bandmate Robin Spencer, makes up elephants and castles. The Irish connection continues with Robin whose wife is from our lovely island.

I love elephants and castles tell stories. They look at the world around them, how neighbourhoods are changing, how life changes and incorporate that into their music. There’s not enough social commentary in music, if you ask me.

Their new EP ‘What’s Left for Larry and Janet?’ is out now and features the track ‘Red Lemonade’ which we’ve played on the show. They’re launching their EP in Deptford Cinema on December 4th, Get there if you can.

You can find elephants and castles on Facebook, Twitter and their website.

Conor Scully’s Projections

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Conor Scully is an Irish architect based in London. In this exhibition which opens on Thursday 8th December, he incorporates a 3D spaces with visual and audio projections to tell stories of the Irish diaspora from 1916 to now. Step forward, you move forward in time, step back, you move back in time. (We’re going to say it’s like time travelling)

Conor explained how he has incorporated industrial building materials to create this unique exhibition. Sound really interesting, I can’t wait to walk through the exhibition.

You can find Conor on Twitter and his website.

The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Show 137 // December 3 2016 // Playlist

Here’s what happened:

1. QTY: Rodeo
2. elephants and castles: Concrete Love
3. Chat with Chris from elephants and castles
4. elephants and castles: What’s Left for Larry and Janet?
5. Chat with Chris from elephants and castles Part 2
6. elephants and castles: Red Lemonade
7. Chat with Conor Scully about Projections
8. Tayne: Dreams

Listen Again

Thanks for listening, The London Ear broadcast on DAB radio, Saorview and outside Ireland you can listen online.You can listen to the show again on the RTE player. The show is broadcast every Saturday at 1300.

Don’t forget to check out the RTE 2XM website. You can keep up with me here.

Check out The London Ear on Facebook and Twitter

Check out the promo video Conor Scully’s Projections exhibition: