RTÉ have announced a one-hour music special Shine: A Summer Concert.
Airing on RTÉ One on Saturday August 29th at 8:15pm, musicians and spoken word artists will take part in the concert which follows lockdown broadcasts across the RTÉ network Shine Your Light, Songs From An Empty Room and Other Voices: Courage.
The broadcast is headlined by the chart-topping Dermot Kennedy and 2020’s highest-charting female on the Official Irish Homegrown Chart Denise Chaila performing alongside the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall.
✨@DermotKennedy and @DeniseChaila have created something very special with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall 🎶— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) August 19, 2020
Watch their beautiful performances on RTÉ One next Saturday, 29th August at 8:15pm. ✨#RTEShine pic.twitter.com/49ToYhHgCd
Performances recorded from Iveagh Gardens come from three-time toppers of the Official Irish Albums Chart Villagers, folk singer Anna Mieke (who has found additional success thanks to her song Warped Window being featured on Normal People), and Kerry concertina player Cormac Begley, plus Ham Sandwich singer Niamh Farrell joins forces with jazz collective Booka Brass Band.
Then in RTÉ studios across the country, additional music will come from punk group Pillow Queens, sopranos Celine Byrne and Emer Barry, traditional singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Irish/Icelandic male vocal group M’Anam.
Spoken-word artists Stephen Murphy, Natalya O'Flaherty and John Boyne are also taking part, as is poet Jane Clarke. Writing from Dermot Bolger will be performed by Irish/Sierra Leonean musician Loah.
The one-time event will be followed the next day (August 30) by the RTÉ Player exclusive Shine On, an RTÉ Player exclusive with extra performances from Dermot and Denise, plus a behind-the-scenes look at Shine with backstage interviews. RTÉ Radio 1 will also present highlights at 4pm the same day.