A unique new special on Irish music will air on RTE next week, featuring Lisa Hannigan, Gavin James and more

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The first concerts in a long time – as well as the first festival – have taken place on Irish soil in recent weeks.

While we all waited for that to happen, however, there were plenty of musical specials – like the Other Voices series ‘Courage’ and ‘Ireland in Music’ – that got us through those long, lonely months.

Now another Irish music special will air on RTE next week.

It’s called “Subterranean Sessions – Songs From Beneath The Surface Of The Earth”, and as the title suggests, it was shot in the unique location of Mitchelstown Cave in Cork.

Performers include Lisa Hannigan, Gavin James, Paul Noonan, Lyra, Talos, Eve Belle, Moncrieff and Roisin O.

It will be hosted by Roisin O and Barry Murphy, who performs with the Limerick band Hermitage Green.

Producer Shane Dunne said: “At the time this was recorded, we as an industry had not worked or seen our colleagues in months. While we are still in the industry most affected by the pandemic, recordings like this have been such special days for the artists and the crew. It was a chance to feel normal, to feel valued and to see brilliant artists performing in a beautiful place. Now that we hope to see some green shoots and look ahead, it’s nice to look back on those gloomy December days in South Tipperary and believe this time, that one summer night, we’ll see our friends again.

You can catch it on RTE2 next Thursday July 15 at 10:30 p.m.

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