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Brighton, United Kingdom




A tribute to Dolores O'Riordan

After the untimely passing of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan at the age of 46, we talk to someone who has seen Dolores perform many times over the years. Carmel from Brighton tells us about the first time she saw teenager Dolores perform - how vulnerable and shy she was then - and how she developed into the rock Goddess that we will remember her to be. We talk about the memories and music of the Limerick native who went on to become as big as Madonna in the 1990s. What's the...


An Irish Christmas Album for Pieta House

In the run up to Christmas, Dwayne Woods, the man behind an Irish music radio show on Dublin Digital Radio has compiled an album of Christmas songs performed by some of Ireland's best acts in aid of Pieta House. The 15 song album "A Co Present Christmas" is made up of covers of classic Christmas songs as well as two original festive tunes and features the likes of Villagers, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Jack O'Rourke as well as some of the freshest new Irish talent. We chat to the presenter of...


The Irish Question - to make or break Brexit?

The Irish border has emerged as a huge sticking point in the Brexit negotiations with the Taoiseach leo Vardaker asking the UK for a formal written guarantee that there will be no hard border with Northern Ireland. This comes ahead of a crunch summit in December when European leaders will decide whether withdrawal talks can move into Phase 2 and onto the matter of post Brexit trade. We're joined by Bernard Purcell, the editor of The Irish World to discuss the issue and to talk about the...


A chat with Marc O'Reilly

Marc O'Reilly is a singer-songwriter from Waterford with three critically acclaimed folks blue albums under his belt. We caught up with him while he was in Brighton for The Great Escape Festival. We chat about his own musical influences, his latest album Morality Mortality, the music industry and social media. What's the Craic is a weekly Irish radio show that broadcasts on Brighton's Radio Reverb on 97.2FM, DAB and online at You can hear it live Mondays at 8pm or catch...


A chat with Picture This

They are a household name in Ireland with their debut single, Take My Hand, winning the Choice Music Prize for Best Song of 2016. Their debut gig which took place at The Academy in Dublin sold out and they have been selling out venues across the UK and Ireland ever since. We caught up with Jimmy and Ryan of Picture This while they were in Brighton for The Great Escape Festival. We talk about how they started making music together after Jimmy saw Ryan post a video on Facebook, the craic at...


A chat with Aine Cahill

Aine Cahill is a singer songwriter from Cavan whose Glastonbury 2016 debut in a small tent was spotted by the BBC which led to her playing an acoustic performance live on their Glastonbury TV coverage. The reaction was overwhelming with ‘Aine Cahill’ trending on Twitter. We caught up with her while she was in Brighton to perform at The Great Escape Festival and spoke about her love for Lady Gaga and older music, her passion for live performances and drunken tweets! What's the Craic is a...


A chat with Ailbhe Reddy

Dublin singer songwriter Ailbhe Reddy has been getting rave reviews following the release of her 2016 debut EP Hollowed Out Sea. It's received over a million plays on Spotify and has been gracing the Irish radio airwaves for the past year. We caught up with her after her second show at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton and found out about how her love for spreadsheets, how she sees her songwriting as therapeutic and red panda YouTube videos! What's the Craic is a weekly Irish radio...


Maria Kelly - chat and session

She has supported the likes of James Vincent McMorrow and Wyvern Lingo and is building a reputation for her live performances - Irish singer songwriter Maria Kelly dropped in for a chat and session while in Brighton for The Great Escape Festival 2017. We find out how she got she got started in music, learn how she writes her music and chat about who she plans seeing at The Great Escape Festival. Maria's EP The Things I Should is now available to buy/download/stream. What's the Craic is a...


Koilibrí - Alternative Escape act 2017

We speak to Ryan óg and Ed Matthews of Koilibrí - a Brighton based band performing at The Alternative Escape 2017. Ryan Og is from Limerick/Clare and we find out how he got started in music, what inspires him and hear two of his tracks in session. What's the Craic is a weekly Irish radio show that broadcasts on Brighton's Radio Reverb on 97.2FM, DAB and online at You can hear it live Mondays at 8pm or catch the repeat on Tuesdays at 3pm or Saturdays at 1am GMT. You can...


London Rose Special

Ahead of the selection of the London Rose on Friday 12th May for this year's Rose of Tralee Festival in August - we speak to the contestants vying for the London Rose crown at London Rose Centre. We also catch up with two former London Roses - Aisling Hillary and Emma Murphy-O'Connor to find out how they found the whole experience of representing London in Tralee and if they had any tips for this year's contestants. What's the Craic is a weekly Irish radio show that broadcasts on...


Brighton Fringe 2017 : Irish play Network Diagnostics

Network Diagnostics is a play from Irish theatre company Octopus Soup Theatre that is running at Brighton Fringe 2017 from 5th - 7th May. We speak to writer and artistic director of Octopus Soup Theatre, Liam McCarthy whose work has been supported by the internationally renowned Druid Theatre Company and has produced across the UK and Ireland. We chat about the plot of the play, rehearsals and the big man himself Mr Octopus! What's the Craic is a weekly Irish radio show that broadcasts on...


Chris Ryan from Robocobra Quartet

Robocobra Quartet are coming to this year's Great Escape Festival to perform 2 showcases on Friday 19th May. We chat to Chris Ryan of the Northern Irish act about their first album Music For All Occasions, the act's evolution, his approach to making music, gigging and his penchant for sit down comedy! What's the Craic is a weekly Irish radio show that broadcasts on Brighton's Radio Reverb on 97.2FM, DAB and online at You can hear it live Mondays at 8pm or catch the repeat...


Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of The Dubliners

We chat to Ged Graham, writer and star of a new Irish stage show based on the story of the infamous Dubliners and their rise from the backstreets of Dublin to international stardom, ahead of their performance at the Hawth in Crawley. We find out about the music that drives the show and how the show has been going down. We also ask Ged's opinion on whether Dubs are the worst drivers in Ireland as a recent survey suggests! You can find out more about Seven Drunken Nights at...


A chat with Great Escape 2017 act Rosborough

We catch up with Irish singer songwriter Rosborough ahead of his first appearance at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. We chat about his debut album which he is making up the road in Eastbourne, his approach to "competition" and his move back home to Derry after a stint in London and Liverpool. What's the Craic is a weekly Irish radio show that broadcasts on Brighton's Radio Reverb on 97.2FM, DAB and online at You can hear it live Mondays at 8pm or catch the repeat on...


Game of Thrones star and Seachtain na Gaeilge ambassador Art Parkinson

Seachtain na Gaeilge is the biggest annual Irish language festival in the world and for 2017 Irish actor Art Parkinson who plays Rickon Stark in the hit HBO TV show Game of Thrones is one of their ambassadors. We catch up with Art and chat about his love for the Irish language, talk about THAT scene from Season 6 of Game of Thrones, the benefits of having an Irish language tutor on set, playing the lead in Kubo and the Two Strings - an Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning animated film and...


A Tribute to Paul McCarthy - former Brighton and Hove Albion Irish international

Following the sad news last week of the passing of former Brighton and Hove Albion defender and Corkonian Paul McCarthy we're joined in the studio by Alan Wares who presents RadioReverb's The Albion Roar. We chat about his memories of Paul, who started his career as a trainee at Brighton and Hove Albion, where he made over 200 league and cup appearances between 1990 and 1996. What's the Craic is a weekly Irish radio show that broadcasts on Brighton's RadioReverb on 97.2FM, DAB and online...


Dr Philippa Whitford - SNP MP for Central Ayrshire - gives her opinion on Freedom of Movement and the implications of the Brexit Bill

A week after the Brexit Bill was passed in the House of Commons with an amendemnt rejected that could have clarified the rights of EU and Irish citizens , we speak to Irish born SNP MP Dr Philippa Whitford. Representing a party that has been vocal in their support of Europeans living in Scotland from the outset, we speak about the uncertainty around the future of EU citizens living in Britain as well as British citizens living in Europe. What's the Craic is a weekly Irish radio show that...


The Brexit Bill and a rejected amendment that could have clarified things for the Irish in Britain

Last Wednesday the so called Brexit Bill was passed in the House of Commons as part of the process of Britain withdrawing from the European Union. An amendment was put forward by the Labour Party as part of that bill that would have seen the rights of EU and Irish citizens currently living in Britain protected - however this was rejected. But what those that even mean? We speak to Dr Neil Dooley, lecturer of Politics at the University of Sussex to explore this development and its...


Emerald Sounds - A new Irish music festival for London

We talk to Mary Grammer of Grammer Music who are putting on a new Irish music festival in the heart of London this March called Emerald Sounds. The line up so far includes The Blizzards, Heathers, The Riptide Movement, Ryan Sheridan, Elm, Rubberbandits, Craig Gallagher Music and Paddy Casey Music with more to be announced. We find out how she came up with the idea for the festival, fish for an exclusive on who else is being added to the lineup and find out which act Mary is looking forward...


Interview with Conor McGinn - Irish born Labour MP for St Helens North

In an exclusive interview done at his Westminster office on the day Theresa May unveiled her 12 point Brexit plan, we speak to Conor McGinn - Labour MP for St Helens North - who originally hails from Bessbrook, County Armagh. We chat about his memories of home, him emigrating to London as a teenager, becoming an MP, the challenges of Brexit and how he became an "and finally..." news item on BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat at the end of 2016. Conor also shares with us the songs that remind him of home...


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