On a bright summer’s day on a quiet lake in the Irish Midlands, a small boat is found drifting into shore. It contains the body of a 16 year old girl; Lizzie Lacey, clad in a white dress and bedecked with garlands of flowers. There are no obvious marks on her body.
Police launch a murder investigation and question a number of suspects, but no one is ever charged and the case remains unsolved.
Twenty years later, a radio documentary maker sets out to revisit the story of Lizzie’s life and mysterious death with the aid of her older sister, Caroline. Kevin Brown interviews a number of key figures in the case, including the chief investigating officer and the chief suspect. What he finds is a story that is both haunting and disturbing, a mystery that raises questions about morality and the nature of memory at a particular moment in Irish history.
Increasingly troubled by his discoveries, Brown finds himself dangerously drawn, both to the mystery of Lizzie and to her living sister, an attraction that may lead to his own destruction.
Haunting, thrilling and innovative, ‘Fairies Only Wear Wings’ is a drama that will live long in the memory of everyone who hears it.
Listen to Episode 1: 6pm on Sunday May 1st and
Episode 2: 6pm on Monday May 2nd on
Shannonside FM (104.1MHz (Longford/Roscommon), 97.2 Mhz (South Leitrim), 95.7 MHz (Boyle), 104.6 Mhz (West Roscommon)) and online www.shannonside.ie Click on Listen Live in the top right hand corner.
Listener discretion advised – strong themes and language.
I got to chat to the great Richmond, Virginia musician Matthew E. White before his show at the Roisin Dubh. He was pretty jetlagged after travelling from Australia and his giant beard seemed to swallow up my mic a bit. But he was gracious and intelligent and we chatted about his record label and recording studio Spacebomb Records, his writing process with the band and his live show. You can listne to the interview as part of Feed Me Weird Things and there’s a new song from Matt and Natalie Prass opening the show. Thanks to Gugai for setting it up.
The Dead Albatross Music Prize continues this year celebrating the best in underground music from Britain and Ireland. This year there are two categories – new music and reissues. I did an hour long special on the awards on Feed Me Weird Things. You can find out the winners on Kamikze’s show on Reel Rebels Radio on Wednesday the 28th October at 8.30pm.
At the end of September, Flirt Fm celebrated its 20th anniversary. Having been involved with the station since its early years, I was proud to take part in the celebrations. These included a Silent Disco at Roisin Dubh with myself and Paula going up against former station managers Keith Wallace and Fiona McNulty and a 5 hour live show on the Saturday that I produced. This featured presenter Paddy Duffy chatting to current and ex volunteers and staff about their time at the station. Each person shared their memories, picked a song that represented their time on air and Oh Boland played in studio. There was also a documentary on the history of the station by Eoghan Holland, workshops and children’s entertainment and a dinner in the Salthill Hotel. A great weekend, roll on 20 more years.
The Frames Colm Mac Con Iomare is an incredible fiddle player, and an amazing all round musician. He has just released his second solo album ‘And Now The Weather (Agus Anois An Aimsir)’. I spoke to him about the album, his methods of composing, his live show and The Frames 25th anniversary.
I am so happy that Three For A Girl Four For A Boy has been shortlisted for another audio drama festival – Leipziger Hörspielsommer in Leipzig Germany. It is an annual open-air event, located in one of Leipzig’s beautiful city parks. It sounds absolutely lovely and it is great that our little magpies will be there.
I’m thrilled that Three For A Girl Four For A Boy has been shortlisted for the Grand Prix Nova Radio Drama Festival in Bucharest 2015. Myself and writer/director Marisa O Mahony are honoured to be in such company as RTE Drama on One, BBC Radio Drama and Radio New Zealand amongst others. Winners will announced on June 6th 2015.
Radiophrenia is a temporary art radio station – a week-long exploration into current trends in sound and transmission arts. Broadcasting live from Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, the station aims to promote radio as an art form, encouraging challenging and radical new approaches to the medium. The broadcast schedule will include live shows, pre-recorded features and a daily series of ‘live-to-air’performances. The majority of the programme will be made up from selections submitted to an international open call for sound and radio works.
My sound art piece Salle de bain will be featured on Radiophrenia during its broadcast across Glasgow on 87.9fm, 13th – 19th April, 2015 and online on http://radiophrenia.scot/