Mu­si­cians wake in the Small Hours

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Donal Di­neen’s fi­nal Small Hours show was broad­cast on To­day FM last night, and the DJ and tastemaker plans to send it off in the finest of Ir­ish tra­di­tions tonight – with a wake.

The Small Hours wake takes place in the Join­ery in Stoney­bat­ter, Dublin, from 7pm to 11pm with a num­ber of mu­si­cal guests. David Kitt, Katie Kim, Cian Nu­gent, Beau­ti­ful Unit and The Xmas Soup Col­lec­tive will all per­form, while at­ten­dees are promised “vi­su­als and chat” as to ac­com­pany the mu­sic. Di­neen said he was sad his ten­ure at To­day FM was com­ing to an end but was grate­ful for hav­ing had “such a good in­nings” in the midst of a pur­ple patch for Ir­ish mu­sic.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the demise of the show rep­re­sents the clos­ing down of vi­tal air­time for new mu­sic,” he said. “There should be more, not less, of this on the air. You can hear the same thing all day ev­ery day across the dial. This is wrong.

“There is a golden age of Ir­ish mu­sic, but un­less some­thing changes the bright­est stars will re­main hid­den un­der­ground.”

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