Hark! Ding Dong! It’s jin­gle bell rock

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Christ­mas FM, the Ir­ish ra­dio sta­tion that has been broad­cast­ing fes­tive cheer (and cheesy Christ­mas hits) from its tem­po­rary base in Dublin city cen­tre for the last few weeks, is urg­ing the pub­lic to tune in and do­nate to its cho­sen char­ity over the next nine days.

The sta­tion, which has been granted a short-term li­cence for the fourth year in a row, is run by a team of vol­un­teers and has raised more than ¤200,000 for char­ity to date. This year, they hope to raise a fur­ther ¤100,000 for the home­less char­ity Fo­cus Ire­land through do­na­tions and text re­quests sent to the sta­tion. In ad­di­tion, 2011 marks their big­gest year to date. A live stream via their web­site Christ­masfm.ie and iphone and Android mo­bile apps al­low world­wide ac­cess, while they have also ex­panded their FM range in Ire­land due to a new trans­mit­ter. The sta­tion is now avail­able to 60 per cent of Ir­ish ra­dio lis­ten­ers. A num­ber of guest DJS are ros­tered on the sta­tion and some of them will be miss­ing their Christ­mas din­ners in the name of good­will. “The sta­tion fo­cuses on Christ­mas in a non-com­mer­cial way,” said di­rec­tor Wal­ter He­garty. “[It] en­cour­ages peo­ple to feel part of their com­mu­nity and en­joy the true spirit of the sea­son.” christ­masfm.ie

A free evening’s en­ter­tain­ment takes place at Craw­daddy this Sun­day. Watch out for Bouts, Gin­nels, Dáithí - and more.

The Ar­chan­droid is back: Janelle Monae has promised to re­lease two new al­bums in 2012, which she will re­lease “ac­cord­ing to [her] soul clock”.

Ra­dio­head gui­tarist Jonny Green­wood will pro­vide the score to Paul Thomas An­der­son’s new film, ten­ta­tively en­ti­tled The Mas­ter.

Two more names have been added to the First Fort­night fi­nale gig. Roy­seven and DREA join Cashier No 9 and Le Galaxie at The But­ton Fac­tory on Jan­uary 14th.

It’s Christ­mas?

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