Presented by Sean Street
Produced by Alan Hall
Broadcast on Newstalk on 25th October 2009 and subsequently reversioned and broadcast on CBC's 'Inside the Music' on 14th March 2010 and ABC's 'Into the Music' on 10th April 2010.
Her songs have been covered by the Wolf Tones, the Clancy
Brothers, the Dubliners, even The Pogues... Delia Murphy, the folksinger known
affectionately as 'Murphs', almost single-handedly prompted the Irish Folk
Revival and captured in song an expression of emerging Irish nationhood.
In this programme, Sean Street, whose Irish
mother loved the music of Delia Murphy, embarks on a personal journey
and presents a profile of one of Ireland's most important singers:
"I grew up haunted by the sound of this slightly cracked,
off-kilter voice, coming, it seemed to me, from another age, and from another
world to my Portsmouth naval upbringing. Long after my mother's death - and
Delia's - the music continues to haunt."
With contributions from
Murphy's grandchildren, Ronan and Garvan Browne and Carol Kiernan, her
niece Carmen, her nephew Leo and her biographer Aidan O'Hara.