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Artists – Liz Clark with Kate Liddell, Ecki Krupp, & Kevin McNally

Radio Dedication Hour

All West Cork Community Hospitals

Radio Dedication Hour promises to bring the 50’s ‘live radio’ experience to several of West Cork’s healthcare settings this year!

Singer songwriter Liz Clark is working collaboratively with older adults and staff to bring each personalised show to life. With ‘ON AIR’ light and old-time microphone in hand, Liz will visit Schull, Castletownbere, Dunmanway, and Skibbereen Community Hospitals, as well as St. Joseph’s unit at Bantry General Hospital.

Produced through Arts for Health Partnership Programme, this project will support Liz in a series of three weekly workshops at each healthcare setting to slowly introduce the ideas and collect contributions. These include creating live jingles and making old-time, location specific adverts. The project will culminate with a real time recorded ‘SHOW’ at each setting. Musicians Kate Liddell or Ecki Krupp, and recording technician/musician Kevin McNally, will join Liz for each ‘SHOW’. Together they will encourage all participants to get involved with interviews, dedications, music requests, and chats.

The concept is likely to expand in many directions. It will be bespoke to each group of participants as well as the healthcare setting. The team of artists will take an inclusive approach, responding to the varying cognisance and abilities of the participants, some of whom are living with dementia.

Liz Clark, who conceived the idea, describes, ‘Radio Dedication Hour brings together the magic of music, storytelling, and community spirit in community hospitals. This live radio show will feature hospital residents as special guests, sharing their stories, poetry, and favourite songs. Inspired by the essence of traditional radio broadcasts that feature live musical performances, comedic sketches, and whimsical tales of everyday life, we can create a sense of connection for residents and listeners alike.

We hope to share the series of ‘SHOW’ recordings online for future playback by the participants and sharing on community radio to a wider audience. The first show recording is available on our Soundcloud page now!

Show Recordings

Timeframe

April to December 2024.

This project is supported by Arts for Health Partnership Programme.