Episodes

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Fairytale of New York2007041220181225 (RS)

In 1987 Shane McGowan and Jem Finer penned the Pogues hit Fairytale of New York. Thirty years on and the song still has Irish emigrants weeping into their pints. It has also become a legacy to the late Kirsty McColl and a perennial Christmas classic. John Cavanagh delves into the remarkable story behind the song.

John Cavanagh delves into the remarkable story behind this classic Christmas song.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

Hallelujah2008062320190614 (RS)

'Hallelujah'was originally written by Leonard Cohen in 1985 but remained obscure for over a decade. Transformed by John Cale, revised by Jeff Buckley, and even adapted as a tribute to football player Mark Viduka, it's become one of the most trafficked tunes in film and TV. John Cavanagh discovers how Hallelujah has become the not so cult classic it is today.

'Hallelujah' was written by Leonard Cohen in 1985. John Cavanagh tells its story.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

The Times They Are a' Changing20050118
The Times They Are A' Changing2005011820190614 (RS)

John Cavanagh and guests trace the roots of Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are a'Changing'.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

The Times They Are A' Changing2005011820190614 (RS)

John Cavanagh and guests trace the roots of Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are a'Changing'.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.