We here at State could not be happier to introduce what is now a series. Cian Ó Cíobháin, the captain of the good ship An Taobh Tuathail, celebrates 16 years of the hugely progressive radio show on Raidio na Gaeltachta this year and has produced a midsummer mixtape especially for State to rival, if not surpass, last year’s serving. Like a 99 it is delicious to the very last bite. Cian explains it best…
This mix is a sequel to 2014’ ‘Last Summer On Planet Earth’.
Now relocated to the idyllic version of our sister planet Venus, which is to say the version imagined by writers of 1950s Sci-Fi* … where the atmosphere is sticky and tropical and where thick vegetation grows in abundance, our gaze often turns to the old world. A shimmering blue dot in the evening sky, we dream of summers on planet Earth, of sunny mornings soundtracked by birdsong and evenings filled with the chirping of crickets and other nocturnal music-makers.
Someday we will return home, but for now all we can do is listen to our memories.
So the old song goes: ‘Thugamar féin an Samhradh linn’ (we brought the summer with us).
* Please note that the Venus of this mix is not the actual uninhabitable planet we now know of with its runaway greenhouse effect and thick sulfuric acid clouds. Interestingly, on Venus, its seasons are shorter than its days. Seasons last approximately 55-58 Earth days, while each Venusian sunrise is separated by 117 Earth days.
Venus also rotates backwards, causing the sun to rise in the west and set in the east.
Watch the skies, keep looking . . .
– Cian Ó Cíobháin
An Taobh Tuathail can be heard between 22.00-00.00 Luan – Aoine / Monday – Friday and both live and past shows can be heard through the RTÉ player and RTÉ Radio app as well as on the old reliable wireless radio receiver on 93-95 MHz.