Indulge in live music on TG4 this Christmas with this line up

by Rachel Darcy

If you’re missing live music this year, TG4 have a tonic for you, with the Irish language station broadcasting a series of live late night concerts next week.

There is something for everyone on the line up, kicking off with Alanis Morrisette Live at Montreux on December 21.

Check out the full list of late night concerts below.

1. Alanis Morrisette Live at Montreux, Monday 1 December 00:40
On 2 July 2012, Alanis Morissette returned to Montreux as part of her Guardian Angel Tour in support of her new album “Havoc And Bright Lights”. It was her third appearance at the festival. The set showcased a number of tracks from the new album (at that point still to be released) alongside classic tracks from across her career.

2. Amy Winehouse Live in London, Tuesday 22 December 00:15
Hot from her triumph at the 2007 Brit Awards where she won Best British Female and her Ivor Novello award for Best Contemporary Song – ‘Rehab’, Amy Winehouse performed live at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. This amazing concert featured songs from her hit album, ‘Back To Black’, and 2003’s Mercury Music Prize nominated album, ‘Frank’.

3. Elvis Costello & The Imposters Live, Wednesday December 23 00:50
The definitive documentary of Elvis Costello’s celebrated Spinning Wheel tour, recorded over a 2-night stand at The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Costello allowed his set-list to be chosen by The Spectacular Spinning Songbook, a monumental gameshow type wheel spun by select fans and featuring songs from renditions of his own hits, rarities and unexpected covers including Alison, (What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding and Out Of Time.

4. Dusty Springfield Live, Christmas Eve 00:10
Filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in 1979, this film captures Britain’s greatest pop diva at the height of her career. The Show Packed with hits from across Dusty’s Career including ‘I Only Want To Be With You’, ‘Wishin and Hopin’, ‘The Look Of Love’, ‘Son of A Preacher Man’ and many more.

5. Rory Gallagher Live at Montreux, Monday December 28 00:25
Legendary Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher played the renowned Montreux Festival on five occasions, spanning his breakthrough years in the mid-1970s right up to the year before his tragic premature death at the age of 47 in 1995. This classic 1975 performance features classics such as Tattoo’d Lady, Cradle Rock and Laundromat.

6. John Denver Rocky Mountain High Tuesday December 29 00:45
This unique concert in Japan sees audiences who were not fluent in English who had no problem singing along with the hits, Rocky Mountain High, Sunshine on my Shoulders and especially Take Me Home Country Roads.

7. The Doors at the Hollywood Bowl, Wednesday December 30 01:00
On the 5 July 1968, The Doors took to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl for a concert that has since passed into legend. The Doors were performing on the back of their 3rd album release “Waiting For The Sun” and the US No.1 single “Hello, I Love You”. Now for the first time the original film footage from the Hollywood Bowl has been digitally scanned and restored to present the show better and more complete than it’s ever been seen before.

8. Chic live at Montreux, New Year’s Eve 01:00
Closing out the 2004 Montreux Jazz Festival, Nile Rodgers & Chic end on a high note. Jamming on some of their most memorable funk and disco hits: Dance Dance Dance, Le Freak, and Good Times, including a medley of songs originally performed by Diana Ross and Sister Sledge: I’m Coming Out, Upside Down, He’s The Greatest Dance and We Are Family.

9. Van Morrison: Live at Montreux 1980, New Year’s Day 23:35
Singer, songwriter and musical maestro Van Morrison came to Montreux in 1980 to play a very special show. This performance includes his most loved hit Moondance amongst many other of his greats.

10. Queen Rock the World, Saturday January 2 01:05
Behind the scenes archive documentary following Queen’s Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon as they record their sixth album, “News of the World”, and embark on a ground breaking tour of North America. Filmed by BBC presenter Bob Harris in 1977, but never completed, the footage has now been carefully restored and compiled to mark the album’s 40th anniversary.

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