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New Saturday night music show hosted by Una Healy and Loah kicks off

'We had such a brilliant time filming and it’s an experience I’ll never forget. I can't wait for everyone to see it'

Una, alongside Loah, hosts the new show kicking off tonight

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

A new Saturday night show hosted by Una Healy and Loah and featuring the best of Irish music kicks off tonight on RTÉ One.

The Heart of Saturday Night will treat viewers to six evenings of music featuring some of the country's finest performers over the next few weeks.

Each episode in the six-week Saturday night run of shows will feature a segment that pays tribute to and celebrates artists who are no longer with us, including Phil Lynott, Dolores O'Riordan, Shay Healy, Ronnie Drew and John Prine.

"I was so excited to be asked to co-host The Heart of Saturday Night and getting to do it alongside the incredibly talented Loah was a joy," Una said recently.

"We had such a brilliant time filming and it’s an experience I’ll never forget. I can't wait for everyone to see it."

For Loah, The Heart of Saturday Night "is a musical dream come true. Co-presenting with Una has been a great pleasure and it’s been wonderful to hear and chat to all the incredible musicians throughout the series

"I’m honoured to be part of the show and look forward to sharing our joy with the audience.”

Filmed in the Round Room of Dublin’s Mansion House, the show will feature a wide range of genres from pop, folk, rock, classical and traditional.

There will be performances from Irish Women in Harmony, Mick Flannery, The Saw Doctors, Niamh Regan, Soda Blonde and Rhiannon Giddens.

Writing on her Instagram to announce the news earlier this month, Una said: “We have some incredible talent and can’t wait for you all to watch, tune in from July 24.”

Produced by South Wind Blows, the show promises viewers some rousing musical sessions featuring many artists who haven’t performed on a stage since the start of the pandemic.

RTÉ Head of Entertainment John McHugh said the show will provide a “feast of music for viewers.”

"Following what has been a very difficult time for musicians and crews in the Irish music industry, it will be wonderful to see some of Ireland's greatest performers on stage again,” he said.

‘The Heart of Saturday Night’ will air on RTÉ One at 9.30pm from July 24.

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