Joe Kelly presents The Gathering, UCR’s weekly look at Irish music and culture. Joe is the Group Managing Director of The Universe Media Group, and is editor of The Catholic Universe, and The Catholic Who’s Who and Yearbook. His parents are from Wicklow and Leitrim, and Joe is the nephew of the late Alphie Dineen, who was one of Sligo’s greatest accordion players. Another uncle, Colin Kelly, is one of Leitrim’s leading country singers. Joe is a guitarist himself, and was for several years a guitarist in The Index Danceband, one of London’s leading social club acts. Joe is a past winner of the Irish Post Photojournalism award, for his vivid photo-essays of Irish diaspora life in and around London.
Stuart Burman creator and host of Island of Saints a ‘history’ show like no other as it’s infused with prayer, worship music and Bible readings. Each episode brings to life Britain’s long forgotten Christian heritage by exploring the lives of British Saints and what their legacy may mean for us in our lives today. Stuart is involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in England and Wales and has led a Charismatic prayer group for a number of years. This experience is used to allow the Holy Spirit to come and take control of each show and this allows the often simple message of these Saints to have new meaning for today’s world.
Tracy Dan Turner presents Pipesmoke Ponderings, a weekly show about Tracy’s ponderings on God’s love and how to minister it. Tracy currently serves as a minister of consolation in the Diocese of Lexington Kentucky, assisting those who have lost a loved one and grieving. Ponderings include an introduction and reflection on Tracy’s devotion to the Blessed Mother Mary and a reflection on the grieving process and ways to cope.
Richard Dewland is an organist, pianist, choral conductor, vocal coach and composer. He teaches organ, piano and singing, gives private vocal tuition and works as an accompanist. Last year saw the publication of his new book of approved Mass settings for the Roman Catholic Church, the Dewland Sacred Heart Collection. Richard’s shows Footnotes and New Liturgical Music are played in Church Hour.
Louise Cowley writes and presents the series How to pray for what you want, and is a freelance writer and music teacher. She is currently writing a book based on the series playing on UCR. Any success stories resulting from listening to the series can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.