A rural landscape at sunset.

Gleo: Ambient Orbit

RTÉ Lyric FM’s Ambient Orbit 

Ambient Orbit is a non-presenter-led programme on RTÉ Lyric FM produced by Peter Curtin and Áine Gallagher. For Gleo, audiences can join us for a recording of the show with live performances from Alan Massey and Louise Gaffney. Attendees are welcome to bring along blankets, yoga mats, and cushions and settle into an evening of droning ambient sounds, field recordings, and musical performances. The event is on Sunday, 5 November at 6.30pm, admission is free, and warming refreshments will be provided.

About Ambient Orbit:

Ambient Orbit occupies a unique space in Irish radio with its beautifully crafted mix of ambient sounds and field recordings from the Irish landscape, including birdsong from the Beara Peninsula, a shoreline at Whiddy Island, the River Barrow in Borris, and the waterfall at the Conor Pass, Co. Kerry, allowing the listener to reset and escape the noise of everyday life.

Airing from midnight on Sunday nights, the second series finished recently and culminated in a live outside broadcast near the stone circle in Lough Gur, Co. Limerick to mark the summer solstice with live performances from Larissa O’Grady, Rachael Lavelle, and Ryan Hargadon.

In addition to broadcasting field recordings submitted by listeners, the programme has collaborated with field recordists, sound designers, and ornithologists such as Seán Ronayne, Tadhg O’Sullivan, Fintan O’Brien, and Aoife O’Neill, all to provide a meditative, relaxing soundscape.

The broadcast time of midnight on Sunday nights was carefully selected to provide listeners a smooth, atmospheric transition from the end of one week to the beginning of another. The episodes are repeated weekly on Friday mornings at 6am to give listeners a calm start to the weekend.

About Gleo:

Gleo is a series of concerts of ambient and experimental music taking place at Ormston House from 2–5 November 2023.

Gleo* features a mix of Irish musicians, artists, composers, and broadcasters presenting a spectrum of musical practices and experiments in sound. Set between autumn and winter, as evenings darken, air cools, and life moves indoors, the concert series creates space to gather and listen together amid the changing seasons.

* A word originating from the west coast of Ireland, Gleo refers to the sound of the sea when it is loud and ominous, its tumult and texture akin to man-made or mechanical noise, a sound that foretells bad weather.

Gleo is curated by Caimin Walsh of Ormston House and Jack Brolly. It is supported by the Night-Time Economy After Hours at the Museum scheme and Limerick City and County Council. Full details can be found here.

Logos for the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media; Limerick City and County Council; and Limerick Arts Office.


Ambient Orbit: 5 November 2023. Doors 6.30pm. Free admission, no booking required.
Image courtesy of Peter Curtin.
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