Legendary local musicians Moya Brennan and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh are set to join the ‘greatest trad super-group ever’ for tonight’s farewell Late Late Show.
This week’s edition of The Late Late Show isn’t just the season finale – it’s also the last ever show hosted by Ryan Tubridy.
Before Tubrity hands over the reins to Patrick Kielty, he’ll be joined by some very special guests and having a Late Late Toy Show reunion.
President Michael D Higgins has invited Ryan to join him in Áras an Uachtaráin for their final Late Late interview together.
Ryan will also get a one-of-a-kind musical send-off as a huge group of trad music greats come together for a rousing performance.
The ensemble includes Andrea Corr, John Sheahan (The Dubliners), Moya Brennan (Clannad), Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), Sharon Shannon, Andrew Hendy (The Mary Wallopers), Jim Lockhart (Horslips), Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan), Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames), Niamh Dunne (Beoga), Jim Higgins (The Stunning), Mike Hanrahan (Stockton’s Wing), Ciarán Owens (The Tumbling Paddies), Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (Aeons), Frankie Gavin (De Dannan), Maureen Codd (Cuckoos Nest), Shayan & Shahab Coohe (Nava), Debbie Byrne and Tara Howley.
Singer-songwriter Cian Ducrot will also also perform and more surprise guests have been teased.
Host Ryan Tubridy told RTE: “Tomorrow night is going to be a night of endings for sure, but beginnings for definite. While I will be saying a lot of goodbyes for my last Late Late Show, it will also be a night of gratitude.
“I am humbled, I am grateful, and I am excited because this is the end of one phase of this extraordinarily exciting life I have had so far. I will be turning the big 5-0 on Sunday so, it’s the perfect time to look ahead and welcome a new chapter.
“Until I am ready to share that next chapter, I am going to take some time off, I will reflect and process it all. My final words about my final Late Late Show are ‘Thank You’.”