Una Healy and Loah are to host a new RTÉ television show which will feature the pick of Irish music.
Kicking off on Saturday, July 24 on RTÉ One, The Heart of Saturday Night will give viewers the chance to hear from some the country's top performers. The show is to run for six weeks.
The show is to include musical sessions from many artists, many of which haven't performed on stage since the beginning of the pandemic. These artists include the Saw Doctors, Soda Blonde, Mick Flannery, Rhiannon Giddens and Niamh Regan.
The shows will also pay tribute to some legendary artists who are no longer with us. These will include Phil Lynott, Ronnie Drew, John Prine, Dolores O'Riordan, and Shay Healy. It will be produced by South Wind Blows.
A wide range of genres are to be covered, like pop, rock, folk, traditional and classic.
The show will be taking place in the Round Rooms at Dublin's Mansion House.
"RTÉ and South Wind Blows are delighted to bring this feast of music to viewers on Saturday nights for what promises to be a truly entertaining series presented by Una and Loah", said RTÉ's Head of Entertainment, John McHugh.
"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".
The channel's series editor Philip King also added, "South Wind Blows along with all of the artists and the brilliant crews who make them audible and visible are delighted to have magnificent Irish music in all its diversity, back at the heart of the schedule, at the heart of Saturday night".
"There is such magnificent music in Ireland right now and we are delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate it, in partnership with RTÉ".
Una Healy could hardly contain her joy at this latest television venture.
"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", she said.
The former group member of the Saturdays added, "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".
Loah herself also said the chance to host 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!", she added.
Healy herself also tweeted this.
So excited to announce that I’ll be on your TV screens every Saturday for the new 6 weeks on @RTEOne co - hosting ‘The Heart Of Saturday Night’ with the incredible @musicbyloah! We have some incredible talent and can’t wait for you all to watch, tune in from July 24th! pic.twitter.com/iJzNpOQB1j— Una Healy (@UnaHealy) July 12, 2021
Both Healy and Loah will also sing a special duet with a guest in each episode. Healy will collaborate with Derek Ryan, while Loah will sing with Gavin James.
Irish folk music band, Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and her family will also be contributing to the show. Michelle and Louise Mulcahy will work on the show too as will Dónal Lunney remembering late piper Liam O'Flynn.
The Heart of Saturday Night starts on Saturday July 24 on RTÉ One at 9-30 pm.