Former presenter and curator of the critically acclaimed Blue of the Night on RTE lyric fm, Carl Corcoran is a skilled arts professional. Carl has worked across all sectors of the music industry – composition, performance, publishing, broadcasting, event management, production and promotion. Carl is a passionate advocate of the Arts in Ireland and is committed to supporting and promoting Irish artists at home and abroad.
From September 2017 until July 2022 Carl acted as Course Director of the Masters in Songwriting at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Upon retiring from this position, Carl was awarded Emeritus Lecturer status for his work in developing, managing and supporting the MA in Songwriting, along with contributing to the ethos of University of Limerick.
In October 2019 he was invited to join the Board of Music Network, Ireland – a role he has embraced enthusiastically and one that gives him the opportunity to engage further with the Arts Community at home and abroad.
In May 2023, Carl completed and was awarded a Professional Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring (with Distinction), becoming a member of EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council). He continues to engage in the Coaching practice, focussing on (but not exclusive to) the Creative Community.
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In Carl’s teens in the 1970s, Carl signed a recording contract with EMI(Ire) for three original albums written by himself and various collaborators under the moniker of Jamie Stone. Carl’s first album ‘New Day’ gathered six awards at the RMI Awards in 1974, including Artist of The Year. His songs ‘Gulliver’ (’74 )and ‘I Believe in Love'(’76) were chart toppers in the Irish charts.
In 1978, Carl headed for New York. The American sojourn lasted 20 years and brought experiences of a varied nature in the world of entertainment. He established himself as a popular and busy performer in the Irish American community, releasing a CD of Irish and Irish inspired original songs on the Rego Label – called “Dancing the Dublin Reel” – voted the “Album of the Year” by the Irish Echo in 1996. In the latter five years, the passion for radio was irresistible. Carl played an anchor role in a successful commercial radio station in New York, where he presented Irish specialty shows as well as maintaining the Morning Shift weekdays 9am-12 noon at WTBQ….playing music from the 50’s through the 90’s.
On returning to Ireland in 1998, a move which coincided with the setting up of RTÉ lyric fm, Carl was asked to host ‘The Third Wave’ late night on Lyric (Sat and Sun), which he presented for three years. Simultaneously, Carl became a regular presenter on RTÉ Radio1 until the slot at The Lyric Breakfast came his way. Carl remained in that early morning role for four years, until October 2007 when the Breakfast Man returned to the once familiar night hours at RTÉ lyric fm taking over the role of Presenter for The Blue of the Night – the highly acclaimed late night slot – a role he performed for 10 years until taking up his current position as Course Director at Irish World Academy.