Songs from the Inside is a documentary on RTE Radio 1’s Documentary on One, produced by Tim Desmond and Liam O’Brien. The documentary focuses on Noel Shine and his students who are prisoners at Cork Prison.
Noel Shine has helped hundreds of prisoners to study music. Some of them have learned to write record and perform their own songs. It is part of the overall education programme on offer in Irish prisons, but what purpose does it serve and does music have the power to change people for the better?
Tim Desmond follows Noel into Cork Prison and hears from prisoners who are currently studying music while serving their sentences and hears them play and sing.