Cian Ó Cíobháin has been presenting his underground music show 'An Taobh Tuathail' (The Other Side) on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta since May 1999 and has quietly built up a loyal worldwide listenership down through the years. Between 2007 and 2013, he has compiled and released six compilations of music from the show, the first three volumes which were released on CD through Dublin's Psychonavigation label, while the following three were made available as a free download through the RTE website (ATT Vol 6 is currently available to download without charge from rte.ie/rnag).
Commencing on Sunday 19th January at 3pm on Pulse, Cian will present a series of six one-hour shows, each programme devoted to a particular compilation in the 'An Taobh Tuathail' series. Listeners who have become accustomed to hearing Cian broadcast exclusively through Irish will hear him take to the airwaves in English for the first time in eons, telling the story of how each volume came to fruition. There will be tales shared about how tracks were chosen, which tracks were refused clearance and how friendships were forged with music makers on the back of the compilations. Cian will discuss how the way we consume music has changed over the years and the ways in which technology has impacted on his radio show and on the compilation series. He plans to share stories about the thinking behind the artwork while give you some insight into his own lifetime love affair with music through the odd autobiographical nugget. He might also just share with you some of his top tips when it comes to compiling podcasts, which he has learned through decades of making mixtapes, firstly for himself, then for friends and latterly for public consumption.
An Taobh Tuathail (The Other Side) - or ATT as its affectionately known as - is RTE RnaG's long-running, flagship, alternative music show and is hosted from Casla, Connemara by Cian Ó Cíobháin, every Monday to Friday, 9pm - 11pm.
In essence, ATT is a programme hosted by a music fanatic for music fanatics. Since it began broadcasting in 1999, the show has built up a loyal network of listeners worldwide who tune in - either live or through the 'listen back' online option - to hear fresh, new underground sounds from almost every corner of the globe. The programme is renowned for breaking new acts and has given many artists, from home and abroad, their first airplay.
Over the course of any given week, ATT features a wide range of leftfield genres: from all variations of electronic music to psychedelic sounds; from freak folk to insurgent country; from neo-classical to obscure soundtracks and atmospheric instrumentals.
On ATT the music is king. No interviews, no ad breaks, no diversions for news or weather or sport, just a two hour flow of fresh new sounds, with all the relevant information you might need to track down the music, under the enthusiastic guidance of presenter Cian Ó Cíobháin. .