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    Archive 2008

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    Programme 45: 31st December 2008

    A chance to hear again the Rolling Wave tribute to Joe Dolan; singer, songwriter and founder member of Sweeney's Men who passed away in January 2008 with guest Andy Irvine.

    Programme 44: 17th December 2008

    Nine new publications of and about traditional music and song, four songs from the late David Hammond, the results of our competition for three copies of the Late Late Show tribute to the Dubliners, tunes from the late Peg McGrath, Willie Clancy and The Chieftains and The Moving On Song written by Ewan McColl and sung by Dave Burland.

    Programme 43:

    10th December 2008 - Part 2

    3rd December 2008 - Part 1

    A celebrated traditional flute player and composer, Vincent Broderick, passed away in September of this year at the age of 88. His tunes were widely played and two printed collections of his tunes entitled The Turoe Stone were published and used widely by traditional musicians. He was born near Loughrea in Co. Galway in 1920 and spent most of his life in Dublin where he played a full part in the traditional music life of the capital. He featured on some early recordings issued by Gael Linn in the 1960s.

    In June 1992 Peter Browne visited Vincent's home in Walkinstown in Dublin and recorded two programmes with him and members of his family.

    Programme 42: 26th November 2008

    Dermot McLoughlin remembers the highly acclaimed Donegal fiddle player James Byrne who passed away earlier this month.

    Programme 41: November 19th 2008

    Music from the new fiddle trio called Fidil, some tracks from the new disc by the group At the Racket, a memory of singer Áine Bean Mhaitiú and three more songs related to Irish people's involvement in the First World War.

    Programme 40: November 12th 2008

    Songs and music written about and in memory of World War One.

    Programme 39: 2007 William Kennedy Festival

    Part 1 - October 22nd 2008

    Part 2 - October 29th 2008

    Part 3 - November 5th 2008

    Three programmes of music and song recorded at the 2007 William Kennedy Festival held annually in Armagh.

    Produced and presented: Peter Browne.

    Programme 38: October 8th 2008

    Music by accordion player James Keane recorded on a recent visit home to Ireland from the USA, songs from a new release called Cascades of Song and a memory of Sliabh Luachra fiddle player Jer Collins who died recently.

    Programme 37

    Part 1 - September 24th 2008

    Part 2 - October 1st 2008

    Two special programmes in which English folk singer June Tabor talks about her life and music.


    Programme 36 - September 3rd 2008

    Memories of Ronnie Drew, Hugh Shields, Vincent Broderick and David Hammond - all people made significant contributions to the world of traditional music and song and all of whom passed away recently.

    Programme 32-35: August 6th - 27th 2008

    The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master - Pádraig O' Keeffe.

    Four programmes commemorating the life and music of a famous musician and music teacher from the Sliabh Luachra area on the Cork-Kerry Border, Pádraig O'Keeffe (1887 - 1963) who left an indelible mark on the music of his home area and on Irish traditional music in general.

    Programme 1: The early years, school and Pádraig's only wife, the fiddle. - Listen here

    Programme 2: Teaching the fiddle, writing music and Pádraig's way with words. - Listen here

    Programme 3: Tunes, style and the folk memory of Pádraig. - Listen here

    Programme 4: Recording for radio and Pádraig's final years - Listen here

    First broadcast 6th November 1993.
    Produced and presented: Peter Browne.

    Programme 31: 30th July

    Ómós - A Gig for Mícheál - Part 3
    Singer, musician, song collector and record producer Mícheál Ó Domhnaill died suddenly in July 2006 and many musicians, singers, friends and his family came together to remember him in a tribute concert at Vicar St. in Dublin on the 24th of May 2007. Tonight we hear the final programme from that night, including a performance by former members of the famous Bothy Band of which Mícheál was a founding member.
    Sound recording: Leon O'Neill, David Meade. Mixing: Mark Dwyer.
    Presented and produced by Peter Browne.

    Programme 30: 23rd July

    Ómós - A Gig for Mícheál - Part 2
    Singer, musician, song collector and record producer Mícheál Ó Domhnaill died suddenly in July 2006 and many musicians, singers, friends and his family came together to remember him in a tribute concert at Vicar St. in Dublin on the 24th of May 2007. Tonight we hear the second of three programmes from that night.
    Sound recording: Leon O'Neill, David Meade. Mixing: Mark Dwyer.
    Presented and produced by Peter Browne.

    Programme 29: 16th July
    Ómós - A Gig for Mícheál - Part 1
    Singer, musician, song collector and record producer Mícheál Ó Domhnaill died suddenly in July 2006 and many musicians, singers, friends and his family came together to remember him in a tribute concert at Vicar St. in Dublin on the 24th of May 2007. Tonight we hear the first of three programmes from that night.
    Sound recording: Leon O'Neill, David Meade. Mixing: Mark Dwyer.
    Presented and produced by Peter Browne.

    Programme 28: 9th July
    A live programme from Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, the traditional music summer school taking place this week in Miltown Malbay Co. Clare in memory of the famous uilleann piper, singer and tin whistle player who lived in the town.

    Programme 27: 2nd July
    Includes a performance by Leitrim uilleann piper Brian McNamara at the 2007 Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy in Co. Clare.

    Programme 26: 25th June
    A performance by Iarla Ó Lionáird at the 2006 Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry House and two new CDs; of Donegal fiddle player Frank Cassidy and Belfast piper Robbie Hannon.

    Programme 25: 18th June
    Highlights from a Music Network concert entitled Horsehair, Wind & Reeds given by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Catherine McEvoy (flute, tin whistle) and Micheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
    Recorded The Coach House, Dublin Castle 22nd January 2008.

    Programme 24: 11th June
    The second of two Long Note documentary programmes on the life and music of Johnny Doran by Jackie Small and Harry Bradshaw broadcast in 1988.

    Programme 23: 4th June
    To mark the centenary of the birth of the famous travelling piper Johnny Doran, the first of two Long Note documentary programmes on his life and music by Jackie Small and Harry Bradshaw broadcast in 1988.

    Programme 22: 28th May
    A memory of the Doran brothers who were famous uilleann pipers from the travelling community, some music recorded at the recent Doran brothers weekend in Co. Clare, music and song from a Fleadh Cheoil held in Clones, Co. Monaghan in 1964 and some recordings made by the Dubliners in 1968.

    Programme 21: 21st May
    Uilleann piping by Donncha Dwyer recorded at the 2007 Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, some tracks from a new CD The Humours of Highgate by 3 London based musicians and 3 songs from a new CD by singer Karen Casey.

    Programme 20: 14th May
    We feature tracks from the new RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta CD; Ceol agus Foinn - Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy and Muiris Ó Rócháin of SSWC talks about the CD and this year's summer school. We also will have a competition for 3 copies.

    Programme 19: 7th May
    Flute player Paddy O'Donoghue, 80 years young from East Clare, talks about his new CD The Rose of Killagh, playing and composing tunes and the many musicians he's known and played with during his long life.

    Programme 18: 30th April
    Fiddle-player Martin Dowling from the USA, now living in Belfast and involved in the teaching of traditional Irish music plays and talks about his musical life on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Programme 17: 23rd April

    Programme 16: 16th April
    Music from a new CD by harmonica player Noel Battle, recordings from a live concert by Scottish singer songwriter Dick Gaughan and a selection of uilleann piping music from each of the two famous traveller brothers Johnny and Felix Doran.

    Programme 15: 9th April
    We meet Michelle Laffer from Tasmania who lives in Donegal Town and who has a long-standing interest in the music of Co.Donegal. She talks and plays 5 selections of tunes. We also hear traditional Irish traditional music as played by musicians from Denmark, Brittany and Japan.

    Programme 14: 2nd April
    Scottish Gaelic singing from Margaret Stewart, fiddle music from Maeve Donnelly and Martin Hayes and a memory of guitarist Jimmmy Faulkner as heard on three 1978 tracks by Christy Moore.

    Programme 13: 26th March
    We remember recently deceased fiddle-player Joe Ryan with RTÉ Sound Archive speech and music recorded in April 1989. Joe plays selections of jigs and reels and talks about his life in Clare, Dublin, London and Julianstown, Co Meath.

    Programme 12: 19th March
    The celebrated Dublin fiddle-player Tommie Potts passed away on this day 20 years ago and we mark the occasion with a repeat of an obituary programme broadcast at the time in honour of a uniqely creative figure in traditional music.

    Programme 11: 12th March

    Programme 10: 5th March
    The launch last December by Cathal Goan of the archive CD In Good Hands by concertina player, the late Paddy Murphy of Connolly, Co. Clare. Also, some tracks from the CD and an interview with his friend and fellow musician, Peter O'Loughlin.

    Programme 9: 27th February
    Music and song from the Kilmayley Inn, Co. Clare, recorded at a concert to mark the launch of an archive CD of Clare concertina player, the late Paddy Murphy.

    Programme 8: 20th February
    An archive interview from 1972 with Roscommon piper, the late Andy Conroy, two songs from Sweeney's Men and two tracks from a new CD Welcome Here Again by Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill.

    Programme 7: 13th February
    We remember Joe Dolan; singer, songwriter, painter and founder member of the popular 1960's folk group Sweeney's Men, who died on 7th January this year.

    Programme 6: 6th February
    A portrait from different RTÉ Radio 1 recordings of fiddle-player Maurice O'Keeffe of Kiskeam, Co. Cork who received the annual Award for Dedication to Sliabh Luachra at the 2007 Patrick O'Keeffe Festival last October in Castleisland.

    Programme 5: 30th January
    Music and song from the Sunday night concert at the 2007 Patrick O' Keeffe Festival held in Castleisland last October.

    Programme 4: 23rd January
    Some tracks from a new CD The Pathway to the Well by Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn, two songs from Co. Wexford and two old 78rpm discs by the famous Irish American fiddle player Paddy Killoran.

    Programme 3: 16th January
    Fiddle player Séamus Connolly of Killaloe, Co. Clare is the guest on tonight's programme. He plays some tunes and talks about his music and his work in traditional music over the years in Ireland and the USA.

    Programme 2: 9th January
    Music and conversation with Sliabh Luachra accordion player Jimmy Doyle recorded at the Pádraigh O' Keeffe Festival in Castleisland last October.

    Programme 1: 2nd January
    We hear some songs from a new disc called Songs of the Irish Travellers, tunes on the fiddle from Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, music recorded at the annual Christmas concert at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Co. Down and a special song for the New Year.

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