The Rolling Wave on RTÉ Radio 1 marked International Women’s Day by inviting female traditional musicians to choose music from some of their favourite female artists - listen above.

Songs and tunes were chosen by musicians Geraldine Cotter, Máire Ní Ghráda, Róisín Chambers, Rosie Stewart, Michelle Mulcahy, Therese McInerney and June McCormack and you can listen back to it here. 

Also included in the show was a special track from 'Mná na Feadóige Móra'. 

The Rolling Wave presenter Aoife Nic Cormaic 

Last October flute player Aoife Granville joined Aoife Nic Cormaic on The Rolling Wave to talk about the history of women flute players in Irish Traditional Music, and they found surprisingly few recordings of women playing the flute prior to the 1970s. The earliest recording played on the programme was from Teresa Gardiner, recorded in 1959 - listen back to the show here. 

Thankfully, a lot has changed since then and there are many fantastic women playing the flute today.

This special video was initiated by Aoife Granville to celebrate women flute players on International Women’s Day and The Rolling Wave was proud to be invited to play it on last night’s programme:

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