The latest Rolling Wave podcast features an interview with Donegal fiddle player Danny Meehan - listen above.

Danny was born in Drimolost, Co Donegal in 1940. He was fortunate in that he was surrounded by talented musicians both at home through his grandmother and his parents and in the locality with people like Charlie McCahill, Peter Quinn and Paddy McDyer. All of those musicians would have been very influential on Danny's music, but also on his attitude towards music.

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He moved to England when he was just sixteen years old and settled in London where he became immersed in the thriving traditional music scene there, meeting Bobby Casey, Julia Clifford, Jimmy Power, his bandmates in the group Le Chéile and so many more. He remained in London for 52 years until he retired back to Donegal, where he now lives.

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His lifetime contribution to music was recognised when he was awarded the Gradam Saoil at Gradaim Ceoil TG4 in 2012 and we can confirm that he is still playing as well as ever!

This conversation and the music played was recorded in Danny’s home place in Drimolost in 2021 and The Rolling Wave was joined on the day by Danny’s friend and another great fiddle player, Rónán Galvin.

Listen to more from The Rolling Wave on RTÉ Radio 1 here.