Upcoming Live Events
The William Kennedy Piping Festival
On Friday 15th November The Rolling Wave will be recording a live concert between 1 and 3pm in Áras na bPíobairí in Armagh. We'd be delighted if you could join us. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance here-
Trad Talk 2019 at Dublin Castle
Join us for a public interview with Martin Hayes and Steve Cooney at the Trad Talk conference which is taking place in Dublin Castle on Saturday 16th November. Further information and tickets here
27th December 2015
20th December 2015
13th December 2015
6th December 2015
29th November 2015
22nd November 2015
15th November 2015
8th November 2015
1st November 2015
25th October 2015
18th October 2015
Recordings from Liadan, Bríd Harper, Claire Keville and a CD of 78rpm recordings from the early 1900s all by female musicians called "If There Weren't Any Women in the the World"
27th September 2015
Recordings new and old including accordion player Finbar Dwyer.
20th September 2015
New trad compositions by Connie O'Connell, Tommy Peoples and Niall Vallely.
13th September 2015
A musical ceremony to remember Willie Clancy and a new CD of Sliabh Luachra tunes.
6th September 2015
Singers Maggie MacInnes and Colum Sands plus a visit to Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy in July of this year.
30th August 2015
At the Willie Clancy in Miltown Malbay last month, many quality recordings of traditional music & song were newly issued and this week the Rolling Wave makes a selection from them.
23rd August 2015
We feature recordings from the many recitals in the Community Hall in Miltown Malbay at the Willie Clancy Summer School last month.
16th August 2015
Some traditional Irish music played on guitars and a memory of Monaghan piper Willie Clarke who recorded on an early series of 78rpm discs "The Pipes of Three Nations"
9th August 2015
A USA programme - we meet Bill Ochs, New York musician who has issued a CD of archived recordings of Clare whistle player Micho Russell & also we're joined by members of the Yanks.
2nd August 2015
New recordings from harper Laoise Kelly and groups Breaking Trad and Four Winds plus a famous W. B. Yeats poem which has pipe music at its centre: "The Host of the Air"
26th July 2015
We meet Seán McElwain who has explored and researched his home area of Sliabh Beagh in North Monaghan and East Fermanagh and produced a selection of local music and song
19th July 2015
Memories of two people who passed away last month: USA singer and music collector Jean Ritchie and singer and storyteller Mick Quinn from Mullaghbawn, Co. Armagh. Also, music from a new recording by the group Lad Lane.
12th July 2015
Traditional and folk music in Ireland, presented by Peter Browne
5th July 2015
Tonight we feature 3 classic ballads from the late Packie Manus Byrne, music from Eoin Duignan's album Cath Fionntrágha and a new album with a catchy title Socks in the Frying Pan
28th June 2015
Traditional and folk music in Ireland, presented by Peter Browne
21st June 2015
This coming weekend sees the 10th anniversary of the death of the celebrated Dublin singer & song collector Frank Harte on June 27th 2005, tonight we remember his life and legacy.
14th June 2015
The centenary of the Battle of Waterloo on June 18th 1815 falls this week and to mark the occasion we hear a programme The Green Linnet produced in the 1970s by Tony Mac Mahon
7th June 2015
Trad singing from Scotland, music on two fiddles from a recording made recently in the USA and tunes and sean-nós singing from the archives of Tionól Cheoil na Rinne, Co Waterford
31st May 2015
Tonight's programme includes recordings made for the radio programme The Long Note in the 1970s of the famed uilleann piper Séamus Ennis.
24th May 2015
The 43rd annual Willie Clancy Summer School takes place in 6 weeks time in Miltown Malbay in West Co. Clare. Held in memory of a famous uilleann piper, the week of events includes teaching, lectures, recitals and informal traditional music sessions. Tonight's programme hears music from last year's Clancy week and previews the 2015 edition.
17th May 2015
A salute to Donnacha Ó Dúlaing on the occasion of his hanging up the microphone and tracks from "Contentment is Wealth" - a celebrated recording made 30 years ago by Matt Molloy.
10th May 2015
A memory of John Renbourn who passed away in March - guitarist, composer and founder member of the folk group Pentangle.
3rd May 2015
Some music and song to welcome in the month of May and we preview some upcoming happenings and events in the traditional music world.
29th March 2015
Group and band music tonight on the Rolling Wave with selections from Caladh Nua, Danú and Skippers Alley plius the latest album by accordion and fiddle duet Jacky Daly and Matt Cranitch.
22nd March 2015
Tonight we feature some exciting music from Scotland including a new crossover project "Birds and Beasts" and ancient religious music "In Praise of Saint Columba". Also tracks from the new CD "Pluckin' Mad" by banjo and tenor guitar player Angelina Carberry.
15th March 2015
In advance of his 70th birthday celebration concert in the NCH, Dublin next Tuesday, we conclude our look at the musical life and many achievements of master uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn.
8th March 2015
Master uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn will celebrate his 70th birthday in April this year with a gala concert at the NCH, Dublin on St Patrick's NIght with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and guests. The Rolling Wave looks forward to this event and chooses highlights from Liam's long and accomplished career in Irish music.
22nd February 2015
We focus tonight on the newer things happening in traditional Irish music and song and we're featuring a wide selection of bands, solos and recent recordings.
15th February 2015
A concert performance by the group Lúnasa and the Lorient Festival Orchestra, conductor Florent Didier, with arrangements by Niall Vallely, recorded on August 4th 2014.
8th February 2015
Tonight we remember two big figures in the folk world; singers and songwriters Peter Seeger and Ewan McColl.
1st February 2015
A look ahead to preview some traditional music events coming soon, some archive recordings and we catch up with some recent quality tracks we missed.
25th January 2015
Rare music and song from Northern counties of Ireland on tonight's programme -Armagh, Down, Monaghan and Fermanagh. Also a memory of singer Mary Ann Carolan of Co. Louth and some recordings she made for RTÉ Radio in 1976.
18th January 2015
Highlights of the Tribute to Johnny O'Leary Concert which took place during the Pádraig O'Keeffe Festival in castleisland at the October Bank Holiday weekend last year with the best of Sliabh Luachra music and song.
11th January 2015
200 years ago Napoleon met his Waterloo in 1815 - which ended his rule as Emperor of the French and marked the end of all his life's ambitions. The connection between France and traditional Irish music and song will be remembered in tonight's programme.
4th January 2015
The first Rolling Wave of the New Year brings new CDs from: Andy Irvine's 70th birthday concert in Vicar St, uilleann pipes and organ music from Mark Redmond and David Bremner, "Turas" by Seamus Walshe on accordion, "Drumshanbows" by Irene Guckian and Ronan Regan and more......