The Rolling Wave

The Rolling Wave

Sunday, 9 -10 pm

Archive 2017

Congratulations to our two winners of copies of the CD Ushers Island. The correct answer is that Ushers Island is on the River Liffey quays in Dublin City. There were many imaginative answers!

The winners:  
Séamus Byrne, Sandycove, Co.Dublin and David Barnes, Cwmystwyth, Wales.

Our new competition is for two copies of Christy Moore's album Lily and the question - not too taxing, we hope - where is Christy from? 

Answers by email, post or Twitter to therollingwave@rte.ie or The Rolling Wave, Music Programmes, RTÉ Radio One or @TheRollingWave.

Good Luck!

10th December 2017

A visit to Stormont Castle and a celebration of International Uilleann Pipes Day which took place there last month.

3rd December 2017

Fiddle music from Ceol an Chláir - a reissued collection of County Clare fiddle players, songs from this year's Oireachtas competitions and a memory of Ronnie McShane.

26th November 2017

Plenty of variety tonight with new music from Scottish singer Julie Fowlis, whistle player Brian Hughes, piper Tiarnán Ó Duinnchín and a duet of Luke Deaton and Jayne Pomplas.

19th November 2017

We remember piper, flute and fiddle player Peadar O'Loughlin of Kilmayley, Co Clare - a stalwart of the traditional music world - who passed away last month.

12th November 2017

A look back to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis last August with some Rolling Wave recordings including a visit to the Fleadh Singers' Club in the Auburn Lodge Hotel.

5th November 2017

Finbar Furey spends an hour with Peter Browne talking about famous and influential uilleann pipers past and present, his own experiences of learning and playing this uniquely Irish instrument and the strong music tradition in his family.

29th October 2017

An October Bank Holiday selection of songs and tunes from some very good recently released traditional music recordings. Quality all the way!

22nd October 2017

Memories of fiddle player Denis Murphy and tin-whistle player Kieran Collins, a look ahead to International Uilleann Piping Day on November 4th and a new recording from The Martin Hayes Quartet

15th October 2017

We conclude our look at the songs of John Reilly of Boyle, Co Roscommon as heard in his own archived recordings and versions sung by Christy Moore.

8th October 2017

A celebration of the song legacy of John Reilly - a traveller singer from Boyle, Co Roscommon who possessed valuable ballads which were thought to have been lost.

1st October 2017

Music and song recorded by RTÉ at the 45th Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy which took place in Miltown Miltown Malbay, Co Clare in July.

24th September 2017

A look ahead to some major events happening soon in the traditional music world.

17th September 2017

New music from Scáthanna by Fíona Nic Conmara and Tim Doyle (fiddle and pipes), Fergus McGorman (flute), the Keane family of Co Galway and more.

10th September 2017

Chicago has an interesting history with traditional music over the years and tonight we take a look at some of these with tunes from Kevin Henry, Lawrence Nugent and Dennis Cahill.

3rd September 2017

New music on tonight's Rolling Wave from flute player Martin Meehan, Scottish traditional singer Christine Primrose, a fiddle album from Bernadette Nic Gabhann, harp tunes from Eileen Gannon and a celebration of the regular Thursday night sessions in a famed Dublin traditional music oasis, The Cobblestone in Smithfield.

27th August 2017

We spend our time with majestic slow airs and beautiful songs from the Irish tradition in this programme - Amhrán na Leabhar, An Bonnán Buí, Easter Snow and more.

20th August 2017

We revisit some old Raidió Éireann recordings from 1947 with new information about the players and singers who took part 70 years ago. Also, three anti-war songs from Frank Harte, accordion music from Finbarr Dwyer and tracks from a new CD "From Camden to Tulla"

13th August 2017

A highly influential fiddle player and teacher in Kerry, Pádraig O'Keeffe, was born in 1887. Tonight we hear an insightful documentary programme on O'Keeffe's life and music.

6th August 2017

The second half of the Gloaming's sell-out concert in March at the NCH, Dublin recorded by RTÉ Radio One.

30th July 2017

The Gloaming are enjoying enormous popularity for their unique musical sound, tonight we feature the first half of their concert recorded in the National Concert Hall in March.

23rd July 2017

Tonight we meet Damien McGeehan of Donegal to hear all about his recent recording on a most unusual instrument found in former times in his native county - the history, sound and music of "The Tin Fiddle"

16th July 2017

Items of music and song and some interesting people we met during the 45th Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy which finished in Co Clare a week ago.

9th July 2017

Tonight we feature recordings from the new traditional group Ushers Island, a CD "An Rithim Réidh" by Mícheál Darby Ó Fatharta and concertina music from Brenda Castles.

2nd July 2017

Peter Browne is joined in studio for tonight's Rolling Wave by Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráín to talk about two of his recent publications.

25th June 2017

Tonight's Rolling Wave brings some early archive recordings from the Raidió Éireann Mobile Recording Unit which made its first trip out of Dublin to Co Leitrim in 1947.

18th June 2017

"Farewell to Music" - a slow air album by Tony Mac Mahon , harp music from Floriane Blancke's CD "Kaleidoscope" and songs and music of 1798 from "The Croppy's Complaint"

11th June 2017

We feature a new set of recordings by the celebrated uilleann pipes player, maker, teacher and broadcaster Leo Rowsome (1903 - 1970) and hear something about his life and times.

4th June 2017

Information on many of the festivals, summer schools and other traditional music events taking place in Ireland over the coming months.

28th May 2017

A new album from Zoe Conway (fiddle) and John McIntyre (guitar), information on uilleann piping in Cuba and some rare recordings from the RTÉ Sound Archives.

21st May 2017

Tonight's Rolling Wave hears tracks from a new album "Loom" by one of Ireland's most skilful younger fiddle players, Dublin man Liam O'Connor.

14th May 2017

A look forward and a look back in the company of Paul Brady to a famous and much loved album of songs and tunes by himself, Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny and Kevin Burke.

30th April 2017

Tomorrow's bank holiday is International Workers' Day and tonight's Rolling Wave brings songs and music to celebrate work and labour and, with May Day, the arrival of a new season.

23rd April 2017

Tonight we hear from English folk trio Leveret's new disc "In the Round", Dingle piper and low whistle player Eoin Duignan's recording "Timeless".

16th April 2017

The Rolling Wave tonight features some songs for Easter, Noel Hill on concertina "Live in New York" and a memory of Sliabh Luachra fiddle-player Maurice O'Keeffe.

9th April 2017

On tonight's Rolling Wave as we hear recent recordings from Caoimhín Vallely, Cormac Ó Beaglaíoch, Mícheál Ó hAlmhain, Steve Larkin anand Mick Kinsella.

2nd April 2017

We feature Elizabeth Cronin (1879 - 1956) of Co. Cork who has been nominated for an award in the Music Programmes category at this year's Celtic Media Festival in the Isle of Man.

26th March 2017

RTÉ is sending four pieces of music and song as entries in the prestigious Prix Svetozar Stracina held every two years by Slovak Radio in Bratislava. This is an international competition for folk and traditional music recordings made by radio stations all over the world and you can hear our four entries in tonight's Rolling Wave.

19th March 2017

Rare recordings of Kerry fiddle player Paddy Cronin who played on Raidió Éireann in the late 1940s before emigrating to the USA and living there for over 40 years.

12th March 2017

To mark International Women's Day earlier this week, we have all women musicians and singers on tonight's Rolling Wave and we're joined in studio by Grace Toland, Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

5th March 2017

We meet flute-player, musicologist and author Fintan Vallely to talk about his illustrated concert series "Compánach". Also, to keep it in the family, a fine new album of piano music and songs from Caoimhín Vallely.

26th February 2017

A full line-up for tonight's Rolling Wave - singer Hannah Rarity, a duet of Mick O'Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, a Mexican-Irish musical connection and more...

19th February 2017

The Rolling Wave remembers the famous and influential Sliabh Luachra fiddle-player Pádraig O'Keeffe with contributions from pupils and friends

12th February 2017

Slow airs and songs from Seosamh Ó hÉanaí and Seamus Ennis and tracks from a new album "In Flow" by Clare concertina player Jack Talty.

5th February 2017

Recordings of Sharon Shannon and her band and Galician piper and multi-instrumentalist Carlos Nunez made at the annual Paléo Festival in Nyon Switzerland in July 2016.

29th January 2017

New recordings: Before we Change our Mind from the group Beoga, The Heathery Hills by singer Rita Gallagher and The Raven's Rock from piper Cillian Vallely.

22nd January 2017

Music and song recorded at last summer's Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy in Co Clare including a musical tribute to the famous uilleann piper after whom the week-long event is named.

15th January 2017

The Rolling Wave delves into the RTÉ Sound Archives to uncover some gems of traditional music and song from years past.

8th January 2017

New recordings on tonight's Rolling Wave - Cuisle Cheol na bPíob from piper Kevin Rowsome, Siar by player Johnny Óg Connolly and Free and Easy from the group Caladh Nua.

1st January 2017

Dónal Lunny has been central to many creative happenings in Irish music over many years. He joins Peter Browne for the first programme of 2017.

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