The Rolling Wave

The Rolling Wave

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Archive 2020

5th July 2020

We mark what would normally be the opening of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

28th June 2020

On tonight's programme The Rolling Wave presents Part 1 of a 2 part series of new music commissioned by The Rolling Wave called Faoiseamh.  This project was developed to reflect the solace music has given us in recent months.  The first five composers featured in tonight's show are Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Johnny Óg Connolly, Josephine Marsh, Eoin Dillon and Edel Fox.

The 2nd part in the Faoiseamh series will be broadcast on The Rolling Wave on July 12th. 

21st June 2020

We talk to instrument maker Frank Tate and we go back in time to 1976 and the Bothy Band in concert in The Paris Theatre in London

14th June 2020

A selection of music from the RTÉ Radio 1 archives including music chosen by the late David Hammond

7th June 2020

On tonight's programme we're talking to Thomas Johnston about his show The Far Field and about making music online and we'll have music from Mayo from Emer Mayock and Dave Munnelly

31st May 2020

Tonight on the show we mark the 1st anniversary of the death of fiddle player and composer Paddy Fahey. Musician Claire Keville joins us to talk about Paddy Fahey and we have music from Martin Hayes, Claire Keville, Breda Keville, the Kane Sisters, Máirtín Byrnes, Conor Tully and Paddy Carty and Kevin and Seamus Glackin

24th May 2020

This week's guest is Aoife Kellly. Aoife is the granddaughter of John Kelly, the great fiddle and concertina player from West Clare. Born in 1921 John Kelly came to Dublin in 1945 where he opened a shop on Capel Street. From then one he was a central figure in the Irish music scene in the city and many people passed through the doors of the Capel Street shop for chats and tunes. 

Aoife Kelly has curated a fantastic website in his memory called 

17th May 2020

This week The Rolling Wave is marking World Fiddle Day by bringing you some archive recordings of four 20th century fiddle players- Bobby Casey, Junior Crehan, Lad O'Beirne and Tommie Potts. 

10th May 2020

This week we mark the passing of fiddle player Brendan McGlinchy.

3rd May 2020

Tonight's Rolling Wave focuses on the music of Julia Clifford.  Julia Clifford was born in Sliabh Luachra in 1914.  She was taught to play the fiddle by the Sliabh Luachra fiddle master Pádraig O'Keeffe and she and her brother Denis became two of his most famous pupils. She lived in London for most of her life where she played music in dance halls and pubs with her husband John Clifford and her son Billy.  In her later years she lived in Thetford in Norfolk and she spent many happy years playing at folk clubs and folk festivals all around England. 

Tonight's programme features the voices of Matt Cranitch, Billy Clifford, Geraldine O'Callaghan, Aoife O'Keeffe and Julia Clifford herself. 

26th April 2020

A look back at a classic Irish traditional music album- The Star Above the Garter- featuring Sliabh Luachra fiddle players Julia Clifford and Denis Murphy.

19th April 2020

We have music from some of the very latest traditional music cd releases

12th April 2020

Singer Mary McPartlan sadly passed away this week and tonight we have some excerpt of Mary from the RTÉ Radio 1 archives as well as some examples of her fantastic singing. 

Also on tonight's show a number of musicians have chosen tracks for us to play especially for Easter Sunday- they are Aoife Granville, Dónal Lunny, Josephine Marsh, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Jack Talty and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. 

And we have a very special track of Ben Lennon playing Lord Gordon's reel recorded way back around 1962. 

5th April 2020

On tonight's show we mark the passing of two great musicians this week- fiddle player Ben Lennon and piper Pat Broderick. And we bring you the 2nd part of highlights from the Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry House featuring music from Liam O'Connor and  Cormac Begley.

29th March 2020

Music from the Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry House with Síle Denvir, Martin Hayes, Dermot Byrne, Cormac Begley and others......

22nd March 2020

On tonight's programme we have music from Shane Meehan from his new cd 'Twill Do' and we bring you an archive interview with the Armagh fiddle and piano player and composer Josephine Keegan. And we also have some tunes from Pádraic Keane recorded at last year's Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry House.

15th March 2020

A celebration of the launch of the Liam O'Flynn Collection at the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

8th March 2020

We mark International Women's Day on the programme with a selection of music from women musicians chosen by women musicians.

1st March 2020

This week on the Rolling Wave we'll be playing a selection of the best new traditional music releases so far this year and talking to Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh about songs of the sea.

23rd February 2020

Tonight we bring you a public interview with Martin Hayes and Steve Cooney recorded at the recent Trad Talk Conference in Dublin Castle.

16th February 2020

This week I'm talking to harp player Laoise Kelly who is this year's recipient of the Ceoltóir na Bliana/Musician of the Year award at Gradaim Ceoil TG4.

Gradaim Ceoil will be taking place in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on Sunday 23 February and will be broadcast live on TG4 at 9.30pm.

9th February 2020

There was no programme on the 9th of February due to the General Election Count.

2nd February 2020

Our special guest this week is fiddle player Kevin Burke.

26th January 2020

Traditional and folk music in Ireland, presented by Aoife Nic Cormaic.

19th January 2020

On this week's show we bring you a few tracks from Steve Cooney's beautiful new solo cd 'Ceol Ársa Cláirsí'. You can get lots more information here

And Johnny Óg Connolly joins us to talk about his father melodeon player Johnny Connolly who sadly passed away at the end of last year. 

12th January 2020

Tonight on the Rolling Wave we're listening to the music of Aggie Whyte. 

5th January 2020

On tonight's programme we bring you the second part of a concert recorded in the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre in Naul marking the centenary of the birth of Seamus Ennis. 



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