The Rolling Wave
The Rolling Wave
RTÉ Radio 1
The Rolling Wave celebrates all that is great about Irish Traditional music. We speak to musicians, delve into archives, showcase new releases and visit some of the many traditional music festivals taking place around the country. The Rolling Wave podcast brings you some of our best interviews and features. For rights reasons the music here is shorter than in the original broadcast. To listen to the full version go to 1/the-rolling-wave and click on the relevant date. Listen live on RTÉ Radio 1 every Sunday night at 9pm.
Ep 16- Laoise Kelly
Harpist Laoise Kelly was named Ceoltóir na Bliana/Musician of the Year at TG4 Music Awards, Gradam Ceoil TG4 2020. Aoife spoke to her at the time about her music, about the role of the harp in Irish life and about the joy of living on the west coast of Ireland. This programme was first broadcast on 16 February 2020
Jul 30
37 min
Ep 15 - Matt Molloy
Matt Molloy is one of the finest and most influential Irish traditional flute players. Since the 1960s he has been a central figure in many brilliant Irish music bands including The Bothy Band, Planxty and The Chieftains. This programme was first broadcast on December 16 2018.
Jul 23
36 min
Ep 14 - Frank Tate Instrument Maker
The first time Frank Tate heard a mandolin being played was in a Dublin session years ago and as he says himself, he was smitten. Since then music and instrument making have become his life and he has made more than 160 instruments which are played by many great musicians including Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Lisa O'Neill, Glen Hansard and Donal Lunny.
Jul 16
15 min
Ep 13 - Martin Hayes
This interview with Martin Hayes was recorded last year at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. We spoke about many things that day including his first foray into a recording studio and learning about the philosophy of music from older players. The programme was first broadcast on the 18th of August 2019.
Jul 2
35 min
Ep 12 - Julia Clifford
In this episode we're looking at the life and music of the great Sliabh Luachra fiddle player Julia Clifford. This programme was first broadcast on 3rd May 2020.
Jun 25
48 min
Ep 11 The Star Above the Garter
In 1969 Siblings Julia Clifford and Denis Murphy from Kerry recorded an album called The Star Above the Garter for Claddagh Records. The album with it’s distinctive colourful cover painting quickly established itself as one of the classic recordings of Irish traditional music. This podcast celebrates that album- the Star above the garter.
Jun 18
44 min
Ep 10 The Music of Mayo
Musician Emer Mayock takes us on a tour of the Music of Mayo. The show includes music recorded for a proejct Emer did with the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, which resulted in a beautiful double cd of Mayo music and an accompanying website This programme was first broadcast on April 21 2019.
Jun 4
32 min
Ep 9 - Liz and Yvonne Kane
In 2006 RTÉ Radio 1 broadcast a series called Cherish the Ladies about women in Irish Traditional Music. One of the episodes featured Galway sisters and fiddle players Liz and Yvonne Kane who talked about the influence of grandparents on their music, writing tunes and the special musical connection they have as sisters. First broadcast in 2006.
May 28
25 min
Ep 8 - John Kelly of Capel Street
Fiddle and concertina player John Kelly was born in West Clare in 1921 but moved to Dublin in 1945 where he opened a shop on Capel Street. He was a central figure in the music scene in Dublin from then until his death in 1988. John's grandaughter Aoife Kelly tells his story. First broadcast on 20th October 2019.
May 21
35 min
Ep 7- John Carty
Fiddle player John Carty talks about growing up in London surrounded by music, switching from banjo to fiddle and making a life in Ireland. This programme was first broadcast on 28 July 2019.
May 17
39 min
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