A longtime stalwart of Irish music radio, and fierce advocate of Irish artists, KCLR’s Roddie Cleere still keeps the home-fires burning every Sunday night.
Last week saw him put up a quick spiel about his beginnings in the 1980s scene, and it’s a bit of a time-capsule…
I was still very young, about 13/14 years old. I was never a fan of the whole showband scene that was so popular in Ireland. Me and my friends would spend our evenings listening to Radio Luxembourg or, if we were lucky, Radio Caroline.
Here, we would get to listen to bands like Cream, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or anything that would take us away from the drone that was the showbands and their feeble attempts at the songs of the day.
When Thin Lizzy arrived we finally found a band we could call our own – they were Irish!
Dublin Digital Radio keep pumping out the good stuff, the perfect antidote to boredom and the prescribed spontaneity of daytime radio.
This week is absolutely no different, with new shows announced by the week at this point. DDR’s Cormac writes:
It’s been busy here at DDR towers with new shows coming left, right and centre. Last weekend we were chuffed to host production, CDJ and turntable workshops along with our good pals at Gash Collective.
Some new shows we are now lucky to announce include “Vital Signs” hosted by Neil O’Connor of Somadrone & Cian Murphy of I Am the Cosmos. Irish music hero New Jackson started his monthly show last Tuesday, catch his new record coming out on All City Records April 30th too!
As for something a bit different, last week we had the start of The Recommendation Game, a weekly show where two film lovers take turns to recommend a film the other has not seen, they watch and then meet to discuss it. Spoilers are a given.
The Repeater crew had a great guest mix of all original material from upcoming label Patrúin, keep an eye out as it’s hot!
This weekend we have a new show from Dublin based D, who probably most know as DJ Deece, with Deece Is the Word, and then on Sunday, Greg & Russell from This Greedy Pig are back with their show “Move Slow.”
Our weekly look at audio auteurs Dublin Digital Radio continues, as we serve up some of the lads’ choice cuts of recent weeks, and a three-hour, on-location special at Cork’s Quarter Block Party festival (co-hosted by yours truly).
Writes DDR collective member Brian:
Our first excursion down south to Cork city for Quarter Block Party wasn’t without its minor bumps but we got through it and what a wonderful festival it was. Find the recording below where our hosts Dwayne Woods and Mike McGrath-Bryan take you through interviews and performances from Wastefellow, Myles Manley, Dowry, ELLLL and more.
Vincent Dermody returned for his bi-weekly venture into folk and experimental while the One-CP crew had German SUED Records boss SVN come into DDR towers for a mix.
The time approaches for International Women’s Day, and with it, the called-for national strike to bring attention to the issue of repealing the Eighth. As the momentum for the strike hits the straight, Dublin Digital Radio will be getting behind it with a big show at its HQ.
DDR jock Dwayne Woods writes:
Four days out from International Women’s Day, March 8th, online radio station Dublin Digital Radio present Striking Sounds. An eclectic evening of music featuring some of the best Irish female acts or female fronted acts who are set to perform in solidarity with Strike 4 Repeal.
The fundraising and awareness event will take place on March 4th at Jigsaw, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1.
Dublin Digital Radio keeps on slowly breathing fresh air onto the Irish (digital) airwaves, with an eclectic selection of live shows from their studio at the Jigsaw arts space and pre-tapes pulled in from around the country.
Streaming above: a selection of the station’s finest few hours this week. Also above: the schedule for the weekend. Get in.
DDR member Cormac writes:
A new week of shows here at DDR. Some highlights included Denise & Leg’s Dublin Punk Radio, last Saturday Staxx Lyrical had Ballymun hip-hop group 5th Element in studio, and Emma Cawley’s show “XXX” looks at Gqom, electronic music from South Africa, with an interview with label manager Craig Pugnetti.
For the weekend ahead some show highlights to keep an eye out for include the Wino Boys’ show “Wah Wah Wadio” on Saturday. While on Sunday we have a new show called “Mullin’ it Over: Obama: A Retrospective” which takes a look back at the highs and lows of his presidency. At 8pm Major Problems boss Barry Redsetta is back on the airwaves, which is not to be missed!
Broadcasting upstarts Dublin Digital Radio have been quick on the uptake of independent and alternative sounds around the country, as of late, with an expanding programming lineup. This week’s highlights are available to stream above and another packed weekend awaits adventurous listeners.
DDR member Cathy Flynn writes:
It’s been another full week of radio at DDR. Gib Cassidy’s Elastic Witch went out on Monday, a mix of alternative electronic synth sounds. Also on Monday was The Other Show, a wonderful selection of folky sounds. And be sure to check out Shivers’ rundown of the best in new releases and reissues of 2016.
Other highlights this week include Emma Cawley’s “XXX”, this week focusing on South Africa and the Gqom Oh! electronic label, which is well worth tuning into this Thursday 7 – 8 pm. On Friday at 10pm, District Magazine hook up with Dublin’s Soft Boy Records for a show. Saturday has some hip hop vibes courtesy of Staxx Lyrical, and on Sunday go off the beaten track with a selection of interesting, ambient songs from Bandcloud.
Following up on our recent guide to Irish artists being supported on the airwaves (itself due an update soon – stay tuned, pardon the pun), comes this, from former You May Like This featuree Caoilian Sherlock.
small town disco – episode 2 features Meltybrains? Sísý Ey GANGLY and a mix of artists that I saw at the Bedroom Community 10th Anniversary in Harpa, only last weekend.
Voices, Interviews and Recordings are of Seamus Heaney, Patti Smith and David Sedaris who kept me company on my travels.
For those of you stuck for something to listen to in the wake of the closure of TXFM last night, fear not.
New Irish music might be disappearing from the national FM daytime dial (for now… phantoms have a habit of haunting occupied spaces), but that doesn’t mean we should discount any number of alternative means of artist discovery based in Ireland.
Here are a few options:
8Radio.com – Broadcasting online and FM -24/7 online, weekends on FM
The “true” successor to Phantom 105, and where its founders and other loyal staff went next. Presenting an eclectic and relevant selection of music from a busy lineup of DJs, their status as successors to the beloved Dubland alt-rock station now makes them the de facto national Irish-music station.
We likes a bit of aul’ manifesto-making here at Karl’s den Broadsheet offices, so imagine our delight at finding Digital Digital Radio upon its recent launch.
Too long has the music scene in Ireland rip roared along without a radio platform to support it, to provide the link between what’s happening on the ground to the listener, the music lover that has been left behind by the cultural dearth on Irish national airwaves. Too long have social and political issues been silenced on the airwaves due to the puppet show of balance and too long off air are the days of the pirate radio when a degree of autonomy existed on the airwaves… We are here to change that….
The self-confessed wild-child of the public broadcasting schedule, 2XM places emphasis on new music of all genres, and is home to a wide variety of Irish music veterans and personalities, each curating their own personal patch of sonic goodness.
The standout is FM-repeated flagship show The Alternative, hosted by Dan Hegarty, but a veritable cornucopia of Irish music names and faces bolster a solid line-up of shows, including blogger Nessymon, post-rock veteran Dudley Colley and others.
Following in the proud tradition of Cork pirate radio, Franco-Irish rock ‘n’ roll station Room101 broadcasts from downstairs in the Mardyke complex on Sheares’ Street, having moved there from the former Camden Palace arts centre. Placing an emphasis on rock and metal in its branding, it nevertheless features a wide selection of DJs and genres, from Tuesday nights’ Studio Sessions, featuring live DJ sets from the cream of Irish dance, to Rap Franc Severe on Sunday nights, possibly the only Francophone hip-hop show on Irish airwaves, analogue or digital. Also boasts an archive of every show ever broadcast on the station on-demand at its Mixcloud, updated every Monday,
URadio – broadcasting online and available via smartphone apps – 24/7
Admittedly, more commercially-friendly fare is on offer here, with heavy emphasis on the Kodalines, Hoziers and such of the world. However, an all-Irish station broadcasting 24/7 is a lofty goal to say the least, and merits applause for such ambition in the current mainstream radio climate. Also available via a host of apps.
Loose Joints – Podcasting from Nialler9.com and elsewhere – on-demand
Another Broadsheet contributor, music blogger extraordinaire Nialler9 follows his beloved solo podcasting/mix efforts with a new collaboration with DJ Sally Cinnamon.
Only a few installments in, it follows the duo talking to various people within Irish music, talking to them about the tunes they love, new and old. Guests so far have numbered actor/writer Emmet Kirwan, booze event booker Oisin Davis, and DJ/photographer Aidan Kelly.
Shaping up to be an eclectic mix of conversation, music/artist discovery and human interest that exemplifies the best of music fandom.
No Encore – Podcasting via headstuff.org – on-demand
With a combination of Irish and international guests, and lively conversation on music and culture, the HeadStuff music desk puts No Encore together weekly, and releases them on Wednesday nights via the site. Recent interviewees include Holy Fuck, Sage Francis, and Wallis Bird.
Emphasis firmly on alternatives, and some salty language, for those of you listening in a work environment.
Spin Alt – Broadcasting on SPIN Southwest FM and online – Sunday mornings – 9.45 am
Hosted by the ridiculously sound Ray “Wingnut” Cuddihy, Spin Alt is the home of new Irish music in the Southwest area, broadcasting as it is on SPIN FM, though it can also be found online at the station’s site during broadcast hours. There are a few on-demand shows up around the place for an example of what he’s peddling. He’s also done some magnificent stuff for podcasters Curious Broadcast.
Green on Red – Broadcasting on RedFM and online – Sunday evenings – 7-10pm
A generous helping of Irish tunes every Sunday, on FM in the Cork area, and available worldwide online, curated mostly by Ashley Keating of the Frank and Walters, with acting hosts taking the reins from time to time.
A staple of the station’s schedule since hitting the airwaves in 2002, it remains a perennial favourite among local listeners.
Lifelong Lizzy fan and Roisín Dubh Trust member Roddie Cleere has long been a proponent of Irish talent on radio, starting off all the way back in 1979.
Cleere presented his Irish Music Show on WLR for two decades before moving to his current home, where his unwavering belief in homegrown tunes has been a long-term concern. All of his shows are also available in an on-demand archive.
Totally Irish – Broadcasting on 98FM and online – Sunday evenings – 9-11pm
For the last six years, John Barker has been keeping it lit for Irish music on Dublin’s 98fm, with emphasis on new tunes, upcoming gigs, interviews and sessions.As well as being appointment listening along the Liffey, it’s available for on-demand listening on the station’s site.
It was 100 years ago today that the first radio broadcast took place from Dublin, and stations across the Republic are marking the occasion on-air.
At 5.30pm – the exact time of the first morse code transmission on April 25th 1916 – IBI and RTÉ radio stations will come together to air a special feature on the birth of a nation, and the beginning of radio.
It’s an 80-second morse code themed radio experience titled “The Sound of Sixteen” which imagines the battling sounds and dangerous atmosphere of the times.