President Michael D. Higgins shared a special #Covid19 message of support via Ireland’s local and independent radio stations.
You can listen to the President’s message here: https://t.co/7U696yy8uO
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) April 2, 2020
At noon today, Ireland’s independent, local and community radio stations will broadcast a message of support from President Higgins to communities around the country.
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) April 2, 2020
Free at Midday?
Of course you are.
At noon today, President Michael D Higgins will broadcast a message across all independent, local and community radio stations.
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!
More at the link below…
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.
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.
Tune in live or peruse the archive here.
Shit Social Media in Radio, on Facebook.
A veritable treasure trove of a medium that, by and large, doesn’t quite get what’s happening.
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.
An hour of worthwhile tuneage and poetry. Broadcasting monthly on Dublin Digital Radio.
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