The News From RTE

The News From RTÉ

The News From RTE
News from RTE on four new 2XM shows, An Taobh Tuathail‘s 10th birthday and a Rory Gallagher guitar competition.

News from RTE on four new 2XM shows, An Taobh Tuathail‘s 10th birthday and a Rory Gallagher guitar competition.


RTÉ’s 2fm’s new digital sister radio station, RTÉ 2XM, welcomes four new programmes and six new voices to it airwaves this April.

Among the new voices on RTÉ 2XM is Dave Fanning, who presents an audio version of RTÉ Two’s The 11th Hour alongside new additions D.I.Y Records, The Suburban Dream and Wired For Sound.

The 11th Hour launched on RTÉ 2XM on Friday 10 April and broadcasts every Friday at 7.00pm with a repeat at 12.00 midday on Mondays. Throughout the series Dave talks to the likes of Morrissey, Iggy Pop and Ryan Adams and plays a selection of sessions, classics and latest releases from the international music scene. The first broadcast of the show is on Wednesday nights on RTÉ Two

Starting on Tuesday 28 April at 10.00pm, Rachel Jordan presents an eclectic mix of alternative music from international and homegrown independent record labels such as Fat Cat, Warp, Bedroom Community, Morr, Bella Union, Type and Tomlab to name but a few. “If the music is great and the label is doing it on their own, then you’ll find it on D.I.Y Records.” Rachel says.

Thursday 30 April marks Wired for Sound and The Suburban Dream’s arrival to RTÉ 2XM. Tune in at 5.00pm to hear Wired for Sound – the magazine show by music fans for music fans. Presenters Jan Ní Fhlanagáin, Barry Bracken and Lauren Murphy present a variety of thought-provoking features, in-depth interviews as well as playing the best in brand new indie and alternative sounds. Later, at 11.00pm Ciaran McCarthy presents The Suburban Dream where he will provide a selection of chilled vibes crossing many genres from the world of electronica throughout the series.

Tune into RTÉ’s new digital music services on online at , Chorus NTL channel number 944 and on DAB digital radio sets in the Greater Dublin area, Cork and Limerick. Full schedules for RTÉ 2XM can be found at

An Taobh Tuathail is 10!
An Taobh Tuathail will celebrate 10 years on air with a gig in the Róisín Dubh in Galway on Friday 1 May featuring Halfset, Tiny Magnetic Pets and Lost Chord.  The gig will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and will mark the day 10 years ago when Cian Ó Cíobháin first presented the underground music show which has since continued to go from strength to strength under his stewardship.

Cian Ó Cíobháin is passionate about music and has been since a very early age.  Back in 1999 he convinced the management of Raidió na Gaeltachta that his idea for an underground music show was a good one, and 10 years later he is the presenter of a very successful programme with a loyal following all over the world.  An Taobh Tuathail means the other side, and Cian aims to bring listeners the type of music that they will not hear on other radio stations.  His show has been described by some as a frontier show – listeners are likely to hear new tracks on An Taobh Tuathail many weeks, or months even, before they hear them elsewhere.  Ó Cíobháin constantly strives to bring listeners the best in new underground music, and as his own tastes change and develop, so too does the music heard on the show, a fact that he feels reflects the creative nature of music.  The programme is broadcast from 23.00 – 01.00 Monday – Friday as part of the Anocht fm slot on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta with the shows earlier in the week reflective in mood – drawing on electronica, dream-pop, alt-folk, post-rock, soundtracks and jazz – and shows towards the end of the week devoted to electronic dancefloor music, predominantly house and techno which Cian also plays at clubs around Ireland. 

Ó Cíobháin’s plans for the future of the show?  To continue bringing listeners the best in underground music.  He will also be releasing the third CD compilation of the best music from the show, An Taobh Tuathail Volume III, on the Psychonavigation label this summer, and it will have the strongest line up yet of the three albums. 

The gig on 1 May in Róisín Dubh celebrates all that is best in good music and good radio, with three up and coming bands – Halfset, a band whose second album was recently shortlisted for the Choice Award, Tiny Magnetic Pets, a band whose first album is due out soon, and Lost Chord, a new Galway band, and will also feature a DJ set from Cian Ó Cíobháin.  Doors open at 20.00 and there is no cover charge. 

Listen in – An Taobh Tuathail 1 May at 23.00 on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

And finally…

The Guitar – Win a Rory Gallagher Tribute Fender Stratocaster

Are you Ireland’s next guitar rock star? Do you blow your friends away when you start to play?

If so, RTÉ Young Peoples want you to take to the stage for a brand new series, The Guitar.

Compete against your peers to prove that you are worthy of winning an amazing custom-built guitar. You are playing for the chance to win Fender’s extraordinary Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to step into the shoes of a master and let rip on a strat, we want to hear from you.

Open auditions will take place in Athlone, Galway, Limerick, Belfast, Waterford, Cork and Dublin between April 20th -25th 2009. If you can’t make an audition, then you can upload a sample video.


The closing date for video application is Wednesday April 29th at 5pm.

 That one’s a bit short notice, so get over to for more info.

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