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Irish folk music on the radio

Irish folk music is a genre deeply rooted in Ireland's rich cultural history. Its distinctive sound often features the use of traditional instruments such as the fiddle, tin whistle, bodhrán (a type of drum), and uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes). The songs themselves often tell stories of love, loss, and life in rural Ireland, and are often accompanied by lively dance tunes.

One of the most well-known Irish folk bands is The Chieftains, who have been active since the 1960s and have collaborated with numerous musicians from around the world. Another popular group is The Dubliners, who were active from the 1960s until the early 2000s and had hits such as "Whiskey in the Jar" and "The Wild Rover".

In more recent years, artists such as Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, and Hozier have brought a modern twist to the traditional sound of Irish folk music. Damien Rice's hit song "The Blower's Daughter" features haunting vocals and acoustic guitar, while Glen Hansard's band The Frames has been active since the 1990s and has a loyal following in Ireland and beyond. Hozier's breakout hit "Take Me to Church" incorporates elements of gospel and blues music into his folk sound.

In terms of radio stations, there are several Irish folk music programs available on local and online radio stations, such as RTÉ Radio 1's "The Rolling Wave" and "The Long Room" on Irish radio station Newstalk. Folk Radio UK and Celtic Music Radio are also popular online stations that feature Irish folk music alongside music from other Celtic nations.