We tasked a mix of local and national musicians to each curate a playlist under a theme of their own choice.

A community mixtape lovingly selected by musicians to help keep us company during this period of unknown. 

 

RCC SOUNDS 018 is curated by Paddy Kelly.

Paddy, better known locally as PK, is one of Letterkenny’s best known DJs and music promoters. If Paddy isn’t selecting the tunes at a Donegal night-spot or writing about them in the Letterkenny Post, you would likely find him at the front row of rock, punk or ska gig. Paddy also co-runs the infamous Christmas shindig ‘PK & Marty’s Annual Punk & Ska Night’, one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the Donegal music calendar.

RCC Sounds 018 – Curated by Paddy Kelly I GET LOCK DOWN… BUT I GET UP AGAIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RCC SOUNDS 017 is curated by Damien McGeehan.

Donegal fiddle player is a household name in the Irish traditional music industry and much sought after touring and session musician.

The Ardara native released his solo album, The Tin Fiddle (available on www.damienmcgeehan.com), in 2017 to rave reviews. One of the interesting aspects of this album is that only a tin fiddle was used to create all the sounds through bowing and plucking, tapping and sweeping.
A hugely innovate artist and arranger, Damien is the only instrumentalist featured on the album, so the result was achieved through layering the individual elements to give the impression of a band or a group. Make sure to check it out.

Damien has recorded and toured all over the world with well-known Irish performers such as The Country Kings, Barry Kirwan, Derek Ryan, Nathan Carter and Daniel O’ Donnell. He is also a member of the Donegal fiddle trio, Fidíl, who released their latest album Decade (Raelach Records), earlier this year and was described by The Irish Times’ Siobhán Long as ‘nothing short of breath-taking’.

Damien is enjoyable journey into compiling his RCC SOUNDS mixtape relfects music has been listening to recently and then made him think of other artists he hasn’t listened to in some time, while compiling.

 

RCC Sounds 017 – Curated by Damien McGeehan LISTEN HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RCC SOUNDS 015 is curated by Micheál Ó Ciaraidh.

Micheál Ó Ciaraidh is a well-known Irish broadcaster and television producer who came through the ranks of TG4’s Young People’s Programming and now works in wide range of media forms, from in front and behind the camera, social media, to hosting major events.

Born into a musical family, The Letterkenny native has played the violin from a very young age and is a former member of Donegal Youth Orchestra, receiving his training through the Donegal Music Education Partnership. Music is very much part of his everyday life.

Micheál chose a playlist very much reflecting his love for classical and Irish music, the Irish language and Donegal, featuring everything from local folk heroes Arcanadh, to classics such a Linger by The Cranberries and Golden Brown by The Stranglers.

RCC Sounds 016 – Curated by Micheál Ó Ciaraidh LISTEN HERE

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RCC SOUNDS 015 is curated by Eve Belle.

Eve Belle is a young singer/songwriter and chronicler of sorrows from deepest Donegal. In Eve Belle’s songs, someone is always leaving; or is about to be left.
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Her gaze is unblinking, she says: “I try to create emotional portraits of my own experiences through my lyrics. I think the best songs come from the most earnest emotions, so I try to put minimal filters between what I feel and what I say in the song.” Her brand new single Begging For Rain is available on all major streaming platforms now.

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“These are tough times and we are all feeling a lot of pressure to be productive. There are pictures of everyone using this time to write novels, get a six-pack, invent alternatives to fossil fuel, and you know what? Good for them. But we shouldn’t forget that this is weird and confusing and more than a little scary. You don’t have to take this time to be productive. 

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“All you have to do is look after yourself and try and be kind. And when that gets too much, sometimes we all need a good cry. This is a collection of songs to have a good, guilt-free cry to, and when you’re done with your cry, go make some tea and some toast and rest assured that we’re going to get through this and you’re going to be fine.”
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RCC Sounds 015 – Curated by Eve Belle Songs To Have A Good Cry To

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RCC SOUNDS 014 is curated by RCC frontman Martin McIntyre. Martin is a passionate music lover, a well known DJ that performs throughout Donegal and an avid drummer, keeping time for many groups over the years in both the U.K. and Ireland.

Martin also co-runs the infamous Christmas shindig ‘PK & Marty’s Annual Punk & Ska Night’, one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the Donegal music calendar.

Marty has titled his playlist ‘No Place Like Home’

RCC SOUNDS 014 – Curated by Martin McIntyre No Place Like Home

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RCC SOUNDS (SPECIAL Audio/Visual EDITION) is curated by ‘Slow Place Like Home’, the music project of producer/musician Keith Mannion. Based in the forests of South-West Donegal, he has already released a series of EPs and three critically acclaimed albums – debut ‘There go the Lights Again’ (2012) ‘Romola’ (2015) and ‘When I See You… Ice Cream!’ (2017).

He is currently writing new material as ‘Slow Place Like Home’ and has just finished a forthcoming album as a member of the heralded Scottish-based band ‘Gaze is Ghost’. His music has been play-listed on illustrious radio stations such as KEXP, KCRW, WFMU, BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 music and his videos featured on MTV. Teaming with Google, he penned the soundtrack for their Marriage Equality campaign adverts in 2015.

He has worked with the likes of Fujiya & Miyagi, Dan Deacon, Squarepusher, Per-fume Genius, Day Wave, Ezra Furman, Moodoïd, Prince Rama, Glass Animals, Pantha Du Prince, Gold Panda and Amadou & Miriam, to name a few. He is currently signed to the Strange Brew record label, along with Junior Brother, Squarehead and others.

 

 

 

 

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RCC SOUNDS 013 is curated by Ruairí Friel, guitarist and vocalist with In Their Thousands and curator of the ‘Raised on Songs and Stories’ concert series. In Their Thousands are a four piece alternative rock band from the north-west Atlantic coast of Co. Donegal, Ireland. Two brothers, their first cousin, and a lifelong friend making deep, epic but accessible stadium alt-rock.

2019 was a monumental year for In Their Thousands with the release and critical acclaim of their much anticipated debut album ‘Acrasia’, coupled with sold out shows throughout the County and beyond, including the legendary Whelan’s venue in Dublin, and festival appearances including this year’s Electric Picnic. Although plans have changed for 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, Ruairí and In Their Thousands are using the downtime as an opportunity to prepare songs for a much anticipated second album. 

 

RCC SOUNDS 013- Curated by Ruairí Friel Travelling At Home

 

 

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RCC SOUNDS 012 by BANYAH, a ‘crunchy pop’ Dublin duo consisting of brother and sister Aisling and Paul Jarvis whose roots are firmly rooted in Donegal and its music. Working as independent musicians and music producers for years, the duo has supported their mother Moya Brennan, solo and with legendary Irish family group Clannad, from a very young age.

Having released their debut single (Nothing Free), little over a year ago, BANYAH officially release their newest song, Stuck Under, this Friday, 8th May. The RCC was delighted to invite the duo to bring us some of their favourite songs, a tribute to their musical influence, heritage and the Irish music scene entitled ‘These People That We Like’, in this latest edition of RCC SOUNDS.
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“The two of us look at music in many similar ways, whether it’s the melodies and harmonies, production or the subject matter. We also have our musical differences, which we’ve come to realise, is where we’ve created a magical bridge upon which our releases sit.
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“One thing is for certain, and that is that we’ll always hold strong roots in the music of our upbringing and heritage. We have so much pride for the Irish music as a duo, and as a result of that, we’ve created a playlist of past and current influences with a strong anchor in the music from this fine nation! We’ve designed it with the intention of listening from start to finish, and hopefully bring you on a bit of a journey. Enjoy!”

RCC SOUNDS 012- Curated by BANYAH These People That We Like

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RCC SOUNDS 011 is curated by Paul Connolly. Provocative alternative-punks The Wood Burning Savages are an incendiary four piece from Derry that proudly wear the rebel spirit of their hometown on their sleeves.Recent winners of the NI Music Prize, their ferocious debut album ‘Stability’ beat out the likes of Snow Patrol, Ash and Bicep to be the first self released artist to win Northern Ireland Album of the Year. The band also took home the prize of Northern Ireland’s Best Live Act.

With blistering riffs and a sharp political edge, they are often compared to IDLES, Frank Turner and The Clash. Having played in session for BBC Radio 6 Music and Ireland’s Today FM, the band has also been championed by BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 1, Radio X, RTÉ 2FM and Amazing Radio.

RCC SOUNDS 011- Curated by Paul Connolly Staring Out The Window

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RCC SOUNDS 010 is Tommy Callaghan. Castlefinn native Tommy Callaghan has been a firm fixture on Donegal’s live music scene for over two decades. Having won the prestigious RTÉ 2fm/Jacob’s Song Contest with his close friend, Lifford’s Marty Keeney at the young age of 18 and 19, respectively, in 1999, he went on to write and release popular hits with his band The Heads Of State (Our Native State) and has enjoyed success on the national airwaves.

He can be seen regularly (when the pubs are open) performing on Donegal’s pub scene with the ‘Heads’, solo, as well as the fantastic Midnight Session Band.

We asked Tommy to get his hands dirty for RCC SOUNDS and he came up with a beautiful mix entitled Solitary Contentment!

RCC SOUNDS 010 – Curated by Tommy Callaghan Solitary Contentment

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RCC SOUNDS 009 is presented by Áine Ní Bhreisleáin. Áine is a journalist from Gaoth Dobhair  and  presents the entertainment, music and chat show ‘Bladhaire’ on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Thursdays and Fridays. Studio sessions and interviews with musicians are a key part of the show, and musicians such as Dónal O’Connor, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Ye Vagabonds, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Clann Mhic Ruairí have played live sets for the show.

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Áine also  cohosts  the weekly  RTÉ podcast ‘Beo ar Éigean’ with her friends Siún and Sinéad and is a keen follower of music, particularly of traditional Gaeilge song. 
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“I hope we can all enjoy the wild wonderful reaches of Donegal after this period and lose ourselves in music and nature! Níl teorainn nó srianta leis an cheol – music has no boundaries or restrictions” 
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RCC SOUNDS 009 – Curated by Áine Ní Bhreisleáin  Fiántas /Wilderness 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RCC SOUNDS 008 is presented by well-known Donegal man, Packie Keeney. A founding member of Highland Radio, Packie spent years promoting musicians from around the north-west and Ireland, including the famous Monday Night Live Sessions. Now retired, the Ardara native and former Engineering Manager with Telecom Eireann, still spends lots a lot of time following his greatest passion.

RCC SOUNDS 008 – Curated by Packie Keeney Listen Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RCC SOUNDS 007 is presented by Lochláinn Kelly. Lochláinn is an independent concert promoter from the North West of Ireland and runs the very successful ‘Why. Gigs’ agency. His mission statement is to bring Indie and Alternative gigs to the local scene and he’s being doing just that since the age of 16.

Lochláinn has themed his playlist – Hope 

RCC SOUNDS 007 – Curated by Lochláinn Kelly Hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RCC SOUNDS 006 is presented by John Muldowney. John is a fantastic singer-songwriter, youth-worker and festival organiser from Letterkenny, he is also well known throughout the North-West as one of the founders of Swell Festival on Árainn Mhór island. 

John has themed his playlist simply – Songs I Love

RCC SOUNDS 006 – Curated by John Muldowney Songs I Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RCC SOUNDS 005 is presented by Lachlann O’Fionnain from Sheerbuzz. Sheerbuzz are a young high-energy indie rock band from Donegal that have already released one of the most streamed independent Irish EP’s and have plenty of new releases in the pipeline. Keep an eye out for them!

Lachlann has put together these songs in hope to inspire you to have a little dance in your kitchen this easter weekend. 

RCC Sounds 005 – Curated by Lachlann O’Fionnain Brick by Brick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RCC SOUNDS 004 is presented by Donegal singer-songwriter and recording artist Maria McCormack. Maria has been writing songs for over 20 years and released the extremely well received album ‘I Choose to Love’ in 2019. Once we re-enter a COVID-19 free world, Maria will be going back to the Grooveshack Recording Studio in Ramelton with producer Billy Robinson to record her next album. We can’t wait. 

RCC Sounds 004 – Curated by Maria McCormack Cheap Whiskey & Pandemics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RCC SOUNDS 003 is presented by John O’Neill, one of the North West’s most prolific hit songwriters and innovative musicians. John is responsible for writing ‘Teenage Kicks’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy’, ‘Here Comes The Summer’ and ‘You’ve Got My Number’ (amongst many other great songs by The Undertones, That Petrol Emotion, Rare and recently The Lost Connection).

John has themed his playlist around EMPATHY, something he feels is important now more than ever.

RCC Sounds 003 – Curated by John O’Neill – Empathy 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RCC SOUNDS 002 is presented by Letterkenny native Gabriel Paschal Blake. Gabriel is a member is one Ireland’s leading alternative music acts The Murder Capital.

“Like everyone, I’m missing being able to be around my friends a lot. I based this playlist off tracks that mean something to me and my pals. Connections mainly made through either driving or dancing. “

RCC Sounds 002 –  Curated By Gabriel Paschal Blake – i miss my friends but we’ll [dance][drive] again

 

 

 

RCC SOUNDS 001 is presented to us by one of the most prolific and entertaining Donegal musicians of recent years, Peadar Coll. 

Peadar has played guitar, bass guitar, fiddle and keys with many local groups and collectives over the last number of years (Aul Boy, The Inishowen Gospel Choir, Lunch Machine, Rory Gallagher, Tuath, Mickey Joe Harte, Keltic Kaos, Billy Robinson, Jonathan Smeaton, Percy Robinson, Leila Keeney, Maria McCormack to name just a few).

RCC Sounds 001 – Curated by Peadar Coll – Love Songs In Isolation