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Eirewave goes full Irish

Thursday, 25th July, 2019 10:38am

The Irish music scene is enjoying one of its most prosperous periods in years, meaning there’s no shortage of tunes to play on our airwaves.

And one independent station solely dedicated to playing Irish music is hoping to stretch its boundaries onto Leeside and beyond.

Although originating back to 2012, Eirewave in its current form was founded by Olivier Mauxion in 2018, and is dedicated to playing the most popular and upcoming Irish sounds.

Originally from France, Olivier has worked with radio stations in 16 different countries, setting up stations for local music in countries like Russia and Turkey.

“When I came to Ireland and saw all the buskers in the streets, I was very impressed. Ireland is not a huge country, but has such an amount of talented musicians,” he said.

“When you put all these songs back-to-back, it creates a special sound, a soul that I can’t describe.”

Eirewave has both live and pre-recorded broadcasts 24 hours of the day, picking up 350,000 monthly listeners from France and Germany to the US, Australia and New Zealand.

It also has a website with information on Irish artists, recently played music and gig listings for Irish artists both abroad and at home.

While you’re unlikely to hear much in the way of underground or niche sounds, the station is open to anything and everything Irish-made.

A quick listen online reveals a varied hit-list, ranging from relative newcomers like Dermot Kennedy, Inhaler and Laoise to established acts like The Coronas and Hozier, along with a sprinkling of old favourites like U2 and The Boomtown Rats.

While the station is chiefly run from Dublin, Olivier says there are plans in the works to expand the station to the likes of Cork and Galway in the future, as well as a new show due to begin after the summer.

“50 per cent of our audience is coming from abroad, so there is incredible potential for Irish artists around the world,” he assures.

“We are trying to create a family, and anyone who wants to join this Irish family are very welcome!”

 

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