Folk radio stations

Folk radio stations

Hi,
I know there are multiple phone apps that allow you to listen to radio stations all over the world. Does anyone know of any good radio stations that are primarily trad/folk? And if you use an app, which one do you use?
I’ve heard something about BBC having folk radio, but not sure if that’s an entire station or just a program that plays during a certain time of week.
Thank you!

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Celtic Music Radio, based in Glasgow: good programmes and catch-up facility.
It does have its own app.

The BBC has several programmes rather than a whole folk channel.
On BBC 2 weekly: Folk on Two. ( more English-orientated).
On BBC Radio Scotland other weekly programmes such as:
Travelling Folk (general folk, more Scottish).
Take the Floor (Scottish Dance bands, but usually some guest interviews and plays between rhe dances).
Pipeline - for any bagpipe afficionados.
On BBC Sounds, but not sure if available outside the UK.

There’s some good stuff on BBC Radio Ulster too, and, of course RTE.

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There’s an internet station called ‘TradCan’ that seems to play mostly pan-European and Canadian folk music. For old Americana, try ‘Radio Bristol Classics’. There’s also suite of internet stations from Ireland focusing on specific instruments: I listen mostly to ‘Ceol - Fiddle’.

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I present a show on local radio here in Portsmouth, UK, which has trad, acoustic, folk, blues, a bit of world music, and anything else I fancy listening to really. You can ‘Listen again’ here https://www.mixcloud.com/NickoMNX/

Or you can tune in to the Folk Show at 9.00pm on the first Friday of every month via the TuneIn app (www.tunein.com) and look for The Flash. Repeated at 12.00pm on the first Sunday of every month.

If you’re in south Hampshire, it’s 104.3 FM or ‘The Flash’ on DAB+.

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Thistle Radio on Sona FM
Celtic Trad Radio
Celtic Radio ( has TONS of channels.. I like Ceol FM)
Trad Radio Ireland used to be good, but it no longer works on Android and they don’t respond to messages.

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I listen to RTÉ—Radio Na Gaeltachta online, there are some good trad music programs.
https://www.rte.ie/rnag/

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The nice thing about rnag, is that when you open up the radio player, you can go to the schedule and listen to past programs, as well as listening live, and there’s a lot there. There is also an android app called RTÉ Player, I haven’t used it so I don’t know how well it works. I usually listen online while I’m at work.

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Check out the TG4 app, its TV yes, but it’s free and no adverts. Lovely trad programs and programs on Irish history, not to mention the Gradam Ceoil. CC included on videos

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Hober.com was a fantastic, eclectic radio station but it seems they have run into an issue with the current licensing provider. Let’s hope it’s sorted – I loved tuning in from time to time.

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Clare FM has “The West Wind” every weekday evening, which is a 2 hour programme of ITM. It can be accessed (certainly as “listen back”) via the Clare FM app or Mixcloud.

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Here in Colorado, a College Station in Colorado Springs (University of Colorado Colorado Springs) had a weekly "Celtic Music Night" every Sunday from 7:00 to 10:00pm from the mid 80’s to the early 2000’s when interest wained. In their defense (of the title of the program), they did play music from Wales, Manx, Cornwall, Breton and Galicia. Traditional as well as modern compositions from those area’s artist’s. It was 91.5 on the FM dial, and to the best of my knowledge, there’s not a similar program they’ve put back on yet.

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For Norwegian folk music, NRKfolkemusikk on www.nrk.no .

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Thanks again. I’ve been enjoying some of these. As a college student in the US, catch-up times are great.