RTÉ 2FM is adding its first ever contemporary Irish-language song to its playlist this week.
The song, Déan É by band Sruth na Maoile, won Song of the Year at the Gradaim NÓS music awards in January. Their prize was to have the song re-recorded in RTÉ, re-mastered by record producer Ciarán Byrne, and to then feature on the RTÉ 2FM playlist for a week.
Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh’s show Bláthnaid Libh on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta sponsored the prize, in collaboration with RTÉ 2FM.
Dan Healy, Head of 2FM: “At 2FM, we are committed to championing Irish music talent and this is an excellent opportunity to give new artists working in the Irish-language the backing of the country’s biggest music station, and we are very happy to be on board with Bláthnaid Libh.”
Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh said: “Music is music, whatever the language, but it’s really special that this year, Bliain na Gaeilge, Bláthnaid Libh has helped a young band to get their song on the 2FM playlist and I was delighted to give the song its first play on RnaG on Saturday.”
The members of Sruth na Maoile are Muireann Ní Bhaoill, from Loughrea in Co. Galway, Ciaran McManus from Newry, Chloe Donann from Lisburn and Séamus Ó Baoighill from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The band members met at Queens University Belfast, where they are in currently in their second year of a music degree.
Muireann describes the song as a love song, but at the same time it embraces the belief that what will be will be, to follow where life leads.
Déan É will get its first 2 FM play on the Eoghan McDermott Show on Monday (9 April), and will then be heard across the station for the rest of the week.