March 2015 Blog Posts (51)

Exceptionally inspired album from Damien Connolly

Dan Neely of The Irish Echo wrote a glowing review of this new album by Damien Connolly in this week's edition of the paper. 

He said "Inspired is an exceptional album from one of Irish music's bright lights. Connolly is supported by an exceptional cast of musicians who complement his masterful…

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Added by TradConnect on March 31, 2015 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Heart's Desire - An afternoon of Story & Song celebrating W.B.Yeat's Sligo - April 12th Irish Arts Center NYC

In a stunning blend of storytelling, poetry, conversation, and music, this gala will explore Irish poet W.B. Yeats’s relationship to Sligo, the “land of heart’s desire.”

Onstage program 2-3:30pm features flutist Kevin Crawford of Lúnasa, Yeats scholar Dr. James Pethica, actor Neil Bradley, Irish America mag’s Adam Farley,…

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Added by TradConnect on March 31, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Groups/bands needed for 'Summer of Music in the Markets' - 2016

Following the success of last year’s Summer of Music in the Markets, the CoCo Markets are looking for musical acts to perform family-friendly music and song every weekend this summer. We are looking for acts to perform in our Marlay Park Market on Saturdays and our Peoples Park Market on Sundays.

Each day we will have 2 slots…

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Added by TradConnect on March 30, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

First Listen : Le Vent du Nord and their new album "Têtu"

This is the final track from the new album called Têtu by Quebec’s most progressive folk band Le Vent du Nord.

"With Têtu, Le Vent du Nord have remained true to their Québecois roots whilst at the same time introducing new ideas to their music. The album…

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Added by TradConnect on March 30, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Nathan Gourley & Laura Feddersen / Life is all Checkered

Life is all Checkered by Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen was one of the musical highlights of 2014. It was in our top 5 albums of the year and could easily have taken the top spot.  Its use of complementary drones and chordal harmonies and the musicians general approach to the arrangements unearthed…

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Added by Tony Lawless on March 30, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Tradconnect's 5 Minute Interview - Áine Heslin

Wecome to the Tradconnect 5 minute interview. Each week we will put a few questions to someone involved with the traditional music scene. 

If you would like to take part in this then simply get in touch with us. It applies to people involved with music, community, broadcasting, festivals etc.

Why are you in the…

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Added by TradConnect on March 29, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

The Traditional Albums of 2015....so far.

In 2014 we undertook to create an online space for traditional album launches and it has proven to be a great success.
This launch series refers to the online environment only and not to radio or live launches. 
As we progress, the advantages of an "Official Online Launch" are becoming even more apparent as it gives you access to our…
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Added by TradConnect on March 28, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

German Tin Whistle Maniac - Kitchen Jig

Composing/Arranging for my new CD "German Tin Whistle Maniac" finished :-) 

It will be a very basic tin whistle CD - just D-whistle and some guitar backings AND an ebook with all tunes and chords.

The pic  shows one of my tunes which is very suitable for every traditional Irish session! Enjoy :-)

Recording starts in May in a 300 years old water mill - Mühle der…

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Added by Olaf Sickmann on March 28, 2015 at 6:30 — No Comments

New track released from Norah Rendell's "Spinning Yarns" + Playlist

Here is the third track that has been released from the new Norah Rendell album called Spinning Yarns.  Its called Lost Jimmy Whalen.  A press release with the release states that  "As every year passes, the material items of life begin to age and wear, but the songs that we carry with us only grow stronger. That’s the power of memory, the power of music…

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Added by TradConnect on March 27, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

2015 in Review : An interview with Kate Crossan on her new album "Away"

In February we posted up a First Listen article on the new album by Kate Crossan called “Away”. We also spoke to her about the album, the song choices and general developments in folk music. We started by asking about the material on the album and how she decided on the…

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Added by TradConnect on March 26, 2015 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Alan Kelly Gang / The Last Bell

Alan Kelly and his gang have recorded The Last Bell live in order to, as they say “capture the feeling and magic that can only happen when all of us are working together in musical unity and in the moment”.  This creates a vibrant and dynamic flow to the tracks that in truth is trademark Kelly. Alan has been producing some outstanding music for quite…

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Added by Tony Lawless on March 26, 2015 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

New Micho Russel album : Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993

Hello all you Micho Russell fans out there.!! For those interested, there's a brand new Micho Russell album out, compiled by life-time Micho Russel fan Bill Ochs of Pennywhistle press. The album is named Rarities and Old Favourites, and spans the period of 1949 to 1993.  It is compiled of 49 tracks, most of those private recordings from Bill's private…

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Added by Kees Knegt on March 25, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

New track released by Socks in the Frying Pan

Socks in the Frying Pan have released a new track from their 2nd album and we include it below.

The band is made up of  brothers Shane and Fiachra Hayes on accordion and fiddle/banjo with Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals. Hailing from County Clare they mix traditional music with some great melodies as evidenced on their debut album released in…

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Added by TradConnect on March 24, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

New track from Cúig's debut EP - Speed Bumps + Playlist

Cúig have released a third track from their debut EP.  The track is called Speed Bumps. They say it is "a set of Breton and Galician tunes with a great story behind it involving Eoin, a bike and a speed bump. We put this set together in a small, sweltering hotel room in Albiez-Montrond, a remote village in the French Alps."…

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Added by TradConnect on March 24, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Áine Heslin / The Tunes Foundry

Strength of composition is very much to the fore in this compelling collection of new tunes from Clare flautist Áine Heslin. Prolific in her output, she has amassed a collection of tunes over the years and this recording brings 23 of them to life across 11 tracks. She displays an expressive…

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Added by Tony Lawless on March 24, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

World Fiddle Day takes place this year on May 16th in Scartaglin

World Fiddle Day takes place this year on May 16th in Scartaglin. In talking to the organisers they have stated that “This will be our third festival having started in 2013. Our first event attracted seventeen fiddle players including an American bluegrass musician who was touring Ireland that month. His name was Skip Gorman and to celebrate his birthday we…

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Added by TradConnect on March 23, 2015 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Irish - Top 10 Traditional Albums - March 2015

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for March 2015.  Each month we feature the top 10 albums and write follow up articles and present sounds from all new releases. If you have a new album on release send us a copy to these contact details.

Why not also add a track to Soundcloud and…

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Added by TradConnect on March 23, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week : The Kilfenora Céilí Band / Little Bird

Each week we monitor our Soundcloud file to see which track is getting the most plays.

With close to 4,000 plays taking place there weekly it has become a good source of data.  

This week The Kilfenora Céilí Band take the top spot with close to 200 plays over 7 days.  

We wrote earlier…

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Added by TradConnect on March 21, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Two tracks from The Outside Track's new album - Light Up The Dark

The Outside Track have announced that their new album called Light Up the Dark will be released on 1st April 2014.

The band include members Ailie Robertson - Harp/ Electro Harp, Cillian O'Dalaigh- Guitar/ Vocals,  Fiona Black- Accordion

Mairi Rankin - Fiddle/ Vocals/ Stepdance and Teresa Horgan- Vocals/…

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Added by TradConnect on March 20, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

David Power announces short US Tour in April 2015

We have covered David Power and his outstanding piping album called the eighteen Moloney on Tradconnect last year.  David has announced a short US tour commencing on 6th April in New York and will be playing a lot of music from that album.

In the liner notes to the recording he sets out a rather interesting history to a chanter that he…

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Added by TradConnect on March 19, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

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