Featured Blog Posts – August 2013 Archive (45)

Track of the Week - Dulahan / Adéle's Reel

The is a great slow reel taken from an album by Dulahan called Airs & Gracenotes. Dulahan-irl features banjo and guitar player Joe Greene and Adéle Greene on fiddle and harp.  Adéle also composed this tune.…

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Added by TradConnect on August 31, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

New Release - The Dróle featuring Éamon McGivney, John Kelly, Peadar Ó Riada

Peadar Ó Riada has been back in the studio again and this time he has brought along his friends Éamon McGivney and John Kelly.  They have recorded under the name The Dróle, subtitled "A few tunes for our friends.  Its a sparkling little album with a fine selection of slides, hop jigs, hornpipes and a few reels and jigs.  

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Added by TradConnect on August 31, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Win Tickets ( 10 pairs ) for iomas - intuition with Iarla Ó Lionáird - NCH Dublin, 12th September 2013

We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away for what will be a remarkable concert on Thursday 12th September at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.  To win the tickets simply name the artist that will feature.  Easy indeed.  Add your comment below and make sure that you are available to attend on the night. Two…

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Added by TradConnect on August 29, 2013 at 16:00 — 4 Comments

Tradconnect's Album of the Year Poll 2013

This year we are going to run our album of the year poll once again.  Last year’s was such a success that we are going to make this an annual event.  Our winner last year, in case you have being living on another planet was Caitlín Nic Gabhann and her debut called…

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Added by TradConnect on August 28, 2013 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Album Review - Dermot Rafferty / The Green Bunch of Joy

The Green Bunch of Joy is an album of music that “connects us with hopes and disappointments, sorrows and joys of those that have gone but who live again when we play their tunes” according to Dermot Rafferty who conceived this album and…

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Added by Tony Lawless on August 28, 2013 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Siobhán Smith Album Launch in Grand Social Dublin 27th August "Timing is Everything"

Timing is Everything is the debut album release by Siobhán Smith and it is being launched tonight 27th August 2013 in The Grand Social in Dublin's city centre.  Born and raised in New York Siobhán grew up in a family immersed in Irish…

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Added by Tony Lawless on August 27, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Tracking tunes played at the Cobblestone Pub Dublin

This is an interesting experiment by Tunepal developer and Tradconnect member  Dr Bryan Duggan and  Dr Norman Makoto Su from…

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Added by TradConnect on August 27, 2013 at 7:30 — 2 Comments

Introducing Concert Window + Dan Gurney Live 27th August EDT

Concert Window is a new initiative that has been created by New Yorker and member of The Yanks Dan Gurney.  Its a website that we have only recently come across, full name www.concertwindow.com We started our free trial and viewed a gig by Americana star Bob Bradshaw. You…

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Added by TradConnect on August 26, 2013 at 10:00 — 2 Comments

Album of Month September 2013 - Edel Fox & Neill Byrne / The Sunny Banks

When it comes to Album of the Month for September there can only be one album that we have recently reviewed that has to take this slot.  Edel Fox and Neill Byrne and their album The Sunny Banks is simply a stunning album that has everything necessary to make it a classic. 

It is concertina and fiddle driven music of the highest order and will…

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Added by TradConnect on August 25, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Track of The Week - Gerry Diver / A Fathers's Anthem feat Barry McGuigan

Our track of the week features the work of Gerry Diver who we have highlighted before.  His album was voted in the top 13 of all time by Tom Robinson which you can read about.  You need to listen through the entire track.  We highlighted this album…

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Added by TradConnect on August 24, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Upcoming Interviews on Tradconnect

With the summer nearly over it will soon be a case of back to normal routines.  We have held off on posting up artist interviews for the summer period as the online world is generally a lot quieter with everyone rightly experiencing the offline world at festivals and summer schools etc.  We already have a couple of interviews in the bag and will post…

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Added by TradConnect on August 24, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Senior Winners - Derry Fleadh Cheoil 2013

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013.  With the Fleadh now over and very successful by all accounts here is an unofficial selection of winners gathered from our Facebook Page.  You can get a real flavor of the level of performance required to win in any of the instrument categories.  We may even try and get talking to some of the winners to find out what the experience was…

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Added by TradConnect on August 22, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

The State of Online Music Distribution

For those of you interested in the future of music online it is worth sitting through some of these open debate discussions that have just been uploaded onto YouTube.  Its a panel discussion between senior representatives from Spotify, Soundcloud and Rdio.  

We have included the first 3 of 7 here and you can go to YouTube to see the rest.  It raises…

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Added by TradConnect on August 21, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Final Concert tonight 18th September 2013 - Bellows, Bridge and Bow in Letterkenny

Spanning three generations, O’Connor, Hill and Ó Fearghail – all TG4 Gradam Ceoil winners – are united by a deep knowledge and love for the music of the legendary masters of Irish tradition: Coleman, Ennis, Clancy, Potts and Tóibín.  For this tour, these three stellar soloists are sure to delight trad fans with their fresh, vibrant take…

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Added by TradConnect on August 19, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Lúnasa to Live Stream 14th November Concert at Freight & Salvage, CA, USA

Lúnasa will be live-streaming their Wednesday 14th November show at The Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA USA. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in! You can purchase online tickets for $5 anytime at …

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Added by TradConnect on August 18, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Latest Digital Material from ITMA

Below are the links to our latest …
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Added by Irish Traditional Music Archive on August 16, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

New Irish Fiddle Book and CD by Tom Morley

We haven't seen many new Irish Fiddle Tutorial book of late so this new one simply titled Irish Trad Fiddle by Tom Morley will no doubt be a good addition.  We may follow up with a review if we get our hands on a copy.  "Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle is a collection of 50 classic Irish jigs, reels, polkas and other tunes with playing hints, counting tips,…

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Added by TradConnect on August 16, 2013 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Sean Walshe / Traditional Harmonica, The Wicklow Way

Harmonica albums of Irish traditional music are rare enough commodities and this is only the second one to feature here on TradConnect.  Sean has been playing music for close to 50 years and with the encouragement of friends and family he finally got himself into a studio to record these 15 tracks of some well know traditional tunes.  He is known as one…

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Added by Tony Lawless on August 15, 2013 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Best New Song dealing with Emigration - Rise Up by The Rattling Kind

Now we will be honest from the get go that this is strictly not traditional Irish.  We received these tracks through from Dublin band The Rattling Kind and as always we listen to everything.  A lot of the music we get falls outside the traditional remit that we have set for ourselves.  In this instance we are going to make an exception…

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Added by TradConnect on August 15, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

16 Year Old Cork Fiddler Mairéad Hickey develops "Irish Fiddler" App

Mairéad Hickey is the winner of eight All Ireland Fiddle Championships and at the age of 16 she has created her own App for smart phones that is now available for purchase on iTunes.  She began learning the traditional Irish fiddle just before she turned 3 and has started to compile a database of tunes that you can now start to learn on this…

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Added by TradConnect on August 14, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

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