Featured Blog Posts – October 2014 Archive (51)

Mary Mac Namara's view on East Clare Music

Mary Mac Namara's new album Note for Note is once again a stripped back release that takes us back to her debut called Traditional Music From East Clare.  She described that album as "sparsely decorated and gently paced" and the same applies here.  On her website she has taken the time to set out her views on what East Clare music…

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Added by TradConnect on October 31, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Album of the Month November 2014 - Four Star Trio / Magnetic South

Our album of the month for November 2014 will be Magnetic South by Four Star Trio.  

It is the second album by musicians Con Fada Ó Drisceoil, Johnny McCarthy and Pat “Herring” Ahern.  The music of Sliabh Luachra is centre stage as you can imagine.

If you like your slides and polkas, then this group unravel a…

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Added by TradConnect on October 29, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Songs # 26- 30 - Songwriter Showcase with Christy Moore

This Songwriters Showcase is a new collaboration with the legendary Christy Moore.  Providing an outlet for composers and writers is an essential goal of Tradconnect and it is hoped that this showcase will highlight some great new writers and performers. We are honored to have Christy listening to this material and giving his…

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Added by TradConnect on October 29, 2014 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review : Justin Bonar-Bridges / Truth Be Told

We covered this debut album earlier in the year when we spoke to Justin as part of an official online album launch. In the main, this is an album of solo fiddle music played with relaxed ease by a musician who was inspired by…

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Added by Tony Lawless on October 28, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

2’ 13” of Concertina Perfection - Exclusive track from Mary Mac Namara’s new album

This is Track 3 off the new Mary Mac Namara album called Note for Note.  It's back to basics with an album that revisits the style and feel of her outstanding Traditional Music From East Clare debut all those years ago. She explains her approach to the recording in the liner notes stating that “Down through the years I have…

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Added by TradConnect on October 28, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Supporting Skippers Alley Funding Campaign for their new album

Skipper’s Alley are a young 7-piece traditional Irish music band based in Dublin, Ireland.  They came together in May 2013 with a basic idea to play, interpret, and arrange old traditional Irish music and, in the short time they have been doing that, they have managed to keep themselves quite busy. They are in post production on their new album and…

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Added by TradConnect on October 26, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha - John Dwyer's/Silver Spear

Earlier in the week we had an official online launch for Draíocht Na Feadóige, the new debut recording by Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha.  She has appeared on other albums over the years and is very busy with our national broadcaster presenting a number of traditional music shows for RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.…

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Added by TradConnect on October 26, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

Impressive second album from San Francisco Celtic folk band, The Gallowglasses including new track.

This is a track from the new album called A Brace of Pistols by San Francisco based Celtic folk band The Gallowglasses. The band members are Donovan Ryan, Lee White, Mark Boronkay and Michael McNelly.  

Its a fairly well balanced album mixing some slower instrumental tracks like The Trip to Sligo/Morrison's and…

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Added by TradConnect on October 26, 2014 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Win a copy of the outstanding "Cold Old Fire" by Lynched

Here is your chance to win one of the best new folk albums that has been released in a very long time.  We wrote earlier in the year that "folk music can still be innovative and exciting as shown by this debut from Dublin band Lynched.  

A variety of…

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Added by TradConnect on October 25, 2014 at 11:30 — 7 Comments

Web Watch : Soundcloud Growth Strategy, Execution, America's Music Vacuum, Music Streaming, How Much Music is Disappearing

Web Watch is a collection of articles from around the web that in one way or another have relevance to musicians.  

From trends on social media to technology, marketing and PR.  

From music streaming to Apps to iPhones and beyond.

We filter out what is important and present it as part…

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Added by TradConnect on October 25, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Rónán Regan and Irene Guckian /Drumshanbows

Rónán Regan and Irene Guckian must take great delight in the musical entwinement of their fiddles as they explore the music of Leitrim and the surrounding hinterland.  Their interest in this area has formed the basis of an MA thesis by Irene, with her research covering the South Leitrim and Longford area which is historically known as Conmhaicne.  They…

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Added by Tony Lawless on October 24, 2014 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Ré - Exclusive new track from the album & background to the recording

Ré is a live album recorded as part of the "Tunes in the Church" concert series in St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church in Galway.  Included below is an exclusive track from the album plus a video of Rian the show.  In trying to describe that stage show Rian, and this record Ré, it is best to quote…

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Added by TradConnect on October 24, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Official "Online Album Release" - Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha / Draíocht Na Feadóige

Welcome to the Tradconnect Official Album Launch Series.  For members and readers this series of articles will introduce you to a new traditional album for the first time. We are working with artists to bring a little bit more excitement to the “online launch”.  The first time you share a track from a new recording with your fans and…

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Added by TradConnect on October 23, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

First Listen : Leo Mac Namara's new album with Triona Marshall

This is a first listen to a track from the new album by Leo Mac Namara from Scariff, Co. Clare. It features Triona Marshall of the Chieftains who he met up with at the 2013 Masters of Tradition Festival.  

We posted one of the Custy's Short Video interviews recently where they both spoke…

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Added by TradConnect on October 22, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Four Star Trio / Magnetic South

Magnetic South by Four Star Trio is the second album by musicians Con Fada Ó Drisceoil, Johnny McCarthy and Pat “Herring” Ahern.  The music of Sliabh Luachra is centre stage as you can imagine. If you like your slides and polkas, then this group unravel a gem of an album that paints a vivid picture of the music, the area, and the people that inhabit it. As a listening…

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Added by Tony Lawless on October 21, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Danny Diamond - Live track at The Sunflower

This is a live track taken from one of Danny Diamond's recent album launch gigs, for his new fiddle album called Fiddle Music.  It will become one of those "must have" fiddle albums and when we interviewed Danny recently he said

 "I aimed to make something innovative but with the…

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Added by TradConnect on October 21, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

Songs # 21- 25 - Songwriter Showcase with Christy Moore

This Songwriters Showcase is a new collaboration with the legendary Christy Moore.  Providing an outlet for composers and writers is an essential goal of Tradconnect and it is hoped that this showcase will highlight some great new writers and performers. We are honored to have Christy listening to this material and giving his…

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Added by TradConnect on October 20, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Two tracks from Miltown based musician Liam O' Brien

Here are a couple of tracks by Miltown based musician Liam O' Brien.  They were released onto Soundcloud last week and are testament to the fact that good music can exist outside the official album release.  In fact the slow demise of the album format will mean that musicians will need to adopt to a steady stream of releases.  

Liam is…

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Added by TradConnect on October 20, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Irish Music’s Present and Future – 7 Questions 7 to Edel Fox on Italish blog

Edel Fox and her concertina are definitely playing an important role in the Present of Irish Music.

So, it is with great pleasure that we meet her for our new interview about Irish Music.

Edel Fox is from Miltown Malbay Co.…

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Added by Aindréas Ridire on October 18, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Web Watch : Spotify Payments Fracas, Why Public WiFi is a Health Hazard, How Teens Listen to Music, The Fleadh,

Web Watch is a collection of articles from around the web that in one way or another have relevance to musicians.  

From trends on social media to technology, marketing and PR.  

From music streaming to Apps to iPhones and beyond.

We filter out what is important and present it as part of this series of posts.

Click on the…

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Added by TradConnect on October 18, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

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