Featured Blog Posts – November 2014 Archive (43)

In Conversation with JigJam about their new album 'Oh Boy!'

Earlier in the week we we spoke to JigJam guitar and banjo player Jamie McKeogh about their debut album called Oh Boy! He described their music as ‘a fusion of bluegrass and trad with contemporary influences. We would also be classified as a folk band as we sing a great deal of songs’ he said. The album has just been released…

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Added by TradConnect on November 28, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

Texas native Karen Ballew and 'Suantraí Hiúdaí'

In February of this year we came into contact with Tim Kennedy from North Texas School of Music about an album they had produced at the school called Winter Air.  It was quite an inspirational recording in many respects.  The music itself was outstanding and the funds it generated enabled a large party of students…
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Added by TradConnect on November 28, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Supporting the Four Winds Kickstarter Campaign

We have always been a big supporter of any artist trying to raise funds to record or complete albums.  Kickstarter and other funding vehicles are a great opportunity to get behind artists at an earlier stage by simply buying the album in advance.  Here is the latest campaign by a band called Four Winds.  We have previously…

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Added by TradConnect on November 27, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Celebrating 100,000 Plays - Uilleann Pipes - 5 Great Tracks

As we approach 100,000 plays on our Soundcloud file we are looking back over the many tracks we have added, and are selecting some of the best tracks.  

Here are 5 great piping tracks from our vaults from artists like David Power, Mick O' Brien, Séan McKeon, Jimmy O' Brien Moran as well as a track from the duet album featuring Josie…

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Added by TradConnect on November 27, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

The Jaskane Café Trio - Lake of Shadows

This is a track off a new album by Ennis based The Jaskane Café Trio. We don't get a lot of groups that specialise in what could be called 'café culture' music, especially in Ennis.  The track included below is a composition recorded by Moving Hearts many years ago and is probably the most traditional of the tracks on the album.

The trio have included…

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Added by TradConnect on November 26, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

The Trip to Birmingham TradFest - 27th - 30th November + Playlist

The Trip to Birmingham TradFest is the UK's newest Traditional Irish Music Festival.  It overcomes the congested summer schedules by taking a calender spot in late November when people may need a boost before the Christmas madness.The festival will be staged this weekend, 27th - 30th November and will be held in the Irish Quarter of the city (Digbeth) and will…

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Added by TradConnect on November 25, 2014 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

First Listen to a track from new band JigJam - 'Ringing the Bell / The Banks of Newfoundland

This is track 3 off the new album by Irish band JigJam. The track includes Ringing the Bell / The Banks of Newfoundland.

This is a debut album with music that blends Irish traditional with folk and bluegrass.  They originally started as a 5 piece party band playing mostly mainstream covers at the weekends. They lost 2 members due to work…

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Added by TradConnect on November 24, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Irish tour by guitarist John O' Shea - 31st Jan - 21st Feb ( 4 dates )

We recently featured a track from a new guitar album by John O' Shea, and he will be undertaking a short Irish tour in November/December in support of the album it is taken from, called Irish Guitar.

It starts in The Hunt Museum in Limerick on 29th November.

"Its…

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Added by TradConnect on November 24, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Official "Online Album Release" - Skipper's Alley

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 that artists share a track from a new recording with their audience is important and…

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Added by TradConnect on November 22, 2014 at 20:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Áine Heslin / Walking The Dog

This week's Track of the Week is off the new release by Áine Heslin called The Tunes Foundry.  

We covered the album on our Official Online Album Release earlier in the week. On the issue of recording exclusively new…

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Added by TradConnect on November 22, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

Songs # 41 - 45 - 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 November 21, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Talking to Niamh Parsons about a newly released track 'Bonny Woodhall'

Bonny Woodhall is a new track just released by Niamh Parsons on Soundcloud.  It features Niamh Parsons (vocals), Graham Dunne (guitar), Terry Clarke-Coyne (flute and backing vocals) and Tony Gibbons (Bouzouki and backing vocals). It was recorded live in 2001 in Vlissingen, Holland, in a theatre, which Niamh think’s was called Arsenaal theatre.

Soundcloud is…

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Added by TradConnect on November 20, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

From the Courthouse to the Gaol - Saturday 22nd November

Really looking forward to a couple of gigs this weekend, which will take us (some might say appropriately enough) from the Court House in Clones to the Old Gaol in Dundalk. The two performances, featuring Dónal McCague and myself, will focus on the recently released CD - 'Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over it'.

The first performance, at 3pm on…

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Added by Sean Mc Elwain on November 20, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Official "Online Album Release" - Cassie & Maggie / Sterling Road

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 November 20, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Juhn Echo & Slow Moving Clouds - Live Whelans Dublin - 30th November 2014

Here are two groups that we have featured recently on Tradconnect, and they will be playing a joint gig in Dublin on 30th November.

In July we featured Juhn Echo who are an impressive new band that have just released an…

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Added by TradConnect on November 19, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Bonhomme Setter / OBIA

Bonhomme Setter have created a remarkable big band sound wrapped around some very traditional tunes.  The introduction to Man of the House, which is included below says it all.  On this track Sylvain Laberge recently spoke to us stating ‘we started the arrangement of this piece with the flute melody and a repetitive rhythmic…

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Added by TradConnect on November 19, 2014 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Notes from the Road - At First Light Autumn Update



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

Official "Online Album Release" - Áine Heslin / The Tunes Foundry

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 November 17, 2014 at 22:00 — No Comments

Outstanding debut from The Morning Tree + Exclusive Track

Some albums have a gentle understated nature that can ever so quietly entwine themselves around you. This debut by The Morning Tree is one such recording.  What you get are three musicians with drive, talent and passion, and with those ingredients a little magic can happen.  Their music grabs your attention from the first track and keeps you listening…

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Added by TradConnect on November 17, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments

Web Watch : Apps, Spotify, Apple Pay, Google Inbox, John Coltrane

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…

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Added by TradConnect on November 15, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

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