Featured Blog Posts – November 2016 Archive (33)

A unique mix of poetry, rap and pop music from Dublin band IMLÉ

IMLÉ are an unconventional band with a unique sound, based around 3 vocalists with very diverse musical backgrounds. Their sound mixes poetry, rap and pop music in a way that has never been heard before - particularly in the Irish Language. Fergal Moloney’s ethereal vocals blend with Marcus Mac Conghail’s intense punk…

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Added by TradConnect on November 30, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

Developing a distinctive musical voice - In Flow with Jack Talty

Given his long-established reputation as one of the leading concertina players in the country – as co-founder of TG4 Gradam-winning group, Ensemble Ériu (with Neil O’Loghlen), as section leader with Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra, as collaborator with Cormac Begley (Na Fir Bolg) and with Noel Hill (Concertina),…

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Added by TradConnect on November 29, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

First listen to the new Dónal Clancy album 'On the Lonesome Plain'

This is a first listen to a track from the new release by Dónal Clancy, an acclaimed guitarist, singer and performer. On the Lonesome Plain features a mix of seven vocal tracks and six guitar instrumentals, including two of his own compositions A Strike for Victory commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising and an…

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Added by TradConnect on November 29, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

Kevin Burke’s traditional Irish fiddle meets electric guitar on The Pound Ridge Sessions

Not a new ‘genre’, (at least, not yet), simply two great players sharing their musical roots and interests; one steeped in traditional Irish music, while the other is a veteran California rocker. Kevin Burke has had a recording and performance career spanning decades and is known on either side of the Atlantic both as a soloist and…

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Added by TradConnect on November 28, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week : Pauline Scanlon / The Old Churchyard (27th Nov '16)

Our track of the week, having received the most plays over the last seven days is from Gossamer, the new album by Pauline Scanlon. The track is called The Old Churchyard. Gossamer serves as a new departure for Pauline, a…

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Added by TradConnect on November 27, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Exploring Irish and French-Canadian traditional tunes and songs on Un Canadien errant

Un Canadien errant is a new album from the Sophie & Fiachra Trio. This album is made up of 14 tracks of Irish and French-Canadian Traditional tunes and songs, as well as some original compositions from Sophie Lavoie. Un Canadien errant has just been nominated for ADISQ Traditional Album of the Year in Québec and in the…

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Added by TradConnect on November 25, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

One to Watch - folk, pop and rock influences from Dublin’s Matt Hanaphy

This is a sample of what is to come from 23 year old Dubliner Matt Hanaphy. Matt studied banjo and mandolin with Barney McKenna of legendary group The Dubliners. He is about to release his debut album, with a mix of his trad, folk and roots influences underscored with a strong social conscience.

With influences the…

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Added by TradConnect on November 24, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

New single and 'Grand Social' launch for The Rattling Kind on 3rd December 2016

Dublin band The Rattling Kind have released a new single in advance of a launch concert at The Grand Social in Dublin on Saturday 3rd December. Their aim is “to put their modern indie-rock twist on folk and traditional music. Drawing heavy influence from Irish ballad heroes like The Dubliners, listeners encounter a daring brand of…

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Added by TradConnect on November 23, 2016 at 18:30 — No Comments

Delving into their family repertoire - The Ó Maonaighs record together as ‘Na Mooneys’

Na Mooneys is the new release by the Ó Maonaigh family from the Gaoth Dobhair Gaeltacht, in North-west Donegal, an area steeped in traditional music, song and culture.  They call themselves Na Mooneys as that is the name they are referred to by, locally in Gaoth Dobhair; “Na” being the Irish for “The”, and “Mooney” being…

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Added by TradConnect on November 22, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Peadar Ó Riada's ONÓIR tells how Ireland’s multi-layered identity evolved over time

One of Ireland’s most celebrated and respected traditional composers Peadar Ó Riada (son of Seán Ó Riada of Mise Éire fame and founder of Cór Chúil Aodha) has just released a new recording called ONÓIR.

This recording is a special commission by Gael Linn as part of the 1916 commemoration with…

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Added by TradConnect on November 21, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

Exclusive Single Premiere : Pauline Scanlon / The Old Churchyard

Today we have an exclusive single on Tradconnect, taken from Gossamer, the new album by Pauline Scanlon. The track is called The Old Churchyard.

The track can also be downloaded by broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre here on Tradconnect.  

Gossamer…

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Added by TradConnect on November 21, 2016 at 8:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week : The Truckley Howl / The Grand Spy

Our track of the week comes from a new trio called The Truckley Howl that features Nathan Gourley on fiddle, Mairéad Hurley on concertina and John Blake on guitar and flute.

The trio say: "The tunes on this recording come from a variety of sources reflecting our formative influences, collective…

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Added by TradConnect on November 20, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

The Tri-Tones have now become Ríanta with two new tracks

Following a recent trend of 3 becoming 4, here are two new videos by Ríanta, previously known as the Tri-Tones. The band includes Conor Moriarty on accordion, Tara Breen on fiddle, and Stephen Rooney on guitar/vocals and brother Eamon Rooney on percussion. The Tri-Tones won our Album of the Year award in 2014 and…

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Added by TradConnect on November 16, 2016 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Exclusive Premiere : First listen to CyberTrad, the new album by Matthew Olwell

Traditional music is a living, breathing thing. It must evolve or become a relic, but it must also maintain a strong connection to its core identity. With CyberTrad, innovative roots musician Matthew Olwell pays homage to his heritage while breathing new life into Irish and Breton music against a backdrop of Beatboxing and…

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Added by TradConnect on November 16, 2016 at 8:30 — No Comments

Video Premiere: Caladh Nua / Free and Easy

Here is the debut video from Caladh Nua in support of their new album Free and Easy.  The album was recorded at Clancy Studios, An Rínn, Co. Waterford and is now on release. They describe themselves as “a tightly-knit, vibrant band with its origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland.” Their present lineup includes Paddy Tutty on…

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Added by TradConnect on November 15, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Listening to Ensemble Ériu’s new album, Imbas

Ensemble Ériu are currently on tour promoting their second album, Imbas. The tour will finish this week with three dates at  An Lab, An Daingeann on Wednesday 16th November, Belvedere House, Dublin on Thursday 17th, and St. Kevin's Church, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow on Friday 18th.

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Added by TradConnect on November 14, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week : d'Bize / Frenchies

Storm Party is the debut album by Irish folk and trad trio d'Bize, who have been gathering fans from across the globe since 2014 with their rich mixture of raw energy and stunning musicianship. Featuring intricate melodies and stomping foot to the floor rhythms, d’Bize are a versatile trio with a very dynamic setlist of songs, both new and old from the Folk…

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Added by TradConnect on November 13, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Trip to Birmingham Tradfest 24th - 27th November 2016 - Details + Playlist

The Trip to Birmingham Tradfest is the UK's newest Traditional Irish Music Festival. Building on the overwhelming and tremendous success of the festival in both 2014 and 2015, the festival is back once again in November 2016! The festival is held in the Irish Quarter of the city (Digbeth) and will exhibit a colourful…

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Added by TradConnect on November 11, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

Top 10 Irish Traditional Albums : October 2016

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for October 2016.  Each month we feature the top 10 albums, write follow up articles and present sounds from all new releases. We have also just announced a €3,000 prize for our Album of the Year 2016, sponsored by The INEC Killarney so get your albums to us at this …

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Added by TradConnect on November 11, 2016 at 8:30 — No Comments

The Truckley Howl to launch their debut album in The Cobblestone Dublin on 11th November 2016

The Truckley Howl are a new three-piece Irish traditional band. Blending the rich sounds of fiddle, flute, concertina and guitar, these three masters of their instruments play lively melodies which are taken from the deep well of traditional music of Ireland.

Their name is derived from a Seamus Ennis quote…

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Added by TradConnect on November 10, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments

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