Featured Blog Posts – December 2013 Archive (51)

The Tradconnect Music Review of 2013

We have covered 60+ albums over the course of 2013. Despite perceptions that the internet along with Spotify and a host of other social media resources are destroying music, the albums…

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Added by Tony Lawless on December 30, 2013 at 20:30 — 5 Comments

Cho Chuk - A fiddle CD from 2002 which I've recently discovered

A real blast from the past to end 2013. Cho Chuk is a 2002 release by fiddler Jenny Gardner which I hadn't heard before this year, and since I finally got a copy a few months ago I've been playing it over and over. So I thought I'd share this wee hidden gem with you. Nine of the ten tracks are Jenny's own compositions,…

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Added by Alex Monaghan on December 29, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Lucie Périer - Josie McDermott's / The Snow Covered Hills

Our track of the week this week goes to Lucie Périer, a relatively new member of Tradconnect.  The tracks are Josie McDermott's / The Snow Covered Hills / The Turnpike and  Ned…

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Added by TradConnect on December 28, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Johnny Duhan - Winter

This is the first single taken from the  Johnny Duhan album called Winter.  It is right up to date dealing with this countries present economic woes.  Christy Moore has called Johnny “One of our greatest songwriters.” and  the late Ronnie Drew also described him as “one of my favourite songwriters.” Fine praise indeed.  His song "The Voyage" has become a…

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Added by TradConnect on December 28, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album of the Month for January 2014 - Liz Carroll / On The Offbeat

Our Album of the Month for January 2014 will be the great new release by Liz Carroll.  Its called On The Offbeat and its Liz's first solo album in 11 years.  Her duet work with John Doyle, a hectic touring schedule, multiple collaborations, Grammy nominations and more have kept her very…

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Added by TradConnect on December 27, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Christmas Greetings & Best Wishes for 2017

Wishing all our members and readers a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and we hope you enjoy the festive season with your family and friends. A big thank you to everyone who has engaged with Tradconnect throughout the year, helping us grow and grow.

Thanks to…

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Added by TradConnect on December 25, 2013 at 0:00 — No Comments

Christmas Music : Home for Christmas Day by Solas

Written by Seamus Egan and Mick McAuley, this song imagines what a newly arrived immigrant to Butte, Montana might have felt facing his or her first Christmas in foreign land far from the warm embrace of family and friends. 

Another good year for Solas with their new album Shamrock City riding high in the charts.  Check it out if you wish on their website…

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Added by TradConnect on December 24, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

First Listen : Fionntán McDonald & Eoin Kearns

Their Facebook pages states that "The dynamic Lurgan duo of Fionntán McDonald and Eoin Kearns play an eclectic blend of Irish, American and contemporary instrumental music." They have just made a short 4 Track EP to mark their arrival on the scene and its pretty impressive. Fiddle with guitar, guitar with banjo, a tinge of old…

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Added by TradConnect on December 23, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Toner Quinn & Malachy Bourke / Live at the Steeple Sessions

Recorded live - 6 tracks, 28 minutes.  Two of the best exponents of the art of fiddling. Live at the Steeple Sessions by Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke is the gold nugget in a year of some exceptional fiddle music. Synchronised, stripped bare and measured fiddling by two…

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Added by Tony Lawless on December 23, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Competition : Win Leonard Barry's "New Road" album

New Road is Leonard Barry's second recording and it is a follow up to his debut, released some 11 years ago called "Mind the Pipes".  Rick Epping joins Leonard on the recording as does Conor Byrne, Tony Byrne,…
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Added by TradConnect on December 22, 2013 at 12:00 — 6 Comments

Album Review - John Doyle / Shadow and Light

It is not often that a single artist defines a genre, but then there is John Doyle and Traditional Irish music to consider. Doyle seems to be a Jack of all musical trades and a master of all. Great composer, lyricist and performer. I had the pleasure of watching him perform in an old church in Knoxville, Tennessee on a cold January night. The turnout was not as large as I thought it would be, but…

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Added by R J Lannan on December 21, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

'Our Dear Dark Mountain' Website

For those interested in following the progress of the Sliabh Beagh music project or finding out some more about the background to the project, you can now visit the website: http://www.ourdeardarkmountain.com.

I've added a little bit of information about the Sliabh Beagh area there, to give you an idea of the…

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Added by Sean Mc Elwain on December 21, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Best New Trad Music Playlist #10

This is a selection of the best tracks that we have discovered on Soundcloud over the last week or so.  Some have been featured on the site and some not. 

Follow us on Soundcloud and we will discover your music.Tradconnect on…

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Added by TradConnect on December 21, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Listen to all tracks from The Gloaming's first two albums



"THE GLOAMING dwells at a musical crossroads, enhancing traditional Irish music’s rich, melancholic tones with modern hues of jazz, contemporary classical, and experimental music. Steeped in traditional Irish music since birth, fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó…

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Added by TradConnect on December 20, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

First Listen : Mórga / For The Sake of Auld Decency

We have just got a copy of Mórga's new album For The Sake of Auld Decency and like a few other December releases it will have to form part of our 2014 Album of the Year poll. The one thing that can be said about Mórga is that they are unique. They have a distinctive sound that is all there own and combined with their vibrant approach…

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Added by TradConnect on December 19, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Siobhán Smith / Timing Is Everything

Timing is Everything is the new debut album by Siobhán Smith.  By way of background Siobhán grew up in New York and was classically trained in her formative years.  With traditional Irish music a constant feature in her home environment it was not long before she was…

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Added by Tony Lawless on December 19, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Trad Music Stars to Perform for the Philippines - Waterford 21st December

The cream of Ireland’s traditional musicians and singers will perform in a fund-raising concert in Dungarvan this weekend for the people of the Philippines struggling in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.



Feis for Philippines will take place in St Mary’s Church of Ireland,…

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Added by TradConnect on December 18, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Talkin' Trad : Paddy Groenland on Leafzang's Fund It Campaign and the need for your Support

Leafzang is a soulful and energetic acoustic sextet that has performed with increasing regularity in Dublin since 2010 according to their Fund It profile.  They are hoping to raise funds for their first studio album.  They say that they are "an unusual group"  mixing as they do…
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Added by TradConnect on December 17, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

New video from "Tunes in the Church" 2013 - Aidan Connolly & Ruairí McGorman

This video was recorded in 2013 as part of an annual summer concert series at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway, Ireland. Concerts are held in two other church venues; St. Mary's Church, Killarney, Co. Kerry, and the 'Holy Trinity Church', Westport, Co. Mayo.

For more information about this summer's series please visit…

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Added by TradConnect on December 17, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Dirk Powell, Michael McGoldrick, Brendan Gleeson and Francis Gaffney - Live 7th-17th January

Music Network's spring  season "gets off to a flying start as multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, piper Michael McGoldrick and guitarist Francis Gaffney are joined by actor Brendan Gleeson on fiddle in a musical road trip from Kentucky to Ireland via the Louisiana bayous. Join them on tour from 7 – 17 January…

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Added by TradConnect on December 17, 2013 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

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