Featured Blog Posts – December 2016 Archive (24)

Top 10 Traditional Album Covers of 2016

Once again we celebrate the increased level of detail which has gone into this years traditional album covers. From over 160 albums we have narrowed it down to our Top 10 which we present below.

10. Caoimhin Vallely …

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Added by TradConnect on December 30, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

VOTE : With a €3,000 Award from INEC Killarney - Cast Your Vote

Welcome to the Tradconnect Readers Poll to select our Traditional Album of the Year 2016. This year the award is sponsored by The INEC Killarney and the winning artist will receive a cheque for €3,000, as well as the opportunity to appear at one or both of the…

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Added by TradConnect on December 27, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

Top 100 Irish Traditional Tracks of 2016

Welcome to our bumper end of year Spotify Playlist covering the top 100 traditional tracks from 2016. It has once again been a year of plenty with over 200 albums released over the course of the year. We have had the highs of new releases by contemporary artists like The Gloaming, Ensemble Ériu and Notify, neatly balanced with the best pure…

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Added by TradConnect on December 21, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

New Road : Live in Whelan's Dublin 8th May 2017

Repost : New Road play Whelan's Dublin on Monday 8th May. We recently posted this article in support of their debut album.

Stone Walls & Street Lights is the much anticipated debut album from Sligo based New Road. Members include Leonard Barry (uilleann pipes, whistle), Rick Epping…

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Added by TradConnect on December 20, 2016 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

Indeedin You Needn't Bother - the new release by Brenda Castles

Indeedin You Needn't Bother, the debut solo album from concertina player Brenda Castles, is a fourteen track album of traditional Irish music on concertina, with accompaniment from guitarists Eoghan Scott, Tony Byrne and Paul Browne, and harpist Séana Davey.

Brenda…

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Added by TradConnect on December 19, 2016 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Tradconnect now accounts for over 400 hours of airplay each week

This week Tradconnect has passed an important milestone by exceeding over 500,000 plays of artists tracks on Tradconnect. These tracks have been added to our Soundcloud file and have subsequently been embedded within articles on the site. Each week…

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Added by TradConnect on December 19, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Tracks of the Week : The Maguires / Fergal O'Gara (18th December 2016)

Our track of the week today is taken from the new album by which we launched earlier in the week. The Maguires have been playing together as a band for three years and are regular performers at festivals and concerts…

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Added by TradConnect on December 18, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

Launch of The Macalla Suite by Gradam Ceoil Composer of the Year, Michael Rooney

Michael Rooney has just been announced as the Gradam Ceoil TG4 Composer of the Year 2017. Gradam Ceoil TG4 is the premier annual traditional music awards scheme and Michael will join a star-studded line-up of recipients and musicians for the award ceremony in February.

The Macalla…

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Added by TradConnect on December 14, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Rita Gallagher and Michael Rooney winners in TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards 2017

The TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards for 2017 have just been announced and the recipient’s include artists that we have featured over the last number of weeks on Tradconnect.
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The Traditional Musician of the Year award goes to Mairéad Ní…

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Added by TradConnect on December 14, 2016 at 8:30 — No Comments

Capturing the energy of one of Ireland's youngest bands - The Maguires

It's hard to believe that three kids, aged just 16, 14 and 11, can already have clocked up 25 years of musical development between them.  Throw into the mix the fact that these young trad musicians are also classically trained and your interest is piqued.  Finally, add a flair for composition and arrangement, two and a half years' work, and the…

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Added by TradConnect on December 12, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

A list of 160 traditional Irish albums released in 2016 - €3,000 Prize for our Album of the Year

Traditional music is continuing to thrive with over 160 traditional albums released this year, up from about 130 last year. These are albums known to us and this list will no doubt grow as we identify what is missing. So scan the list and add a comment here or on our Facebook page is you spot an omission.

In the…

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Added by TradConnect on December 12, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week : The Wild Irishman by Matt Molloy, John Carty & Arty McGlynn (8th Jan 2017)

This is the first track from the new album by Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn. It achieved close to 200 plays over the 1st week of January, making it our No.1 track once again on Tradconnect. The first reel is the McDonagh brothers' version of the tune also known as The Prohibition. The second reel is a Sligo version…

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Added by TradConnect on December 11, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Con Houlihan Memorial Christmas Concert - 17th December 2016

A real festive treat is in store for the Kingdom as preparations are well underway for the annual Con Houlihan Memorial Christmas Concert. The event takes please on Saturday 17th December at the River Island Hotel in CastleIsland and a host of special guests are lined up for the evening.

Headlining this year’s billing is the last…

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Added by TradConnect on December 10, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

'Be Off' - The debut album from Dublin fiddler Aidan Connolly

Aidan Connolly is a fiddle player and primary school teacher from Rathfarnham in Dublin, long associated with the Craobh Naithí Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. His playing is influenced by a wide variety of fiddle players, including Paddy Cronin, Paddy Canny and Denis Murphy.…

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Added by TradConnect on December 9, 2016 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

A moving film about the life of singer Eithne Ní Uallacháin - 20th December TG4

A beautiful voice comes to us from the other side of eternity in this moving film about the life of singer Eithne Ní Uallacháin, which will be broadcast on 20th December @ 21:30, TG4

All of us are caught up in this world of conflicting emotions and that was especially true of Eithne who expressed her innermost…

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Added by TradConnect on December 8, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Winners announced for MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2016

Scotland celebrated traditional music in style on Saturday night with a glittering ceremony held in the Caird Hall, Dundee. The prestigious MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards show was broadcast live on BBC ALBA and BBC Radio Scotland.

The big winner was Breabach, who won…

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Added by TradConnect on December 7, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

Roithléan confirms Saileog Ní Cheannabháin to be among the master weavers of Irish traditional music today

Four years since her first album on the Raelach label, Saileog Ní Cheannabháin's new recording has just been released. Roithleán (pronounced, Rillawn) is an Irish word for the spindle-whorl of a spinning wheel, but it also refers to a whirling or a recurring motion. Saileog writes in her sleeve note: “Music and songs can be like that, I feel, as they…

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Added by TradConnect on December 6, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

A major new Irish folk talent - Fintan McHugh with Wait Till The Clouds Roll By

Fintan McHugh was born in Dublin into a musical household. His father Joe McHugh plays the uilleann pipes and whistles, and his mother Lizzie plays the fiddle.

Wait Till The Clouds Roll By is his debut recording and it is already receiving very positive reviews. Music journalist John O’…

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Added by TradConnect on December 6, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

An Exploration of Irish Traditional Music on Piano from Caoimhín Vallely

This self-titled album is the long-awaited follow-up to Caoimhín's 2005 debut release "Strayaway". It encompasses just over 75 minutes of near continuous music, exploring the many different moods and emotions, and forms and styles this music has to offer.

Along the way there are  experiments with unconventional tonalities and…

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Added by TradConnect on December 5, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

Strictly within the tradition - Out of the Ashes by Matt Molloy, John Carty & Arty McGlynn

Do they really have to make it look so easy? So remarked one reviewer having just seen the trad superstar ensemble of Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn on stage. You can decide for yourself as the most exciting trad combination of recent times release their second album, Out of the Ashes featuring the flute and…

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Added by TradConnect on December 5, 2016 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

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