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Féile na Tána is back for a second year on 5th and 6th February 2017 - Cooley Peninsula in County Louth

Féile na Tána is back for a second year and will be celebrating all things traditional the heart of the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth. It takes place on 5th and 6th February 2017.

The festival is voluntarily run by a small committee and the artistic directors are local musicians, Zoe Conway and John Mc Intyre. It is funded…

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Added by TradConnect on January 12, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Songs from the new album by legendary singer Frank Harte - 'When Adam was in Paradise'

This is a first listen to a track from the new Frank Harte album called “When Adam was in Paradise - Traditional Songs of Love and Courtship.” The album was released in 2016 to critical acclaim and features accompaniment from Donal Lunny.

Frank was born and reared in…

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Added by TradConnect on January 17, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Ruaile Buaile taking on the world on 'This Very Moment'

In the few short years since they formed Ruaile Buaile, Niall Kelly, Arthur Stones, Jack Godley and Shane Lynam, have gone from being considered a highly thought-of young local act, to being a wanted band the length and breadth of Ireland. And not only Ireland, as it happens. The lads have also taken their brand of high-energy Celtic…

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Added by TradConnect on January 16, 2017 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

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

Track of the Week : John & Maggie Carty - Lough Erne Shore

Our track of the week with over 200 plays over the last 7 days is taken from "Settle Out of Court," the debut album by John Carty and daughter Maggie Carty. John is one of the most respected traditional musicians in the country and is going through a prolific period at the moment with the release of a number of outstanding…

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Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Supporting the Ulaid & Duke Special 'Pledge Now' campaign for their new record

Continuing our support for Kickstarter, Fund It and Pledge Now campaigns, here is the start of a new one by Ulaid and Duke Special. Here is their message.

"Ulaid & Duke Special have been writing/arranging and performing together since early 2016 and would love to make a live record of the material that they have…

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Added by TradConnect on January 9, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Song of the Week : Randall Stephen Hall / Re-wired

Taken from the album Re-Wired by Randall Stephen Hall. "I suppose that what I am trying to say in this song is that I have reached a point in my life where my early conditioning, my label or initial branding, no longer have the same hold on me. I see things in a different way, because my life experience has provided me with information and insight which…

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Added by TradConnect on January 14, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Perfect piece to complete a trilogy of albums - Socks in the Frying Pan and 'Without a Paddle'

Welcome to Tradconnect’s Worldwide Album Launch Series. For these launches we are working with over 110 radio broadcasters globally, making new traditional releases available for immediate free download through our Download…

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Added by TradConnect on January 13, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Top 15 Traditional Artists on Spotify in 2016

Listeners are not consuming their traditional music on Spotify based on a survey of over 70 albums releases on Spotify throughout 2016. Only a very small proportion of all releases have any song that exceeds 1,000 plays in total. Albums released earlier in the year will have an obvious advantage, and that may have helped The Gloaming and their…

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Added by TradConnect on January 12, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Martin Hayes and David Power set for end of January 2017 tour in Ireland and UK

Martin Hayes and David Power are back on tour in both Ireland and the UK. In a recent review Robert McMillen said "two great masters of the tradition, fiddler Martin Hayes and Waterford piper David Power will take the audience to the other side of reality with music to make the heavens…

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Added by TradConnect on January 11, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

First Listen : David Munnelly, Shane McGowan & Joseph McNulty and '3'oh'

David Munnelly is back with a new ensemble and a new album, and this is your first exclusive listen to it. The album is called 3’oh and also features Shane McGowan on guitar and Joseph McNulty on fiddle. Shane McGowan from Lavagh in south Sligo is becoming a regular…

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Added by TradConnect on January 11, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Insight into a living tradition - John and Maggie Carty and their new duet album

"Settle Out of Court" is the debut album by John Carty and daughter Maggie Carty. John is one of the most respected traditional musicians in the country and is going through a prolific period at the moment with the release of a number of outstanding albums. In 2015 he released "…

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Added by TradConnect on January 10, 2017 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Song of the Week : Ann Kirrane / John Condon

Taken from ‘Behind Yon Mountain’ a collection of 15 songs straight out of the tradition by Ann Kirrane. Ann’s refined style of singing coupled with the mastery of Garry O’Briain’s orchestrations give the album a unique and thrilling edge. Traditional material like Jimmy, Mo Mhíle Stór, Edward on Lough Erne Shore and Oró…

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Added by TradConnect on January 9, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Impressive debut from Glasgow band 'The Hur'

This is quite the surprise as we start the new year. Glasgow band The Hur have released their debut single and it is surprisingly good. The band members from Scotland and Ireland seek to challenge the borders of musical fusion with energetic original songs and compositions along with innovative harmonies, improvisation and harsh…

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Added by TradConnect on January 8, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Strong Irish influences on 'La flûte traversière en bois' by Anne Girard Esposito

Dominique Bommel, founder of ‘Bemol Production’, a French label specialising in traditional music has just released “La flûte traversière en bois”, an album by Anne Girard Esposito.

With strong Irish influences Anne says that the concept for this,…

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Added by TradConnect on January 7, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Beoga to feature on Ed Sheeran's new album

Ed Sheeran has today released two new singles from his forthcoming album and has confirmed that Northern Irish traditional band Beoga will feature on two tracks.

Co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show on Friday, Sheeran described the album as "schizophrenic" with "lots of different sounds" and…

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Added by TradConnect on January 6, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Upholding the best principles of the tradition - 'The Reel Note' by Mick, Louise and Michelle Mulcahy

Musical families are often the backbone of multi-generational continuity within that global community, and no musical family today is more impressive in upholding the best principles of the tradition than the Mulcahy’s of Abbeyfeale, West Limerick.

Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy play a dazzling array of instruments…

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Added by TradConnect on January 5, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Top 10 Traditional Albums - December 2016

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for December 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 and you can vote by following …

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Added by TradConnect on January 4, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Christy Moore adds two extra concerts on January 11th & 12th in Vicar Street Dublin

Christy Moore has announced two additional concerts at Vicar Street, Dublin on 11th and 12th January 2017. This will make it 6 nights in a row at the venue. Tickets go on sale Friday 18th November.

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Added by TradConnect on August 12, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

Custys Interview Series - 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. Here is is as part of the Custys Video Session…

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Added by TradConnect on January 3, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

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