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Master Classes In Traditional Music - Martin Hayes 23rd - 25th March 2012

Martin Hayes will be giving a weekend masterclass at the OaC, Clare Institute For Traditional Studies. In the class he will be working on phrasing, rhythms, variations and interpretation of tunes. The class will involve practical learning of tunes and techniques alongside discussion, which can cover many other areas of the music.

Although there…


Added by TradConnect on March 14, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Presidential Proclamation -- Irish-American Heritage Month, 2012

March 2012 gives us all the opportunity to celebrate the contribution made by millions of Irish Americans and Obama has announced March as Irish-American Heritage month.



For centuries, America and Ireland have built a…


Added by TradConnect on March 13, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Leading Irish Musicians call on Irish Music Community to join the love:live music movement

A host of leading Irish and Ireland based musicians were on hand today to launch love:live music presented by Music Network in association with RTÉ Lyric fm. The love:live music movement will take place on the Summer Solstice, Thursday 21st June as part of celebrations for…


Added by TradConnect on March 13, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Kevin Crawford / Carrying The Tune

The virtuoso flute and whistle player Kevin Crawford has gifted us once again with a superb exposition of the finest in flute and tin whistle playing with his latest solo album…


Added by Tony Lawless on March 2, 2012 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Concertina Tunes from North Antrim!

Concertina players in here, might like to know that I've just launched a new Concertina Blog, where I'm planning on posting MP3 versions of tunes from this area, played on a variety of Concertinas. So if you are looking for some less familiar tunes for your repertoire, you might like to check them out.


Although I launched this site with a few studio recordings, with me playing a C/G Concertina, I really love playing the more…


Added by Dick Glasgow on June 13, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

Profile of Banjo Player Adrian McAuliffe

As banjo players go Adrian McAuliffe is up there with the great and the good. After many a year learning his trade he finally got round to making a album, and he did do in the company of Cathal Flood. What a fine album it was too. They called it Between the Strings and we…


Added by TradConnect on March 11, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Top Ten Traditional Albums - March 2012

1. Na Fir Bolg

Jack Talty and Cormac Begley

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Added by TradConnect on March 10, 2012 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Exploring The World of The Mountain Dulcimer - Profile Mark Gilston

Over the past while at Tradconnect we have become a little bit facinated by this rather unknown instrument, the mountain dulcimer that has been showing up recently in the able hands of member Mark Gilston. In the busy lives that we lead it sometimes takes something as interesting…


Added by TradConnect on March 10, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Album review - At First Light / Idir

At First Light are back in fine form with their second album Idir, released close to six years after their debut release. 

The band was established in 2001 when ‘Lúnasa’ founders John McSherry and Michael McGoldrick released their critically acclaimed collaborative album, ‘At First Light’. The line up has changed since then with the addition of Uilleann piper and bodhrán…


Added by Tony Lawless on November 21, 2011 at 19:00 — 3 Comments


At one of the busiest times of her life, Julie Fowlis is putting Hollywood on hold and taking herself off to a deserted Scottish island.

The Gaelic singer is to appear at this year’s Hebridean Celtic…


Added by TradConnect on March 8, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Jack Talty & Cormac Begley / Na Fir Bolg

Sometimes you simply have to sit back and bask in the glory of someone else's creation.  Take in the view, sample that fine wine or listen to that song one more time and think, how did they do that.  This is one such moment and for this you may need headphones, settle in and let's begin.…


Added by Tony Lawless on March 7, 2012 at 20:30 — No Comments

Album Release - Séamus Begley & Oisín Mac Diarmada / Le Chéile / Together

Expect sparks to fly when West Kerry accordionist and singer Séamus Begley joins forces with Sligo fiddler and Tradconnect member…


Added by TradConnect on March 7, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

The Best of February 2012

We have had a great February with some really great albums coming through our door. The music seems to be getting better and better. So if you have an album out send us a copy and we will review and feature it. Also you don't need to wait for us. If you are recording an album or on a tour why not promote your work yourself. Simply do a blog, add an image or video and we will…


Added by TradConnect on March 6, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

International Artists come to Cobh for an Irish Connection

Co. Cork, Ireland — AN IRISH CONNECTION’ premieres in Cobh, Titanic’s last port of call from the 11th -14th April 2012 to coincide with the Titanic’s Centenary events in Cobh – Titanic 100 Cobh 2102.

The evening outdoor Gala Concerts tell the story of emigration and the Titanic’s connection with Ireland through music, narration, dance and…


Added by TradConnect on March 6, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Cathal Clohessy & Éamonn Costello / Bosca Ceoil and Fiddle

There are times when we should treat ourselves to music that has at its core the essence of what it's all about. This is always best appreciated in duo's or trio's.  The accordion and fiddle combo have featured over the years on many great…


Added by Tony Lawless on March 5, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Album Review - The Magic Square / Isn't anyone going to stop them?

The Magic Square features a number of Boston musicians that ran into each other when playing in the thriving trad scene that exists in that city. The group are Dan Isaacson, Elliot Grasso, Aaron Olwell, Dave Cory…


Added by Tony Lawless on March 4, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Profile of Colm Phelan

Portlaoise-born Colm has been playing Bodhrán and Ceili Band drums since childhood and has been a prominent contender in the All Ireland competition since his earliest years of playing both Bodhran and Drums; in fact Colm qualified for the All-Ireland finals in his very first year of playing. He is a winner of numerous titles down through the years with his proudest achievements being the…


Added by TradConnect on March 3, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Been putting together a tunebook.

So I've been transcribing all the tunes I play as part of my usual repertoire. I've been making a project of this as a way of teaching myself to do this using command line tools in Linux. But I though some of you might be interested as well. 

This will be an ongoing thing, so I will keep uploading the newest version of it to this same link as I add more to it, so feel free to keep checking back and seeing what's new. I could also use feedback…

Added by Ed Yother on March 1, 2012 at 20:00 — 7 Comments

Best of January 2012 on Tradconnect

What a start to the year we have had here on Tradconnect. In late 2011 we started doing album reviews as a way of helping SEO, providing original content and supporting member albums and it has turned into quite a success. While we may struggle in the near future to review everything that comes through our doors, for now we are covering it. If we can't do a full review we will still be able to feature what we receive, so if you want to be included please keep sending your CD's in to us and…


Added by Tony Lawless on February 21, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Deluce's Patent

Deluce's Patent are a four piece band hailing from the Counties Kerry and Cork. Featuring Deirdre Granville, Adrian Spillett, Conor O' Sullivan and Evelyn O' Connor,…


Added by Tony Lawless on February 29, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

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