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Come on Members - Get Blogging

We are trying to encourage as many members as possible to get blogging and let us know what's happening in your world.

We have a global audience here on TradConnect and it is great to discover new talent, new perspectives on this great tradition, things that are happening for you etc. In addition for our…

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Added by TradConnect on February 28, 2012 at 18:14 — No Comments

Album Release - Danny O' Mahony / In Retrospect

Danny O’ Mahony is a traditional button accordionist from Ballyduff in North County Kerry, recognised for his unique and virtuosic style of solo playing. In 2011, Danny released his long awaited and highly acclaimed debut solo recording ‘In Retrospect’. This album features Danny playing alongside Patsy Broderick…

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Added by TradConnect on February 28, 2012 at 7:14 — 1 Comment

Andy Irvine at The Grand Social 28th February 2012

Following a successful Autumn/winter season, the Liffey Banks Sessions starts 2012 off  with great pride with one of the most respected current folk singers, the acclaimed Andy Irvine. Founder member of legendary bands including Sweeney’s Men, Planxty and Patrick…

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Added by TradConnect on February 28, 2012 at 7:11 — No Comments

Help Sergio O Connor Benefit Gig and Appeal

My ears are still ringing after what was a great nights entertainment at Vicar St in Dublin last night in aid of Sergio O' Connor. The benefit gig was headlined by the Dubliners and consisted of over three hours of great entertainment by a list of musicians too long to start to mention. A full house which was…

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Added by Tony Lawless on February 26, 2012 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

Tommy Makem Recieves Nomination for Irish American Hall of Fame

Tommy Makem has recieved a nomination for the American Hall of Fame.

Called "The Bard of Armagh" and widely considered the Godfather of Irish Music.  Born in Keady, County Armagh, emigrated to the U.S. in 1955 before settling in Dover, New Hampshire. Tommy Makem was an ambassador of Irish music and…

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Added by TradConnect on February 26, 2012 at 11:23 — No Comments

Next Up at the Harcourt Sessions - Guidewires 27th February 2012

Following a fantastic launch of their new season of gigs at the Harcourt with Paddy Keenan and friends on 13th February, next up we have Guidewires.

With their high-energy performances, breathtaking arrangements and their infectious melodies, its no wonder that this band are being described as "The freshest…

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Added by TradConnect on February 14, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Concertina Music in a Church

See the attached article published in Irish America today. If you could visit it and give it a facebook like, +1, if indeed you like it, it would be great. Thanks.

Concertina Music In A…

Added by Tony Lawless on February 23, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Dan Gurney / Traditional Irish Music on the Button Accordion

Dan Gurney's debut album is an impressive and worthy recording that shows this New York born accordion player as a musician with the Irish tradition embedded into his very…

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Added by Tony Lawless on February 22, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

Deluce's Patent

Weaving a combination of musical inspirations, Deluce’s Patent are a foursome from Counties Kerry, Limerick and Cork who have a unique sound which is a consequence of varying musical experiences, influences and their shared friendship. Singer Evelyn O’Connell’s voice is lyrical and sweet and deeply rooted in the…

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Added by Deluce's Patent on February 20, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Dempsey's Beautiful People Documentary Due for Screening

"Not expecting anything but a few hours of mingling at the post screening party of our last film, Welcome To Academia, I walked into Dempsey's Pub on Second Avenue and was struck immediately by its dreamlike atmosphere. It looked and felt just right for a project that had…

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Added by TradConnect on February 19, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

New Station set to Revolutionise the Music Industry & Arts in Ireland

A new project which is set to rejuvenate The Arts industry in Ireland kicked off with a mass meeting this month  at The Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

The project, entitled ‘A Time For Change’, will be a National Radio Station, Demo Recording Studio, Art Gallery, Video Studio and Website, located in the center of Ireland.

The brainchild of several Musicians & Artists, ‘A Time For Change’ will be dedicated to showcasing and promoting unsigned Irish…

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Added by TradConnect on February 19, 2012 at 14:53 — No Comments

Best of luck to Lilt, up for two awards in tomorrow nights Wammies

Best of luck to Tradconnect members Lilt who are up for two nominations in tomorrow nights Wammies, both as a Duo/Group as well as for Traditional Recording for their album Onward which we have just …

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Added by TradConnect on February 18, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Lilt / Onward

Lilt present a very appealing ramble through the tune list of their lives on their album Onward. …

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Added by Tony Lawless on February 16, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

I will never pay for the “privilege” of playing for the public.

More than once, I have been asked to play my Great Highland Bagpipes at a fund raising event, only to show up at the gate and be asked to pay the cover charge to get in. Fortunately, in each case, I was able to get hold of someone in charge and bypass the gate fee. In each case though, at least a few of the other musicians seemed to think I was being arrogant and insisting on some special accommodation. One fellow musician even came up to me and told me I was…

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Added by Jenni on February 16, 2012 at 0:59 — 4 Comments

Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music

Amazing day at the Joseph Browne Spring School today!! Numbers of students way up from last year and the music around the school was absolutely lovely to listen to. Ged Foley (from Patrick Street) joining our fiddle teaching team tomorrow and we're all looking forward to a great concert in Johnsons Hall on the main street in Kinvara tomorrow night also. Doors open 8pm for 8 30. Come early and get a good seat! Special thanks to Tradconnect…
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Added by Máire O'Keeffe on February 16, 2012 at 20:59 — No Comments

Album Review - Gavin Whelan / Homelands

Gavin Whelan is quite prolific as an artist with this being his fourth studio album. It's called Homelands and on it he features some of his long time playing partners in the form of Deirdre Smith on…

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Added by Tony Lawless on February 16, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Light Touch Dancing Bow / The Music of Joseph Browne

Organising traditional music festivals is not easy in the present climate, especially at a time when funding is not available. In Kinvara, County Galway this weekend we have the Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music, commemorating Joseph Browne who was from the area. We have posted previous…

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Added by Tony Lawless on February 15, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

The Chieftains instruments travel to Space

With St Patricks day approaching again it is worth looking again at this great video. Irish-American astronaut Cady Coleman has not forgotten her Emerald Isle roots, the NASA astronaut marked St. Patrick's Day in space by playing a solo on Paddy Moloney's pennywhistle and Matt Molloy's 100-year-old Irish flute.…

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Added by TradConnect on February 15, 2012 at 12:17 — 1 Comment

The Magic of Paddy Keenan Live - Harcourt Hotel, Dublin 13th Feb 2012

There is a certain magic in the air when Paddy Keenan takes to the stage. This veteran Bothy Band member seems to be constantly touring the world weaving his own spell of musical magic as he goes. He kicked off a new season of gigs in the Harcourt Hotel in Dublin last night in the company of James Riley on Guitar…

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Added by Tony Lawless on February 14, 2012 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Album Release - Carrying The Tune / Kevin Crawford

It's great to have Kevin Crawford on board on TradConnect and it's even better news to know that he has a brand new album out this month. Kevin’s…

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Added by TradConnect on February 12, 2012 at 0:00 — No Comments

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