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An Appreciation of Michelle O' Brien & Laoise Kellys's, The Wishing Well

This is not so much a review as an appreciation of what is a truly great album. I say that as a lover of fiddle music and have to add that the harp playing of Laoise Kelly is equally as outstanding. However not being a harp player my focus is on fiddle. What get's me on this subject is a visit I had today to…

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Added by Tony Lawless on March 27, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

Charlie Pitchard's Reel

We recently composed a tune in honour of Charlie Pitchard a good friend of ours and many others on tradconnect.

 

Added by Dulahan on March 24, 2012 at 20:01 — 1 Comment

2,000 Members on Tradconnect.

We have reached the 2,000 member mark. Thanks to everyone for your great support which is very much appreciated. We are still a new and young site and have not as yet reached our true potential. Our central goal is still to connect musicians across the globe and to do that we will need lots and lots more members.…

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Added by Tony Lawless on March 24, 2012 at 10:26 — 2 Comments

Profile of Tara Breen

Presently a member of Ciorras Tara Breen is from Clare, a county that has produced some of the best music and musicians over the decades. Her talent was evident at a very early age on a range of instruments and at the age of thirteen she won the All-Ireland U-15 Fiddle, U-15 Fiddle slow airs, U-15 Flute, U-15 Flute…

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Added by TradConnect on March 23, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Whats on the Tradconnect iPod in March 2012?

The music just keeps getting better. So what have we been listening to this month?. Its been a mixture of old and new. Been having a good listen to Denis Liddy and Elvie Miller and their album…

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Added by TradConnect on March 21, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Brendan Mulholland / Jean's Hill

Within his cover notes Antrim flute player Brendan Mulholland informs us he was ‘talking about this CD for years’ and clearly the end product is a labour of…

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Added by Tony Lawless on March 19, 2012 at 23:30 — No Comments

Michael Orme's Visit (slow air)

We composed this slow air to mark the occasion when we met with traditional musician and fellow tradconnect member Michael Orme in Oundle, Northamptonshire. The photos are of Oundle village.

Added by Dulahan on March 19, 2012 at 21:05 — 5 Comments

One to Watch in 2012 - FullSet

We have Fullset's new album Notes At Liberty on the iPod at the moment and what a cracker it is turning out to be. We should get a review out shortly. However it is worth reminding ourselves about what an exciting group Fullset are and where they can take it…

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Added by TradConnect on January 30, 2012 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Noreen O' Sullivan and The Quiet House

Its a delight to have Noreen O' Sullivan on Tradconnect and the sound clips from her new album, The Quiet House,  sound great. Can't wait to get our hands on a copy of the album. We have already had the pleasure of Carmel Gunning and…

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Added by TradConnect on March 18, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

The Sea Stallions - Halsingland To Howth

Halsingland to Howth is the result of a collaboration between Ralph Doyle,  Peter Puma Hedlund and Leo Rickard that has been in the making for over 20 years. Finally they have recognised that this journey needed to be recorded to bring their unique take on the tradition to a wider audience.…

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Added by Tony Lawless on December 8, 2011 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Denis Liddy & Elvie Miller / Tradaree

Denis Liddy and Elvie Miller have crafted a captivating album of traditional Irish music. It has substance, quality and likability stamped all over it. It features Denis on fiddle and Elvie on piano and accordion and they have…

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Added by Tony Lawless on March 17, 2012 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Profile of Jimmy Keane

Its great to hear the piano accordion popping up on more and more albums these day. We had the great Small Towns and Famous Nights by Alan Kelly and we are now listening…

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Added by TradConnect on March 17, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Sharon Shannon New Album Flying Circus on Release

Sharon Shannon has just released her new album Flying Circus which features the RTE Concert Ochestra. Its an album of mostly new music and has been a long time in the making. Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips....literally! The accordionist from…

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Added by TradConnect on March 15, 2012 at 8:57 — No Comments

New Composition

This is a recently composed polka by ourselves entitled " The Rock Of Dunamase" which we were inspired to write after a visit there. We also took some photos of the castle and its views.

Added by Dulahan on March 14, 2012 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

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…

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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.

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

For centuries, America and Ireland have built a…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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