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This Is How We Fly: watch the new video from the genre-defying band

Via RTE Culture. Rí Rua is the lead single for genre-defying group This is How we Fly’s new album Foreign FieldsThe album was recorded over three wintery nights in January of this year in Dublin’s cosy Fumbally Stables, as…

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Added by TradConnect on September 10, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Exclusive : Uplifting narratives of women in traditional song from Lindsay Straw

The plight of women in traditional ballads is often quite dark. Originally, these ballads dealt with the hard realities of everyday life in the old ages, but as time drew on, the narratives fractured and blurred, and the result is that many ballads today read like strange dreams. Bizarre delusions where the women come to brutal ends, passive victims of random violence…

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Added by TradConnect on April 26, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Music Under the Mountain : Final concerts to feature The Voice Squad, Tim Edey, Gay McKeon and more

Music Under the Mountains is an annual festival of traditional Irish music hosted in Hollywood County Wicklow. The festival has been in running since 1991 and has attracted some of the countrys biggest names in traditional Irish music including The Chieftans, Altan, Liam O’Flynn, The Kilfenora Ceili bandand Martin Hayes (to name but a few!).…

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Added by TradConnect on September 23, 2017 at 5:30 — No Comments

Notes from the Road : Kíla September News

A Chairde. The summer is over! Festivals are all packed away until next year and programmers are busy wracking their brains for next year’s ‘big surprise’ acts! We in Kíla-land are busying ourselves by gathering tunes and songs to keep us warm during winter! Harvesting stray notes and chords, harmonies and movements in need of the shelter of a tune or a song.…

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Added by TradConnect on September 21, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Digital Distribution of Irish Trad & Folk Albums to the Media

Since July 2015 Tradconnect has distributed close to 45,000 Irish traditional and folk tracks to over 120 Irish Radio Broadcasters across the globe.

We have done this through our innovative Music Download Centre where we distribute digital media files (albums) to our network of participating…

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Added by TradConnect on September 12, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Exclusive listen to the outstanding debut from Therese McInerney - Down the Strand

Clare fiddler Therese McInerney has delivered on the promise we wrote about earlier in the year on her debut recording, Down the Strand. She takes the listener on a journey through her…

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Added by TradConnect on September 16, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Celebrating the music of Eddie Kelly on Éilís Crean's new album 'Searbh Siúcra'

Humanity has revered creativity throughout time, from the ancient Greeks to modern-day painters, poets, writers and musicians. It’s one of those ineffable wonders that is extremely hard to define but you absolutely know it when you see it. Or hear it in this case. Eddie Kelly was born in 1933 near Eyrecourt, Co. Galway and is a preeminent…

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Added by TradConnect on September 12, 2017 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

200 FREE Irish Traditional tracks for radio broadcasters

If you are an Irish Radio Broadcaster anywhere in the world you can now download all of the tracks included in the playlist below for free. It includes all the latest traditional releases from Ireland, USA and UK.

In fact we have hundreds of tracks available and all you need do is sign up to our…

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Added by TradConnect on March 23, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Interview : Florence Fahy talks about music, her £21 Wheatstone and life in Boston

Once again John O'Connor and Custys music store in Ennis excel with these short tune and interview videos, perfect for the social media age. This time he talks to Florence Fahy talks about her new album, 'Tunes from the Flaggy Shore', her £21 Wheatstone concertina, purchased by her father in London 62 years ago, and…

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

Song of the Week : The progressive sound of northern band Cúig

This is the progressive sound of northern band Cúig, with an original composition called Change. Hailing from Armagh and Tyrone they keep it mellow at first on this new single before building up the traditional elements that close the track out. The bands inspiration comes from just about anything they say. Guitarist…

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

Delving into the past for inspiration - Canadian fiddler Kiérah shines on 'Strong Bow'

“Strong Bow” is the 4th studio album by multi-award winning Canadian fiddler, Kiérah. It is the follow up to the highly acclaimed “Stonemason’s Daughter”, released in 2013 and winner of a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award.

On "Strong Bow" she raises the bar, as both musician and composer, with a collection…

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Added by TradConnect on September 5, 2017 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Top 10 Irish Traditional Albums - August 2017

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for April 2017.  Each month we feature the top 10 albums, write follow up articles and present sounds from all new releases. 

Don't forget that if you have an album on release check out our …

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Added by TradConnect on September 5, 2017 at 8:00 — 2 Comments

Competition : Win "The Hogan Collection" worth €200

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Dick Hogan in 2013 to discuss his major new recording called The Hogan Collection. It took him 6 years to complete and is a new collection of 200 traditional songs. They are largely unknown but "reflect the true Irish tradition like no other".  Dick explains: "I have been singing all my life, since I was a child.  The…

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Added by TradConnect on September 2, 2017 at 21:30 — 4 Comments

Armagh's Terry Conlon releases debut album 'Homegrown' today.

Armagh’s TERRY CONLON launches his debut solo album ‘HOMEGROWN’ today (September 1st).  It features current single 'Don't Lead me On' and new single & video 'I'm Leaving'. His original songs have an easy-listening style which dab into folk, popular, rock and Irish traditional.

Terry will launch the album with 2…

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Added by TradConnect on August 2, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

The Living Stream at Whelan's Trad & Folk Festival this weekend 1st September 2017

In March 2017 we launched the debut album by The Living Stream, one of the best new folk bands to arrive on the scene in quite a while. What started out as a rather simple project to record some demo tracks in a Galway studio,…

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Added by TradConnect on August 30, 2017 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Tradition Now : A week-long festival at the NCH Dublin, 3rd - 8th October

The National Concert Hall in partnership with the Arts Council, presents Tradition Now, a week-long festival of forward looking traditional music to take place from 3rd to 8th of October 2017 at the NCH. 

With a focus on international collaboration as well as creative and innovative new work the festival…

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Added by TradConnect on August 30, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

New Album from Colleen Raney!

Hello friends. A new album is in the works and we start recording in Dublin in mid September.  I'm thrilled to be working with Aidan Brennan and Trevor Hutchinson again, and we're aiming for a release date in early 2018.

I've put together a crowdfunding site to take orders for cds, shirts, and other things and to keep track of the progress.…

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Added by Colleen Raney on August 27, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

New single and Autumn tour from Louth band Kern

Louth contemporary folk band Kern have announced an autumn tour between August 26th and October 27th this year (see dates above). The band is made up of uilleann piper Brendan McCreanor, fiddler Barry Kieran and singer/songwriter and guitarist SJ McArdle. We featured their new single in July this year and include it…

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Added by TradConnect on July 19, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

2 videos from the new album by Canadian band Còig

Còig, are a Canadian band that are worth checking out. They released their debut album 'Rove' in June with the two videos below featuring tracks from the album. Comprising East…
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Added by TradConnect on August 23, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

15th Masters Of Tradition festival returns to Bantry - 23rd to 27th August

Commercial: Bantry Bay will soon come alive to the sounds of the best in traditional music as the 15th Masters Of Tradition festival takes place in the town of Bantry from 23rd to 27th August.

Internationally renowned fiddler, and Artistic Director of the festival, Martin Hayes, will be joined by the talents of Dennis Cahill, Iarla Ó Lionáird,…

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Added by TradConnect on August 9, 2017 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

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