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Colleen Raney - On Tour in California - May/June 2017

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Added by Colleen Raney on May 26, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Stocktons Wing are back with a new Irish tour this Summer

After a very successful run of gigs at The Temple Bar TradFest 2016 and a headline show at the Fleadh in Ennis, STOCKTONS WING, one of Ireland’s most prolific and enduring bands, will celebrate their extraordinary 40-year career as they know best – onstage at a series of summer shows!  Featuring regular members…

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Added by TradConnect on May 25, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Notes from the Road : Sonny Condell - 25th May 2017

New Album "Seize the Day" from Sonny Condell and Patrick Kehoe. Sonny Condell's illustrious career in music has endured through over a half century of music-making and touring. The early days with Leo O'Kelly in Tír na nOg were followed by a new phase with the band Scullion.

For this new album project, Seize the…

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Added by TradConnect on May 25, 2017 at 7:30 — 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

Shreem : Blending Celtic, electronic, and hip-hop music

With numerous accolades and high-profile appearances to his credit, Toronto-based percussionist, Jay Andrews has established himself as one of Canada’s finest musicians.

Hailing originally from Canada’s East Coast, Andrews has taken his craft cross-country and back, performing both as a solo artist and accompanying other top musicians.…

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Added by TradConnect on May 16, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Ulaid and Duke Special announce concert at Pavillion Theatre Dublin - 23rd September 2017

An exciting fusion of the contemporary songwriting of Duke Special and the traditional music of Ulaid; John McSherry (pipes / low whistle), Donal O’Connor (fiddle) and Sean Og Graham (guitar).

Through their exploration of the Francis J. Bigger collection in Belfast Central Library, all manner of texts from property deeds to personal…

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

Experiencing music and culture in Scartaglin, Kerry on 'World Fiddle Day' 20th May 2017

On Saturday 20th May 2017 the village of Scartaglin in County Kerry will once again celebrate World Fiddle Day with a series of events for lovers or fiddle and traditional music.

Scartaglen is a small rural village full of culture and traditions. It nestles on a small hill halfway between Castleisland and…

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Added by TradConnect on April 28, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

West Kerry, music and inspiration - An interview with Eilís Kennedy

Eilís Kennedy was born and raised in the heart of the West Kerry Gaeltacht to parents who passed on a lifelong and committed interest in the poetry and songs of that region. She has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to listen to   many of the finest exponents of song in her locality. The emotion and stories associated with Gaelic singing thus informed her love…

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Added by TradConnect on May 9, 2017 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

The Fleadh Nua Experience : 21st - 29th May 2017

Commercial : In turbulent times comfort can often be drawn from returning to familiar places and linking up with old friends. Since 1974 the town of Ennis has welcomed exponents and followers of our Traditional Music, Songs and Dances to Fleadh Nua every May. And the County Clare capital will again play host to this imaginative and innovative festival from 21st to 29th…

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Added by TradConnect on May 9, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Top 10 Traditional Albums - April 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 May 8, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

I Draw Slow release their new album 'Turn Your Face to the Sun'

Dublin-based roots band, I Draw Slow releases their highly anticipated new album, TURN YOUR FACE TO THE SUN on 21st April 2017 on Compass Records.

Their combination of infectious high-energy songs, exuberant performances and a passion for tradition come together on this album to…

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Added by TradConnect on April 25, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Irish tour by April Verch and her band - 10th - 16th May 2017

Moving On Music have announced a new Irish tour by the incredibly talented fiddler singer and step dancer April Verch, and her band from 10th to 16th May, visiting Omagh, Portaferry, Antrim, Armagh, Belfast and Dublin.

A captivating performer, April has been touring extensively for over two…

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Added by TradConnect on May 3, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Debut single from singer-songwriter Lisa Loughrey - 'Coming Up'

Singer Songwriter Lisa Loughrey will release her debut single, a folk noir/alt country track entitled, Coming Up, on 31st May followed by launch on 8th June at Arthur's Music Venue, Dublin 8.

Lisa says that "Coming Up plays like a confessional in its content and deals with the universal themes of disillusionment and…

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Added by TradConnect on May 4, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Listen to second track from the new Liam O'Connor album - The Loom

You can now listen to a second track from the new Liam O’Connor album called The Loom. Liam is one of Ireland’s leading fiddle players, and was born into a musical family in Dublin. His father Mick O’Connor is a flute player and researcher of music who was a founder member of the Castle Céilí Band.…

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Added by TradConnect on March 29, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

The future is bright for Sarah Copus on her debut album Moorland Winds

Sarah Copus was just 10 years old when she performed solo for the first time, singing and playing harp. Now after hundreds of performances, at the age of 13, Sarah is releasing a solo album of her favourite music called Moorland Winds.  When asked about the tracks she chose for the album, Sarah said: “Some of these pieces are…

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Added by TradConnect on May 8, 2017 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

New Road : Live in Whelan's Dublin 8th May 2017

Repost : New Road play Whelan's Dublin on Monday 8th May. We recently posted this article in support of their debut album.

Stone Walls & Street Lights is the much anticipated debut album from Sligo based New Road. Members include Leonard Barry (uilleann pipes, whistle), Rick Epping…

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Added by TradConnect on December 20, 2016 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

Listen to the hottest track this week - 7th May 2017

Our most played track for the third week running comes from award winning concertina player and innovator, Cormac Begley, who has just released his debut solo album to critical acclaim. This is also the first solo concertina album in traditional Irish music to feature bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertinas. Siobhain Long in her…

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Added by TradConnect on April 23, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Diverse selection of tunes on one of this year's finest duets - Alan Reid & Rachel Conlon

A Quare Yield is the new debut album from Irish traditional music duo Alan Reid & Rachel Conlan. The duo have researched and recorded a diverse selection of tunes from field recordings and old manuscript’s, with many previously unrecorded tunes appearing on the album. Their tight arrangements  and…

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Added by TradConnect on May 5, 2017 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Saoirse Ronan is the 'Galway Girl' on Ed Sheeran's official video

After 14 years of making music together Northern Irish trad band Beoga hit the headlines earlier this year when the appeared on the new Ed Sheeran album called, ÷ (Divide). The band is fuelled with the twin dueling accordions of Damian McKee and…

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Added by TradConnect on May 4, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

New live album from The Lasses with Kathryn Claire - 18th May 2017

Portland, OR based musician, Kathryn Claire, met Margot Merah and Sophie Janna (Amsterdam based folk-duo, The Lasses) at a singing session in Amsterdam in 2013. Sharing a love for harmony singing and storytelling through music, they soon realized that together they could deliver…

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Added by TradConnect on May 3, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

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