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Supporting 'The Recollective' Fund It Campaign for their new album

The Recollective are a dynamic four-piece band that play a mixture of original and traditional material primarily from Ireland and Scotland but also from other folk traditions. They have just launched a Fund It campaign for their debut album that will "combine songs and tunes from these traditions and weave them amongst their own…

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Added by TradConnect on April 10, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Most played traditional track this week- 9th April 2017

Our most played track this week is by Maurice McGrath, from an album we launched some time back called Winsome Ways. It's called Willie Clancy and the Pipes. Maurice sets out the background to this song stating that it tells the story of a man from Miltown Malbay, County Clare…

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Added by TradConnect on April 9, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

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

Supporting the new Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh Kickstarter campaign

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for her new solo album. Here is her Kickstarter message. "I am making a new solo album, and I would be delighted if you would help me make it happen. My last solo album was recorded in 2011, just after the birth of my first daughter Sadhbh. Since then I've had another baby, moved…

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Added by TradConnect on March 16, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Exclusive : Seamlessly combining original folk, country and old-time - Appalachian duo Zoe & Cloyd

We are spreading our wings here on Tradconnect and are delighted to bring you an exclusive first listen to the new album by Appalachian duo Zoe & Cloyd, who spring from deep roots in American music. We encountered their music through our association with Hearth Music in the US, and this is an exclusive first listen…

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Added by TradConnect on April 4, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

Watch Daoirí Farrell's winning performance in the BBC Folk Awards 2017

Congrats to Dubliner Daoirí Farrell for his win in the BBC Radio 2's Folk Show awards. Now in their 18th year, "the Awards are a key highlight of the folk music calendar and serve to raise the profile of folk music. Talent, new and old, received accolades including Folk Singer of the Year, Best Duo, Best Album, Musician of the Year, Young Folk Award and more. Lifetime…

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Added by TradConnect on February 9, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Watch Finbar Furey's first ever music video

Via RTE Culture. Finbar Furey is celebrated around the world as one of the great folk icons of his time. Now, at the age of 70, he's made his first ever music video. 

Finbar describes the inspiration for the song: 'The song I Remember You Singing This Song came about as a response to losing a parent… whether…

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Added by TradConnect on April 6, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

The 8th Annual Clifden Traditional Music Festival 6th - 9th April 2017

Commercial Feature: The 8th Annual Clifden Traditional Music Festival will take place this year from the 6th-9th April 2017 in Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway.  The Festival will begin on Thursday the 6th April with a concert with Danny O’Mahony and Liz Kane and Tune Composition Competition in the Alcock and Brown Hotel at 8pm. Friday will see…

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Added by TradConnect on April 1, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Dromore Tradfest returns for a second year to Tyrone April 7th - 9th 2017

Dromore Tradfest this April returns following a hugely successful launch last year and this time the offering is bigger and better than ever! The traditional music festival was hailed as a mini-fleadh with the streets and venues alive with music, song and dance. The festival features a series of concerts, recitals, workshops, sessions and much more.…

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Added by TradConnect on March 27, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Respect and passion for traditional music from Finnish group Droichead on their debut

The Banks of Tuira is the debut album by Droichead (Irish Gaelic meaning bridge), a traditional Irish band from Oulu, Finland. Droichead was formed out of a collective passion and respect for traditional Irish music on a cold, wintry night in 2011 overlooking the dark waters of the Gulf of Bothnia. Their…

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Added by TradConnect on April 4, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Corofin's 'Duchas' crowned Siansa Gael Linn 2017 Champions

The young traditional music group ‘Dúchas’ from Corofin  are the Siansa Gael Linn 2017 winners !   At the Grand Finale concert in the National Concert Hall on Sunday, 2 April 2017, they were selected from among eight finalists of a high standard for this prestigious award. Organized annually by Gael Linn, with support from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and…

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Added by TradConnect on April 3, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Two tracks from Conor O'Sullivan's new album 'The Inbetween'

Following on from his debut release “Good Day Senor” in 2015, musician and songwriter Conor O’Sullivan has just released his second solo album “The Inbetween”. This offering like its predecessor contains a mixture of self penned songs and instrumental compositions as well as a cover of the Dominic…

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Added by TradConnect on April 3, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Visionaries and their Words, Irish Tour in March and April 2017

The critically acclaimed Show, Visionaries and their Words, continues its successful Irish tour in March and April 2017 in Dundalk, Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Created by renowned sean- nós singer, composer and adventurer, Lorcán Mac Mathúna, this Show is a new musical rendering of the words of Plunkett, Connolly, Ceannt and Pearse.…



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

String On String from Amy McAllister on her debut release - 1st April 2017

String On String is the debut album from traditional singer and harpist Amy McAllister. The album will be released on Saturday 1st April with a launch concert in the Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast, followed by a launch in the Seamus Ennis Centre in Naul, Dublin on 29th April.

Hailing from Glenariffe Co. Antrim, Amy…

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Added by TradConnect on March 28, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Listen to a stream of The Henry Girls new album 'Far Beyond the Stars'

Donegal folk band ‘The Henry Girls’ have just released their new album called ‘Far Beyond the Stars' and it is available to stream in its entirety on Soundcloud with an embed below. In February they had given a taster of what is to come with a track called ‘Ocean of War’ which was dedicated to the…

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Added by TradConnect on February 24, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

The cream of young Irish traditional talent - Siansa Gael Linn 2017 final - 2nd April 2017

The cream of young Irish traditional musical and singing talent will take to the National Concert Hall stage on Sunday, 2 April next for the Siansa Gael Linn 2017 final !

Siansa uniquely showcases Irish music and Irish song by young musicians, all through the medium of Irish, and this is the climax of the competition which is organized annually…

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

Bright Young Trad Musicians raising awareness with charity CD

Two years ago New York fiddler Haley Richardson was visiting friends Lindsay and Brian O'Donovan in Boston. In their wide-ranging discussions about music, Haley learned about a charity CD Lindsay had produced which included legendary Irish musicians that had strongly influenced her playing.…

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

Listen to the second single from 'The Magpie's Nest' by Robin James Hurt and Ailbhe Nolan.

This is the second single from the debut album by Dublin duo Robin James Hurt and Ailbhe Nolan. Featuring concertina and guitar, the album is called "The Magpie’s Nest". We launched it in January this year and you can read about it …

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Added by TradConnect on March 29, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

First listen to the new Liam O'Connor album - The Loom

Liam O’Connor has just released a video featuring a track from his much anticipated second album. 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. During his youth, Liam was…

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

Track of the Week : The Here & Now / Madison Avenue

Our track of the week with the most plays comes from Ladybird the debut album from Austin based quartet The Here & Now. Formed in 2015 The Here & Now are Niamh Fahy (Fiddle & Voice), Chris Buckley (Fiddle & Viola), Rob Forkner (Bodhrán) and Joseph Carmichael (Guitar &…

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Added by TradConnect on March 26, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

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