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Notes from the Road : Lúnasa - February 2017

Well, well, well the New Year is well and truly up and and running and if the first few weeks are anything to go by it’s going to be an epic one! It’s been non stop traveling and touring since early January taking in California, Seattle, Ireland and last week the Caribbean and Bahamas ??

Just arrived back from Joanie Madden’s Folk n Irish Cruise and I have to say it…

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Added by TradConnect on February 21, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Éilís Kennedy looks Westward for inspiration on her new release

WESTWARD, the new album by Éilís Kennedy is a product of life on the Atlantic fringe, with songs in English and Irish inspired by famous musical nights in Dingle and beyond. Having travelled to the west coast of California to record with Grammy Award winning guitarist William Coulter, this album reflects where…

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Added by TradConnect on February 20, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

The Gathering Festival starts this Wednesday 22nd February. Check out our Playlist

This year we are delighted to once again be associated with The Gathering Festival, which takes place in Killarney on  22nd and 26th February 2016.  The festival is organised and staged by The INEC Killarney also sponsored our Album of the Year award this…

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Added by TradConnect on February 20, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week : Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman / The Tinman

This is our Track of the Week and features  Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman. It has received the most plays over the last 7 days on Tradconnect. It is taken from their album Living Roots and they describe it as a “quest through the much loved heartlands of Irish and Appalachian traditions. Setting out with a Hornpipe…

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Added by TradConnect on February 19, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Exclusive new track from 'Between Two Ways' by Tríona Marshall

This is a newly released track from "Between Two WaysTríona Marshall. Harp music seems to be making a resurgence of late, in a manner that is lifting it from its stately ‘airs and graces’ perception.  

This new release by Tríona shows just how far…

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Added by TradConnect on February 13, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Compass Records sign I Draw Slow

Compass Records have announced the signing of Dublin-based roots band, I Draw Slow. In a press release today they say: "Their combination of compelling songwriting, exuberant live performances and passion for tradition make I Draw Slow a perfect fit for Compass Records, a label with a long history of working with Irish artists within their diverse roster of roots music. I Draw Slow…

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Added by TradConnect on February 14, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Milwaukee Fest article on the 'Disincentives for Foreign Artists Performing in the United States'

Milwaukee Irish Fest have published a major article on the challenges faced by touring artists in the US.  This year Milwaukee will present their 37th annual festival in August 2017. They state that as a major purchaser of foreign talent, they are seriously concerned that complying with existing non-immigrant Visa, tax rules…

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Added by TradConnect on February 14, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Notes from the Road : Kila / February 2017

A Chairde, Ath-bhliain faoi mhaise daoibh - A belated Happy New Year to you all.

Sorry it took so long to get to this. I got sick in January and it knocked me right off my stride and so everything that I had hoped would be ready to go is taking just a little bit longer. As a result I will be sending missives a little more often over the next month or so to keep you all…

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Added by TradConnect on February 13, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week: Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy / John Kelly's

Little surprise that this is our track of the week following its award  of Tradconnect Album of the Year 2016, sponsored by INEC Killarney.

As a result it…

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Added by TradConnect on February 12, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Exploring the heartlands of Irish and Appalachian traditions - Hendry & Toman on Living Roots

This is track 3 from the new album from Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman featuring Irish traditional fiddle & 5 string banjo like never before.

The album is called Living Roots and they describe it as a “quest through the much loved heartlands of Irish and Appalachian traditions.…

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Added by TradConnect on February 10, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Listen to the 5 nominees for best album in the BBC2 Folk Awards

Nominees for the Folk Award categories were announced by Mark Radcliffe in the Radio 2 Folk Show on Wednesday 8th February. The awards show on Wednesday 5th April will also include the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Al Stewart. This year's inductee into the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame will be the legendary Woody Guthrie. The Hall…

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Added by TradConnect on February 9, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Three 'BBC Radio Folk Award' nominations for Dublin's Daoirí Farrell

Announced yesterday on the BBC Radio 2's Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, Dublin's Daoirí Farrell has received THREE nominations in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the following categories:

*Best Singer

*The Horizon Award for Best Newcomer

*Best Traditional Track


(Van…

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

Debut video from Atlas featuring their new Affinity album

ATLAS compromises of Cillian Doheny (Guitars) & Cillian King (concertina), both natives of Limerick, Ireland, who first crossed…

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Added by TradConnect on February 9, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Trad Royalty arriving in Cork for Gradam Ceoil 20th anniversary

If you have a grá for trad, then you simply cannot miss Gradam Ceoil TG4 at Cork Opera House on 19thFebruary.

To mark the event's 20th anniversary, TG4 has invested significantly in bringing the greatest ever line up of trad musicians to Cork for the concert and awards ceremony, which is dubbed 'the Oscars of trad'.

An incredible 100 plus…

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Added by TradConnect on February 8, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Top 10 Traditional Albums - January 2017

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for January 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 February 8, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy win Tradconnect Album of the Year 2016

We are delighted to announce that the Tradconnect Album of the Year Award for 2016 goes to Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy for their album “The Reel Note”. An independent panel of judges were involved in the final selection, with “The Reel Note” winning both the judges vote and the public vote in our end of…

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Added by TradConnect on February 7, 2017 at 14:00 — 3 Comments

IMRO shortlist for 'Live Music Venue of the Year' announced

The Irish Music Rights Organisation CLG (IMRO) have announced that the ninth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards will take place on Tuesday 21st February 2017 at IMRO HQ in Dublin.

The shortlist (below) was announced this morning via the IMRO building by Victor Finn (IMRO Chief Executive).…

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Added by TradConnect on February 6, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Most Played Trad Track - 5th February 2017

This track continues to stay at the top of our playlist on Tradconnect for yet another week and is taken from "Settle Out of Court," the debut album by John Carty and daughter Maggie Carty. This is it's fourth week as our most played track. John is one of the most respected traditional musicians in the country and is going through a prolific…

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Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Exclusive Premiere : A snapshot of the wide-roaming mind of Kyle Alden on 'Down in the West Vol 2'

Today we bring you an exclusive first listen to a track off an album by California songwriter Kyle Alden. Images of the American West are spread throughout his compelling new folk and Americana album, Down in the West Volume 2.

“Rivers running on, old growth redwoods,…

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

Festival News : Music @ Mount Leinster Borris, Co. Carlow Tues 21st – Thurs 23rd February 2017

Carlow, 1 February 2017 – 10 renowned professionals and 108 Young Musicians from eight counties in Ireland will gather in Borris, County Carlow later this month to take part in Music @ Mount Leinster 2017. Now in its third year, this large-scale traditional Irish music festival will encompass three-days of music-making, collaboration,…

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Added by TradConnect on February 3, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

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