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The 19th Michael Dwyer Festival kicks off on 9th June 2017

2017 marks the 19th Michael Dwyer Festival and the 20th anniversary of Michael's death. Michael was a talented performer, composer and much loved member of the local community. He was one of the highly gifted Dwyer family from Cailroe, Beara, a renowned fiddle and tin whistle player who composed more than a hundred tunes. He…

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Added by TradConnect on June 6, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Two musicians, two instruments, and a powerful compendium of tunes - Ross Couper & Tom Oakes debut

Ross Couper and Tom Oakes have been playing together for almost a decade and have just released their highly anticipated debut album called Fiddle & Guitar. The album adheres to their simple formula: two musicians, two instruments, and a powerful, compelling compendium of tunes…

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

1st Belfast Traditional Music Summer School will take place 31st July - 4th August 2017

The 1st Belfast Traditional Music Summer School will take place 31st July - 4th August 2017 and will feature classes, workshops, concerts, sessions, recitals with some of Ireland's finest traditional musicians such as John McSherry, Laoise Kelly, Cillian King, Siobhan Peoples, David Angus, Harry Bradley, John Joe Kelly and many many…

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Added by TradConnect on June 1, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

From Santa Cruz to Milltown Malbay - 'Songs of the Sea' by Charmas

Inspiration is all around, and for Santa Cruz folk band Charmas stories from the sea is as good a starting point as any. It’s part of the folklore where they live and has provided the inspiration for their new album which they simply called  ‘Songs of the Sea.’…

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Added by TradConnect on May 30, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

Songs of Ulster, Episode 1 now available to stream

Marty Cullen begins a song-filled odyssey around Ulster in his home county of Armagh, where he meets fellow emerging traditional singers with a passion for the ballads of their county.

The new six-part series, Songs of Ulster, started on Sunday 14 May on BBC Radio Ulster at 12.30pm

Armagh has a rich history of unaccompanied traditional singing,…

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Added by TradConnect on May 30, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Capturing the insecurity and confusion felt by today's youth - One Day by Perfect Friction

Perfect Friction formed in early 2012 when five young musicians, who had been playing traditional Irish music sessions together in Wicklow town, decided to enlist the services of a talented vocalist and put a new sound on the road. The band’s music ranges from high-energy trad sets with a full range of instruments (fiddle, flute,…

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Added by TradConnect on April 20, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Through a musical lens - Cordeen explore the legacy of the Irish in Newfoundland

Through a unique musical lens, new group Cordeen plan to explore the legacy of the Irish in Newfoundland as they trace the story of traditional music, from songs of home to fresh new fusions. This new quartet includes Waterford’s Benny McCarthy, "founding member of iconic traditional music group Danú.

Hailing from the…

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

Most Played Trad Track - 28th May 2017

Our most played track, for the second week running,  comes from A Quare Yield, 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…

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Added by TradConnect on May 14, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

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

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

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