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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 &…


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

Exclusive first listen to Noel Hill's new album 'Live in New York'

Raelach Records have just announced the release of Noel Hill’s new album, “Live in New York” – the third in his instrument-defining Irish Concertina series, and we have an exclusive first listen for you. The track is “Banish Misfortune” and Noel writes: “I play this jig in memory of the wonderful and…


Added by TradConnect on March 20, 2017 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Listen to the new Sharon Shannon album Sacred Earth

Sharon Shannon returns with her brand-new studio album “Sacred Earth”. Newly signed to Irish record label Celtic Collections, this is Sharon’s first new studio album …


Added by TradConnect on March 25, 2017 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Keeping tradition at the heart of their music - 'The Here & Now' and their new release 'Ladybird'

Welcome to Tradconnect’s Worldwide Album Launch Series. For these launches we are working with over 120 radio broadcasters globally, making new traditional releases available for immediate free download through our…


Added by TradConnect on March 20, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

A modern folk album with a fresh new sound - The Living Stream

In late 2015 we covered a new folk band that had just formed in Galway called The Living Stream. What started out as a rather simple project to record some demo tracks in a Galway studio, developed into something much more involved. Brian Kelly was the driving force behind the project and explained that “the plan was to record a handful of tunes with a…


Added by TradConnect on March 24, 2017 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Energy and passion from Boulder Colarado with Adam Agee and Jon Sousa - Suantraí

Adam Agee and Jon Sousa are two of Colorado’s most sought-after traditional Irish musicians. They first met through the Boulder Irish session music scene in 2002. Jon explains : “There were a number of young bands in the area at the time and the Irish music scene was on fire. It was a year or two later when we played our first gig together at a small pub,…


Added by TradConnect on March 22, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Watch the latest video from The Outside Track + tour news

They are half way through a US tour and have just released this new video featuring a track from Light Up the Dark, their latest album. The Outside Track's marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape…


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

Donegal Trad and Folk Duo Launch Irish-language EP in Aid of Suicide Awareness

Donegal-based trad and folk duo Raggle agus Taggle have just launched their debut EP “Dhá Thaobh” in aid of Pieta House suicide awareness. Consisting of 4 tracks—2 original Irish-language folk songs and 2 traditional reels—the EP is available for online purchase and in CD form with original art-work by Nicola Gilcreest. To support…


Added by TradConnect on March 17, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Kids helping kids - The new charity album from New York fiddler Haley Richardson

New York fiddler Haley Richardson and her many friends, will release a charity album for Mercy Centre who work with the children and communities of the many slums of Bangkok. They create simple-but-progressive solutions that touch the lives of thousands of the poor every day. they…


Added by TradConnect on February 17, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Top 15 Traditional Artists on Spotify in 2016

Listeners are not consuming their traditional music on Spotify based on a survey of over 70 albums releases on Spotify throughout 2016. Only a very small proportion of all releases have any song that exceeds 1,000 plays in total. Albums released earlier in the year will have an obvious advantage, and that may have helped The Gloaming and their…


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

Major new survey on the issue of 'Session Etiquette'

Concertina player and 'Tunes in the Church' founder Cormac Begley is undertaking a major new survey on session etiquette, the outcome of which you can post anonymously (or not), to those musicians in your circle that you think may be in need of such guidance. You can take part and have your say.  Here is Cormac's message via his Facebook…


Added by TradConnect on March 6, 2017 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Alan Burke - Catching Up

Alan Burke has been plying his trade as a musician for many years – originally from London, his Irish parents exposed him to music from an early age, and he began singing as a very young child.  Like many people of his generation, his teenage years were spent listening to and absorbing music from all genres.  His first major encounter with the folk tradition came…


Added by Mark Lysaght on February 26, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

London Weekly 'Trad' Gig Guide - 10th March 2017

Your guide to some up and coming gigs and sessions in London over the coming week.

Highlights include : Kila, Moxie, Sean Keane, Daoiri Farrell and Damien O’Kane…


Added by TradConnect on March 11, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

New York Session Listing - 10th March 2017

The following is a session listing for New York  city.  It has been supplied via Maureen Donachie at www.ceolagusrince.com and is a useful snapshot of some of the session and events taking place over the coming…


Added by TradConnect on March 8, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Top 20 Traditional Tracks - February 2017

Here are the Top 20 tracks as played on our Soundcloud file throughout the month of February 2017. This month The Mulcahy Family take the No.1 spot following their award of Album of the Year 2016 for 'The Reel Note'. Read all about it here .…


Added by TradConnect on March 3, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

New Kickstarter from Alan Doherty and the ALDOC crew

ALDOC are recording their 2nd album in Wellington, New Zealand this March and have just launched a new Kickstarter campaign.

Anchor ALDOC members Alan Doherty and Gerry Paul are returning to the same city where they recorded their debut album, 'From Tallaght To Halle'. They have…


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

Top 10 Traditional Albums - February 2017

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for February 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 …


Added by TradConnect on March 7, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

A steady rhythm and deep respect for the music from Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta

After a seventeen year hiatus, Connemara melodeon player, Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta, is back on the music scene with a new album, An Rithim Réidh. The title, roughly translated as ‘the steady rhythm’ is an apt description of Mícheál’s distinctive melodeon playing: an unassuming, mellow, easy going style that underscores a…


Added by TradConnect on March 6, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

A world of contemporary trad from Atlas

ATLAS is a new duo featuring Cillian Doheny (Guitars) & Cillian King (concertina), both natives of Limerick, Ireland, who first crossed paths through the Irish traditional music festival circuit as teenagers. They immediately struck up an intense musical friendship having…


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

Track of the Week : Éilís Kennedy / The Flannel Red (5th March 2017)

Our most played track on Tradconnect this week is The Flannel Red taken from WESTWARD, the new album by Éilís Kennedy. The album 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…


Added by TradConnect on March 5, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

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