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Kíla 'Alive Beo' - one of our most innovative and exciting bands

Kíla are back with a new live album that once again shows why they have for some considerable time occupied an alternative planet when it comes to traditional music. Their brand of magical, mystical, world infused music sets them apart. They have followed their own vision since their formation in Dublin in the late 1980’s…

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Added by TradConnect on June 23, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Authentic traditional music all the way from Malaysia via Belfast

Say hello to the Faliq Auri Trio (F.A.T), a celtic (Irish & Scottish) fusion Trio based in Malaysia. They formed in 2015 and have developed a truly authentic sound. They feature Faliq Auri on uilleann pipes, tin whistle, alto sax and flute, Suriya Prakash on guitars and Abdul Karim aka AKZ on…

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Added by TradConnect on June 22, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

First listen to the new album by Fíona Nic Conmara and Tim Doyle

This is a first listen to a soon to be released album by Dublin musicians Fíona Nic Conmara and Tim Doyle. Featuring fiddle and concertina with support from Kevin Meehan on bodhrán and Joey Doyle on guitar. The album, called Scáthanna, will be on release in the next few week and we will have more from this…

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Added by TradConnect on June 22, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Aoife Scott to perform as part of Liberties Festival 2017 - Wed 19th July

The Liberties Festival is one of Ireland’s oldest and longest running festivals. For many the Liberties Festival has become a highlight of the summer in Dublin with a series of family-friendly, sporting and community events, and an exciting multi-cultural and arts programme encompassing visual art, film, dance, comedy, literature and…

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Added by TradConnect on June 19, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Major new survey on the teaching and learning of Irish traditional music

Clare musician and concertina master Jack Talty, a doctoral student at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick is undertaking a major new survey as part of his PhD.

The survey will assist research on the teaching and learning of Irish traditional music in Irish higher education (referred to as…

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Added by TradConnect on June 14, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Custys Interview Series - Liam O'Connor with John Blake

Custys have just released a new video featuring one of Ireland’s leading fiddle players, Liam O' Connor. Liam 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 taught by Séamus Glackin and won several…

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Added by TradConnect on June 13, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Top 10 Traditional Albums - May 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 June 13, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Top 20 Traditional Tracks - May 2017

Here are the Top 20 tracks as played on our Soundcloud file throughout the month of May 2017. This month Alan Reid & Rachel Conlon takes the No. 1 spot with a track from his new album A Quare Yield. 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.…

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Added by TradConnect on June 10, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Insight into a life of music from Floriane Blancke on 'Kaleidoscope'

Born In Paris, France, Floriane Blancke is a harpist, fiddler, pianist and vocalist who has been embraced into Irish Traditional music circles over the past numbers of years. She studied classical music for 10 years in the conservatoire of Bordeaux before spending a few years studying Jazz and World music In C.I.A.M…

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Added by TradConnect on June 6, 2017 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

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

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

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

First listen to 'From Camden to Tulla' featuring Andrew Mac Namara, Karen Ryan & Pete Quinn

This is a first listen to a new album that will feature Andrew Mac Namara (accordion), Karen Ryan (fiddle) and Pete Quinn (piano) due for release in July 2017. The album is called 'From Camden to Tulla'. Andrew Mac Namara and Karen first met and played music together at the Feakle Festival in 1991. Over the 25 years since then, they’ve…

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Added by TradConnect on May 24, 2017 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

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

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

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

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

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