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First track from The Henry Girls new album dedicated to refugee crisis - Ocean of War

Later this month Donegal folk band ‘The Henry Girls’ will release a new album called ‘Far Beyond the Stars’. This week they have given a taster of what is to come with a track called ‘Ocean of War’ which is dedicated to the millions of refugees caught up in the conflict in Syria and its neighbouring…

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

Tonight at The Gathering Festival Killarney - 24th February

Tonight at The Gathering Festival in Killarney The Casey Sisters will take to the stage in the company of Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney, Bríd Harper, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Gerry O’Beirne & Dónal O’Connor. This is the start of the festival weekend concerts…

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Added by TradConnect on February 24, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

A new approach to the tradition from contemporary ensemble 'Strung'

Strung are a contemporary Irish music ensemble based in Cork, comprising Maria Ryan (violin/vocals), Lucia Mac Partlin (violin), Séan Warren (cello) and Aonghus McCarthy (piano). While undergoing classical training at Cork School of Music, they maintained a participating interest in Irish…

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Added by TradConnect on February 23, 2017 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Listen to Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh's 2006 debut album 'Fainne An Lae' in its entirety

You can now listen to Fainne An Lae (Daybreak), the 2006 debut release by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. Muireann grew up in Dún Chaoin, Co. Kerry and was a recipient of the 2011 Gradaim Ceoil TG4 Amhránaí na Bliana/Singer of the Year award. She has toured and performed with various musicians and groups before joining Danú…

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

The Ray D'Arcy Show wants to hear from Ireland's Traddest Family!

The Ray D'Arcy Show wants to hear from Ireland's Traddest Family! They have posted this video with the following message. "Do you and your family love to play music together? Do you think you have what it takes to be crowned Ireland's Traddest Family by our brilliant judging panel of Zoe Conway, Mike Hanrahan and John Spillane?

If so, get your…

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

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

11th Joseph Browne School of Music starts on 23rd February 2017

On February 23rd - 25th this year the 11th annual Joseph Browne School of Traditional Music will take place in Kinvara, Co, Galway. 

By background "the South Galway and North Clare region is an area that has long been renowned for the quality of its traditional music. Names like Jack Mulkere, the highly regarded music teacher, come to mind, as do…

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Added by TradConnect on February 19, 2017 at 13:30 — 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

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…

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Added by TradConnect on February 17, 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

Win 2 tickets + meal to Leslie Dowdall and Mike Hanrahan - Dublin 23rd February 2017

Leslie Dowdall and Mike Hanrahan will appear at Dublin's newest venue Number Twenty Two on 23rd February 2017, and you can win 2 tickets plus a meal for the show.

Leslie and Mike have just released their version of Antony and The…

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Added by TradConnect on February 15, 2017 at 12:00 — 3 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

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

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

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