Featured Blog Posts – January 2012 Archive (45)

Our January Monthly Session

Good afternoon all,
                                       So I think it's fair to say that we had yet another very successful session on Sunday 22nd January. The beginner's got the ball rolling shortly after 3pm with everyone tuned and rearing to go. They did a great job entertaining a packed house…

Added by Brady Music on January 31, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Fun with iMovie ~ 21 movies!

Ballycastle Harbour and Fair Head, with the Mull of Kintyre & Argyll in the distance.

This photo gives a glimpse of just one of the stunning views that…


Added by Dick Glasgow on January 31, 2012 at 9:00 — 4 Comments

Fleadh success a result of strong teamwork

TradConnect are delighted for the team in Derry responsible for the work put into winning the fleadh.

Culture Company 2013 Chief Executive, Shona McCarthy, has highlighted the success of Derry-Londonderry’s bid to host the All-Ireland Fleadh in 2013 as evidence of what can…


Added by TradConnect on January 30, 2012 at 21:38 — No Comments

One to Watch in 2012 - FullSet

We have Fullset's new album Notes At Liberty on the iPod at the moment and what a cracker it is turning out to be. We should get a review out shortly. However it is worth reminding ourselves about what an exciting group Fullset are and where they can take it from here or what they can become is up to them.



Added by TradConnect on January 30, 2012 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Kíla's Book of Tunes Released

TradConnect and Kíla member Colm Ó Snodaigh can rest because they have finally completed and released the Kíla book of tunes. This includes over 100 of Kíla's tunes in the staff and ABC notation. The book has over 200 pages and is lavishly accompanied by photographs by,…


Added by TradConnect on January 29, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

The Swing In Irish music....

The Swing In Irish music




Medium - and lovely way with reel's


In Jig's -


In Hornpipe's -…


Added by Jim McAuley on January 29, 2012 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Derry To Host Fleadh in 2013

Londonderry has won its bid to host the All-Ireland Fleadh in 2013.

Members of the central executive of traditional Irish music body Comhaltas met in Dublin to decide the venue on Saturday.

Sligo was also in the running to host the fleadh. Ennis had withdrawn its bid.

The festival attracts up to 300,000 visitors…


Added by TradConnect on January 28, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Online Musical Collaborations

Recently I've been collaborating musically with tradconnect and "The Session" member Jim McAuley (fiddle4U), initially to help him format his own compositions in neater and more accurate ABC. Jim,,, is a creative speller and typist, and composer of over 100 tunes. I got Jim to select a smaller list of his favourite compositions and began work on…


Added by Davy Rogers on January 27, 2012 at 20:00 — 4 Comments

Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music Feb 16 -18

Update for the Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music taking place in Kinvara Feb 16 - 18th

Tutors confirmed to date for three mornings classes (10am to 1pm)  fiddle: Eileen O'Brien, Denis Liddy, Áine McGrath, Cath Taylor, Accordion: Dermot Byrne, Concertina, Jack Talty, Pipes Padraic Keane ( 2011 TG4 Young Musician), Tin Whistle: Marion McCarthy, Flute:…


Added by Máire O'Keeffe on January 27, 2012 at 0:00 — No Comments

Temple Bar Tradfest has kicked off.

Don't for get folks that Dublin’s biggest and best festival of Irish Music and Culture, the Temple Bar TradFest has just kicked off and runs January 25-29th 2012. The 2012 festival will include headline concerts in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City Hall and The Button Factory. Other highlights include over 200 free events, music trail, singers club, open sessions, two…


Added by TradConnect on January 26, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Eddie Butcher - In his own words. Book Publication

All the days of his life: Eddie Butcher in his own words: songs, stories and memories of Magilligan, Co Derry’ is the latest publication in the Studies in Irish traditional music / Taighde ar cheol dúchais Éireann series from the Irish Traditional Music Archive. 

This illustrated record of the life and songs of Eddie Butcher (1900–1980), an outstanding singer from…


Added by TradConnect on January 25, 2012 at 22:20 — No Comments

The Westmeath Hunt - William Mullaly - The First Irish Concertina Player

This might be on interest to concertina players who want to delve back into time and discover some historical information regarding Irelands First recorded concertina pplayer. ‘The Westmeath Hunt: William Mullaly: The First Irish Concertina Player on Record’, a CD and booklet of the historic 1926 & 1927 New York concertina recordings of William Mullaly from…


Added by TradConnect on January 25, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Caladh Nua / Happy Days

As debuts go this establishes Caladh Nua as a band of the future. I love an album that kicks off with an energetic set of tunes, giving you a real sense of what the rest of the album will be like. This is Caladh Nua's first album and this is their first set. It's a set of reels called The Windmill Reel Set, and by the end of it you know where you stand. Little wonder…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 24, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments

Now thats busking

A sort of cool thing happened on the way to our gig in Liege. Raphael DeCock and I were cutting our Northern Lights stickers on the train and I was telling him about my new song, Captain Rock, and so I sang it for him. A woman sitting besides us on the train was looking at us and noticed the stickers, and asked if we had an album, and bought one. -first impressions eh! Captain Rock isn't…

Added by Lorcán Mac Mathúna on January 24, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Davy Rogers Book Of Original Tunes due for release

In the next few weeks Davy Rogers will release his first book of traditional tunes called "108 Original Compositions in the Traditional Irish Style"

Davy has  been working on it for quite some time now. He says he has been composing tunes since 1974 and when he reached number 108 he thought to himself "It's about…


Added by TradConnect on January 23, 2012 at 23:00 — 1 Comment

Paddy Keenan, London Irish Centre – Friday, 3 February 2012

Paddy Keenan – Friday, 3 February 2012 When it comes to Irish piping, there is simply no-one to touch Paddy Keenan – he’s the Jimi Hendrix of piping! Right back to his years with the genre-defining Bothy Band, Paddy’s playing has electrified listeners both on recordings and on stage. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Paddy in the intimate surrounds of The…


Added by TradConnect on January 23, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

The Chieftains celebrate 50 years with star studded Voice of Ages due February 21st, 2012


The Chieftains, the world's most celebrated traditional Irish band, will mark their 50th anniversary with the release of Voice of Ages on February 21st 2012 (Hear/Concord). An imaginative…


Added by TradConnect on January 22, 2012 at 23:30 — 1 Comment

From the vaults - getting close to perfection

Thanks Russ for this little gem which is a cracking video and which I think is near perfect music. Brendan Hendry, Brendan Mulholland and Paul McSherry are in flying form in this piece of magic recorded for the Blas Ceol BBC series in 2007 in the Crosskeys Inn. I must look up some more of their music.

Visit their websites…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 22, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Paul McNevin launches IrishFiddle.ie

This is a fiddle site that has developed over the last year or so.  Some interesting blogs now added to it so worth checking out for any of you fiddlers.  TradConnect member Paul McNevin has launched the site last year and it is dedicated to the teaching and sharing of traditional Irish fiddle music through new media.

Paul McNevin has been teaching fiddle and…


Added by TradConnect on January 22, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Siún / The Blue-Eyed Rascal

One of TradConnect's goals is to give a voice to the hundreds of musicians across the globe who have a passion and love for the tradition, and who take the time and effort to go into a studio and record. This especially applies to our youth a lot of whom are studying at third level. Music for many is not a full time job so recording while studying, and carrying forth the…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 21, 2012 at 20:00 — No Comments

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