January 2013 Blog Posts (50)

KAN's Irish Tour - May 1st - 4th

Featuring Brian Finnegan (Flook!) and 2014 BBC Folk Musician of the Year Aidan O'Rourke (Lau), KAN have announced details of a tour starting May 1st in Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, May 2nd An Droichead Belfast, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin in Derry on…

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Added by TradConnect on January 20, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Northern Lights - Fjord and Glen Tour Jan/Feb 2013

Northern Lights is a Gaelic-Norse song project which illustrates how the themes of folk music are transmitted throughout different traditions. It is a performance dialogue of songs from Ireland and Scandinavia which takes its direction from the mood and colours of songs separated by language but placed in the same emotional…

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Added by TradConnect on January 18, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Song of the Isles goes "Back Home with Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh"

Back Home With Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.  Following the release of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh‘s second commercial solo recording, Ar Uair Bhig an Lae – The Small Hours, SOTI caught up with Muireann via Skype at her home in West Kerry.

What is the first song you learned?…

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Added by David Wood on January 17, 2013 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Tradconnect WORKS!!

Hello Friends in Trad!!  Some time ago, with nothing at hand, an idea came to me for a song...So I took up a pencil and paper and wrote some lyrics. Now a voice-only recording is OK, but in this case I thought "what the heck", I'll see if I can find some help on this...So I have asked Joe and Adele, from Dulahan, if they would play the tune that…

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Added by Kees Knegt on January 17, 2013 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

Introducing The Willis Clan

Its nice to get a surprise in the post every now and again. This album titled Chapter One - Roots by The Willis Clan was recieved today and is surprisingly good.  Somewhere between traditional and pop/folk.  They are a family of musicians, dancers, writers, and general all…

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Added by TradConnect on January 17, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Moxie - What lies behind the wall

We are liking these guys a lot.  Formed in late 2011 as part of the annual folk festival in Sligo Live, Moxie are a Sligo and Limerick based band that formed through years of musical friendships from playing together at certain festivals around Ireland.

The band incorporates Irish music with other genres such as folk, rock and new age bluegrass. A vibrant new band playing an exciting mix of traditional based…

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Added by TradConnect on January 17, 2013 at 12:17 — No Comments

Album Review - Peadar Ó Riada, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes / Triúr Arís

The music on Triúr Arís can be best described in the words of Martin Hayes from the sleeve notes when he says "Each time I play with Peadar and Caoimhín I feel as though I'm revisiting the…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 16, 2013 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Checking out Kyle Carey and her album "Monongah"

A review will follow shortly on this great album by Kyle Carey.  It has taken us a while but as they say all good things come to those that wait.  While you are waiting check out the video and audio below.

It has been produced by acclaimed contemporary Irish trad guitarist Donogh Hennessy (Lùnasa, Lumiere, Sharon Shannon Band), and the album  takes us on a journey through…

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Added by TradConnect on January 16, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Ó Riada Re-Imagined 24th January 2013, St Werburg's Dublin

Louth Contemporary Music Society presents a new arrangement of Seán Ó Riada’s Mass for 16 voices, fiddle, harp and bodhrán in one of Ireland's most iconic heritage buildings St Werburg's Church.



The music of composer Seán Ó Riada, who is credited with re-igniting the popularity of Irish traditional music, is celebrated by Louth Contemporary Music…

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Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Keeping our session listing up to date

At present our session listing is growing and we are getting good feedback from members who use it. In an effort to keep it up to date we would appreciate if members could check their particular county, state our country with regard to sessions and confirm if sessions should be added to or deleted from the list. 

Our listing has grown quite a bit over the last year and we rely on…

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Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Thought For The Week

"I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music." George Eliot,
English novelist (1819 - 1880)

Added by Paul Ivory on January 14, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Instuments

Having played the fiddle and mandolin for nearly twenty years I have never been satisfied with the volume of the mandolin and my intonation on the fiddle especially in the faster tunes leaves a bit to be desired, I thought I would have a go with a new instrument.

I am now awaiting delivery of a Copeland 19 fret Irish tenor banjo from a Shop in Dublin. Any tips on playing and/or setting up would be much appreciated.

I will report how I am getting on with it as progress is made…

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Added by Alan Jones on January 13, 2013 at 21:17 — 1 Comment

The Long Hard Road by Tom McElvogue & Paddy Kerr

The Long Hard Road is a 2003 recording by Tradconnect member Tom McElvogue with Paddy Kerr providing backing on bouzouki, bass, guitar and bodhrán.…

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Added by TradConnect on January 13, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Jimmy Keane and bahola on tour

Irish music's accordion virtuoso Jimmy Keane and vocalist Pat Broaders, better known as bohola are starting a short tour. In their own words they "play a driving, muscular, and yet very emotive style of Irish music with deep roots in the 'pure drop' tradition, infused with the raw and gritty urbanized musical vernacular of the Irish and Irish-American…

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Added by TradConnect on January 12, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Make The Circle Wide

Irish music recording has for some time been going down an avenue of collaborative ventures with mainstream musicians turning up in various groups and duets. In addition to the mainstream albums there is a significant amount of music being recorded by various artists under independently funded recordings. On Make The…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 11, 2013 at 10:54 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Colin Nea / Between the Jigs & the Reels (With New Audio)

For anyone who has attended the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann finals that take place every year in Ireland you will no doubt be familiar with the feeling of sitting in on various competitions in awe of the raw talent that exists in this country.  The standards that are now being achieved from the age of 12, 15 and upwards is…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 10, 2013 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Farewell

 

Here's a little song I wrote, during my last nightshift. There was not a lot to do, so I sat down to write a bit. And this is what came out...Little bit sad maybe, but I suppose that's what an immigrant song should be, filled with sadness....

Enjoy…

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Added by Kees Knegt on January 9, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments

An introduction to....... the Olllam

Here is a short introductory video to one of the outstanding albums of last year. There is also a longer documentary version on their YouTube channel for anyone that might be interested.

This looks at the creative process behind the making of the album by musicians based in Ireland and USA with the…

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Added by TradConnect on January 9, 2013 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Interview - Robbie MacGowran about his music and album "Basically"

If you scratch the surface of traditional Irish music you can start to see the effect that the tradition and its music can have on people across several decades. The music can take a hold from a very young age and not let go for some considerable time.  It effectively becomes a soundscape to your life, providing points of interest along the rocky…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 9, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Thought For The Week

“It is not how many notes you play or how fast you can play them.... it is more important how you interpret those notes and how you can stir your listener's emotions. If you can touch their hearts they will remember your performance forever.”
Glenn Dicterow,
Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic


Added by Paul Ivory on January 7, 2013 at 12:41 — No Comments

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