January 2014 Blog Posts (66)

Top 10 Traditional Tracks of the Week

We are now receiving a steady stream of new tracks, old tracks and demo's through from members on Tradconnect and will try and feature the best of what we get.  This includes tracks that come into our news stream on Soundcloud.  If you have a new track on release simply email us and follow us on Soundcloud.  We should then be able to pick up on your…


Added by TradConnect on January 31, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Win a copy of "Sheear" by Manx Gaelic singer Ruth Keggin

One of our goals for 2014 is to cover some more music from our Celtic cousins, and Ruth Keggin a Manx Gaelic singer from the Isle of Man with a new album on release fits nicely into that category. She will be releasing her debut solo album 'Sheear' (Westward) on 15th February 2014. It has already received airplay on…

Added by TradConnect on January 31, 2014 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

Concert in the Portalen Theatre, Greve, Denmark

This was just a whistle-stop drop-in to Copenhagen for a concert in the lovely lovely Portalen Theatre.  http://www.portalen.dk 

Capacity audience all seated with candlelit tables.  The organisers had done a wonderful job setting up the hall and the stage. Henning on sound couldn't have been more helpful, even finding a beautiful Taylor spanish guitar so that Chris could play a lovely solo which suited spanish rather than his own steel stringed…


Added by Brendan (Benny) Hayes on January 30, 2014 at 20:30 — No Comments

New "Alan Kelly Gang" album to be released + US Tour starts 28th February

The Alan Kelly Gang have announced that they are back in the studio recording a follow up to their very impressive 2012 release Small Towns and Famous Nights.  We reviewed it at the…


Added by TradConnect on January 30, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Tunes from Tom Delany & Caroline Keane's Framework EP

In our rush to cover albums in 2013 we missed out on a few EP's that were very worthy of comment.  One such EP was Framework by Tom Delany and Caroline Keane. 

A TG4 video featuring one of the tracks from that EP has just been…


Added by TradConnect on January 30, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album Launch - "The Waylaid Man" - 5th April, Belfast

OK Folks,

So the date will be Saturday, 5th April, the location will be Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Belfast and the occasion will be the 1st of only 2 launches of my new album "The Waylaid Man".…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on January 29, 2014 at 19:48 — No Comments

UK - Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums - January 2014

Check out our Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums at the moment in the UK. This month The Outside Track with their Flash Company album from 2012 take the top spot.  A new entrant is Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke and their self titled album, with a new previously unreleased sound file added below. Leonard Barry's New Road album also features again.

Check out…


Added by TradConnect on January 29, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Bill Leslie / Scotland - Grace of the Wild

Like the rest of the world, since 2008, life has just not been that much fun, so I tend to celebrate the little things in life, a call from a client asking for a quote, finishing a job, or better still, having corrective eye surgery that lets me see like a young man again. So I decided to celebrate by jumping in the car and driving to the mountains and touring Cades Cove, a well-visited primitive…


Added by R J Lannan on January 29, 2014 at 0:30 — No Comments

Little Sea Podcasts by Colleen Raney & Hanz Araki ( Podcast 3 added )

Little Sea Records is an independent record label in Portland, Oregon that has been set up by Tradconnect regulars Colleen Raney and Hanz Azaki.  We write repeatedly about artists being interesting and sharing some of the music that has inspired them down through the…


Added by TradConnect on January 28, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

A place to play in the US of A

The Monarch Public House in little Fountain City, Wisconsin will soon be expanding our capabilities and currently offers live trad music on Wednesday nights, featuring our in-house group: RAVENSFIRE.

In the process of a large financial proposal that will see us expand into our upstairs for large gatherings, parties, etc. as well as (hopefully) a brewery and distillery on premise.

Original family (Irish) recipes on the menu.

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to watch the…


Added by John Harrington on January 27, 2014 at 17:53 — No Comments

Irish Music Awards 2013

The IMA has finally published the list of the winners of the Irish Music Awards for 2013; here is he list:

Top Solo Performer in Concert (US, IRE, EU, UK)

Keith Harkin

Top Solo Performer in a Pub Venue (US, IRE, EU, UK)…


Added by Aindréas Ridire on January 27, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

Top 10 Irish Traditional Album Covers of 2013

Album cover design has made a bit of a resurgence of late.  Covers are getting smarter, more sophisticated, brighter, cooler.  Anyone who remembers buying the old LP's will also remember the covers that had impact, that made a statement.…

Added by TradConnect on January 27, 2014 at 9:30 — 11 Comments

Album Review - The Friel Sisters

Glasgow based but with strong connections to Donegal, sisters Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel pack more artistic punch than the Kilfenora and Tulla Céilí bands combined on their debut recording. Their versatility on a range of instruments including uilleann pipes, flute, whistle and mouth organ adds depth to the recording. They take each set with a determined and focused intent, biting…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 27, 2014 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Leinster Fleadh Cheoil 2014. Fundraising, Fundraising!

The Leinster Fleadh Cheoil 2014 is being held in Moate, Co. Westmeath from 7th-13th July hosted by Westmeath County Board of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. 

As you all know, major funding is needed for a festival of this scale especially with a province the size of Leinster so all support for Fundraisers would be greatly appreciated. Please  note that the website for this year's Fleadh still has to be updated so you will just find info from last year's event in Edenderry…


Added by Enda Seery on January 26, 2014 at 21:07 — No Comments

Competition : Win a copy of of Shane McAleer's " Long Time No See"

Shane McAleer made a return to the limelight in 2013 with a new album called Long Time No See.  We did a review and described it as a "mellowed out affair with some outstanding music played to the backdrop of Eamon Mc Elholm on guitars, keyboard and cello, Eamon Murray on Bodhrán and Ryan O' Donnell on…

Added by TradConnect on January 26, 2014 at 12:00 — 11 Comments

Introducing Northern Irish Band "Athrú"

Picking up on some new artists Athrú are a 5 piece contemporary Irish trad band that released an EP last year and the tracks below are taken from it.  They "draw upon influences from Northern Ireland and beyond" according to their Facebook page producing music that is "dynamic and fresh."  They have started to build quite a following and…


Added by TradConnect on January 26, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Noel Battle & Roisin Broderick - Street Player /Cul Fada

It's not too often that you hear concertina and harmonica together so this week we are featuring a track by Noel Battle and Roisin Broderick called Street Player/Cul Fada/Limerick Lasses.  It's taken from their debut album called Up and About in the Morning which we will be reviewing next week.  Noel and Roisin met up on a…


Added by TradConnect on January 25, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Gavin Whelan / Catch The Air

Catch the Air is Gavin Whelan's fifth album and follows very much in the footsteps of Homelands, released in 2011. It also features some of the tunes from that album in new settings. While Homelands featured 8 slow airs among its 15 tracks, this album goes a step further with the entire album devoted to airs and hence the album’s name.…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 25, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Talkin' Trad : The Teatotallers on WTJU radio

We understand that the Teetotallers will be releasing an album early in 2014.  Here is an interesting studio interview that they carried out with the radio station WTJU in Charlottesville, USA  a while back.  It was part of their US tour at the time and they play a few tunes and talk about their music and formation.  John Doyle also sings…


Added by TradConnect on January 24, 2014 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Peter Carberry & Pádraig McGovern / Forgotten Gems

From the opening notes of Joe Kilmurray's slip jig you know you are in the twilight zone of traditional music.  Accordionist Peter Carberry and piper Pádraig McGovern have moulded from their intuition and respect for the music, one of the year’s best albums.  Peter's accordion playing is mellow and…


Added by TradConnect on January 23, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

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