January 2014 Blog Posts (66)

Commemorating The Battle of Clontarf - Temple Bar Trad Fest - Friday 24th January

Deep End of the Ford are an "avant-garde improvisatory compositional collective whose interest in Old-Irish mythology and the oral prose tradition of pre-Christian Ireland is synonymous with their development as an improvisatory collective".

On Friday…


Added by TradConnect on January 23, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album Review : John Blake / The Narrow Edge

John Blake has finally stood out from behind the mixing desk to deliver his first solo flute album. As a musician, producer and engineer his name is attached to literally dozens of albums.  Not alone as a flute player but also on guitar and piano where his talents are always in demand for supporting roles.  Apart from his early work…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 22, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments


Here's a little collaboration between USA, Ireland and the Netherlands : Harris Tobias provided the lyrics, Kees Knegt did the vocals and whistle in the Netherlands and guitar and fiddle were played in Dulahan Ireand by Joe and Adele :-)

here's the WaterSong :…


Added by Kees Knegt on January 21, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Album Update - Photo's / Editing / Design /

Its great to finally have the general look of the album starting to come through into a tangible form due to the great work and talents of two of the Teada lads, Damien Stenson on photography and Sean Mc Elwain on design. 

I've had the pleasure of knowing and playing on tour with Damien in the US as a part time substitute member of Teada actually deputising for Sean Mc…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on January 21, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Irish - Top Ten Traditional Irish Albums - January 2014

Check out our Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums at the moment. There are a number of new entrants this month with Peter Carberry & Pádraig McGovern's Forgotten Gems taking the top spot.  John Blake, The Gloaming and Pádraig Rynne also enter the Top 10.  

Check out the attached and see how many you have in your collection. Lots of great music.



Added by TradConnect on January 20, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Celtic Colours Live 2013 - Samples from the Album

Hot on the heels of another very successful event, the Celtic Colours International Festival is releasing a compilation album of music recorded live during the 2013 festival. They have professionally recorded ten concerts in their entirety last October. The production team then sifted through nearly 27 hours of fantastic music…


Added by TradConnect on January 20, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Celebrating The Gloaming debut album....released 21st January 2014

In celebration of The Gloaming debut album to be released on 21st January.  Magnificent music that should be watched in full.  It don't get much better.

Added by TradConnect on January 19, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

First Listen : The Friel Sisters debut album

We have just received this album by The Friel Sisters and it features our track of the week which is the Humours of Ballyloughlin/Rakes of Clonmel/The Kilkenny Jig.  The press release states that the album was "recorded in the summer of 2013 and  hosts a mixture of tunes and song with guest musicians Gearóid Mooney and…


Added by TradConnect on January 18, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Notes from the Road : Goitse in China

Hi Everyone.  We would like to wish all of you a very happy new year and hope that you have had a great start to 2014. Today we reached the four week mark on our Chinese  tour which started before Christmas on the 18th of December. We all missed being at home for arguably the best time of the year but having the chance to see China and play some gigs was…


Added by TradConnect on January 18, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Musicians from Leonard Barry's New Road album form new group.

We covered Leonard Barry's New Road album from last year on Tradconnect.  According to a press release from Conor Byrne the success of this collaborative album featuring as it did many Sligo based players has…


Added by TradConnect on January 17, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

The Olllam January Tour 2014

Trance-like melodies, stunning instrumental virtuosity and a magical marriage of tradition and technology, somewhere between Plaid and Planxty: Trad meets Tortoise with the ambient emotionalism of Nick Drake or Explosions in the Sky: in January the olllam make their long-awaited debut appearances in England and…


Added by TradConnect on January 16, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Seán Tyrrell's Fund It Campaign ( 6 days to go )

Seán Tyrrell has found new inspiration in some older songs, and plans to record them this spring.  It will feature many old standards that he previously would have viewed as not reflective of modern Ireland. We are talking about songs like Galway Bay, Danny Boy and the Black Velvet Band.  You could probably pick out another dozen.  Yes they have been sung to death over the years, but still somehow…

Added by TradConnect on January 16, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Skippers Alley - New Track from their debut EP

We covered Skippers Alley and their 4 track EP late in 2013.  They are a new group of musicians that have come together with some ideas and a bunch of tunes and songs. Its straight and contemporary traditional, mixed in with some folk elements. When we did our …


Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Introducing Accordion Samurai featuring David Munnelly

Accordion Samarui was an recording that we were planning to review in 2013.  We had a Dropbox link to the album but it disappeared somehow.  On the basis of the tracks below taken from the album and released just yesterday we missed out on something rather good.…


Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Patsy Reid - The Brightest Path - Playlist

Here is a playlist of tracks from the new album by Patsy Reid. The album was released in February 24th and is called "The Brightest Path". Patsy Reid is from Knapp in Perthshire.  She has released a number of albums over the years including her debut "With Compliments" in 2002, "Bridging The Gap" in 2008 and a live recording with Mhairi Hall in…


Added by TradConnect on January 14, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Best New Trad Music Playlist # 11

This is a selection of the best tracks that we have discovered on Soundcloud over the last week or so.  Some have been featured on the site and some not. 

Follow us on Soundcloud and we will discover your music.Tradconnect on…


Added by TradConnect on January 14, 2014 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

First Listen : Sounds and background on "The Quarter Mile "

The Quarter Mile consists of members Ger Furlong ( Guitar & vocals ), Anne Marie Furlong ( bodhrán & vocals ) and Colm Keane ( fiddle & vocals ).  In wondering where the name…

Added by TradConnect on January 13, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Ryan Kelly and Neil Byrne - "Acoustic by Candlelight" Tour 2014 + Win Copy of album

Celtic Thunder's Ryan Kelly and Neil Byrne are bringing their "Acoustic by Candlelight" show on tour during January and February 2014.  Ryan Kelly from the Moy, County Tyrone and Neil Byrne from Bray, County Wicklow have been performing their live show together called "Acoustic by Candlelight" for two years and…

Added by TradConnect on January 13, 2014 at 9:00 — 5 Comments

Something different for Sunday morning. Emma Ni Fhioruisce "Níos Fearr le Chéile" ( Jack Johnson )

Something a bit different for your Sunday morning listening pleasure.  According to her Soundcloud page Emma Ni Fhioruisce "translates classics and chart songs from English to Irish and sings traditional Irish music also". Here she sings Jack Johnson's "Better Together." She is from "Gweedore and is influenced by both local traditional…


Added by TradConnect on January 12, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Nua /BOLD

Bold is the new debut album by Canadian group Nua whose members include Jacob McCauley on bodhrán, James Law on fiddle and Graeme McGillivray on guitar. Rooted in traditional Irish and Scottish music their music absorbs external influences from their varied backgrounds in Jazz and other world music. This debut is predominantly made up of…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 11, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

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