January 2015 Blog Posts (54)

Áine Heslin and The Trí-Tones at the IMRO Showcase - Temple Bar Trad Fest 31st January

Each year, the IMRO Showcases at the Temple Bar TradFest aim to shine a light on the rising stars of traditional music in Ireland. Those selected to perform at the showcases have the opportunity to be heard by festival organisers, artist managers, media, international delegates and a supportive collection of traditional music enthusiasts.

The showcases will offer a…

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Added by TradConnect on January 20, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

First listen to Colin Farrell's new album 'Make a Note'

This is track 3 off the new Colin Farrell album called Make a Note, released towards the end of last year.

The individual tunes are The Cloonloo Reel / Perfect Johnny / Charlie Madden's.  Colin was born in Manchester and spent a lot of his early years in that vibrant city.  

His was a very musical family with brothers and sisters all involved in…

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Added by TradConnect on January 20, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

The Tradconnect Playlist Archives

For those members that want to gain access to the Tradconnect Playlist Archive there is a link below that will take you there.  This is a collection of the playlists that we have featured on the site over the last couple of years.  There are a lot of monthly 'best of collections' as well as features on specific artists that we have covered on the site.…

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Added by TradConnect on January 19, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

New Athrú EP due for July release

Award winning northern band Athrú are in the final stages of completing their debut EP according to guitar play Cormac Crummy.  It will be a summer release and we may have an exclusive track from you here on Tradconnect.  Athrú have a contemporary sound that is energetic and modern in its outlook. The band includes Belfast musicians Niall McIlroy (whistles/flutes/guitars),…

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Added by TradConnect on January 18, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen / The Blackbird (19th April)

Each week we monitor our Soundcloud file to see which track gets the most plays.  This weeks most played track is from  Life is all Checkered, the new duet album by Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen.  It has received 180 plays over 7 days.  It shows that new life exists within many an old tune.  Nathan and Laura…

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Added by TradConnect on January 17, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

New album "Irish Old Style" from Mike O' Laughlin

Mike O'Laughlin is a leading author and publisher of Irish genealogy and history. His love for Sean Nós singing is well known to anyone that reads these pages.  He has organised and performed in many Irish language shows in the midwest and is at the heart of The Irish Roots Cafe which mixes books, songs and blogs. In his liner notes to this, his second album of…

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Added by TradConnect on January 17, 2015 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

A Playlist of all 65 Songs in our Songwriter Showcase with Christy Moore

These are all the songs submitted as part of our Songwriters Showcase which is a collaboration with the legendary Christy Moore.  There are 65 songs in total, which is double the amount of entries that we expected to get.  Our goal with this showcase was to highlighted some of the great new writers and performers. We are honored to have Christy listening to this…

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Added by TradConnect on January 16, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Gathering Festival 2015 : A track from Dan Brouder and his album 'The Lark's Air'

We are compiling a playlist of artists that are appearing at The Gathering Festival on 18th-22nd February at the INEC and Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry.  

We had to include a track from this great 2012 album by Dan Brouder.  The Lark's Air is described by Dan as "an album…

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Added by TradConnect on January 16, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Tradconnect's : Top 10 Traditional Album Covers of 2014

This year we once again celebrate the increased level of detail that is going into the design of album covers.  From over 100 covers we have narrowed it down to what we consider the best 10 and have used an independent panel of members, unconnected with the artists, to give us their opinion. This award refers only to the cover and not to the overall liner notes or album package. …

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Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Zoë Conway talks about the new Féile Na Tána music festival - 4th February, Carlingford, Co. Louth

Getting a new festival funded and organised is always a demanding task and we spoke to Zoë Conway about the new Féile Na Tána festival that is now in its second year. The festival plans to bring the best of Irish traditional music to the heart of the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth. It starts on 4th February and features a very strong line up of artists. Zoë Conway and…

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Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Irish - Top 10 Traditional Albums - January 2015

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for January 2015.  Each month we feature the top 10 albums and write follow up articles and present sounds from all new releases. If you have a new album on release send us a copy to these contact details.

Why not also add a track to…

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Added by TradConnect on January 14, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

First Listen to Blackie O' Connell and Cyril O' Donoghue's album - Friars Green

This is Track 1 of the 2014 album 'Friars Green' by Blackie O' Connell and Cyril O' Donoghue.  Blackie provides some outline notes to the tunes in the liner notes.  

On this set he says.  'Friars Green is a tune composed by Carlow piper Ciarán Byrne. I've known Ciarán for a few years…

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Added by TradConnect on January 13, 2015 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Bernadette Morris - Playlist from 'All The Ways You Wander'

All The Ways You Wander was the debut album from Tyrone songstress Bernadette Morris.  It was one of the highlights of 2013 when it was released.  Its title is taken from the John Spillane song of the same name which is also included on the album. This is vintage Spillane indeed and Bernadette re-imagines it in her own individualistic way. Bernadette…

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Added by TradConnect on January 13, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Custy's Interview Series - Music Video #118 - Aíne Heslin

The Tunes Foundry is the new album from Co. Clare based flute player Áine Heslin.  On this video she talks about the album and her background in music growing up in Clare.  Aíne has been immersed in the music of west Clare from childhood and takes her musical  inspiration from the locality that has been so much a part of her life. Playing led to…

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Added by TradConnect on January 12, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Album Review : Pádraig Rynne's Notify & Pauline Scanlon

Ambient melodies, traditional compositions and groovy beats with layers of electronic sounds.  This is Pádraig Rynne, his band Notify and Pauline Scanlon at their experimental best. This time it’s more refined, more observed and with its traditional core more intact.…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 12, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album Review : The Burren Backroom Series Vol.1

This live album is a compilation of performances from the renowned Burren pub in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts. Live albums of traditional music are a rare thing these days and this series, if they continue, will be a…

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Added by TradConnect on January 11, 2015 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Custy's Interview Series - Music Video #115 - Danny Diamond

This is video #115 in the Custys video series featuring Danny Diamond who talks about his background, influences and his new album Fiddle Music.  

Before this solo album, the fiddle music of Danny Diamond was hidden deep within the high energy music of Mórga as displayed on their recent 2013 …

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Added by TradConnect on January 10, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Competition : Win a copy of Caladh Nua's new album "Honest to Goodness"

Honest to Goodness is the new release by Waterford based band Caladh Nua.  It’s their third release since 2009 when their debut Happy Days was released to critical acclaim. They followed that debut in 2011…

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Added by TradConnect on January 10, 2015 at 10:00 — 12 Comments

Songs # 61 - 65 - Songwriter Showcase with Christy Moore

These are the final songs in this  Songwriters Showcase which is a collaboration with the legendary Christy Moore.  Providing an outlet for composers and writers is an essential goal of Tradconnect and it is hoped that this showcase has highlighted some great new writers and performers. We are honored to have Christy listening to this material and…

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Added by TradConnect on January 9, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

"Irish music is in safe hands with Cúig" including interview and exclusive track.

In the words of Gino Lupari of the much travelled Four Men and a Dog "Irish music is in safe hands with this new and exciting band.”  The band is Cúig and Gino states that they are “young musicians that are at the cutting edge of the music.  The band are Miceál Mullen (Banjo/Mandolin), Rónán Stewart (Fiddle/…

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Added by TradConnect on January 9, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

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