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Crazy Chicken Fiddle, as a way of thanking you all.

To thank you for showcasing a lowly american fiddler here on tradconnect, I present:




This fiddler is Lisa Haley, and when she's not singing like a chicken, she plays Cajun and Zydeco music with the Zydecats.  

Added by Katie Davis Henderson on November 9, 2011 at 16:30 — 3 Comments


We were delighted last weekend to do an online collaboration with the fine fiddle player and composer from Co Antrim, Jim McAuley.

We were humbled when he composed a tune in our name as Jim has been a great source of inspiration to musicians everywhere and we regard him very highly.

We hope that you enjoy the tunes.

 Strathspey " To My Dear Departed Friends "    Reel " Joe And Adele…


Added by Dulahan on November 9, 2011 at 14:00 — 4 Comments

Copenhagen Irish festival

Went there yesterday, wanted to catch Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny, which i indeed did *see below*

great concert, great to hear a lot of the 'old ones' again, and both Andy and Dónal are still cracking performers!

Had a nice session as well as the biggest chicken & bacon sandwich i have seen, let alone eaten in my life!

Kudos to the artists and to the hard working 'crew' who make it…


Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on November 6, 2011 at 22:00 — No Comments

Cork Members

For anyone interested we are building up a strong membership from Cork. At some stage it may be worth starting a Cork TradConnect group. If anyone is interested in doing this you can drop me an email or simply set up the group. As TradConnect grows so will the Cork membership and at some stage in the future as the group creator you will be be in contact with all Cork musicians.


Member list as at Nov 2011. ( 51 Pages )




Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 6, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

Christmas Celtic getting under way in Boston

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is a concert series we started in Boston 8 years ago.  It has since grown to five cities and 10 shows!    While I produce it, I really feel it is like a hooley, a gathering with great musicians and singers and in turn, the audience.   Take a look at this video for example.   

Two young dancers from the Harney Academy here (headed by the well-known Liam Harney).  They are joined by Caitlin nic Gabhann herself an outstanding dancer and the star of last year's…


Added by Brian O'Donovan on November 4, 2011 at 17:28 — 1 Comment

CD launch

Back home after the CD-launch at The Abbey Tavern in Howth, Co Dublin.
Good turnout even if Tuesday wouldn't have been my first choice for a launch.... So we did a second launch at the Teachers Club, a nice concert (and session afterwards) there too. :-D

Right now I'm sending out CD's all over, have quite a few orders to take care of. If anybody's interested send your address to: and I'll reply with an account number and a CD.


Added by Peter "Puma" Hedlund on November 4, 2011 at 12:31 — 7 Comments

New Manhattan Upper West Side session

This from Caitlin Warbelow: 

I'll be running a new session on the upper west side of Manhattan starting next Thursday (November 10th).  It will be at a pub called Soldier McGee's (83rd and Amsterdam) and will run from 9pm-12am.  The level of the session will be advanced, but I encourage you all to come out to listen and also sit down for a tune if you'd like to!  I will be having different leaders each week (i.e., I will not be there every week), so you'll get to hear a…


Added by Richard Sutor on November 4, 2011 at 10:34 — No Comments

A wonderful album!

Got this in the mail yesterday, absolutely wonderful stuff! If you haven't got it already, go buy it! Now! :)


 Compass records

" Legendary singer, flautist, and tin whistle player McConnell (Boys of the Lough) explores a wide range of Irish styles, from spry dances to moving ballads…


Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on November 2, 2011 at 8:13 — No Comments

How Long Has It Been?



Can't believe the year is almost over. Halloween was a blast. I enjoyed it a lot. Traditional music was fun too. I am currently listening to the album of the Celtic tenors called Feels Like Home. It's beautiful. If you love Anuna, Celtic Thunder and Gregorian then you will love this new album.

It is too soon to make New Years resolution but I…


Added by Baxter Labatos on November 1, 2011 at 6:05 — No Comments

A weekend on tour.

Well.. maybe tour is stretching it some, but two pub gigs anyway, friday and saturday, with the band 'Cuts and crans' we had a good time and some good music although the audience failed to show last night. It escapes me how/why the owner had us start so early?! By the time we'd done our three sets and started packing, the people began coming in in numbers.. Oh well..

Here's a clip featuring T.C. member Hasse Ljungdahl (thanks for the lodging btw) playing 'The snowy breasted…


Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on October 30, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Tara Breen - All Ireland Fiddle Champion 2011

Its worth celebrating our traditional Irish music champions. Tara Breen won the All Ireland in 2011. Here we have a selection of tunes from Tara who has won All-Ireland honours on several instruments. Tara plays a hornpipe, "The Second Star" learned from the playing of Dessie Donnelly, followed by two reels: "Paddy Ryan's Dream" and "President Garfield's", which she learned from the playing of fiddle player Máire O'Keefe.



Added by Tradconnect Reviews on October 27, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

Cathal McConnell & Co. reunion.

So last night i went to nearby town of Lund, the old dairy to see the guys again.

Glad i did, amazing concert again, nice relaxed and cozy, small venue. Had the chance to talk to Cathal, Gerry and Martin and even squeeze in a (very short) flute duet with Cathal, playing 'Valentia harbour'

All in all, another night to remember for life!

This time i decided not to be cheap, and bought Cathal's song book with accompanying audio DVD…


Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on October 27, 2011 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

1,000 Members - Thank you all, each and every one.

1,000 members. Wow. After only 6 months, nearly to the day, it is fantastic to have seen TradConnect grow from a simple idea. To each and every member thank you for coming on board. To our members who are back here every day and night, thank you. To all who have spread the word and have helped TradConnect grow, a very special thank you.

In overall terms we are still very young as a social forum. It takes several thousand members to keep a forum alive. Everyone uses them in different…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on October 25, 2011 at 8:02 — 7 Comments

Album Review - Enda Seery / The Winding Clock

The Winding Clock is the debut album by Enda Seery from Streamstown in Co. Westmeath. We are well aware on Tradconnect of his abilities both as a musician and as a composer.  From the opening notes of the first tune on the album…


Added by TradConnect on October 24, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

Years of searching finally over!

By chance i heard one of the most moving, beautiful airs again last night. First heard Liam Óg O'Flynn play it in a documentary about Seamus Ennis, and after that spent years looking for "Valencia Harbour"

Then last night i found out it's 'Valentia' (Ireland) not 'Valencia' Spain.. If only computers could have the decency to suggest "Mate, i think what you're looking for is Valentia, not Valencia"..

Anyway, here it is, beautifully played by Christy O'Leary and Cathal…


Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on October 24, 2011 at 14:32 — 1 Comment

Cathal McConnell and friends

Had a marvellous time in Copenhagen last night! First a fantastic gig feat. Cathal, Gerry O'Connor and Martin Quinn, and after the gig we had a few tunes, songs, beer and laughs : )

Great craic, and great to finally have seen Cathal live! (not to forget the other two guys of…


Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on October 22, 2011 at 16:19 — No Comments

Donal McCague, Michael McCague, Brian McGrath - Crane Bar

For some reason this wouldn't load in the video section but it will in the blog. Enjoy from the great Donal McCague


Dónal McCague @ The Crane 3 by Inzewoods


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on October 21, 2011 at 16:07 — 2 Comments

A wee pre-halloween jobbie (totally unrelated to music)

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at…

Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on October 19, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments

Hedigan's Fancy on Tin Whistle

B flat tin whistle plus guitar, bass, bodhran.

Don't ask me about the sheep....


Added by Steven Hawson on October 19, 2011 at 4:34 — 3 Comments

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