February 2012 Blog Posts (62)

Dempsey's Beautiful People Documentary Due for Screening

"Not expecting anything but a few hours of mingling at the post screening party of our last film, Welcome To Academia, I walked into Dempsey's Pub on Second Avenue and was struck immediately by its dreamlike atmosphere. It looked and felt just right for a project that had been buried in my sub conscious for a while. I felt like I had stepped…


Added by TradConnect on February 19, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

New Station set to Revolutionise the Music Industry & Arts in Ireland

A new project which is set to rejuvenate The Arts industry in Ireland kicked off with a mass meeting this month  at The Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

The project, entitled ‘A Time For Change’, will be a National Radio Station, Demo Recording Studio, Art Gallery, Video Studio and Website, located in the center of Ireland.

The brainchild of several Musicians & Artists, ‘A Time For Change’ will be dedicated to showcasing and promoting unsigned Irish…


Added by TradConnect on February 19, 2012 at 14:53 — No Comments

Best of luck to Lilt, up for two awards in tomorrow nights Wammies

Best of luck to Tradconnect members Lilt who are up for two nominations in tomorrow nights Wammies, both as a Duo/Group as well as for Traditional Recording for their album Onward which we have just …


Added by TradConnect on February 18, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments


Hi everyone on tradconnect. Just to say that some adjustments and improvements have been made to my website so feel free to browse it. Regards. Enda


Added by Enda Seery on February 17, 2012 at 2:07 — 1 Comment

Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music

Amazing day at the Joseph Browne Spring School today!! Numbers of students way up from last year and the music around the school was absolutely lovely to listen to. Ged Foley (from Patrick Street) joining our fiddle teaching team tomorrow and we're all looking forward to a great concert in Johnsons Hall on the main street in Kinvara tomorrow night also. Doors open 8pm for 8 30. Come early and get a good seat! Special thanks to Tradconnect…

Added by Máire O'Keeffe on February 16, 2012 at 20:59 — No Comments

Album Review - Lilt / Onward

Lilt present a very appealing ramble through the tune list of their lives on their album Onward. Tina…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 16, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Gavin Whelan / Homelands

Gavin Whelan is quite prolific as an artist with this being his fourth studio album. It's called Homelands and on it he features some of his long time playing partners in the form of Deirdre Smith on fiddle, Paul Doyle on guitar and bouzouki, as well as Daire Bracken, Peter…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 16, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

I will never pay for the “privilege” of playing for the public.

More than once, I have been asked to play my Great Highland Bagpipes at a fund raising event, only to show up at the gate and be asked to pay the cover charge to get in. Fortunately, in each case, I was able to get hold of someone in charge and bypass the gate fee. In each case though, at least a few of the other musicians seemed to think I was being arrogant and insisting on some special accommodation. One fellow musician even came up to me and told me I was…


Added by Jenni on February 16, 2012 at 0:59 — 4 Comments

John Carthy Live UCD TONIGHT, 16th February 2012

Don't forget that the master of fiddle himself John Carty plays in UCD, Dublin on Thursday 16th. Don't pass up the opportunity.

There is no doubt that John  can be described as one of our greatest living traditional musicians on the circuit at the moment. His roots go back a long way from an upbringing in London where he was born and where he began his musical…


Added by TradConnect on February 15, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Light Touch Dancing Bow / The Music of Joseph Browne

Organising traditional music festivals is not easy in the present climate, especially at a time when funding is not available. In Kinvara, County Galway this weekend we have the Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music, commemorating Joseph Browne who was from the area. We have posted previous blogs …


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 15, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Manchester concert in aid of Michael Davitt film

A special traditional Irish music concert in aid of a film on Michael Davitt will be held on Friday, March 2, at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester. The film, which will cover the life and times of Mayo’s most famous son and leader of the Land League, is the brainchild of Irish musician Donal Maguire and film maker Paul Vernon Lydiate. The special concert, which…


Added by TradConnect on February 15, 2012 at 12:44 — No Comments

The Chieftains instruments travel to Space

With St Patricks day approaching again it is worth looking again at this great video. Irish-American astronaut Cady Coleman has not forgotten her Emerald Isle roots, the NASA astronaut marked St. Patrick's Day in space by playing a solo on Paddy Moloney's pennywhistle and Matt Molloy's 100-year-old Irish flute. When she launched toward the space station in December on a…


Added by TradConnect on February 15, 2012 at 12:17 — 1 Comment

The Magic of Paddy Keenan Live - Harcourt Hotel, Dublin 13th Feb 2012

There is a certain magic in the air when Paddy Keenan takes to the stage. This veteran Bothy Band member seems to be constantly touring the world weaving his own spell of musical magic as he goes. He kicked off a new season of gigs in the Harcourt Hotel in Dublin last night in the company of James Riley on Guitar and Eamonn De Barra on flute, bodhrán and keyboards. And what a…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 14, 2012 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Next Up at the Harcourt Sessions - Guidewires 27th February 2012

Following a fantastic launch of their new season of gigs at the Harcourt with Paddy Keenan and friends on 13th February, next up we have Guidewires.

With their high-energy performances, breathtaking arrangements and their infectious melodies, its no wonder that this band are being described as "The freshest sound in Irish music".

With four members…


Added by TradConnect on February 14, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

The 6th annual Joseph Browne Memorial Concert

Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music

The Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music presents "The Joseph Browne Memorial Concert" with…

Added by Máire O'Keeffe on February 13, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

Album Release - Carrying The Tune / Kevin Crawford

It's great to have Kevin Crawford on board on TradConnect and it's even better news to know that he has a brand new album out this month. Kevin’s musical output has been outstanding over the years, showing a mastery…


Added by TradConnect on February 12, 2012 at 0:00 — No Comments

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh music festival kicks off 15th - 19th February

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh is a 5 day Traditional Music School paying particular attention to the music, style and of the Corca Dhuibhne peninsula in Co. Kerry, Ireland. The next Scoil Cheoil will run from Wednesday the 15th to Sunday the 19th of February, 2012. We hold about 25 classes in a wide range of instruments as well as sean-nós singing workshops and a sean-nós dance…


Added by TradConnect on February 11, 2012 at 19:24 — No Comments

Altan's New Album Due For Release Feb 28th

For all Altan fans the good news is that their new album, The Poison Glen will be released on February 28th 2012.

Over those years they have established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the World stage. The Boston Globe has described them as “The hottest group in the Celtic realm!” Altan have toured all…


Added by TradConnect on February 11, 2012 at 19:05 — No Comments

Achonry Lasses via Planxty

Just worked up Achonry Lasses last night.  Some really nice moves in it.  I'm around 60 percent speed with some bumps here and there.  This seems like it will really improve my bowing - can't wait to work through it in the coming days.  Finding that beat with the bow is SO tricky!

Added by Greg Kohn on February 11, 2012 at 14:51 — No Comments

Last Nights Fun

We took  a short trip to Dublin last night and had some tunes with Tradconnect host Tony Lawless.

It was a wonderful night of music. Tony and his fellow musicians made us feel right at home from the very beginning.  They had a wonderful selection of tunes which were expertly played and the night went by all too quickly for us!

We are happy to report that Tradconnect does exactly what it says on the tin by giving us the opportunity to meet up with people who share a common…


Added by Dulahan on February 10, 2012 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

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