Traditional Irish Music
"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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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 …Continue
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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
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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 adventure.…Continue
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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 …Continue
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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…Continue
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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 Russian…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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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 of…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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
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…Continue