February 2012 Blog Posts (62)

Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle - Len Graham Workshop 11th February 2012

Workshop 11th February 2012. 2-4pm. County Antrim born, Len Graham has been a full-time professional traditional singer since 1982.  From the early 1960s Len sought out and recorded older singers such as Eddie Butcher and Joe Holmes. His musical friendship with Joe Holmes resulted in two albums being recorded. As a founder member of the group Skylark in 1986…


Added by TradConnect on February 9, 2012 at 10:47 — No Comments

Máirtín O'Connor in Concert

March 2nd - Friday - 8:00 pm. Traditional Irish Music Concert featuring the unique accordion music of Máirtín O'Connor accompanied by Brendan O'Regan on bouzouki and Jimmy Higgins on…


Added by Breandán Ó Loinsigh on February 8, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Adrian McAuliffe & Cathal Flood / Between The Strings

There is a quote in the album notes to the effect that when Adrian and Cathal met as younger men in Cork "they didn't speak much, just started playing, tentatively tiptoeing around each other" If their music was at this level back then, words were…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 8, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Paddy Keenan - Irish Tour Continues Hardcourt Hotel TONIGHT 13th February 2012

A quick reminder that Paddy Keenan continues his Irish tour this Monday at the Hardcourt. Event details were pasted here. To many Paddy is a ledgend and he has a very devoted…


Added by TradConnect on February 8, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

108 Original Compositions in the Traditional Irish Style by Davy Rogers

My book: "108 Original Compositions in the Irish Traditional Style by Davy Rogers"

was published on 27th January 2012 and is available at:~…


Added by Davy Rogers on February 7, 2012 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Ceílí House Live in Concert - 17th March 2012. NCH

Get in early and get your tickets for St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy a traditional evening of the best of Irish music and song this St. Patrick’s Day with Céilí House live in the regal setting of our National Concert Hall.  The stellar line-up will be a magnificent showcase of the many exciting practices alive in traditional music today.  The Voice Squad will impress with their…


Added by TradConnect on February 7, 2012 at 9:46 — No Comments

Top Ten Traditional Albums - January 2012

1.The Shores of Lough Graney

P.J. Hayes and Martin Hayes accompanied by Mark Gregory and Dennis Cahill

2. Deadly Buzz

Mick O' Brien and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh

3. Na Fir…


Added by TradConnect on February 7, 2012 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Album Release - Lilt / Onward

This is an album release that I just came across today and by the sound of the clips ( CD Baby ) it sounds like a cracker. Whats more it's from one of our own TradConnect members Tina Eck Lilt is a duo featuring  Tina on…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 6, 2012 at 20:01 — 1 Comment

Liz Carroll "Collected" now on sale

For fans of Liz Carroll and I know there are many out there you wll be glad to know that her long-awaited book of original compositions is now available for purchase. Published originally by Liz in 2010 she has had  launches at major music festivals throughout 2010 and 2011. It's now available only through her website…


Added by TradConnect on February 6, 2012 at 10:47 — No Comments

Album Release - Eoin Duigan - Timeless

Eoin Duignan is a gifted musician and composer and has lived in Dingle since 1979. We are also glad to have him as a member on TradConnect.  He has released a selection of tunes, in a Greatest Hits type package called Timeless. His enchanting and uplifting melodies have…


Added by TradConnect on February 6, 2012 at 10:45 — No Comments

Practice vs Rehearsal

Those of us who were in band in high-school, or were ever in a play, have heard the addage, “Practice is what you do at home. Rehearsal is what you do with the group.” Which is great, except it doesn't really tell you what the difference is.

Rehearsal is putting yourself and your group in as close to public performance conditions as you can in your rehearsal space. I direct the plays at our local high-school, and I can…


Added by Jenni on February 4, 2012 at 16:11 — No Comments

3/Triúr - Featuring Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh at The Abbey

If you missed Martin Hayes the last time he was in town with The Teatotallers than don't feel too disappointed. Coming up at the Abbey we have an intimate evening of traditional music with Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh. Collectively known as 3/Triúr, these highly acclaimed musicians present this one-off concert to celebrate the launch of their latest…


Added by TradConnect on February 4, 2012 at 12:39 — No Comments

Session with the Pipers - 7th February 2012

This is a popular series that is always worth checking out if you are in Dublin. Starting from 7th Feb 2012 (Tue) from 21:30 - 23:30 Session with the Pipers will recommence at one of the best pubs for traditional music in Dublin. The Cobblestone Bar, 77 North King Street, Dublin. Starts at 9.30 Admission €12 ( concession €8.00 )


Tuesday 7th February…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 4, 2012 at 12:08 — No Comments

21st Century Trad

By Garbhan Downey

City of Culture media director Garbhan Downey on an exciting new trad social network site....

In Dublin for the Fleadh bid last…


Added by TradConnect on February 4, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

TONIGHT - Transatlantic Session in NCH

Don't forget tonight, The Transatlantic Sessions. After winning the 2010 Good Tradition title at the Radio 2 Folk Awards and embarking on their first-ever UK tour, the Transatlantic Sessions settle in Ireland, for one night only, where…


Added by TradConnect on February 4, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Gerry Diver's "The Speech Project" named in Tom Robinson's Top 13 Albums

We feature this again because Gerry's album The Speech Project has been named in BBC6's Tom Robinson's Top 13 Albums of all time.  Tom has been around the block for a good few years and knows a thing or two about music.  He says that

"The reason I’ve chosen Speech Project is because these days there’s such a danger that…


Added by TradConnect on February 3, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Brian Rooney - TG4 Musician of The Year 2012

Fiddler Brian Rooney has won the honour of musician of the year in the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards. We are big fans of Brian's here on TradConnect and he is a vry worthy winner. Brian was born in 1951 and hails from the townland of Derragoon, near Kiltyclogher, in north Leitrim, one of fourteen children born to Jack and Mary Rooney. His father played…


Added by TradConnect on February 3, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Patty Furlong / Traditional Irish Music On Button Accordion

Reviewing an album such as this, many years after it's release gets me thinking about the timeless nature of traditional Irish music and the need for albums like this to be highlighted or possibly re-released. Maybe others are aware of this album but for me discovering something as special as this, no matter what the release date is always worth it. …


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 2, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

The Chieftains announce their 50th Anniversary 2012 US Tour

The Chieftains, six-time Grammy winners and world-renowned Irish traditional folk ensemble, have announced a UK tour to celebrate 50 years of their music!

Grammy-winning Irish musical group founded in 1962, The Chieftains are best known for being one of the first bands to make…


Added by TradConnect on February 2, 2012 at 9:07 — No Comments

Patrick Olwell documentary

Hi, my name is Jem Moore, and I'm starting a feature documentary on legendary flute maker Patrick Olwell. It is a great story, and worthy of preserving, and sharing, for years to come. I am also a musician, and I've been playing one of Patrick's flutes for more than twenty years, and have stayed in touch with Patrick throughout.  Though I'm donating my time and…


Added by Jem Moore on February 2, 2012 at 5:00 — 1 Comment

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