February 2013 Blog Posts (60)

Live Review - Moxie, UCD, 28th February 2013

We are blessed here in Dublin because in the last 6 weeks we have been given the opportunity to see three of the best up and coming traditional acts around.  Crossharbour, a London band who played in January. Last week we saw We Banjo 3 and today Moxie.   Today, despite being in the sterile environment of a university lecture room at lunchtime, Moxie treated us to a half hour…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 28, 2013 at 16:30 — No Comments

Ireland Festival and Summer School highlights for July 2013

The trad music calender is entering a busy phase starting in July and as part of that there are a number of retreats, schools and festivals taking place which we will try and highlight as they occur.  Starting next week in Clare there is a new opportunity for flute players to smarten up on their technique.  The…


Added by TradConnect on February 28, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

The Yanks Debut Album now available for download.

The Yanks debut album is now available for download. For a limited time it is available on a "pay-as-you-want" basis.  So get on over to yanksband.bandcamp.com, have a listen and then download.  

The Yanks are a new group with some TradConnect regulars in the shape of …


Added by TradConnect on February 27, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

TradConnect member Enda Seery Tonight 3rd March on Geantraí

For those of you that follow the great TG4 Series Geantraí on Sunday nights check in this Sunday for Episode 3 that will be hosted by Harper Freda Hatton and will feature Tradconnect member Enda Seery.…


Added by TradConnect on February 27, 2013 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Story Road ( featuring Colleen Raney ) on St.Patrick's US West Coast Tour, March 2013

Tradconnect members Colleen Raney and Stuart Mason, with John Weed are teaming up to form a new group and are kicking off a US West Coast tour.  They go…


Added by TradConnect on February 26, 2013 at 21:30 — No Comments

Live Review - We Banjo 3, Mill Theatre Dundrum, 25th February 2013

Having enjoyed the album Roots of The Banjo Tree by We Banjo 3 the opportunity to see them live could not be passed up. It won The Irish Times album of 2012 award and set them on course for a tour of live shows.  Could their stage shows live…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 26, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

TIMES Irish Trad Camp with fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, Richardson, Texas

Oisín Mac Diarmada will give a series of master classes at the TIMES Springhill Retreat Center, 3991 Renner Road, Richardson, Texas April 15th - 19th 2013. The classes are designed for students, ages 18 and older, who already play fiddle and consider themselves intermediate or advanced in their level of ability. A…


Added by TradConnect on February 24, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Verena Commins & Julie Langan / Fonnchaoi

Every now and again a delightful discovery from the past shows up on our desk.  Fonnchaoi was recorded by Verena Commins and Julie Langan back in 2001 and was only recently revealed to us by a member of Tradconnect.  Both musicians are part of the vibrant Galway music scene. This is without doubt an album I could play every day and never tire of,…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 23, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Documentary on Painter and Musician J B Vallely

Here is an interesting video where painter and musician JB Vallely talks about his life and work as one of Northern Ireland's most respected and productive artists. Born in Armagh, J B Vallely was painting from an early age and by the time he was thirty was regarded as one of the most exciting Irish painters.

He talks to Northern Visions about his…


Added by TradConnect on February 23, 2013 at 11:52 — No Comments

Tonight - Play Michael Coleman's Fiddle at The Cobblestone Bar, Dublin, Feb 26th

Michael Coleman's fiddle will be in The Cobblestone Bar next Tuesday Feb 26th and will be available to play with care on the night. "Coleman's records were to have a major impact on musicians back in Ireland, and were to exercise an influence on traditional music which was to long outlast his…


Added by TradConnect on February 22, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Mike Considine / Permanent Resonance

Here is an interesting 6 track EP from Mike Considine who now lives in Hollywood, USA but has roots in The Burren region of Clare. It’s not all that often that you come across a bouzouki and guitar driven album, which are Mike's instruments of choice. He describes the album as a trip around the places he loves to call home,…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 22, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Bradford's own Stephanie Hladowski shortlisted for music award

Bradford's own Stephanie Hladowski has been shortlisted for


The Spiral Awards 2013 - Best Female Singer music award






The Spiral Awards 2013 - Best Debut Album


The Wild Wild Berry

Stephanie Hladowski & C. Joynes



Added by Patrick O'Sullivan on February 21, 2013 at 17:31 — No Comments

Geantraí Clár 2 - Presented by Tradconnect member Daithi Kearney - Sunday 24th Feb 10pm

The second programme in this new series comes from Pat Shortt's Pub in Castlemartyr, Co. Cork.

It is presented by banjo player and Tradconnect member Daithí Kearney where among the guests are brothers Caoimhín & Seán Ó Fearghail, singer Mike Hanrahan and comedian, publican and flute player Pat…


Added by TradConnect on February 21, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

‘An Ré Nua ~ the New Era’ - Competition for young & innovative musicians

Young emerging acts with their own unique brand of Irish traditional music are encouraged to take part in an exciting new project in association with Comhaltas Dhoire and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin. ‘An Ré Nua ~ the New Era’ is a competition designed to encourage young and innovative musicians to compete against each other for a chance to kick start a…


Added by TradConnect on February 21, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Introducing Baile an Salsa from Galway

We are listening to this short EP by Baile an Salsa at the moment.  Its fun, its different and its well recorded. Of late we have been mixing Irish music with lots of foreign influence so why not mix it up with a bit of Salsa. According to their Facebook page "Baile an Salsa are set to the take the Irish music scene by storm. The band sound is an eclectic mix of…


Added by TradConnect on February 20, 2013 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

The Best Traditional Gigs/Events/Session Listing in the World.....Ever

Check out our very extensive Events/Gig listing on Tradconnect.com. With the festival season starting we have the most detailed listings for traditional Irish music related events on the web.  With our ever growing readership you can reach the largest global audience with close to 10,000 unique visitors visiting us every month. Once an event is…


Added by TradConnect on February 20, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Tradconnect's List of World Irish Festivals - Updated

With the festival season upon us we have updated our festivals guide to provide the latest dates for festivals in 2013.  There are still a number of festival dates that need to be confirmed for the period September - December 2013.  

This should provide a comprehensive list for people travelling to…


Added by TradConnect on February 20, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

The Downfall of Paris (Irish/Celtic: violin / fiddle)

Added by Baxter Labatos on February 19, 2013 at 23:18 — No Comments

Live Review - Tim Edey & Brendan Power, Harcourt Hotel Dublin, 18th February 2013

The following is a quote from Mike Harding  "Two blokes at the top of their mark, one of the world's best melodeon players and one of the world's best mouth organ players"  This very well describes Brendan Power and Tim Edey live at the Harcourt Sessions last night.  Supported by the Jennifer Byrne Band…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 19, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

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Added by Irish Traditional Music Archive on February 19, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

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