February 2013 Blog Posts (60)

"Two Old Black Sticks" E-Book Published

Recently I have been reflecting on my quarter century of involvement with Irish traditional music in Washington DC (USA), first as a set dancer and festival organizer, and later as a flute player. My thoughts got too long for a Facebook status update or a blog post, and eventually a book emerged. Right now it is available as an e-book on Amazon.com and iTunes, and I have plans to eventually make it available as a print-on-demand paperback. The book is available worldwide and should turn up…


Added by John Kerr on February 18, 2013 at 22:44 — No Comments

Tim Edey & Brendan Power Live - Harcourt Sessions 18th February 2013

Tim Edey and Brendan Power will be playing at the Harcourt Sessions in Dublin city centre on Monday 18th February at 9pm.  They will also be appearing on The John Murray show  on RTE Radio 1 from 9am. We are most definitely going to attend . Tickets are €10 from the hotel in advance and you may get some on the door as well. "Tim Edey is one of the finest…


Added by TradConnect on February 17, 2013 at 21:30 — No Comments

Something glorious for Sunday morning - Verena Commins and Julie Langan

Our good friend Devon Leger brought this beautiful album to our attention last night via Facebook and we have done nothing but listen to it since.  It was released in 2001 by Verena Cummins and Julie Langan.  Its an album called Faonchaoi and how it has escaped our…


Added by TradConnect on February 17, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Masterclasses in Traditional Irish music and song.

A collective of some of Ireland's best known and respected musicians offering music lessons via Skype and supergroup concerts & workshops: www.tradmentors.com


Added by Niamh Parsons on February 16, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Elle Marie O' Dwyer / Where The Allow Waters Flow

It is evident when you read the biography of Elle Marie O' Dwyer that traditional song has played a major part in her life. From her younger days in Freemont Cork she was fortunate enough to receive…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 15, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Guinness World Record attempt for the largest tin whistle ensemble

Lúnasa will also be hosting a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest tin whistle ensemble in Ireland this June.

As many of you might have heard this is the year of The Gathering; an initiative to welcome visitors to Ireland and Lúnasa are delighted to be leading this music project in County Clare, the home of traditional music. The aim is to get as many people as possible to join them in Ennis with their whistles and beat the current…


Added by TradConnect on February 15, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

An Amazing Artist In the Making - Maeve Gilchrist

Every now and again you come across and artist that you were unaware of that really hits you like a ton of bricks.  Maeve Gilchrist is one such artist.  Some extraordinary music and song for this Scottish native now living in Boston. 

Thanks Dylan Foley for bringing her to our attention. Check out this charming video and the sound clips below which are a mesmerising mix of…


Added by TradConnect on February 14, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Robbie MacGowran / Basically

Robbie MacGowran has been playing whistle now for over 30 years. His interest in music goes back to the '70's where he found inspiration listening to The Chieftans, Séan O Riada, Planxty and others. Meeting lots of great musicians over…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 14, 2013 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Masters of Tradition On Tour ( USA ): Celebrating Irish Music in its Purest Form -

We're just two weeks away from the launch of the 2013 tour of Masters of Tradition at the Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas with the same incredible line-up of some of the best Irish traditional musicians working today: Martin Hayes, fiddle (and artistic director), Iarla Ó Lionáird, vocals, Máirtín O Connor, accordian, Cathal Hayden,…


Added by TradConnect on February 14, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Dónal McCague performance on the Gradam Ceoil Music Awards 2013

Here is Dónal McCagues performance on  the TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2013 (Traditional Music Awards) which took place last month.  Also check out our Interview with him which we did a few weeks ago. Great tune choice.

You can also read our review of…


Added by TradConnect on February 13, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

The Road to my Second Solo Album! Blog 7 by Enda Seery (Journal of Music)

A little bit about the album and the first launch from The Journal of Music. Regards. Enda

http://journalofmusic.com/listing/12-02-13/album-launch-siochain-na-tuaithe-enda-seery …


Added by Enda Seery on February 13, 2013 at 16:43 — No Comments


 From Cork with Love ~ a music travelogue of the Beautiful City on DVD is on sale now. 

The new DVD is out! It's been 3 years in the making. First the album of songs, stories and tunes was created at the Celtic Junction in St. Paul, MN 2010. After a few years of touring the album and with the financial backing of all our Kickstarter friends we went and shot the best of Cork's beauty to complement the songs.

We are looking to get it into Film festivals in…


Added by Máirtín de Cógáin on February 13, 2013 at 16:16 — No Comments

Celebrating 3,000 Members

We like to celebrate our milestones here on Tradconnect and this week we have passed the 3,000 members mark which is indeed cause for celebration. In addition , April 2013 is our 2nd anniversary and we have already reached Page 1 on Google when you search the keywords Traditional Irish Music. Thanks to everyone for your support and…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 12, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments

Thought For The Week

"Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing"

John Erskine (1879 - 1951)

Added by Paul Ivory on February 12, 2013 at 22:34 — 1 Comment

Free Sean-Nós Workshops in NUI, Galway Feburay 13th 2013

Irish Studies is an integrated, interdisciplinary programme of learning which seeks to explore key aspects of the Irish experience in its historical and contemporary settings. Since its inception in 2000, the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway has established itself as one of the premier locations worldwide for interdisciplinary…


Added by TradConnect on February 12, 2013 at 20:00 — No Comments

Are we ready for "The Yanks"

Ok are we ready for The Yanks. It's a new group with some TradConnect regulars in the shape of Dan Gurney, Dylan Foley as well as Isaac Alderson and…


Added by TradConnect on February 12, 2013 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

The UCD Trad Recitals - Colm Gannon & Alec Finn 18th February

We took some time out of our work day to attend the first of the UCD traditional recitals in UCD College, Dublin.  They have a vibrant traditional society that last year undertook a series of intimate concerts featuring the likes of John Carty and others.  This year they have moved them to lunch time so we decided to check them out. Tradconnect member…


Added by TradConnect on February 11, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Caladh Nua, March & April Tour Dates Announced

Caladh Nua are back on the road again in March and April with a German tour kicking off. This covers the St. Patricks weekend as well when they will be performing two concerts in Munich including an evening performance in Kennedy's Bar and Restaurant, Sendlingertorplatz11, 80331 Munich.  They have released two albums to date and we…


Added by TradConnect on February 11, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Tradconnect's Featured Artists on our Spotify Playlist - Updated

Welcome to our Spotify playlist, where we post up some of the tracks that have been featuring on Tradconnect over the last while. It is constantly being updated so check back in every now and again and you may discover some great music. If you find an artist you like we would encourage you to seek out the album and purchase it. Its supports the artists and keeps the…


Added by TradConnect on February 10, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Episode 50 of Sligo Agricultural Show


Friends check this out. This was shared by trad player Michael Curran and it covers a lot of topics including the revival of Sean Nos dancing. Very informative. People who are interested about Irish culture will surely enjoy this. I was smiling from beginning to end that later on I noticed my jaws ache.Such a sweet show.

Added by Baxter Labatos on February 10, 2013 at 2:24 — No Comments

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