February 2013 Blog Posts (60)

Exciting Manx Music:Barrule

The Isle of Man has its distinctive style of trad music. In the words of Scottish harper Rachel Hair :"Quickly realizing that there are far more jigs than reels in the Manx tradition..."

There is something to be said about music that speaks about the landscape of its origin:fresh, exciting and at…

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Added by Baxter Labatos on February 9, 2013 at 17:37 — No Comments

"TradConnect Album of the Year 2012"

TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2012 : It was without doubt a great year for traditional Irish music in 2012.  The quality of the albums that we received was outstanding. In addition to the mainstream albums there is also a lot of great work going on at a community level with musicians funding their own…

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Added by TradConnect on February 9, 2013 at 12:00 — 7 Comments

What a great trad year this is.

  It is funny how we are already in the second month of the year but it looks like  a great year anyway. Would you agree? Good things are happening so I guess the number 13 is not really a bad number after all. I have lived through the terrible 11 and 12 so what could be more terrible right?

I am so amazed that young ones as early as the age of 12 are starting to get into trad music. I get recommendations from both sides of the Atlantic to listen to this or that band because they are…

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Added by Baxter Labatos on February 9, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Live Review - Mórga at The Grand Social, Dublin, 6th February 2013

It’s Wednesday night at The Grand Social in Dublin and Mórga are kicking off their Irish tour.  What better way to spend some time than in the company of four top musicians - this being their first tour in some time. You will be familiar with…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 8, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire / The Celtic Conspiracy Box Set

It's remarkably ambitious in this day and age for any Celtic musician to release more than one new album in a year, let alone an entire box set, but sometimes you have to follow your inspiration, and it's clear that ace Northwest fluter and singer Hanz Araki has been tapping a…

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Added by Devon Leger on February 7, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Kathleen Conneely / The Coming of Spring

There's a strongly predominant school of Irish tin whistle playing these days, and Kathleen Conneely is not a part of it. And that's a good thing. The main way of playing the whistle these days, as perfected by the fine folks in Lunasa, is a…

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Added by Devon Leger on February 7, 2013 at 6:30 — 4 Comments

The Road to my Second Solo Album! Blog 6 by Enda Seery (Pre-Orders Available)

A short blog update. Just to tell you all that I have made my new album 'Síocháin na Tuaithe' (April 2013 release) available for pre-order on my website through the BUY ALBUMS link. 

http://www.endaseery.com/Buy_Albums_2.html …

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Added by Enda Seery on February 6, 2013 at 23:45 — No Comments

Album Review - The Willis Clan / Chapter One - Roots

With its mixture of traditional, pop and folk this new album by The Willis Clan is a highly polished and professional piece of work. A family of 12 The Willis Clan have been making inroads to a wider international audience, deservedly so. They can trace their roots back to their Scotch-Irish…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 6, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

An Nuacht: February 2013 (Part 1)

I'm keeping it simple this time, because I need you to focus... (focus... (focus...))

Just two things: (1) a look ahead to that big green splotch on your calendar, about 4-6 weeks from now, and (2) one very important event this…

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Added by Patrick Clifford on February 5, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments

Séan Keane Recital - UCD Dublin 6th February 2013, 1.15pm

For those of you that live in Dublin, or more particularly near UCD there is a great opportunity to see the great Séan Keane performing at a very intimate recital at UCD.  Its organised by the UCD trad society and is free. 

"Dubliner Seán was surrounded by traditional Irish music from an early age. Both parents were traditional fiddlers and he began…

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Added by TradConnect on February 5, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Cathie Ryan / Through Wind and Rain

It's been a few years since Irish-American singer Cathie Ryan's last album (…

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Added by Devon Leger on February 4, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Vishten / Mosaik

Vishtèn is a Canadian roots music band very dear to my heart. They're one of the few groups out there today playing Acadian music, and they're absolutely the best. Acadian music is the ancestor of today's Cajun music, and is centered in the French-Canadian regions of Eastern Canadian provinces New Brunswick, Prince…

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Added by Devon Leger on February 4, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments

Solo Finals Meitheal Summer School 2012

This is an interesting video that we came across that was uploaded by Tradconnect member Garry Shannon.  Its a series of clips of Meitheal students competing for a solo awards of a CCE tour as well as a gig at the National Concert Hall. A minute or…

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Added by TradConnect on February 4, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Thought For The Week

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

 Berthold Auerbach

Added by Paul Ivory on February 4, 2013 at 12:56 — No Comments

The Ivy Leaf from Boston

This is an interesting band from Boston who have recently released their debut album. Its a quartet that features fiddles, flute & whistle, concertina, vocals and bouzouki and guitar accompaniment.  They met up in the busy Boston music scene and play a mixture of old and new.

The band features Dan Accardi on concertina, Armand Aromin on fiddle,…

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Added by TradConnect on February 4, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Tradconnect Album of The Year 2012 - Voting has commenced

At the end of 2012 we shortlisted 15 albums for the award of Album of the Year.  They are listed below and were picked based on views on Tradconnect.  To help us with the decision process we have recruited the assistance of 20 adjudicators who can offer an independent voice when it comes to deciding where the award should go. 

They will have until the…

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Added by TradConnect on February 3, 2013 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Cool video from We Banjo 3 - Gonna Write Me a Letter + Tour Dates

Pretty cool video here from those pretty cool We Banjo 3 guys down west.  Great to see new artists coming up with a well filmed promotional video.  This is smart, sophisticated and very modern from a group that had one of the top albums last year.  

We did a review of the album which you can read…

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Added by TradConnect on February 3, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

ITMA Email Update, 1 February 2013

  A Chairde / Dear Friends,
 
Below are the links to our latest selection of…
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Added by Irish Traditional Music Archive on February 1, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Congrats to Tradconnect member Joanie Madden on her Lifetime Achievement Award

A big congratulations to Tradconnect member Joanie Madden for her lifetime achievement award at the recent Irish Music Association Awards 2012.  Joanie received her award for her dedication to Irish music in either a…

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Added by TradConnect on February 1, 2013 at 9:30 — 3 Comments

2,500 Reasons to Join Tradconnect

We have hit a new record on Tradconnect when it comes to views of a single item. One of our Albums Reviews, "Sock In the Frying Pan" has hit 2,500 views when we combine its near 1,000 views on Tradconnect and its over  1,500 views on …

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Added by TradConnect on February 1, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

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