February 2014 Blog Posts (59)

Living Tradition Magazine is 100 this week!

Living Tradition Magazine - Issue 100 now out! The Scottish based magazine, which started in 1993 and has been published every two months since then, has reached Issue 100. I've been involved since Issue 1, and while the magazine has had some rocky times the commitment behind it has never…


Added by Alex Monaghan on February 8, 2014 at 23:00 — 1 Comment

Top 10 Traditional Tracks of the Week

10 tracks that you should hear.  Compiled from our Soundcloud News Stream and from tracks sent to us during the week.  

Follow us on Soundcloud and we will pick up on your music.  …


Added by TradConnect on February 8, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

William Quinn: 1930s Irish American Accordion Player

While doing some more research about Paddy Killoran's larger ensembles, I came across this 78 rpm disc from the David Giovannoni Collection here at WIMA. It was issued on the Montgomery Ward Label under the "Irish Barn Dance Band" name... which was often just one of Killoran's larger groups' recordings reissued under a different name.



Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on February 7, 2014 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Gradam Ceoil 2014 : Honouring our finest Traditional Musicians - Recipients announced

Youthful endeavour and decade long contribution and achievements were once again honoured at The Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield, Dublin last night. Gradam Ceoil, Ireland's foremost award in traditional Irish music took centre stage in the unveiling of this year’s recipients.  TG4 Deputy CEO Pádhraic Ó…


Added by TradConnect on February 7, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal - Friday 7th February 2014

Fifteen traditional musicians will take to the stage in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on 7 February at 7 pm to compete in the final for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal.  The event will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, and also webcast on www.cuireadhchunceoil.ie…


Added by TradConnect on February 7, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Triúr / Omós

Triúr take us back once again to the fireside in Cúil Aodha, to the relaxed and ambient atmosphere that gives them their trademark sound.  Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh make up Triúr and this is their third outing. …


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Latest Digitised Materials from the Irish Traditional Music Archive

A Chairde / Dear Friends,  Welcome to the first of our regular bi-monthly selections of Digitised Materials from the ITMA collections for 2014. 

After the recent tsunami of digitised materials which we uploaded in December and early January – among them our Advent Calendar, two Francis Roche volumes of interactive scores, and our new…


Added by Irish Traditional Music Archive on February 5, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Lúnasa Newsletter – February 2014

This is Lúnasa's February Newsletter; I think it is very interesting and worthy to be read!  Aindréas

Dear Friends,  Well waddya know it’s 2014. We wish you a happy, healthy and … hopefully even prosperous, one. Our manager Stu says our year will be more prosperous than the last one but he’s said that every year for the past decade or…


Added by Aindréas Ridire on February 5, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Off to the printers.

Back home a few hours ago from mixing the album and it's all done and dusted now!!

Sean Óg will be mastering it now and it will be off to the printers by Monday I think!!

It's been a pleasure getting the album done in Sean Óg's!

Don't forget to pick up the Irish Music Magazine as well for a look at the press release. 

Added by Michael Mc Cague on February 5, 2014 at 0:45 — No Comments

New Release 4th February : The Friel Sisters on TG4's Róisín

Last week we reviewed The Friel Sisters debut album and spoke about their versatility on a range of instruments including uilleann pipes, flute, whistle and mouth organ and how it adds great depth to their debut recording.

This video has just been released as…


Added by TradConnect on February 4, 2014 at 23:00 — No Comments

Irish Sean Nós Gathering of Traditional Singers; Dancers; Musicians 2014

Come April 25, this year, there will be a gathering of sean nós singers, dancers, musicians, listeners, enthusiasts and fans.  It is a peoples movement, intended to introduce many folks to the 'old style'.  In fact, most people in the Heart of America do not know what 'sean nós' is.  We are going to change that, on a zero budget, with real life…


Added by Mike O'Laughlin on February 4, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Album Review - North Texas School of Music / Winter Air

From the opening song Gleanntáin Ghlas' Ghaoth Dobhair on Winter Air you could easily be listening to a track by any mainstream recording artist, such is the quality and production values herein. The album is in fact by a music school, namely North Texas School of Music. You simply don't expect this quality from…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 4, 2014 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Tradconnect's Member Poll for "Album of Traditional Song" 2013

Welcome to the Tradconnect "Album of Traditional Song Poll, 2013". Each year we ask our members to vote for their Album of the Year and this year we have separated it between traditional instrumental albums, and traditional song.  The poll for instrumental albums has closed and a winner will be announced shortly.

We have…


Added by TradConnect on February 4, 2014 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Book Review : Pete Mullineaux / Session

Poetry, it is said should be read aloud.  You need to listen to it, like music.  When the poetry is about music, this approach gains an even more significant hue.  It brings forth images that you have seen, heard and experienced, but in the rush through life may have passed you by. You know those moments.  The anticipation of a concert…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 4, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Album of the Month for February 2014 - Peter Carberry & Pádraig McGovern / Forgotten Gems

Our Album of the Month for February 2014 is Peter Carberry and Pádraig McGovern and their magical Forgotten Gems.  It is without doubt one of the top 10 albums from 2013 and displays two musicians that get to the very heart of the music.…


Added by TradConnect on February 3, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Shortlist for "Irish Traditional Album of Song" 2013

Our poll for traditional album of the year 2013 has closed and we will shortly be announcing the winner. This as you know was for instrumental albums. We intentionally excluded albums of traditional song as it is difficult to judge them against instrumental albums.…

Added by TradConnect on February 3, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Lilt / Little Falls

Lilt have been back in the studio and have just released their third album called Little Falls.  Its name comes from one of the waterfalls on the Potomac River that runs through Washington DC where Tina Eck ( flute ) and Keith Carr ( bouzouki, banjo, mandolin )  live and play a lot of their music. It’s a follow up to…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 3, 2014 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Texas music alive on Jonathan Milton's "Just One More.." ( New tracks added)

We have added two new tracks to this blog.  Texas would not at first thought seem like the center of the trad universe.  It's the second largest state and is close to ten times larger than Ireland.  Maybe its pure scale gives it an advantage on the web when it comes to traditional Irish music.  With its piping clubs, music retreats and active…

Added by TradConnect on February 2, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Remembering Pete Seeger

This is a really interesting tribute to the late Pete Seeger.  It's a compilation of 11  tracks gathered from Soundcloud that provides great insight into his legend.  Included also is a duet with Bruce Springsteen.

This Land is your Land also appears as well as a duet with…


Added by TradConnect on February 1, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

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