March 2012 Blog Posts (48)

Midleton Rare: John Cronin and Daithí Kearney

Emerging from a quiet session, this April sees the launch of an exciting duet album from two great friends.

For the past few years, accordion player John Cronin and banjo player Daithí Kearney have enjoyed playing a regular session in Wallis’ Bar in Midleton, a town not usually celebrated for Irish traditional music.  John came to the town in the…


Added by Daithí Kearney on March 4, 2012 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - The Magic Square / Isn't anyone going to stop them?

The Magic Square features a number of Boston musicians that ran into each other when playing in the thriving trad scene that exists in that city. The group are Dan Isaacson, Elliot Grasso, Aaron Olwell, Dave Cory…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on March 4, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

UCD Trad Society presents Liam O' Connor & John Blake - 22nd March 2012

UCD Trad Soc And Arts Council Of Ireland Present Liam O Connor and John Blake.Support From Cormac Murphy and Oisin Mac Cinneide.

Liam O'Connor, one of Ireland's leading fiddle players, was born into a musical family in Dublin. His father Mick O'Connor is a noted flute-player, music collector, researcher and member of the Castle Céilí…


Added by TradConnect on March 3, 2012 at 18:42 — No Comments

Profile of Colm Phelan

Portlaoise-born Colm has been playing Bodhrán and Ceili Band drums since childhood and has been a prominent contender in the All Ireland competition since his earliest years of playing both Bodhran and Drums; in fact Colm qualified for the All-Ireland finals in his very first year of playing. He is a winner of numerous titles down through the years with his proudest achievements being the…


Added by TradConnect on March 3, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Kevin Crawford / Carrying The Tune

The virtuoso flute and whistle player Kevin Crawford has gifted us once again with a superb exposition of the finest in flute and tin whistle playing with his latest solo album ‘Carrying the Tune’.  His last solo album was entitled ‘D’ flute album (1994) so…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on March 2, 2012 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Been putting together a tunebook.

So I've been transcribing all the tunes I play as part of my usual repertoire. I've been making a project of this as a way of teaching myself to do this using command line tools in Linux. But I though some of you might be interested as well. 

This will be an ongoing thing, so I will keep uploading the newest version of it to this same link as I add more to it, so feel free to keep checking back and seeing what's new. I could also use feedback…

Added by Ed Yother on March 1, 2012 at 20:00 — 7 Comments

Connaughtman's Rambles By Dónal McCague

Its good to hear some of the old tunes reinvented and presented again for our entertainment. I loved Dónal McCague's version of this on his Bits 'N' Pieces album which was one of the highlights of last year. Its nice…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on March 1, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

It's that time again...

Time to get ready for those St. Patrick's day gigs. Some of us go out busking. Some of us have paying gigs lined up. Some of us may just be going on a pub crawl with a tin whistle in our pocket. No matter what your venue, here's a thought when pulling together your set list:

Put something your audience will recognize up front.…


Added by Jenni on March 1, 2012 at 1:30 — No Comments

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