April 2013 Blog Posts (51)

Tradconnect Track of the Week - The Yanks/The Gooseberry Bush

We have just received The Yanks new album in the post and are looking forward to playing it over the weekend. Every now and again when we get a good track we are going to feature it as track of the week. If you have a track from Soundcloud that you would like to be featured send it to us.…

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Added by TradConnect on April 19, 2013 at 11:11 — 1 Comment

"The Keymaster" at DocuWest

Just received great news, "The Keymaster: Patrick Olwell's Story" is an official selection of the DocuWest film festival! keep your calendars' clear in September for fun and adventure, meanwhile, check out their website from last year's festival to see how excited we are to be included with such high-quality fare...

http://docuwestfest.com/home.html

Added by Jem Moore on April 19, 2013 at 3:45 — 1 Comment

New Video from The Murphy Beds - The Old Churchyard

This is a great new video release from The Murphy Beds which shows what a superb duo they are.  Great harmonies and the addition of Stephanie Coleman on violin. The Murphy Beds  consists of Eamon O’Leary on Vocals, Bouzouki, Guitar and Jefferson Hamer and Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin.…

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Added by TradConnect on April 18, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Copperplate Timeon www.liveireland.com

hope you can join me at 4pm today gmt on www.liveireland.com for 2 hours of Irish trad/folk. Full playlist at www.copperplatemailorder.com/links  like, follow spread the word. Irish trad/folk 24/7 on www.liveireland.com

Added by Alan O'Leary on April 17, 2013 at 14:52 — No Comments

Traditional Artist Funding Campaigns

One of our aspirations on Tradconnect has always been to create a community of members that gave help and support to fellow members. This can include grass roots members involved at community level to artists that are touring the world. Encouragement to beginners, advice on instruments, inviting a travelling tourist to your session etc. There are many ways in which…
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Added by TradConnect on April 16, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

New video from Siansa Gael Linn winners Nuada

Its always worth following the exploits of our bright young folk as they make their way up the ladder of musical endeavor.  This is a new video just released of the Sinsa Gael Linn winners from 2013.  It was shot at the recent Temple Bar Trad Festival in January of this year.  The group is called Nuada and they are from Meánscoil San Nioclás…

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Added by TradConnect on April 16, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Enda Seery / Peace of the Countryside

Peace of the Countryside is the second album from Enda Seery and follows very much in the footsteps of his debut The Winding Clock which he released over two years ago. We…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on April 15, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

The Songs of Jed Marum

Jed Marum has been on our radar for a little while as we sometimes wander a little off the pure traditional grove and into some of the folk/celtic that is integral to most Irish sessions.  This track which we recently came across is taken from his 2004 album Miles from Home.  There is an inherent mellowness to his voice that can easily compete with…

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Added by TradConnect on April 14, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Southbound in Australia

Music provides us with wonderful opportunities, not least to travel the world.  While I am very used now to following an institutional calender - be it teaching in a secondary school or now  at Dundalk Institute of Technology - I am fortunate to still have the opportunities to perform and tour.  This Easter I joined two of my great mates from the Kingdom, Conor Moriarty and…

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Added by Daithí Kearney on April 13, 2013 at 11:54 — 2 Comments

Geantraí Clár 7 - Presented by Tradconnect member, Donall Donnelly - Sunday 14th April

Gleantraí Episode 7 airs on Sunday 14th April at 10pm on TG4 and will be presented by Tradconnect member Donall Donnelly. You will remember Donall's great debut album from last year called…

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Added by TradConnect on April 12, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Great New video from Mórga - Fitzmaurice's Flight

We do like a well made video and think its a great way for artists to promote themselves.  All to often the videos are of inferior quality or else they are a little outdated. However this is changing of late and artists and groups are producing very slick promotional videos.  Here is a new video release that shows…

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Added by TradConnect on April 12, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Fleadh / The Clegan Bay Disaster

Fleadh was formed in 1999 by the German Uilleann Pipe player Frank Weber and like a lot of bands went through a period of development.  Frank Dürschner (banjo, mando, harp ) and Tommy Gorny (guitar) have been with the band from the start with the addition of Irish singer songwriter…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on April 12, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Drowsy Maggie without ornamentation as an aid to learning the tune on the banjo.

Drowsy Maggie is a reel that we learned years ago and have played it at many sessions as it is a most popular tune. We hope this 'bare bones' setting is a help to anyone who finds it a bit daunting to learn a tune with all the ornamentation included at the start.

Added by Dulahan on April 11, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Drowsy Maggie without ornamentation as an aid to learning it on fiddle.

Drowsy Maggie is a reel that we learned years ago and have played it at many sessions as it is a most popular tune. We hope this 'bare bones' setting is a help to anyone who finds it a bit daunting to learn a tune with all the ornamentation included.

Added by Dulahan on April 11, 2013 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Baile an Salsa / Salsa - Trad

This is the debut EP featuring 5 tracks from Galway band Baile an Salsa.  As the name suggests this is a truly international band that mixes traditional music with Latin rhythms and beats. When I first encountered Baile an Salsa my interest was immediately drawn to their fresh sound.  What started as a general curiosity changed when I got my hands on the EP.  The members that make…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on April 10, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

Steeple Sessions 2013 Programme

The Steeple Sessions have significantly increased the scale of their programme for 2013 and it now spans 11 weeks across the summer. They have also added the additional feature of having the performing musicians do a Master Class on the day of their performance from 12 - 4pm, with some really big names involved. See the list below. They also have a special session trail in pub…

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Added by TradConnect on April 9, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Superbelle

With most groups you can talk about their members, their background and inspiration.  With Superbelle that is not an option as they have chosen to remain anonymous for this artistic project called Superbelle. For their live shows they are disguised with appropriate…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on April 8, 2013 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

Pickin' Time. New Album Out Now

Dublin born multi-instrumentalist Garry O'Meara showcases his master musicianship as a banjo and mandolin player on this recording.

Featuring a number of his own newly composed works, Garry's powerful instrumentals set him apart as an important and exciting talent.

Working as a full time musician, Garry has for a number of years been bringing his unique and energetic style to audiences around the world

As well as pursuing his solo career, Garry is…

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Added by Garry O'Meara on April 8, 2013 at 13:20 — No Comments

Profile - Garry O' Meara

Garry started playing music at the age of 9, learning the banjo, mandolin and guitar. After leaving school, he completed a Degree in Music and Irish at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.Whilst in college he became involved in the Dublin traditional Irish music scene and this led to various trips to Europe.

Aged 20, he joined the crossover folk/pop band Reel, with whom he…

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Added by Garry O'Meara on April 8, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

Tommy Peoples on Music Composition

This is a short but interesting promo video filmed in advance of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards 2013 with the legendary fiddler Tommy Peoples.  He talks about his life in music, especially on the area of composition for which he received this award.  

With upwards of 150 tunes written over the years only a small number are in circulation with many of them not…

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Added by TradConnect on April 8, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

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