April 2014 Blog Posts (58)

Live Review : The New Leitrim Equation is a Breath of Fresh Air by Shane Meehan

The new Leitrim Equation is a breath of fresh air. What makes this Leitrim Equation residency stand out is that the four members are all from Leitrim. Each member – Eleanor Shanley, John McCartin, Padraig McGovern and Dave Sheridan – possess great personality. At the launch last Wednesday in the Dock, Carrick on Shannon, it…


Added by TradConnect on April 30, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Julie Fowlis first Irish date of 2014 - 7th June, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry

Leading light of the Scottish folk scene Julie Fowlis will play her first Irish date of 2014 in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry on Saturday 7th June.

Following the success of her critically-acclaimed new album Gach Sgeul ~ Every Story, the Scottish Gaelic singer will be touring throughout the UK in May, and will also perform her first ever…


Added by Odhrán Ó Maoláin on April 30, 2014 at 0:00 — No Comments

Leitrim County Council launches Leitrim Equation 4 Traditional Music Residency

Following on from the three previous very successful Leitrim Equation Residencies, the most recent of which comprised Dónal Lunny, John Carty & Séamus Begley, the county is now prepares to welcome the fourth group to take up the role of Leitrim Equation traditional musicians in residence.…


Added by TradConnect on April 29, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

"Official Online Album Release" - Aoife Granville / Sáimhín Só

Welcome to the Tradconnect Official Album Launch series.  For members and readers this series of articles will introduce you to a new traditional album for the first time. We are working with artists to bring a little bit more excitement to the “online launch”.  The first time you share a track from a new…


Added by TradConnect on April 28, 2014 at 19:00 — 4 Comments

2 new tracks from Portherhead's debut album

Galway based band Portherhead released their debut album this summer.  They describe their sound as traditional Irish music with a touch of blues, and we came across these tracks via twitter.  They have a pretty tight sound that is more traditional than blues it must be said.  They came together in 2011 and the band consists…


Added by TradConnect on April 27, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

A trio of album launches next week - Aoife Granville, Goitse and ALDOC

Next week we will have a trio of album launches on Tradconnect.  Aoife Granville will release her new album Sáimhin Só on Tuesday 29th April 2014. The album features a number of new compositions by present day musicians including Joanie Madden, Caitlín NicGabhann, Billy…

Added by TradConnect on April 27, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week - I Draw Slow / Valentine

We are venturing ever so slightly off the trad road with this track of the week, but when the music is this good, you gotta say something.  They are Irish but in the more bluegrass / old-time mold and their new album ( which we have and will review ) is worth a listen. Its a must have and has been getting great reviews.  This track is…


Added by TradConnect on April 26, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Sásta / Pure Wreckín' Match

This is a strong and focused recording by Australian group Sásta.  It’s their second album and takes them on a new journey as a trio having lost one member since their self-titled debut in 2012.  If anything this has focused their music because they deliver a fine recording of modern traditional music with a folk edge. Newly arrived…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on April 26, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Irish - Top 10 Traditional Albums - April 2014

Check out our Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums at the moment with audio where they are available to us. Naomh Pádraig Céilí Band this month take the top spot with their 3 In A Row album. Some new entrants this month with Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello also included.

Check out the attached and see how many you have in your collection. Lots of great…


Added by TradConnect on April 24, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello / Grace Bay

Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello display an intuitive understanding of duet playing on their debut album, Grace Bay.  The music flows from them with precision and ease as they extract the essence from some standard tunes and breathe new life into them.  Their delivery and sound has an old world feel to it…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on April 24, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments


73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland • 73 Cearnóg Mhuirfean, BÁC 2, Éire…

Added by Irish Traditional Music Archive on April 23, 2014 at 13:18 — No Comments

The Sean Nós Gathering, Kansas USA, April 23 - 25. ( Song, Dance, Music )

Starting tomorrow 23rd April we are launching the first event of it's kind in the Kansas City Area.  A 4 day mini- festival with old style and sean nós dance instruction;  Sean nós and trad song; and musicians sessions.  The sessions and lessons are open, public and free, and beginners are most welcome...

Five locations are involved.  Weds. at…


Added by Mike O'Laughlin on April 22, 2014 at 20:30 — 3 Comments

The Jeremiahs Irish Tour

The Jeremiahs will be performing around Ireland with special guest Jean-Cristophe Morel.  The Jeremiahs have rapidly become popular on the Irish Folk scene since their formation in 2013. With performances across the country at festivals such as "Bloom in the Park" "The Celtic Fringe Festival" and "The Ballyshannon Folk Festival" to "The Copenhagen Irish Festival" in Denmark. the bands…


Added by The Jeremiahs on April 22, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Best New Trad Playlist #13

This is a selection of the best tracks that we have discovered on Soundcloud over the last week or so.  Some have been featured on the site and some not. 

Follow us on Soundcloud and we will discover your music.Tradconnect on…


Added by TradConnect on April 22, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Pádraig O’Keeffe Interactive Scores

A Chairde / Dear Friends.  You’ll find an Easter present from the Irish Traditional Music Archive at this…


Added by Irish Traditional Music Archive on April 22, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Traditional/Celtic Music Festivals - May & June 2014

With the festival season upon us here are a list of the Irish festivals taking place in May and June 2014.  If you know of others that are not listed below simply add a comment below and we will update this list. 

For a full list of festivals throughout the year visit our…


Added by TradConnect on April 21, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Anam - Johnny Jump Up!


Added by Anam on April 20, 2014 at 21:41 — No Comments

The Trad Albums of 2014......so far

Here is a selection of tracks that we have gathered up from this years traditional album releases so far this year. If you know of other albums ( especially those with a Soundcloud link ) then simply add a comment to this blog below.…


Added by TradConnect on April 20, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Gradam Ceoil Traditional Irish Music Awards - Easter Sunday 20th - TG4 at 21.30

On Easter Sunday night at 9.30 pm TG4 will broadcast the Gradam Ceoil Traditional Irish Music Awards for 2014.  It’s the highlight of the traditional music calendar and will feature a broad range of musical talent performing for one night only in front of a packed University Concert Hall in Limerick.  The concert was recorded last…


Added by TradConnect on April 19, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

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