April 2015 Blog Posts (48)

The London Lasses and Chris O'Malley to launch new album - 15th May

The London Lasses and Chris O’ Malley have announced the release of their 5th album called The One I Loved The Best.  We hope to get to an Official Online Launch of the album shortly.  In the meantime here is their press release.

“Over the past fifteen years The London Lasses have been delighted to bring…

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Added by TradConnect on April 18, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Story of the Rose Sessions + Playlist

Don Smith and Marty McKernan provide some interesting background to this rather interesting collection of songs on a new album called The Rose Sessions.

Don and Marty are two Tri-State Area musicians who have played the pub circuit for some years. Marty was the founder of “The Moonshine Mountain Boys”, who performed from 1975-1982,…

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Added by TradConnect on April 18, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Skipper's Alley + Danny Diamond + Twin Headed Wolf - Whelan's, 26th April

On 26th April Whelan’s, Dublin will have a triple header featuring Skippers Alley, Danny Diamond and Twin Headed Wolf.  Skippers Alley have just released their debut album which we covered via one of our online launches.  You can read that article…

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Added by TradConnect on April 17, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

"The Keymaster" now online!

Ladies and Gentleman, after more than a year struggling to find the right online platform for The Keymaster, it is now available as a download for purchase or rent on Vimeo Video on Demand. Please share the link, and let your friends know they can be watching this musical masterpiece in the comfort of their own home in mere minutes....…

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Added by Jem Moore on April 17, 2015 at 2:30 — No Comments

2015 in Review : In conversation with Ailie Robertson on her new album "Little Lights"

Earlier in the month we posted an album review of the new harp album by Ailie Robertson called Little Lights.  

Together with guests Tim Edey and Natalie Haas she has pushed the limits of the harp to create…

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Added by TradConnect on April 16, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Official "Online Album Release" - The Lasses / Daughters

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 recording with your fans and audience is important,…

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Added by TradConnect on April 16, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Siansa Gael Linn 2016 Final - NCH, Dublin, 17th April 2016

MUSICAL STRINGS HAVE BEEN TIGHTENED, uillean pipes tuned, accordions polished, shirts and dresses bought… Yes, the big day is almost upon us.

Sunday April 17 will see the gathering of traditional music’s young elite, their fans and all connoisseurs of good music assembled in The National Concert Hall, Dublin for the finale of Siansa Gael Linn 2016,…

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Added by TradConnect on April 15, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

First listen to the companion CD "IRELAND: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840"

This is a stunning new composition from Liz Carroll called The True Love of My Heart and is taken from Ireland Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840 : The Music.  

It is companion CD for the an exhibition of the same name that is presently taking place at the Art Institute of Chicago. We…

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Added by TradConnect on April 15, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

New release from Washington DC musician John Kerr - Two Old Black Sticks

Washington DC musician John Kerr has just launched a new album of traditional music with a number of long term musical friends. The album is called Two Old Black Sticks and on it John is joined by Joe DeZarn fiddle, Patrick Cavanagh banjo and accordion, Crystal Bailey fiddle, Peter Brice…
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Added by TradConnect on April 14, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Short film on Eithne Ní Uallacháin and the making of Bilingua

In 1998, Eithne Ní Uallacháin returned to Shaun 'Mudd' Wallace's Homestead studios to record a solo album. Ní Uallacháin's vocals were completed and much of the music was arranged, but the album was not released. Eithne died in 1999 and her son, Dónal, took residence at Wallace's studio as an assistant engineer, and during times when the studio was…

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Added by TradConnect on April 13, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

The Máirtín O'Connor Band begins short tour of Northeast USA this weekend.

The Máirtín O'Connor Band begin a short tour of the Northeast USA this weekend. It will run from April 12th through to April 19th when they finish up in New York. 

"Since 2001 the current line up of the band has been steadily evolving into a cohesive musical entity. With Cathal Hayden on fiddle and Séamie O'Dowd on vocals and guitar, the band have built a…

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Added by TradConnect on April 12, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

IRELAND:Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840 - Now showing at Art Institute of Chicago

Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840, opened at the Art Institute of Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2015, with a special ribbon-cutting featuring bagpipes and local dignitaries.

This week we have been listening to a companion CD, created to…

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Added by TradConnect on April 11, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

New track released from Athrú's debut EP

Athrú have released another track from their debut self titled EM. The track is called Muireann. The group came together on the busy Belfast session scene and very quickly developed their sound which they describe as vibrant and contemporary. They won Derry's "An Re Nua 2014" competition and have followed up with this…

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Added by TradConnect on April 10, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Ailie Robertson / Little Lights

Ailie Robertson dispels some of the myths associated with the harp on her new solo album called Little Lights.  With Tim Edey on guitar and accordion and Natalie Haas on cello they push the boundaries of what a harp can, or should be.  They experiment with the natural harp resonance through the use of pedals and other plug-in effects. …

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on April 10, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Ceol Tracks – Easy to use Irish Traditional Music Tutor/Tune Book

Teaching yourself to play traditional Irish music using your instrument of choice has just become easier thanks to a neweasy to read music tutor/tune book by Ceol Tracks Publications. Created by Music Teacher Denis O’Toole, he combines the most essential tutoring tools into an easy-to-learn book and CD package…

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Added by Denis O Toole on April 9, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Official "Online Album Release" - Caitlín & Ciarán

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 recording with your fans and audience is…

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Added by TradConnect on April 9, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Tradconnect's 5 Minute Interview - Kevin Madden

Wecome to the Tradconnect 5 minute interview. Each week we will put a few questions to someone involved with the traditional music scene. 

If you would like to take part in this then simply get in touch with us. It applies to people involved with music, community, broadcasting, festivals…

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Added by TradConnect on April 8, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Official "Online Album Release" + Interview - Haley Richardson / Heart on a String

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…

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Added by TradConnect on April 7, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Back to the Uilleann Pipe Chanter; & Flute making

I am not a blogger but...

these last few weeks the weather became ideal for Piping and OC I have a practice set.



So after over a decade of none, I began to run over some of the pieces I used love to work on.



Course I do not take this to sessions, or even out, just at home with me and the cat and dogs, the odd passer by stopping to listen to the Saxophone ... lol

It is the USA, and I am in S Texas where nearly nobody knows what a Uilleann Pipes set is, never…

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Added by MickeyMcAdden on April 7, 2015 at 4:00 — No Comments

New track released from Moyne Road by The Bonny Men

This is the second track released from the new album by The Bonny Men.  The album called Moyne Road featured in our Online Launch Series earlier in the year and it includes some original vocal material.

“Yes, the new album features five original songs” Barry Lyons said when we spoke to him in advance of this release. “We decided to embark on this as a project in…

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Added by TradConnect on April 5, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

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