Featured Blog Posts – April 2018 Archive (26)

Irish trad band Beoga supporting Ed Sheeran this summer

Via RTE Culture. Irish trad band Beoga have been announced as the opening act for Ed Sheeran's Irish tour this summer. The Antrim-based five-piece group first worked with Sheeran when they co-wrote his massive hit…


Added by TradConnect on April 26, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

Track of the Day / Garry O'Meara - Pickin' Time (25th April 2018)

To celebrate 7 years online we are revisiting some of the 300+ tracks that are now in our archive. This is the first track we added all those years ago. It is from 'Pickin' Time' the debut album by Garry O'Meara.  On it he introduces us to the music that has inspired him over the…


Added by TradConnect on April 25, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

London weekly gig and event guide - 25th April 2018

The following events, sessions and concerts are extracted from the very popular Karen Ryan email news roundup. It covers upcoming events in the London region. If you know of other events simply add them as a comment to this blog. Scroll to the bottom.



Added by TradConnect on April 25, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Ulster's Spleodar selected as Siansa Gael Linn winners 2018

The young Ulster traditional music group ‘Spleodar’, whose members hail from counties Antrim, Monaghan and Tyrone,  are the Siansa Gael Linn 2018 winners!   After a glorious evening of music and song in the National Concert Hall on Sunday, 22 April 2018, they were chosen from among eight finalists of a high standard for this prestigious…


Added by TradConnect on April 23, 2018 at 20:30 — No Comments

The impressive new EP from Armagh duo Méabh & Tiarnán Smyth

Today we take great pleasure in launching the new EP by Armagh duo Méabh and Tiarnán Smyth. Coming from a very musical family, their talents were developed from an early age in the prestigious Armagh Pipers Club, famed for its notable alumni which includes Niall & Cillian Vallely, Jarlath Henderson and Brian Finnegan.…


Added by TradConnect on April 23, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

GAA legend Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh to Officially Open Scoil Acla Summer School 2018

Coiste Scoil Acla has today announced that former broadcaster, advocate and GAA legend Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh will officially open this year’s Scoil Acla Summer School. The official opening of Scoil Samhraidh Scoil Acla 2018 will take place in Gielty’s, Dooagh on Monday 30th July at 8pm.

A regular commentator for All-Ireland…


Added by Scoil Acla on April 18, 2018 at 18:00 — No Comments

Their finest hour - The Henry Girls reach Far Beyond the Stars on their new album

The Henry Girls are back with a brand new album called ‘Far Beyond the Stars’, and it is once again receiving very positive reviews. It was album of the week on RTE Radio One. They said:

“Over the past few years, The Henry…


Added by TradConnect on April 18, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Watch : Noel Hill – Aisling Ghéar - Wednesday at 9.30 on TG4

A searing portrait of one of Ireland’s most renowned traditional musicians – concertina player Noel Hill, as he recovers from a serious assault which left him a battered shadow of his former self. At the turn of the century, Noel Hill and his young family moved to the rural idyll of Connemara. In 2008, he was brutally assaulted by a builder with…


Added by TradConnect on April 17, 2018 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

'Here Comes the Day,' the new release form Scottish singer Heather Innes

Scottish Singer/songwriter Heather Innes released her latest album “Here Comes the Day” in late 2017. The album recorded in Scotland and produced by Stuart Duncan, Kate Kramer & Heather Innes features songs by Ben Sands, Martin Donnelly, Kieran Goss and Kimmie…


Added by TradConnect on April 17, 2018 at 7:00 — No Comments

Ályth McCormack announces dates for German tour in April 2018

Alyth McCormack has just announced dates for her upcoming tour of Germany which we include below. On the tour she will be performing a programme of traditional and contemporary songs and music from Ireland and Scotland and, in a new direction for Alyth, some of her own songs based on her experiences growing up on the Island of Lewis, on…


Added by TradConnect on April 16, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

Scoil Acla announces Padraig McGovern as Musician in Residence 2018

Coiste Scoil Acla has recently announced Co. Leitrim’s Padraig McGovern as the Musician in Residence for Scoil Samhraidh Scoil Acla 2018.

Padraig hails from Ballymagovern, a townland in the Cavan-Leitrim border area.  His music reflects this placement with influences of both counties evident. He was…


Added by Scoil Acla on April 15, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

The Martin Hayes Quartet: The making of The Blue Room - a film by Myles O'Reilly

This is Myles O’Reilly intriguing documentary on the making of The Blue Room recording by the Martin Hayes Quartet. This new venture by Martin Hayes expands on many of the musical ideas that he has pursued in his long standing partnership with Dennis Cahill. He says:…


Added by TradConnect on April 14, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Philip King is "Down in the City" for new series of concerts

Reclaim your Sunday evenings with Down in the City: An Alternative Sunday Service, a series of three events taking place in The Sugar Club, Dublin in April, May…


Added by TradConnect on April 13, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Album Review : Florence Fahy / Tunes from the Flaggy Shore

It is no surprise that one of the best traditional albums of late, once again features concertina. This debut release by Co Clare musician Florence Fahy stands shoulder to shoulder with the best that Clare has to offer. The concertina more than any instrument seems to capture the essence of the music, and Florence Fahy, now…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on April 11, 2018 at 13:30 — No Comments

€1.2bn to be invested in culture heritage and Irish language

Via Almost €1.2 billion euro is to be invested in culture, heritage and language projects as part of Project Ireland 2040.

The funding programme,…


Added by TradConnect on April 11, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

New Album Release - In Troubled Times

“In Troubled Times” debuts this April on the Touch of Blarney Music label. The album is being released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Derry Peace March which will occur later this year. It was an event igniting a struggle for civil rights and religious freedom which cost the…


Added by John Walsh on April 9, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Custy's Interview Series : Kevin Rowsome

Continuing the great Custy's interview series with traditional musicians. This time it's Kevin row some. We recently launched Cuisle Cheol na bPíob the new album by Kevin Rowsome. It is a solo unaccompanied…


Added by TradConnect on April 9, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

The weekly Gig Guide to sessions, concerts and events

Each week we will be featuring our Events Section of the site and will be posting it out to Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts. Lots of great events taking place across the globe, so if you want yours included head on over to our events section and post up…


Added by TradConnect on April 7, 2018 at 19:00 — No Comments

Best Trad Tracks from March 2018 - 12 Tracks

A selection of tracks that have been released on Soundcloud over the last few weeks. Sounds that may pass you by.  Sounds worth hearing.

If you have tracks that you want us to feature on Tradconnect then simply send them via our Soundcloud profile.

If you…


Added by TradConnect on April 7, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

New Music from the Scottish Highlands - Hò-rò and their new album HEX

HEX is the much-anticipated new album from Scottish outfit Hò-rò.  Winners in the ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ category at 2017’s MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, the young band from the Scottish Highlands & Islands are releasing their second album HEX on Friday…


Added by TradConnect on April 6, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

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