May 2012 Blog Posts (41)

Calling Ireland's best Sean Nós and Set Dancers for Series 4 of 'An Jig Gig' on TG4!

AN JIG GIG - Series 4

TG4’s hit show returns with a mission to find the best traditional Irish dancers in…


Added by Áine Ní Chuaig on May 15, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Natalie Padilla & Blayne Chastain / Fiddle & Flute

You will probably be familiar with Blayne Chastain as the creator of the excellent i -Teach web resource, which has now been further enhanced with a new bodhrán course. What you would like to know…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 15, 2012 at 8:00 — 3 Comments

Tradconnect News Roundup March/April 2012

Well we all live busy lives and its not always possible to read through the whole site for all the articles that have been posted. So every now and again we are going to sumarise some of the more interesting material that has been posted on Tradconnect. We will also use this for our monthly newsletter for members that may not have the time to get to Tradconnect as often as they like.



Added by TradConnect on May 14, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Kilfenora Céilí Band - Cork Opera House - 18th May 2012

102 years and still on the road! From village parties in the early 1900’s to bigger dances in the ‘30’s, broadcasts in the ‘40’s, commercial recordings in the ‘50’s, foreign tours in the ‘60’s right down to their current international profile, each new generation slots into the groove of their forebears.

Their music has been recorded both on CD, (eight to…


Added by TradConnect on May 13, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

"Freewheel" on our iPod with Séan McCarthy

Our very own Sean McCarthy has been busy of late and his new album Freewheel is on our iPod at the moment. It's a lively album with some great tracks on it. He has teamed up with Fergal Scahill on fiddle and David Howley on guitar as part of a…


Added by TradConnect on May 11, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album Release - Tradconnect member Phil Callery releases solo album - Landscape of the Past

Tradconnect member Phil Callery has just launched a solo album titled  Landscape of the Past and by the sound of the audio clips it sounds great. Colm Toibin has stated that "…


Added by TradConnect on May 11, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Album Release - Flagstone Memories

Clare musician and fiddler Orla Harrington has joined up with Altan's Jim Higgins and Clare accordionist Andrew McNamara for a collection of traditional music rooted in the Clare style, gathered from an assortment of old recordings.

We look forward to getting our hands on a copy and reviewing it. Check out the sound file here at…


Added by TradConnect on May 10, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Buy Music on Tradconnect

Tradconnect does not sell music directly from the site. However we would like to encourage our members to support the community that is Tradconnect and to support the musicians on here who have recorded. For that purpose we have today added a new tab onto the main navigation bar on the main page. Its called "Buy Music" In here we have started to list the members that have released albums…


Added by TradConnect on May 8, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Tola Custy's new Irish Fiddle Course @ OAIM

Hi All,

Check out Tola Custy's fantastic new Fiddle course. There is all the info as well as a free lesson to watch on the website.

Here's the course synopsis - 

This is a lively collection of jigs, reels and hornpipes taught by the renowned Clare fiddler Tola…


Added by Mathew Curley on May 7, 2012 at 20:00 — No Comments

The Michigan Irish Music School

Introducing The Michigan Irish Music School… a music school designed to teach Irish music based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Classes will begin in June, 2012.


From beginner to advanced students, you’ll learn how play traditional Irish music by ear in a group setting. Regardless if you play fiddle, flute, whistle, accordion, mandolin, or … you’ll learn from some of the best Irish musicians in West Michigan!


visit the school at…


Added by The Michigan Irish Music School on May 6, 2012 at 21:26 — No Comments

Music Mad Opens at Chief O' Neill's Chicago, May 6th

Music Mad is a theatrical musical drama that celebrates the life and times of Francis O’Neill, one of Chicago’s most venerated personalities from the turn of the Century.

Formatted as a “historical interview”, O’Neill is given voice as he recounts for us the stories of his life as derived from his actual…


Added by TradConnect on May 6, 2012 at 20:30 — No Comments

Lúnasa UK Tour Update & Competition

The sun may not be shining as much as we would all like but hopefully some music will help lift the spirits.

We were in the US for our usual March tour to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and travelled to Holland, Belgium and Germany in April for a few Celtic Super Night dates having a little time off in between for individual projects and some very important sleep catch…


Added by TradConnect on May 5, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Voices & Harps Workshop with Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra, Donegal Junw




JUNE 22 – 24 2012


Following the success of their inaugural workshop last year Clannad’s Moya Brennan and harp maestro, Cormac De Barra will be holding another exclusive Voices & Harps…


Added by Moya Brennan on May 5, 2012 at 0:00 — No Comments

Dervish Forced To Cancel Israel Tour

Dervish have today been forced to cancel a tour of Israel following an avalanche of negative comment and "venom" posted on their website. They say they have opted out of the tour as they were unaware of the cultural boycott that was in place in Israel. Members of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign claimed responsibility for forcing the band to…


Added by TradConnect on May 4, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

New Bodhrán Course From Blayne Chastain

For all you bodhrán players out there that may be looking for some inspiration and lessons we have just come across this new bodhrán course from Tradconnect member Blayne Chastain. We have no specific interest other than it looks good and the lifetime…


Added by TradConnect on May 4, 2012 at 8:13 — No Comments

The Captain’s Collection - Touring Schedule May 2012

During May 2012 Dogstar Theatre Company will tour the revived production of The Captain’s Collection. First seen by audiences in the Highlands and Islands and Northern Scotland in 1999 and 2000 – this early play by Dogstar was adapted into an international award-winning series on BBC Radio Scotland and its music produced as an acclaimed CD on the Greentrax…


Added by TradConnect on May 3, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Tradconnect - Tip 3 : Email Us Your Trad News

Here is a simple tip. Starting a tour, got a new album coming out, got an album launch, collaborating with another artist. Whatever it may be if you have some trad news why not share it with our growing membership. You have three choices

1. Email us at : For those of you that are touring and are busy, simply email us…


Added by TradConnect on May 3, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Discover Clare The Home Of Irish Music

Blackie O'Connell brings us on a trip around Clare the Home of Irish Music. Blackie, Karol Lynch and Seanie O'Gorman play in the Old Ground Hotel, every weekend on Friday and Saturday Nights. 

Added by TradConnect on May 2, 2012 at 8:33 — No Comments

Album Review - Noreen O' Sullivan / The Quiet House

Noreen O' Sullivan was born in Corrandulla in County Galway, where her father J.J Gavin owned a small thatched pub. Music inhabited that house and she has fond memories of listening…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 2, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Playing for others vs. Playing for yourself

So I have a Youtube channel where I post all the tunes I learn. (My goal is about 4 or 5 tunes a week, sometimes I make it, sometimes I don't.)

There's a place on youtube where you can see a list of all of your videos with their statistics. I notice that my eyes are always drawn to the column of "dislikes" or Thumbs Down ratings that my videos get. It always hurts my feelings to see that some viewers don't like some of my videos, but why should it? And I why are humans always…


Added by Katie Davis Henderson on May 1, 2012 at 19:00 — 5 Comments

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