May 2013 Blog Posts (45)

"The Keymaster" at Intendence Film Festival

We are an official selection of this year's Intendence Film Festival ( and will be very excited to attend the festival and see the reaction of audiences there to Patrick's story. If you're in the Denver area and would like to attend, check their website for schedule and ticketing info. It's exciting to have our…


Added by Jem Moore on May 31, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

Concert Preview : Karan Casey & John Doyle / Seamus Ennis Centre, Dublin, 31st May 2013

Irish vocalist Karan Casey and guitar virtuoso John Doyle were founding members of traditional supergroup Solas, a band known for rousing, furious tunes and striking renditions of traditional songs. On their recent Album 'Exile's Return', the two former bandmates reunite to create a stripped-down CD that…


Added by TradConnect on May 31, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Sylvain Barou, Dónal Lunny, Pádraig Rynne / Triad

Triad brings together three of the leading lights in Irish traditional music. Dónal Lunny needs no introduction being one of the founding members of groups like Planxty, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts.  Pádraig Rynne has for some time been cementing his position as one of our most creative concertina players through his…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 29, 2013 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Johnny McCarthy & Alph Duggan launch Steele's Rock album.

We have just updated our Top Ten Traditional Albums for May and there is a new entrant in the top ten.  Its an accordion album by Johnny McCarthy and Alph Duggan called Steele's Rock.  Tony McMahon on the liner notes states that "I really enjoyed listening to Johnny's new album, Steele's Rock. The slow, lyrical pace is…


Added by TradConnect on May 28, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Pulses of Tradition Cork!

Pulses of Tradition is returning to Triskel Christchurch at Triskel Arts Centre in Cork from June until September 2013, so make sure you go along!

In its initial run last year, the show received standing ovations, sell out performances and rave reviews which included, ‘This is the best traditional music…


Added by Pulses of Tradition on May 27, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments


Added by Conor O'Bryan on May 24, 2013 at 18:16 — No Comments

Melodeon- and Accordion-related Interactive Scores

A Chairde / Dear Friends.  Our newest tranches of …

Added by Irish Traditional Music Archive on May 24, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

Legendary musician Brendan Mulkere to be honoured at Fleadh Nua - 25th May

I was fortunate enough to have been in London in the late 80's and early '90's.  I say that because despite the fact that we had to emigrate, the London experience was something that any young person should experience. I lived initially in Finchley but decided to move down to Kilburn/Queens Park area for one reason only.  That was…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 24, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Danny Deepo / An Coisire

We are giving this week's track of the week to a quirky little number that we came across from Tradconnect member Danny Deepo who describes himself as a "Turntablist, producer, DJ and music enthusiast from Ireland.

Check out his …


Added by TradConnect on May 24, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Album Review - The Family Carr

Kevin Carr's one of my favorite fiddlers and an all around great guy. For years, he's been teaching fiddle at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and he's always quick to help anyone starting out on this difficult and demanding instrument. As fiddler, his style draws from many different traditions–and he's one of the few fiddlers I know who's proficient and respected in each of these…


Added by Devon Leger on May 23, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Interview : Garry O' Meara on his new album, and life on the road.

The first observation you make when talking to Garry O’ Meara is that he is a character. He has spent a long time on tour with various shows and groups and when we ask for some stories from all those late nights he simply says “They were good times” and laughs.  Mindful of the interview being recorded we move on from…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 23, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments

Album Review - The Onlies / Setting Out To Sea

Three of the best and brightest young folk and Celtic musicians in Seattle teamed up to make The Onlies. I know these kids well and they've got that wonderful, boundless enthusiasm of youth, and it shows on their second album, Setting Out To Sea. They've matured considerably since their…


Added by Devon Leger on May 23, 2013 at 1:00 — 2 Comments

Album Review - Kiérah / Stonemason's Daughter

Growing up the youngest of seven children in British Columbian stonemason family with strong Irish historical roots, Kierah must have felt a real need to stand out, and stand out she does with her newly released album. It's not just her technical prowess as a traditional fiddler that makes her new album, Stonemason's Daughter, note-worthy, it's her touch…


Added by Devon Leger on May 23, 2013 at 0:30 — No Comments

Tunes in the Church to encourage audience participation

Audience participation and engagement with traditional Irish music concerts is a critical part of the the overall experience. When you look at Brendan Begley or Paddy Keenan or people from the folk tradition like Christy Moore you know that the stories and tales are as much a part of the show as the songs and music. Polished musicianship can at best only…


Added by TradConnect on May 22, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

The Celtic Fiddle Festival UK Tour Dates - May & June 2013

The Celtic Fiddle Festival are celebrating their 20th anniversary with tours on both sides of the Atlantic accompanied by the release of a new CD, “Live in Brittany” this week. …


Added by TradConnect on May 22, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Séan Mac Donnchadha & Máirtín Ó Cualain / Bruach na Beirtrí

This is another re release from Gael-Linn. For people interested in traditional sean nós singing it features Seán Mac Donnchadha who is considered one of this countries finest singers.  Seán is a native of Carna in the Connemara Gaeltacht and he grew up in a rich musical culture. In the social life of the area he mixed with a host of legendary sean…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 21, 2013 at 9:48 — No Comments

London Irish Trad Scene News Roundup 19th May 2013

Find detailed below the London Trad Scene Roundup as prepared and issued by Karen Ryan as part of her email newsletter.  This is a general update of lots of different things that are happening in and around the London…


Added by TradConnect on May 19, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Frankie Gavin & De Danann at Skerries Trad Festival this weekend

Frankie Gavin and De Danann will be the big concert at this years Skerries Traditional Irish music festival which takes place this weekend. Their concert takes place on Saturday 18th May. This wonderful event has established itself as the signature Trad Music Festival of Ireland’s East Coast. The picturesque seaside town of Skerries plays host to a…


Added by TradConnect on May 18, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Seoda Ceoil 1 & 2

When we review albums on Tradconnect the inspiration that drives musicians on is often referred to. More often then not it will include people like Willie Clancy, John Kelly, Séan Ó Conaire, Seán Keane, Séamus Ennis, John Joe Gannon and Seosamh Ó hÉanaí.  

Released as part of Gael Linn’s 60th anniversary celebrations, this double CD comprises a set of…

Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 18, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Deis Folk / "F" in Jazz

Here is an interesting little jazzy track that we came across recently.  Echoes of Cormac Breatnach and other modern and contemporary bands in it.  Must look out for more of their tracks.

'Deis' are a Modern Irish Traditional Folk band that began life in late 2011 after…


Added by TradConnect on May 17, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

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