May 2013 Blog Posts (45)

Niamh Ní Charra, Enda Seery & The Bonny Men launching albums at Fleadh Nua this weekend

The 40th Fleadh Nua in Ennis ends this weekend and three Tradconnect members will have album launches over the weekend.
Niamh Ní Charra's…

Added by TradConnect on May 17, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Australian trad music alive with Sásta

When it comes to Australian trad bands there are not that many that spring to mind. Sásta seem to be correcting that situation.  We have just recently come across their debut album, also called Sásta and the strong background to their members shows why the quality of their music is so high. The band …


Added by TradConnect on May 16, 2013 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Beoga member Niamh Dunne releases solo album "Portraits"

Beoga songstress/violinist Niamh Dunne has just launched her first solo album entitled “Portraits”. With master guitar player and producer Seán Óg Graham, Niamh’s first song album is a mix of traditional songs and folk material,…


Added by TradConnect on May 16, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Record 1,500 views in 14 days for The Yanks album

We have hit a record here on Tradconnect for one of our album reviews. 14 days ago we posted our album review for The Yanks and in that period we are approaching 1,500 views.  For a relatively young and…

Added by TradConnect on May 15, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Moya Brennan & Cormac De Barra - Affinity. Available from today 7th June

Following the phenomenal success of their Voices & Harps album which we reviewed last year Moya…


Added by TradConnect on May 15, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Flute Lessons

Hey guys, If any one is interested please contact me, as I have started doing trad flute lessons over Skype... 

Hope this is some use to people :) hit me up if it is! 

Added by Kieran Munnelly on May 14, 2013 at 14:02 — No Comments

Album Review - Éanna Ó Cróinín / Ceol Ársa na bPíob

Éanna Ó Cróinín hails from the Gaeltacht area of County Meath and has devoted much time to the playing of the uilleann pipes.  His influences as you might guess include the greats.  Leo Rowsome, Seamus Ennis, Patsy…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 14, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

The Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival fuses Documentary and Live music

LIVE international and Irish music combined with open air screenings of some top music documentaries feature at this year’s Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival.

One of the world’s most extraordinary exponents of the accordion will be performing and sharing some of the secrets of his talent at Guth Gafa in Malin and Derry.

Kimmo Pohjonnen, a Finnish musician who has been pushing the boundaries of the typically traditional musical instrument for over 30 years, is the… Continue

Added by john farragher on May 13, 2013 at 16:50 — No Comments

Album Review - Eithne Ní Uallacháin, Gerry O' Connor, Desi Wilkinson / Cosa gan Bhróga

Gael Linn continue their work of re releasing classic albums that may have been forgotten about over the decades.  If nothing else it displays the timeless nature of this music and how 26 years later it can still retain its creative edge. "First released in 1987, this classic album features music from Oirialla in County…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 13, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Nights in Shanaglish Reunion on 6th July 2013

Its nice to revisit some albums that we have reviewed over the last while and watch as they progress through launches, audio files becoming available etc.  One album from last year that was interesting and different was Nights in Shanaglish 

The idea…


Added by TradConnect on May 13, 2013 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Aoife Scott joins The Outside Track

Tradconnect member Aoife Scott has just announced that she will be joining up with The Outside Track this year commencing with a tour in Australia.…


Added by TradConnect on May 12, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Up and coming Scottish group Rura play Belfast 17th May 2013

This is a group worth checking out, especially for those of you living in Belfast.  Scottish group Rura play there on 17th May 2013. Rura ( Not to be confused with Runa from the States )  are being described as one of the best acts to emerge from the Scottish music scene in the last number of years. They were the winners of the prestigious Danny…


Added by TradConnect on May 11, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Goitse and Transformed

Our track of the week comes from Irish group Goitse and their second album called Transformed.  They are on tour in Ireland at the moment and will play The Mill Theatre in Dundrum, Dublin on 7th June, a concert we might try and get along to. They have received a lot of good press lately especially for this album which was produced and…


Added by TradConnect on May 10, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

My Love Affair with the Irish Flute !

Flute's player's I liked, and played with most, linked here -

Esp - the one's in the,,, Later Recording's -

You might find it interesting .

It's Just My Love Affair with the Irish Flute  - lol.


Earliest Recording's -


John McKenna - First Recorded Irish Music 78RPM  in…


Added by Jim Mcauley on May 9, 2013 at 13:17 — No Comments

Album Review - Celtic Fiddle Festival / Live in Brittany

Celtic Fiddle Festival. Live in Brittany, 20th Anniversary Concert.

2013. Loftus Music.

Hard to believe it's been 20 years since the first Celtic Fiddle Festival album. I must have been 12 or 13 years old and I got that first album for…


Added by Devon Leger on May 8, 2013 at 23:00 — No Comments

Interview with London contemporary trad group Superbelle

Over the months of March and April we have reviewed two albums that truly represent the opposite ends of the traditional spectrum.  We have just reviewed the debut album from…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 7, 2013 at 22:30 — No Comments

Geantraí Clár 10 Presented by Ronan O'Flaherty - Sunday 5th May 10pm TG4

The fiddler Ronan O'Flaherty's final program will present this episode from The Crane in Galway city. Brendan Browne, Damien Stenson, We Banjo 3  and the singer Paul Canavan among his guests. 

Here are the musicians…


Added by TradConnect on May 5, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Zoë Conway talks to TradConnect about her upcoming Irish tour with Máirtín O' Connor & Dónal Lunny

On Tuesday 7th May Zoë Conway, Donal Lunny and Máirtín O’ Connor start a seven date Irish tour.  Their first concert will be in Whelan’s in Dublin and they follow this with concerts in Kerry, Cork, Westmeath, Letterkenny, Sligo, Castlebar and Roscommon. As musicians they need no introductions such is the high regard with which they are…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 4, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Hearing my Violin

I started playing guitar when I was 10 yrs. old, now at 61 yrs. old I play guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, whistle, piano, and organ, with a lot of military drumming in the mix.  One thing I don’t think any of us expect is loss of hearing.  Why? Because it actually happens gradually and we get used to the way we are hearing things.


About 2 yrs. ago, my wife finally got fed up and told me to bite the bullet and get my hearing checked. …


Added by Albert Wrigglesworth on May 4, 2013 at 0:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Colm Naughton - Pearl O'Shaughnessy's / McConnell's

Our track of the week this week is taken from the new Banjo album by Colm Naughton that will be launched on 29th May at The Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.  We have the album and will follow up with a review shortly.

This track features and set of Barndances called…


Added by TradConnect on May 3, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

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