May 2015 Blog Posts (58)

Folkfest Killarney Launch - A gallery of photographs from Whelan's launch night 12th May 2015

This year the inaugural FolkFest Killarney will take place on July 24th - 26th in Killarney, County Kerry. They have an outstanding lineup that includes both established and up and coming artists.  Many of those appearing have been covered here on Tradconnect over the last number of months.

In advance of the festival they had a…

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Added by TradConnect on May 21, 2015 at 15:08 — No Comments

Sounds From The Cloud - New releases worth hearing - 21st May 2015

Sounds from the great cloud in the sky. Sounds that may pass you by.  Sounds worth hearing. 

A selection of tracks that came across our desk over the last week or so.

If you have music that needs to be heard then simply send it to us on Tradconnect, Facebook, Soundcloud or good old email.…

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Added by TradConnect on May 21, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Brendan McAuley / The McCartney's of Pennyburn

This is an impressive recording by Belfast born Brendan McAuley.  It features mostly new compositions that tell the story of The McCartneys of Pennyburn. Brendan’s great, great grandfather bought the lease to the Pennyburn estate, just outside Derry city in 1865 and restored the old Pennyburn windmill that existed there at the time.…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 20, 2015 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Benefit Gig for Rosary College, Dublin - The Bonny Men/Edel Fox & Neill Byrne/Mick O'Brien - 21st May 2015

The Rosary College in Crumlin, Dublin are holding a benefit gig this Thursday night, 21st May at the Teachers Club in Parnell Street, Dublin.  The school is desperately in need of funds in order to keep their doors open and they have come up with 3 for the price of 1, concert deal featuring three of the best acts around.



Fresh from their appearance on Gradam…

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Added by TradConnect on May 19, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Anna Falkenau / Féileacán na Saoirse

Anna Falkenau has just released an album of traditional fiddle music.  It features tunes from the Irish and American old-time music traditions, as well as some original compositions.  Contributors to the record include Ged Foley and Kevin Hough (guitar), Holly…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 19, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Sounds From The Cloud - New releases on Soundcloud worth hearing

Sounds from the great cloud in the sky. Sounds that may pass you by.  Sounds worth hearing. 

A selection of tracks that came across our desk over the last week or so.

If you have music that needs to be heard then simply send it to us on Tradconnect, Facebook, Soundcloud or good old…

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Added by TradConnect on May 18, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

DEBUT FIDDLE ALBUM - BLACK SWAN

Super excited to finally announce the release of my debut solo album ‘Black Swan’.  Alongside the Ward Sisters, the album features world acclaimed artists Brian McGrath (piano) and Paul Meehan (guitar).  

CD launches will be announced very soon.

See also http://www.facebook.com/thewardsisters or www.lisawardmusic.com for more information…

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Added by Lisa Ward on May 17, 2015 at 22:01 — No Comments

The Salmon Leap Music Festival 29th - 30th May 2015

The Salmon Leap Festival is a new folk and traditional music celebration taking place Friday 29 – Sunday 31 May 2015 at The Salmon Leap Inn, Leixlip, Dublin.

This year’s line-up features incredible homegrown talent such as Damien Dempsey, Kíla, Sharon Shannon, Altan

As well as amazing Irish acts, this…

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Added by TradConnect on May 17, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Edward Cronin - Cylinder Recordings

Edward Cronin’s performances on the O'Neill cylinders are a revelation; they make it abundantly clear that he was a major stylist in the idiom of Irish traditional fiddle playing.

Cronin was born around 1838 in Limerick Junction, County Tipperary. As a boy, Cronin was already in demand as a fiddler, playing tunes and long dances for experienced dancers. A weaver by trade, he…

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Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on May 16, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Solas "All These Years" - 20th Anniversary and Kickstarter Campaign

Solas are reaching the end of a very successful Kickstarter Campaign for their next studio album. They have 4 days left and are just €3,000 short of their target. You can lend your support by following the link below to their…

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Added by TradConnect on May 16, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Socks in the Frying Pan / Return of the Giant Sock Monsters...

An imaginative approach to marketing has given Socks in the Frying Pan a larger than life public persona. They do indeed get noticed, and their debut album in 2012 showed that as a trio they pack quite a musical punch, with their high energy traditional music. This recording is a continuation of that debut. Constantly striving for change is…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 15, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album Launch - The London Lasses and Chris O' Malley / The One I Loved The Best

In 2015 we launched the new album by The London Lasses and today we make it available to over 85 broadcasters that are members of our Download Centre on Tradconnect.…

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Added by TradConnect on May 15, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Interview with Zoë Conway for the Irish Composers' Collective - The Strung Series

The Irish Composers' Collective (formerly the Young Composers’ Collective) was founded in 2003 and is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing Irish composers with a community for information, education and the pooling of resources in order to create concerts of their music with professional musicians.



In particular,…

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Added by TradConnect on May 14, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

April Verch Band - Mermaid Theatre Bray, Wicklow - 14th May (Tonight)

Presented by Music Network the high-octane April Verch Band provides a foot-stomping concert. With their infectious brand of North American roots music, their legendary performances are a lesson in how to win fans for life. The band’s fondness for a killer dance tune brings you on a journey through North American roots music, from bluegrass…

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Added by TradConnect on May 14, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

NEA Funding Recognizes DC Irish Cultural Arts Program - MAD Week

MAD Week, the premier Irish traditional music and dance instruction immersion program in the Washington, DC region, is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Musical Arts and Dance (MAD) Week is sponsored by the O’Neill-Malcom Branch of the international Irish…
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Added by TradConnect on May 14, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

"Chasing The Sun" by The Sweet Lowdown

The Sweet Lowdown are a Canadian trio made up of Amanda Blied (guitar), Shanti Bremer (banjo), and Miriam Sonstenes (fiddle). They have just added their new album “Chasing The Sun” to Soundcloud where it can be streamed.

“The Sweet Lowdown have developed original acoustic roots music that draws from earth and sky” according to their…

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Added by TradConnect on May 13, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Paddy O'Brien, Nathan Gourley & Dáithí Sproule / Bright and Early

This is a sprightly album featuring two stalwarts of traditional music and one of New York’s best up and coming fiddlers.  The names Paddy O’ Brien and Dáithi Sproule need no introduction. We have also covered Nathan Gourley earlier in the year as he delivered one of the best fiddle duet albums you are likely to encounter…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 12, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Jazz great Barney Kessel's contribution to "The Waylaid Man"

Barney Kessel was one of the all-time music giants. One of the highest rated jazz guitarists from the 40's right through to the 80's, he played with Charlie Parker (who was so bowled over by his playing in one session that he carried Barney's amplifier all the way to his car for him all the while saying how great he was!!), Oscar Peterson, Lester Young,…

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Added by Michael Mc Cague on May 11, 2015 at 21:30 — No Comments

2015 in Review : Athrú Interview + track

This is the first official release from a new 5 track EP by Northern band Athrú. 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 new EP.  The first track has just…

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Added by TradConnect on May 11, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Andrew Lamy releases The New Blackthorn Stick—the first ever traditional Irish music album for clarinet ( Full Press Release )

Last month we posted our Official Online Launch Article for The New Blackthorn Stick.  We used very little of the content of the official Press Release isued by Andy Lamy and include it below for those interested in this first album…

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Added by TradConnect on May 9, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

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