May 2015 Blog Posts (58)

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…


Added by TradConnect on May 9, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Win Tickets to the Dublin launch of Folkfest Killarney - Whelan's Dublin - 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…


Added by TradConnect on May 8, 2015 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Impressive EP from new Northern group Connla

Connla are a new group on the traditional scene and feature the talents of Ciaran Carlin (Whistles, Flute), Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes, Whistles), Emer Mallon (Harp), Ciara McCafferty (Vocals, Bodhran) and Paul Starrett (Guitar).  

They have just released their debut EP and included…


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

Sample tracks from Los Angeles band The Ne’er Duwels new album

The Ne’er Duwels announced the release of their long awaited debut album, titled “Ne’er Duwels recently. The official release celebration was on May 17th in South Pasadena. They have now released some sample tracks which we include below.

The band members include well known local Irish singer Ken O’Malley,…


Added by TradConnect on May 8, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Kyle Carey releases two new tracks from 'North Star'

Kyle Carey has released two new tracks from her second album called North Star. “Intricately woven music provided by some household names in the traditional music world underscores her own brand of Gaelic Americana.  Seamus Egan produced the album with Katie McNally, Dirk Powell, Catriona McKay, Natalie Haas and…


Added by TradConnect on May 7, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Moxie with The Ulster Orchestra - Planted

It is close to a year since the release of Moxie’s debut album called Planted. It “follows very much in the path of other boundary pushing artists, like Rynne, Talty, McSherry, who seek freedom in an expansive form of traditional inspired music.  Moxie have been much touted of late for their creative and clean sound and their EP…


Added by TradConnect on May 7, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Seachtain Ceoil Chois Fharraige announces festival lineup Aug 3rd - 9th 2015

Starting a new music festival is a daunting process and many struggle in the early years to establish a name and a brand.  

Seachtain Ceoil Chois Fharraige in Spidéal are approaching this task with great skill and care thanks to the work of Colm and Kelly Gannon. Musicians of some…


Added by TradConnect on May 6, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Rhoda Barfoot / Across The Sea To Ireland

Each year one vocal album manages to stand out from the crowd, and set itself apart on creative and musical grounds.  Across the Sea To Ireland may just be that album. To be able to say this about a recording that includes standards like Amazing Grace, Caledonia, Galway Bay and Mo Ghile…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 6, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Riches of Clare announce 2015 series of lunchtime concerts

Now in the 11th year, the Riches of Clare 2015 series of lunchtime concerts will take place in Ennis, Kilrush and Feakle, beginning during Fleadh Nua on May 18th.  This free series is made possible by the support of the Clare…


Added by TradConnect on May 5, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Unfolding / Young Music From East Clare

Unfolding is an album by a group of young musicians associated with The Music Room in Tulla, East Clare and in particular their concertina teacher, Mary Mac Namara. The album was produced as a fundraiser for music exchanges which proved successful, with the album receiving…


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Top 20 Traditional Tracks - April 2015

The growth of our Soundcloud file over the last 12 months is starting to provide statistical information that is useful for both artists and fans alike.

At the moment we have passed the 160,000 mark for total plays received and are now achieving in excess of 4,000 plays a week. We can now look at the information in a bit more depth over a monthly period…


Added by TradConnect on May 4, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week : Liz Knowles with Catriona McKay & Tríona Dhomhnaill / The True Love of My Heart

This track has received an incredible 400 plays over the last 7 days making it our track of the week.  Its the stunning new composition from Liz Carroll called The True Love of My Heart and is taken from Ireland Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840 : The Music. 

It is companion CD for the an exhibition of the same name that is…

Added by TradConnect on May 3, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Tradconnect Album Review Guidelines

We have a pretty broad focus with regard to albums that we review, driven mainly by the time and resources we have at our disposal.

2016 albums

Priority is given to new releases from 2016. Traditional music from Ireland is our primary focus, but we also take in Scottish, Breton, Galician etc. 

Older albums

For previous…


Added by TradConnect on May 2, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

Two new albums from Seattle musician Randal Bays

Seattle based musician Randal Bays has released two new albums of traditional music.  “Among the best Irish style fiddlers of his generation", according to Fiddler Magazine, he has been a major figure in traditional music for decades and is as versatile on fingerstyle guitar as he is on fiddle. “He has toured and recorded with many of the great Irish musicians of the day,…


Added by TradConnect on May 2, 2015 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Music from "The Waylaid Man" to be featured on Ceili House on RTE Radio 1

Last Wednesday, I recorded some of my own compositions for the well known music programme, Céili House, on national radio station RTÉ Radio 1, presented by Stockton's Wing banjo player …


Added by Michael Mc Cague on May 1, 2015 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

The Clarinbridge Banjo Gathering - 8th to 10th May 2015

The Clarinbridge Banjo Gathering celebrates its third year with a great programme of traditional Irish music, Bluegrass, Americana, sessions, exhibitions and workshops. The weekend ‘kicks off’ Friday evening at Jordan’s with well known musicians Charlie Harris and Des Mulkere in an evening of lively music, song and storytelling.…


Added by TradConnect on May 1, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Celtic Fiddle Festival UK Tour - May 2015

The group Celtic Fiddle Festival are undertaking a UK tour in May 2015. Two decades ago, in 1993, they released their first CD. In 2013, the group celebrated their 20th anniversary with tours on both sides of the Atlantic and the release of “Live in Brittany” on the Loftus Music label.

The inspiration behind the formation of the…


Added by TradConnect on May 1, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

2015 in Review : Hidden in the roof: Uncovering Irish traditional fiddle music in Longford

In 1962, Pierce Butler, a carpenter from Abbeyshrule, was working on the roof of Rooney’s pub in the local village, when he stumbled across a music manuscript hidden underneath. Little did Butler know at the time that one day its contents would help to uncover the rich fiddle tradition that once existed in the county. Upon opening it, he…


Added by TradConnect on May 1, 2015 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

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