Featured Blog Posts – May 2015 Archive (55)

New Music Video Premiere - We Banjo 3 and Moxie

The following new videos have just been released by We Banjo 3 and Moxie. The We Banjo 3 track is taken from a new upcoming live album that is about to be released.  It was filmed in Galway.  The Moxie track is taken from their debut album called 'Planted'.…


Added by TradConnect on May 31, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week : Lisa Ward - Heart Shaped Wood (16th August 2015)

Lisa Ward has once again made Track of the Week as the most played track on our Soundcloud file. We featured this album earlier in the month when we interviewed Lisa and you can follow the link to read.



Added by TradConnect on May 31, 2015 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Happiness Is Being Together: Zoë Conway, John McIntyre, Lisa Hannigan - Cork 14th June 2015

Press Release : Ballymaloe Grainstore is proud to present Happiness Is Being Together,  a one-off evening that brings together three of Ireland's finest musicians, Zoë Conway and John McIntyre with special guest Lisa Hannigan,…


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

New album from Manx trio Barrule - Manannan’s Cloak

Press Release : Two years ago, exciting new trio Barrule were men on a mission - to bring Manx music to the wider world. Their refreshingly different, self-titled debut album won instant acclaim and resonated through the Celtic music world, culminating in a Best Debut win at the 2014 Spiral Awards…


Added by TradConnect on May 29, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

New video release by Ballina based band 'Flat Out'

Ballina based "Flat Out" have released a new video compilation of a number of tunes including Bédelet's Piece and Glasgow Weekend (Ciara O'Donnell) and Nessa the Mover (Brendan Larrissey). They formed just over three years ago for what was supposed to be a ‘one-time gig’ as a five piece on St.Patrick's Day in…


Added by TradConnect on May 29, 2015 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Irish - Top 10 Traditional Albums - May 2015

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for April 2015.  Each month we feature the top 10 albums and write follow up articles and present sounds from all new releases. If you have a new album on release send us a copy to these contact details.

Why not also add a track to Soundcloud and…


Added by TradConnect on May 28, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Notes from the Road : Lúnasa Newsletter June 2016

Hello folks, how’s the summer treating ye so far? Things are heating up weather and gig wise for us all as we head into three months of festivals, concerts, recording, album launches, music camps and various other shenanigans around Ireland, Europe and America. Cillian and myself are literally just back from a tour of Germany along with finger picking…


Added by TradConnect on May 28, 2015 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Andy Lamy / The New Blackthorn Stick

New York clarinetist Andy Lamy has assembled an array of high profile musicians for this innovative recording - the first full album featuring the clarinet.  Mary Bergin, Brian Conway, Dermot Byrne, Kevin Crawford, Jerry O’Sullivan, John Whelan, Gabriel Donohue, and Donie Carroll to name a few.  The support team…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 27, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Where Benbulben Sets the Scene - Téada & Yeats - 14th June 2015, Sligo

The music of Téada combines with the poetry of W.B. Yeats in a new show that will premiere at Sligo’s Hawkswell Theatre on June 14th 2015.  It is described as “A celebration of W.B. Yeats’ strong ties with Sligo. The show marries the music of Téada with verse as we journey around the Sligo of Yeats’s poetry.”…


Added by TradConnect on May 27, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Interview with Lisa Ward covering her new album Black Swan + exclusive track

Black Swan is the debut album by Lisa Ward, a Senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion from a family steeped in the tradition. All four of her sisters are also very much involved in the music scene and have won numerous All Ireland titles. Alongside her sisters, Lisa performs regularly in the group ‘The Ward Sisters’, who perform an array of…


Added by TradConnect on May 26, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

New Fund It campaign by Peadar Ó Riada for solo piano album of new compositions

Peadar Ó Riada has just launched a Fund It campaign for a new album of piano music which he hopes to release in the Autumn. On his campaign page he writes.  “Born of Cork parents in Dublin, I have lived my life in the Cork Gaeltacht of Cúil Aodha.…


Added by TradConnect on May 26, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

First track from the forthcoming live album by We Banjo 3

Here is the first official track from the forthcoming live album by We Banjo 3. They have given it a big band, banjo sound and is a taster of what is to come. The new album will be released on 1st June 2015. It will feature tracks from their fist two albums. "Gather the Good released late last year was the follow up to their critically…


Added by TradConnect on May 25, 2015 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Custy's Interview Series - Music Video #125 - Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh

This is video 125 in the Custy's Series and features Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. We featured Caitlín & Ciarán recently in an Online Launch to celebrate the release of their new duet album.  Prior…


Added by TradConnect on May 24, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

First Listen : The Fahertys / Traditional Irish Music

The Faherty’s describe themselves as “ a young, vibrant and dynamic family band steeped in tradition.” Some members are playing since the age of 3 and they are multi-instrumental All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil and Feis Ceoil Champions. In a recent discussion with Seán he said that “we wanted to create an album that you can’t help but want to dance to, hence the…


Added by TradConnect on May 24, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week : The London Lasses with Chris O' Malley / Flying Wheelchair

The One I Loved The Best is the new album from The London Lasses and Chris O’ Malley.  It featured earlier in the week as part of one of our online launches and as a result it is also our…


Added by TradConnect on May 23, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

'Forget Me Not Rose Flanagan & Laura Byrne' CD

I used love listening to Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. I still have a tape of them  in my collection. So when at an event I got a free display of similar music from Rose Flanagan, my ear candy antenna popped out recognizing the signature sound of the NY Irish scene so well expressed in the McGann era.

Later, on Facebook, I ran across Rose posting on unrelated news.…


Added by MickeyMcAdden on May 22, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Matthew Noone on his recent tour in India with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

This is a recent documentary featuring Tradconnect member Matthew ‘Mattu’ Noone.  It is by noted filmmaker Myles O'Reilly and was made on a recent tour to India in December 2014 with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill.  On the background to the tour Matthew provided the following outline.

“I was born in…


Added by TradConnect on May 22, 2015 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

US launch for Aodán Coyne's 'If We Only Knew' 26th May, Chicago

Aodán Coyne has announced a US launch date for his new solo album If We Only Knew. It will take place at Chief O’Neill’s Chicago on 26th May after the Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest. It starts at 8pm and there will be a few guests.

We reviewed the album recently saying that "vocally there is a growing…


Added by TradConnect on May 22, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

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…


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.…


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

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