Featured Blog Posts – May 2017 Archive (20)

From Santa Cruz to Milltown Malbay - 'Songs of the Sea' by Charmas

Inspiration is all around, and for Santa Cruz folk band Charmas stories from the sea is as good a starting point as any. It’s part of the folklore where they live and has provided the inspiration for their new album which they simply called  ‘Songs of the Sea.’…

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Added by TradConnect on May 30, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

Songs of Ulster, Episode 1 now available to stream

Marty Cullen begins a song-filled odyssey around Ulster in his home county of Armagh, where he meets fellow emerging traditional singers with a passion for the ballads of their county.

The new six-part series, Songs of Ulster, started on Sunday 14 May on BBC Radio Ulster at 12.30pm

Armagh has a rich history of unaccompanied traditional singing,…

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Added by TradConnect on May 30, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Colleen Raney - On Tour in California - May/June 2017

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Added by Colleen Raney on May 26, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Stocktons Wing are back with a new Irish tour this Summer

After a very successful run of gigs at The Temple Bar TradFest 2016 and a headline show at the Fleadh in Ennis, STOCKTONS WING, one of Ireland’s most prolific and enduring bands, will celebrate their extraordinary 40-year career as they know best – onstage at a series of summer shows!  Featuring regular members…

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Added by TradConnect on May 25, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Notes from the Road : Sonny Condell - 25th May 2017

New Album "Seize the Day" from Sonny Condell and Patrick Kehoe. Sonny Condell's illustrious career in music has endured through over a half century of music-making and touring. The early days with Leo O'Kelly in Tír na nOg were followed by a new phase with the band Scullion.

For this new album project, Seize the…

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Added by TradConnect on May 25, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

First listen to 'From Camden to Tulla' featuring Andrew Mac Namara, Karen Ryan & Pete Quinn

This is a first listen to a new album that will feature Andrew Mac Namara (accordion), Karen Ryan (fiddle) and Pete Quinn (piano) due for release in July 2017. The album is called 'From Camden to Tulla'. Andrew Mac Namara and Karen first met and played music together at the Feakle Festival in 1991. Over the 25 years since then, they’ve…

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Added by TradConnect on May 24, 2017 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Ulaid and Duke Special announce concert at Pavillion Theatre Dublin - 23rd September 2017

An exciting fusion of the contemporary songwriting of Duke Special and the traditional music of Ulaid; John McSherry (pipes / low whistle), Donal O’Connor (fiddle) and Sean Og Graham (guitar).

Through their exploration of the Francis J. Bigger collection in Belfast Central Library, all manner of texts from property deeds to personal…

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Added by TradConnect on May 19, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Shreem : Blending Celtic, electronic, and hip-hop music

With numerous accolades and high-profile appearances to his credit, Toronto-based percussionist, Jay Andrews has established himself as one of Canada’s finest musicians.

Hailing originally from Canada’s East Coast, Andrews has taken his craft cross-country and back, performing both as a solo artist and accompanying other top musicians.…

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Added by TradConnect on May 16, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Two musicians, two instruments, and a powerful compendium of tunes - Ross Couper & Tom Oakes debut

Ross Couper and Tom Oakes have been playing together for almost a decade and have just released their highly anticipated debut album called Fiddle & Guitar. The album adheres to their simple formula: two musicians, two instruments, and a powerful, compelling compendium of tunes…

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Added by TradConnect on May 15, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Most Played Trad Track - 28th May 2017

Our most played track, for the second week running,  comes from A Quare Yield, the new debut album from Irish traditional music duo Alan Reid & Rachel Conlan. The duo have researched and recorded a diverse selection of tunes from field recordings and old manuscript’s, with many previously…

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Added by TradConnect on May 14, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

West Kerry, music and inspiration - An interview with Eilís Kennedy

Eilís Kennedy was born and raised in the heart of the West Kerry Gaeltacht to parents who passed on a lifelong and committed interest in the poetry and songs of that region. She has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to listen to   many of the finest exponents of song in her locality. The emotion and stories associated with Gaelic singing thus informed her love…

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Added by TradConnect on May 9, 2017 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

The Fleadh Nua Experience : 21st - 29th May 2017

Commercial : In turbulent times comfort can often be drawn from returning to familiar places and linking up with old friends. Since 1974 the town of Ennis has welcomed exponents and followers of our Traditional Music, Songs and Dances to Fleadh Nua every May. And the County Clare capital will again play host to this imaginative and innovative festival from 21st to 29th…

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Added by TradConnect on May 9, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

The future is bright for Sarah Copus on her debut album Moorland Winds

Sarah Copus was just 10 years old when she performed solo for the first time, singing and playing harp. Now after hundreds of performances, at the age of 13, Sarah is releasing a solo album of her favourite music called Moorland Winds.  When asked about the tracks she chose for the album, Sarah said: “Some of these pieces are…

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Added by TradConnect on May 8, 2017 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Top 10 Traditional Albums - April 2017

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for April 2017.  Each month we feature the top 10 albums, write follow up articles and present sounds from all new releases. 

Don't forget that if you have an album on release check out our …

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Added by TradConnect on May 8, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Diverse selection of tunes on one of this year's finest duets - Alan Reid & Rachel Conlon

A Quare Yield is the new debut album from Irish traditional music duo Alan Reid & Rachel Conlan. The duo have researched and recorded a diverse selection of tunes from field recordings and old manuscript’s, with many previously unrecorded tunes appearing on the album. Their tight arrangements  and…

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Added by TradConnect on May 5, 2017 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

Saoirse Ronan is the 'Galway Girl' on Ed Sheeran's official video

After 14 years of making music together Northern Irish trad band Beoga hit the headlines earlier this year when the appeared on the new Ed Sheeran album called, ÷ (Divide). The band is fuelled with the twin dueling accordions of Damian McKee and…

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Added by TradConnect on May 4, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Debut single from singer-songwriter Lisa Loughrey - 'Coming Up'

Singer Songwriter Lisa Loughrey will release her debut single, a folk noir/alt country track entitled, Coming Up, on 31st May followed by launch on 8th June at Arthur's Music Venue, Dublin 8.

Lisa says that "Coming Up plays like a confessional in its content and deals with the universal themes of disillusionment and…

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Added by TradConnect on May 4, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Irish tour by April Verch and her band - 10th - 16th May 2017

Moving On Music have announced a new Irish tour by the incredibly talented fiddler singer and step dancer April Verch, and her band from 10th to 16th May, visiting Omagh, Portaferry, Antrim, Armagh, Belfast and Dublin.

A captivating performer, April has been touring extensively for over two…

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Added by TradConnect on May 3, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

New live album from The Lasses with Kathryn Claire - 18th May 2017

Portland, OR based musician, Kathryn Claire, met Margot Merah and Sophie Janna (Amsterdam based folk-duo, The Lasses) at a singing session in Amsterdam in 2013. Sharing a love for harmony singing and storytelling through music, they soon realized that together they could deliver…

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Added by TradConnect on May 3, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Top 20 Traditional Tracks - April 2017

Here are the Top 20 tracks as played on our Soundcloud file throughout the month of April 2017.

This month Cormac Begley, who has just released his debut solo album takes the No.1 Spot.

We launched the album and made it available to broadcasters around world for free through our Digital …

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Added by TradConnect on May 2, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

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