June 2012 Blog Posts (43)

Introducing Hanz Araki

Worth checking out Hanz Araki who is receiving great reviews for his take on the traditional/folk genre. He is definitely mixing it up quite well and his flute and whistle playing with it's external influence has strong appeal. He has been described as the quintessential world music musician.

While he may be best known for his playing and singing of Celtic…


Added by TradConnect on June 30, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Karen Ryan / The Coast Road

London based musician Karen Ryan is the latest in a long line of London Irish fiddlers and on this her debut album she steps very comfortably into the shoes of those that have gone…


Added by TradConnect on June 30, 2012 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Return To Camden Festival 26th - 28th October

In case you missed it the Return To Camden Festival starts today.  It's looking like a very strong lineup indeed.  Camden Town is recognised in the traditional Irish music community as playing an important role in nurturing the tradition as many immigrants from Ireland came together in the local pubs to practice the traditional music of their homeland - the first time so many…


Added by TradConnect on June 30, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Keymaster: Patrick Olwell's story - official trailer

I know it's been a while since I've put anything up, but there's been a lot going on lately...in any case, here's the official trailer for the doc, hopefully it makes you want to see the whole thing!

We have more interviews coming up this summer, including Brian Finnegan, John Williams, and Matt Molloy. I think we have some great footage, but let me know what…


Added by Jem Moore on June 30, 2012 at 3:30 — No Comments

The Wonderful Arty McGlynn - Now that's how to introduce a set

The wonderful Arty McGlynn introducing a set of jigs at The Baltimore Fiddle Fair 2012. 

Drawing in your audience with an alluring description of the songs you will be playing is a wonderful addition to the art of music. We had the pleasure of seeing the great Brendan Begley recently at the Harcourt Sessions and he shows just how important this is when doing…


Added by TradConnect on June 29, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

The Weaving Accordion and Harp of Dermot Byrne and Floraine Blancke

Nice to see this first interview with Dermot Byrne where he talks about the magic of accordion and harp.

Meeting up with Floraine Blancke some years ago in Galway he discovered there was a beautiful interplay between accordion and harp compelling him to weave his music with that of the harp. There is a natural magic…


Added by TradConnect on June 28, 2012 at 10:21 — No Comments

Top Ten Traditional Albums - June 2012

Ok. Check out the attached top ten traditional albums in June 2012 and see how many you have in your collection. Lots of great music starting off with Jack Talty and Cormac Begley and there outstanding Na Fir Bolg album

1. Jack Talty & Cormac Begley - …


Added by TradConnect on June 28, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

While we are on the subject of Cormac Breatnach - Éalú animation.

While we are on the subject of Cormac Breatnach it is worth checking out this great animation that has been produced to go with his new album Éalú

Singing on the new album is Aoife Doyle, Kokia, Uché G. Akujobi and U.S. actress/singer Vanessa Williams (Desperate Houswives).  Also participating are musicians, Gavin Ralston, Aongus Ralston, Aoife Doyle, Roger…


Added by TradConnect on June 27, 2012 at 11:43 — No Comments

Dallas Slow Sessions lead the way.

It is great to see the efforts that some organisations can go to in spreading the word and learning this great traditional Irish music. We have just recently come across the Dallas Slow Sessions website again and it is a great example of what can be achieved. It seems to have been recently updated and looks great.

We have one of the main players from the Dallas Sessions here…


Added by TradConnect on June 27, 2012 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Conal Ó Gráda for breakfast anyone ?

It's good to have Conal Ó Gráda on Tradconnect. For a long time I had him for breakfast every morning. You get up, go down to the kitchen and the sound of his music filled the room. Every morning of every week for many a month. Then myself and my wife would…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 26, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Blas International Summer School - June 25th - July 6th

Blas International Summer School of Irish Music and Dance has just kicked off and runs from June 25th through to July 6th. "Blas has a well developed ethos where access to the best of tuition from some of the most famous musicians, singers and dancers is combined with classes and lectures given by experts in the academic study of our traditions. This follows the…


Added by TradConnect on June 26, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments


daragh de brun died today ,RIP

Added by barney bowes on June 24, 2012 at 18:14 — 1 Comment

Mi Sueno sung by Elva MacGowan

You might well ask why a Mexican love song performed by a Dublin opera singer is showing up on a traditional Irish music website. 

Well the reason is simple. This song was featured on the recent debut album by Tradconnect member Donall…


Added by TradConnect on June 24, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

New Album by John Hogan - Times Past

Hi folks, this is a bit about my album 'Times Past' Have a listen to the tracks on my website www.jhfolk.com . Thanks, J.

 ‘Times Past’ is collection of songs which are written from the heart about real life events. It has nine original songs, one traditional…


Added by John Hogan on June 23, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Have your traditional Irish music album reviewed and featured on Tradconnect

If you have a traditional album you want reviewed and featured on Tradconnect then send us a copy. Since we started doing reviews we have been inundated with album's from the likes of…


Added by TradConnect on June 23, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

New DADGAD Guitar Accompaniment Course at OAIM

Good news for all you guitar players and lovers of Irish traditional music. The OAIM have now added a Guitar Accompaniment course using the DADGAD tuning. We have been anticipating a course like this for some time and may try and do a review if we get a chance to go through some of it.

The aim of this course is to learn how to…


Added by TradConnect on June 23, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

New accordion album from Colm Gannon - The Rights of Man

It is good to note that there is a new album on the way from Tradconnect member Colm Gannon. It's called The Rights of Man and has been recorded with Alex Finn. We look forward to getting a copy for review and include a video sample…


Added by TradConnect on June 22, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Steeple Sessions Tonight - Edel Fox, Neil Byrne and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, 21st June 2012

A good line up for tonight's Steeple Sessions Gig with Edel Fox, Neil Byrne and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail. Check their website for full details www.steeplesessions.com Tickets €15/12

Edel Fox is a concertina player from Miltown Malbay Co. Clare. She began playing at the…


Added by TradConnect on June 21, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Traditional Notes by Stephen Power

We have just got a copy of this book recently and we are going to follow up with a review after we have had a chance to enjoy it's content. Stephen Power has been given access to the great and the good of the traditional world. Photo's of traditional musicians is becoming more mainstream and this is a very worthy…


Added by TradConnect on June 20, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

Ennis Live on 21st June

Ennis Town in association with Bally O Promotions presents 'Clare Connections', a FREE music gathering in the heart of Ennis, Co. Clare: the home of traditional Irish music as part of Love:Live Music - international music day.

Full details for the event will be announced this week with the line up to include one of Co. Clare’s most popular groups: The Kilfenora Céilí Band,…


Added by TradConnect on June 20, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

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