June 2013 Blog Posts (44)

Final Week at The Steeple Sessions - 20th & 22nd August 2013

The final concerts in the excellent Steeple Sessions series take place this week at Dublin's Unitarian Church on St Stephens Green in Dublin.  On Tuesday 20th August you have Mick, Aoife, Ciara and Cormac O'…


Added by TradConnect on June 28, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Joey Abarta - They Sailed Away from Dublin Bay / The Galtee Reel

Track of the Week goes to the new album release from Joey Abarta.  We featured this track earlier and it would be a crime against traditional music not to give it this slot. Its from his new album release called Swimming Against the Falls,  which is a solo piping album.  Very nice indeed. Tunes played are They Sailed away from Dublin and the…


Added by TradConnect on June 28, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Yvonne Bolton & Alan Jordan / Silver Threads

Silver Threads is a debut album that brings together the sound of concertina and guitar across 12 tracks of mostly new compositions. It has been a long held desire of concertina player Yvonne Bolton and ex The Outside Track guitar player Alan Jordan to do…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 27, 2013 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Mick Conneely & David Munnelly / 'Tis What It Is

I’m not sure how Irish accordionist David Munnelly and Irish fiddler Mick Conneely first met, but bless whatever strange muse brought together these two Irish trad musicians at the top of their game. Their new album “’Tis What It Is” is a revalation, a truly…


Added by Devon Leger on June 27, 2013 at 7:00 — No Comments

Hammerstep on America's Got Talent - Irish Dancing meets Hip Hop

Hammerstep is a groundbreaking show that seeks to move the art form of Irish dancing forward and make it more relevant for the next generation by fusing it with elements of hip hop, tap, and body percussion.  Last night, it was featured on NBC's America's Got Talent.

Although the tv show's editing does not do it justice, the musical score for the piece was written and co-produced by NY Sligo-style Fiddler Patrick…


Added by Jonathon Srour on June 26, 2013 at 19:02 — No Comments

Hammerstep on America's Got Talent - Innovative Irish Dancing

Check out my dance crew Hammerstep on America's Got Talent last night.  Hammerstep is a fusion of Irish dance, Hip Hop, Tap, and African Gumboot. 


For more info: …


Added by Jonathon Srour on June 26, 2013 at 18:23 — 1 Comment

Pay What You Will for "Coleen Raney Band Live in Seattle"

Colleen, Casey, and Johnny sat down with 40 of their favorite people in a studio in Seattle, Washington on a bitterly cold night in January of 2013 and played some music and told some jokes. These are the 5 best tracks from that night. They are being released for a very limited time, on a pay-what-you-will basis, in order to…

Added by TradConnect on June 26, 2013 at 16:30 — No Comments


I started playing Irish music more or less 10 years ago. I am Italian. After a brief experience with classical music as a child, I played the guitar for years, mainly rock and acoustic blues. I went to Dublin after finishing the University, and I literally fell in love with the music: I loved the melodies, the rhythm, the instruments and the technical skills of the players. It was, in a way, the music I had always been looking for, without knowing that it was there.  

I was admired…


Added by Alessandro Giusti on June 25, 2013 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Sneak Preview of Joey Abarta's debut album - Swimming Against the Falls

We have had the pleasure of listening to an advance copy of Joey Abarta's new Uilleann Piping album called Swimming Against the Falls.  He has released an early audio which you can listen to below. The album kicks off from this opener and simply gets better and better. Makes you pine for the days when you could get a beautiful Vinyl Record to hold and read…


Added by TradConnect on June 25, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Tradconnect's - Tracks of the Week Compiled

We have compiled our Tracks of the Week together for your ease of reference. You can now catch up on some of the great music that is being recorded across the globe.  This compilation covers all the tracks we have featured since the beginning.

If you have a new album out why not send us a copy and we can add you to our Soundcloud file and feature your tracks. Follow us…


Added by TradConnect on June 24, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Interview - Colm Naughton talks about his new banjo album The Space Between The Notes

In June 2013,  Colm Naughton launched his new album called The Space Between The Notes at The Linenhall Arts centre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.  He was on home territory and had an array of guests to support him on the night.  Bringing out a new album…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 23, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Tunes In The Church

Tunes in the Church is a concert series that has been running on the west coast of Ireland for the last 3 years.  These Church concerts are held throughout the summer months in Galway, Wesport and Killarney. Cormac Begley, son of legendary Kerry accordion player…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 22, 2013 at 15:00 — 2 Comments

Track of the Week - Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich & Cormac Begley - Bold Doherty's / P. Joe's ( Tunes in the Church )

We are in receipt of the new CD from the "Tunes in The Church" concert series that runs in the west coast towns of Galway, Wesport and Killarney.  This album was recorded at St Nicholas Collegiate Church in Galway and has been released as part of the launch of the 2013 series of concerts that starts this Monday 24th June.  Its an…


Added by TradConnect on June 21, 2013 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Accordion Awareness Month: Patrick Lynch, 1920s Irish American accordion player

As many of the box aficionados out there will know, June is accordion awareness month. To aid the cause, we here at the Ward Irish Music Archives in Milwaukee have been posting some accordion related material and links to help the cause.

This week we digitized an Edison Diamond…


Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on June 20, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Love : Live Music Day - 21st June 2013

Love:Live Music – our name for Ireland’s National Music Day on tomorrow, 21st of June.  According to the Love: Live Music website "is will be a glorious and all-inclusive celebration of live music-making in Ireland embracing all forms of music, without exception.  Whether you’re into rock and pop, choral music, rhythm and blues, freestyle jazz or operatic arias, then this is for…


Added by TradConnect on June 20, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Track from Seán McKeon's new Uilleann Piping Album "To The City" Launch 27th June

The much anticipated launch of Séan McKeon's new uilleann pipe album called To The City will take place on Thursday 27th June in The Irish House Pub, Francis Street, Dublin 8.  Admission is Free and the evening kicks off at 8pm.

Special guests on the night will…


Added by TradConnect on June 20, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Colm Ó Lochlainn’s Claisceadal songsheets of the 1940s

19 June 2013,  A Chairde / Dear Friends,
Our newest tranche of …

Added by Irish Traditional Music Archive on June 19, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Final performances at Tunes in the Church - 26th, 28th and 30th August 2013

Tunes in the Church enters its last week of concerts in Galway this week with performances on Monday 26th, Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th. First up is Jack Talty on concertina and Emma Ó sullivan a sean nós dancer.  On Wednesday you can see Ciarán Ó Maonaigh – fiddle and Caitlín Nic Gabhann – concertina and dancer.  On Friday Páraic Mac Donnacha on banjo…


Added by TradConnect on June 19, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

New song and video from Niamh Dunne's solo album "Portraits"

Here is the latest video from Beoga singer Niamh Dunne with a track taken from here debut album called Portraits. Its a snapshot of were she is at the moment with here music. The title " The Beauty of Limerick" is a theme that runs through the album with a number of songs having a Limerick theme, sourced…

Added by TradConnect on June 19, 2013 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Tradconnect Interviews

We have pulled together the Tradconnect interviews so far,  for your ease of reference.  We will continue to do interviews over the coming months bringing the best and latest news from artists in Ireland, USA, UK and across the globe.

If you have an interesting story, project, album release or news item that you think may interest our readers then make…


Added by TradConnect on June 18, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

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