June 2013 Blog Posts (44)

Album Review: Faileasan by Joy Dunlop

Joy Dunlop’s sophomore solo recording is a deeply felt and carefully curated showcase of Gaelic music from her native Argyll. Joy notes in the CD jacket that every part of the project was sourced locally, which is sure to win her well-deserved praise. As an American Gaelic learner and musician, I’m accustomed to most every song I encounter having a connection to one of the…


Added by Seumas Gagne on June 18, 2013 at 4:30 — 1 Comment

Matt Cranitch/Jackie Daly/Paul De Grae live in The Burren Backroom Series - 23rd July 2014

Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly and Paul De Grae will play a concert as part of  The Burren Backroom Series in Somerville, Masachusetts, USA on 23rd July 2014.  It will also be broadcast live on Concert Window.…

Added by TradConnect on June 17, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Alan Kelly Gang - August Tour 2013 with Eddi Reader & John Douglas

The Alan Kelly Gang are: Alan Kelly (piano accordion) Steph Geremia (flute, whistle & vocals) Tony Byrne (guitar & vocals) Maureen Browne (fiddle).  In 2012 we reviewed their amazing debut album called Small Towns and…


Added by TradConnect on June 15, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Yvonne Bolton & Alan Jordan / The Mermaid

We have recently received the new album by Yvonne Bolton and Alan Jordan called Silver Threads, and what a beautiful album it is.  Some outstanding new compositions including this, the opening track from the album called The Mermaid.…


Added by TradConnect on June 15, 2013 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Album Review - Yves Lambert Trio / Trio

I've got a huge love for the music of Québécois folk legend Yves Lambert. To me, he is one of the two great voices of Québec (the other being his former bandmate from La Bottine Souriante, André Marchand), with a voice that embodies the truly Québécois lust-for-life. Thankfully Yves has been getting his due as…


Added by Devon Leger on June 13, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

Acadia Trad School

The Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts in Bar Harbor Irish/Old-Time music week starts July 1-5.

Faculty include Kevin Burke, Bruce Molsky, Cillian Vallely, Pat O'Connor, Eoghan O'Sullivan and more...

A full second week of Trad Music starts July 15... Michael Doucett, Vishten, Troy MacGillivray, Richard Forest etc...

Acadia Trad School

Check out the program by clicking…


Added by Chuck Donnelly on June 13, 2013 at 11:39 — No Comments

Tommy Maguire Memorial Concert - August 30th, The Valley Hotel, Co Tyrone

Cathal McConnell will headline a one off concert on Friday 30th August in the Valley Hotel, Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone to celebrate the life and music of accordion player Tommy Maguire.  Also on the bill will be Laurence Nugent, Jim Mcgrath, Clare Egan, Peter McGuire and Aine Murphy and many more.…


Added by TradConnect on June 13, 2013 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Lúnasa News and Tour Update

Lúnasa must be one of the busiest gigging bands at the moment. They always have a tour schedule that seems to stretch into the distant future with dates already set up to two years in advance.  The schedule below is no different.  So check out their dates and if they are at a location near you then book a ticket. We include below their fan newsletter for any Tradconnectors that follow one…


Added by TradConnect on June 12, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Album Release by Mike O' Laughlin - Irish Songs, Traditional and Sean Nós

Tradconnect member Mike O' Laughlin has this month released an album which is now available on CD Baby.  He invites you to " Feel, hear and experience the origins of Irish music, in the Irish (gaeilge) and…


Added by TradConnect on June 11, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Live Review : Goitse / The Mill Theatre, Dundrum, 7th June 2013

Goitse have not played in Dublin for two years.  In advance of the busy Summer season which will see them travel to the US and Europe, they organised this unplugged session in the cosy environment of the O' Hara Studios at The Mill Theatre in Dundrum.  To describe…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 11, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

Album launch by Yvonne Bolton & Alan Jordan - Silver Threads

Yvonne Bolton from Co. Laois is an accomplished fiddle and concertina player, while Alan Jordan (guitar, vocals, low whistle) is from Co. Mayo and now lives in Limerick. Both are graduates of the Irish World Academy and have rich and…


Added by TradConnect on June 10, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Antrim Folk Tales

Being given the opportunity by The History Press, Ireland, to write some of the stories from the repertoire of Antrim storyteller, Billy Teare has been amazing. Like all creative ventures, it may appeal to none, some or all, but still, we thought it worthwhile to take some time to honour the tradition and culture of storytelling in a book.

We have been supported and encouraged along the way, by people who understand ALL the difficulties involved, even in stating a story is PURELY… Continue

Added by Kathleen O'Sullivan Billy Teare on June 8, 2013 at 16:02 — 8 Comments

Track of the Week - Éanna Ó Cróinín - The Lady's Cup of Tea / The Galway Reel / The Top of the Cliff

We reviewed the album that this track by Éanna Ó Cróinín was taken from some weeks ago and a very fine album it is indeed.  The album is called…


Added by TradConnect on June 8, 2013 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Colm Naughton / The Space Between The Notes

Debut albums are always an interesting commodity.  As a first album they usually give a very clear vision of the artist, their talent and energy.  Colm Naughton is one such talent.  He lives and plays his music on the west coast of Ireland in Counties Galway…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 7, 2013 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

Outstanding track from soon to be released duet album by Edel Fox & Neill Byrne

We have only hear one track from the much awaited album by Edel Fox and Neill Byrne and if this is anything to go by we are talking about a very strong contender for album of the year.  On this track they play a set of Jigs and it features Edel Fox (concertina), Neill Byrne (fiddle), Caoimhín Ó Fearghail (guitar) and Richie Lyons (bodhrán). album due for release in July 2013. We can't…


Added by TradConnect on June 6, 2013 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Album of the Month June 2013 - Sylvain Barou, Dónal Lunny, Pádraig Rynne / Triad

Our Album of the Month for June 2013 features three well know names in Irish music. Triad is a new collaboration between Dónal Lunny, Pádraig Rynne, and Sylvain Barou, three leading lights in the traditional world. Dónal needs no introduction having been a founding member of Planxty, the Bothy Band and Moving…

Added by TradConnect on June 6, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Irish Fiddler Seamus Connolly Receives a 2013 National Heritage Fellowship

Irish fiddler Seamus Connolly has been awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. This is the highest honor the US government can grant to a traditional artist and a recognition of Connolly's lifetime dedication to traditional Irish music as a performer, teacher, and…


Added by Devon Leger on June 5, 2013 at 21:30 — No Comments

Preview of Traditional Acts at Galway Arts Festival

Galway Arts Festival which runs from 15th - 28th July has announced a line up that includes some top traditional acts throughout the two week programme. Here is a summary of what to expect.

Arcady. Since the formation of Arcady in 1988 by Johnny‘ Ringo' McDonagh, dedication to Irish traditional music combined with…


Added by TradConnect on June 5, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Interview : Dan Gurney of The Yanks talks music and inspiration

Dan Gurney is a New York based accordion player and member of The Yanks one of the best traditional groups to come out of the States in some time. Their debut album, also titled…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 5, 2013 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Concert Preview : Tadhg O' Meachair of Goitse talks to TradConnect about their upcoming Dublin concert (7th June)

On Friday 7th June 2013 Goitse take to the stage in The Mill Theatre, Dundrum Dublin.  As a group they have been getting rave reviews and have been building up a strong following both here and in the States.  They could be described as the bright young things of…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 4, 2013 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

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