June 2014 Blog Posts (54)

Introducing new band Jiggy

We included a track earlier in the week from new Irish band Jiggy.The band include Daire Bracken (fiddle), Garry O’Meara (banjo), Éamonn Galldubh (pipes), and Robbie Harris (percussion).  They have also teamed up with DJ Jacks and his decks and the results, as they say themselves amount to “serious toe-tap-ability.” You will also be familiar with Garry O’ Meara from an…

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Added by TradConnect on June 19, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Little Sea Concerts - Portland, Oregon

Just a quick note to introduce a new concert series in Portland, Oregon designed to feature trad and folk music.  Kicking off the new venture is a brilliant duo based on the American east coast, The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O'Leary) followed by Kevin Burke & John Carty, The Press Gang, Bua, and The Yanks to name a few!  Check out…

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Added by Colleen Raney on June 18, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

Hime’s Forty Eight Original Irish Dances

 

The latest ITMA interactive music scores for audio playback or reading are now available: 48 melodies from a country-dance collection of about 1795–1800 which was published by Morris Hime of Dublin:…

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Added by Irish Traditional Music Archive on June 18, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Tunes 16 to 20 - Tradconnect/Tunes in the Church "New Tune Composition 2014"

Welcome to the Tradconnect/Tunes in the Church "New Tune Composition Award" 2014.  This award is a partnership between Tradconnect and the award winning concert series Tunes in the Church, organised by Cormac Begley. The winning composer will receive a prize of €500 plus the chance to…
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Added by TradConnect on June 17, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

RUNA to launch new album "Current Affairs" on Tradconnect - 20th June 2014

In a continuation of our online album launch series Celtic band Runa will launch their new album Current Affairs on Tradconnect on 20th June 2014.  RUNA are Philadelphia based and have an Irish-American roots sound. The new album they state draws “equal inspiration from both the…

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Added by TradConnect on June 17, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Con Curtin Music Festival - 27th to 29th June 2014

The Con Curtin Music Festival takes place from the 27th - 29th of June with a vast array of musicians performing the finest of traditional music from Sliabh Luachra and around the country. The festival kicks off with Friday night's Gala Concert featuring Naomh Ide Ceili Band (Munster Champions) and De Dannan. The concert takes place at 8pm in the Brosna Hall.

The workshops begin on…

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Added by Cian Heffernan on June 17, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Notes From the Road : John McKenna "The Buck from the Mountain", Album Launch

The interest in the definitive McKenna story is approaching fever…

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Added by TradConnect on June 16, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Irish Traditional Music Festivals - September 2014

With the summer nearly through here is an updated schedule of the festivals that we are aware of that take place in September 2014.

To assist us and our members please comment on this blog with any festival that has been omitted.  

This will allow us to update it year on year as the most complete festival listing around.…

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Added by TradConnect on June 16, 2014 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Top 10 Traditional Tracks of the Week - 15th June 2014

Top 10 Traditional Tracks of the Week

A selection of some of the best sounds that have come our way over…

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Added by TradConnect on June 15, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Interview with Michael Mc Cague in advance of his Album Launch - 16th June, Crane Bar , Galway

On Monday 16th June Michael Mc Cague will launch his new album The Waylaid Man in The Crane Bar, Galway. We gave the album an online launch earlier in March and also spoke to Michael about the experience.…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 15, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album Review - CrossHarbour

London has not seen too many new traditional groups in recent years.  A vibrant city deserves a vibrant and forward thinking band and CrossHarbour fit that bill.  They are the Facebook generation - young talented and brimming with ideas. Their music is modern traditional, reflecting the cosmopolitan environment which surrounds them.  Their arrangements are more complex than…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 14, 2014 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

2nd Track from Goite's "Tall Tales & Misadventures

Goite have released a second track from their new album called Tall Tales & Misadventures. Its called Trip to Dixie and features some influence from Brazil  with tracks called Trip to Dixie and Bate’ Coxa.  In all there are 11 tracks on…

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Added by TradConnect on June 13, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

First listen to a track from The Yanks new album "Haymaker"

Here is the first track that has been released from the much anticipated new album by The Yanks.  It's the last track on the first of 2 CD's, containing 22 tracks in total.  On this track which we must say does not represent the traditional theme of the album, they visit the 20's and 30's dance hall music with The Flanagan…

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Added by TradConnect on June 12, 2014 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

New track from Mórga's - For The Sake of Auld Decency

This is a new track taken from Mórga’s 2013 album For The Sake of Auld Decency. We reviewed it earlier in the the year and found that there is a wild and joyous sense of mischief in the music of Mórga.  They have an identity and sound that sets them apart and makes them a little bit unique.  It was evident on David Munnelly's 'Tis What it Is album…

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Added by TradConnect on June 12, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

New Release - The Music and Life of John McKenna

The Music and Life of John McKenna is a new double CD release with accompanying book that has been in development for some time. After years of painstaking work the collection has been released with its first launch already complete.  “Vibrant, virtuosic, and infectiously rhythmic, the gifted music of John McKenna made him the first superstar of the…

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Added by TradConnect on June 12, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Listen to ALDOC's "Takaka Rain"

Takaka Rain - ALDOC

Taken from the album From Tallaght to Halle

This is Takaka Rain, taken from the new ALDOC album From…

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Added by TradConnect on June 11, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

New Album Release - Bridget Fitzgerald / Two Sides of a Coyne

We have just received a copy and had a first listen to a refreshingly enjoyable new album from Bridget Fitzgerald.  When it comes to sean nós singing it takes a special voice to do true justice to the material and this is one such recording.  We will hopefully follow up with a audio track and review for you.  In the meantime here is what the…

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Added by TradConnect on June 10, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Robbie Mac Gowran / The Irish Way

Robbie Mac Gowran has been back in the studio early in 2014 for another whistle album called The Irish Way.  It’s his 3rd album and features 15 tracks of what could be considered traditional standards. Tunes like Out on the Ocean,…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 10, 2014 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

Lineup announced for The Doolin Folk Festival - 13th-15th June 2014

The lineup has been announced for the Doolin Folk Festival. It will take place over 3 days, June 13th-15th 2014, in a marquee on the lawn of Hotel Doolin. Doolin is famed the world over for its traditional Irish music and the idea of the festival is to bring back to Doolin any traditional & folk musicians who have had a…

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Added by TradConnect on June 9, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Album Review - John Sherman & Randy Clepper / Finally Tuned

We have not been overloaded with fingerstyle traditional guitar albums of late and so this outing by John Shermanand and Randy Clepper is a welcome addition.  Its a very accomplished recording of some demanding tunes.  It's includes some classic sets such as Rolling Waves/Market Town/Scatter The Mud from the  Kevin…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 9, 2014 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

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