July 2012 Blog Posts (49)

Do you play Trad Music ?

Do you play trad music ? If the answer to that is yes then add your location to our world map. The map is filling up nicely with a stronger uptake in the USA than in Ireland. Well we are going to change all that. Why would you do this you may very well ask?. Well it is becoming more evident that there is a strong desire for people that are playing traditional music to connect with others. It…


Added by TradConnect on July 31, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Colm Gannon / The Rights of Man

This review was posted in July 2012.  We re-post as the album is now available for a great price of $6 from colmgannon.bandcamp.com

 Colm Gannon…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on July 31, 2012 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Booking advice/help for planning mini tour in Ireland

Across the Pond is contemplating a spring or summer mini tour in Ireland.  We are looking for any help or advice in locating and lining up gigs.  We have but a few contacts in Ireland and will need help getting this off the ground.  So send any helpful advice you may have, or any booking agents that might help coordinate this type of effort.  Other than playing some sessions in Cleggan, Inis Oirr and Athenry, we've no contacts with possible venues.      

Dan of Across the Pond  (…


Added by Across the Pond on July 30, 2012 at 16:07 — No Comments

Song of the Isles interviews Niamh Parsons

If you've been reading since my first blog post on Song of the Isles, you'll know my profound respect and admiration for Niamh…


Added by David Wood on July 30, 2012 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

25th Anniversary of Founding of ITMA ( Irish Traditional Music Archive )

The Irish Traditional Music Archive / Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann was founded 25 years ago today, on 29 July 1987, at a meeting in the Arts Council in Dublin.
Since that time it has grown from a concept without holdings, staff or premises to become the largest collection in existence of the materials of Irish traditional…

Added by TradConnect on July 29, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

Niamh Parsons in Concert - 16th August 2012

For those of you lucky enough to be in Dublin over the next couple of weeks you will have the pleasure of hearing one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music, Tradconnect member and singer Niamh Parsons. She will be performing as part of the Steeple Session concerts on Thursday 16th August. We had the pleasure of listening to her do a guest spot at a recent Paddy…


Added by TradConnect on July 29, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments


Hello there;

Just finished doing some ABC stuff and composed 3 tunes in the "Slide" style.

The titles represent members of my family and how I interpret their characters. The Eldest (Albert's Slide) is me , the older of brothers. Brothers 2 are my siblings who are paternal twins. Wilfred of Cochrane is my dad who was raised in Cochrane ON CA. Carpenter Bill is my father in-law who who does a lot of woodworking and carving and turned 91 this year (2012).

The links are…


Added by Albert Wrigglesworth on July 27, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

Minister Ruairi Quinn Launches Comhaltas “Trad is Fab” Programme

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is preparing for a busy school year with their new initiative ‘Trad is Fab’ which was officially launched by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD today. ‘Trad is Fab’ is specifically developed and arranged by the Comhaltas Meitheal Education committee to introduce primary school pupils to Traditional Irish music,…


Added by TradConnect on July 27, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Countdown to Scoil Acla Festival, Co. Mayo, 30th July - 5th August

OK it starts tomorrow and as a Mayo man I will have to give this a plug. Get ready for one of the best located festivals around. If you haven't been to Achil then now is your chance. A beautiful part of the county. Stop off in Wesport on the way and have some additional leisure time. Climb the reek, swim, whatever takes your fancy. I am reliably…


Added by TradConnect on July 26, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

Invite your Facebook friends onto Tradconnect

We have been asked in the past if it was possible to invite Facebook friends onto Tradconnect. The great news is that you can now do so following some upgrades on Tradconnect. It's as simple as could be. Just go to the Invite tab on the Green Navigation bar at the top of the site. When you press it you will now be given the option to invite Facebook and Linkedin friends onto…


Added by TradConnect on July 25, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

New Band "Doma Beo" set for August album release

It is always a pleasure to see new youngsters coming through and recording at a very early age. In Doma Beo we have a new  three piece trad band from Longford, formed just a few months ago. They have been best of friends for some time as well and comprise Maria Matthews (16) on vocals, whistle, flute, and keyboard.  Liam Doherty (15) on banjo, mandolin, guitar and…


Added by TradConnect on July 23, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

Lincoln Center Presents "Our Land"

On Sunday, July 29, for the first time in New York City, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors will present a day long, multifaceted festival of Irish culture. “Our Land” will celebrate the artistic, literary and musical heritage of Ireland, the mark it made on America and the continuing cross-cultural ties that bind the two countries.

“It’s well established…


Added by TradConnect on July 23, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Top Ten Traditional Albums - July 2012

Jack Talty and Cormac Begley are still riding high on the July Top Ten Traditional Irish Albums. Check out the attached and see how many you have in your collection. Lots of great music.

1. Jack Talty & Cormac Begley - Na Fir Bolg



Added by TradConnect on July 23, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

North Texas School of Irish Music

Hello All,

Many thanks to Tony Lawless for helping promote the launch of our new Irish music school here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Just thought I would give everyone an update on it.

We formally opened the doors on July 3rd and within 2 weeks we have almost sold out our maximum enrollment for the entire year and had to make room for triple…


Added by Tim Kennedy on July 22, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Bright future for Irish Cultural Centre, London as Council deal is signed

The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith is delighted to confirm the completion of a deal to purchase its premises from Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

The deal was signed this week following months of negotiations between the board of directors and the council supporters. The deal was hailed by Councillor Joe Carlebach, H&F Council as “a positive solution that…


Added by TradConnect on July 22, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

Celebrating the music of Brian Conway

We like to promote and celebrate the music of our great members and their wonderful contribution to Irish music. They come no bigger than Brian Conway. Below you will find a nice interview type video where he talks about his music and life.

New York born he is a leading exponent of the highly…


Added by TradConnect on July 21, 2012 at 13:37 — No Comments

Beoga - Irish Cultural Centre London - Tonight 20th July

Beoga have wowed Irish and International audiences in recent years with a brand new unique sound, mixing trad with something almost blues/folky, crossed with a dollop of madness (the good kind!). 

The bedrock of their sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition. However, they are not afraid to incorporate other genres’ nuances into their music. From…


Added by TradConnect on July 20, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

concert in kinvara

Added by Máire O'Keeffe on July 20, 2012 at 11:49 — No Comments

Longford and Westmeath gearing up for Patsy Farrell festival

Longford and Westmeath are in for a real treat this year with the commencement of a new festival that celebrates the life of Patsy Farrell. It takes place on 1st to 8th August. Singer & songwriter, Patsy will always be remembered for his talent, passion and love for Irish music, song and dance. In his memory and name the organisers have put together…


Added by TradConnect on July 20, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

DÁN to perform live at Celtic connections festival Thursday 24th January

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. Between 17th January – 3rd February 2013, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.



Added by TradConnect on July 20, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

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