July 2013 Blog Posts (41)

SPONSOR required for our Tradconnect Album of the Year 2013

In 2012 we ran a poll for Album of the Year which was won by Caitlín Nic Gabhann for her fantastic album simply titled Caitlín.  The…


Added by TradConnect on July 12, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

New Traditional Irish Music

In order to assist artists with the promotion of new music we are creating this " New Music" section on the site. This follows a poll we carried out asking what musicians wanted from an online resource like Tradconnect.  The common issue raised was the need to be able to post new tracks that artists have added to Soundcloud and Bandcamp somewhere…


Added by TradConnect on July 12, 2013 at 9:00 — 7 Comments

Top Ten Traditional Irish Albums - July 2013

Check out our Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums at the moment. This month we have a couple of new entrants with The Yanks debut album making an appearance.  Also now included the the fresh new release from Edel Fox and Neil Byrne called The Sunny Banks.

Check out the attached and see how many you have in your collection. Lots of great…


Added by TradConnect on July 11, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Le Vent du Nord UK tour starts today 23rd July

To coincide with ten successful years of touring and recording Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord released their seventh album ‘Tromper Le Temps' in 2012. It is an extremely good album and we will follow up with a review. Renowned as ambassadors of Francophonie they are acknowledged as one…


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

Live Review - Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly / Réalta at The Steeple Sessions

Oh but they do love their slides and polkas in Cork. Sometimes it takes two master musicians like Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly to bring home to you the beauty of Sliabh Luachra music. And that is what a concert series like The Steeple Sessions is doing. The beauty and simplicity of putting great musicians centre stage in a great venue like The…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on July 10, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Flat Out from Ballina, Co. Mayo - Mixing Trad with Pop ( 99 Red Balloons )

We cover all bases here on Tradconnect and are always looking for the quirky, off beat, off the wall and contemporary twists that our young trad musicians are adding to our traditional music.  We never envisaged 99 Red Balloons by Nena showing up on a trad site but here it is.  And we very much like it.  

It's by a young trad…


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

50 Irish Traditional Album Reviews From 2013...so far

We have reached the half way point of the year and have posted 50 album reviews to date.  For those of you that have not found your way to our album review section  we include links to the albums below. Check out our 2012 review sestion as well by going to our Album Review page.  Thanks to Devon Leger…


Added by TradConnect on July 9, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Mrs McQueen's polka

This is a new polka that we have recently composed and we hope that you like it! 


Added by Dulahan on July 9, 2013 at 6:14 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Niamh Dunne / Portraits

Niamh Dunne is best known for her work with the group Beoga. Over the last decade they have been at the forefront of traditional music with a number of highly regarded albums.  As a group they were not afraid to incorporate other genres’ into their…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on July 8, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Joey Abarta / Swimming Against The Falls

There must be something deeply gratifying about achieving your long held dreams. For Joey Abarta a lifetime of Swimming Against The Falls has ended and the swim has taken him to his rightful place. He has delivered a…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on July 7, 2013 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Another Festival for "The Keymaster!"

Hi Friends. We just received notice that "The Keymaster: Patrick Olwell's Story" has been selected for the DocUtah Film Festival in September! This is our third festival so far, and we're hoping for even more. We screened the film last weekend at the Intendence Film Festival in Arvada, CO, and it was a great success, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the film. If you know of any…


Added by Jem Moore on July 6, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

Paul Ryan, Irish American musician born June 30, 1913

To mark what would have been his 100th birthday, we posted an online biography of New York musician Paul Ryan. Ryan was a frequent collaborator of Paddy Killoran in the 1930s and John O'Neill in the 1950s.

Read more about Paul Ryan on our…


Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on July 5, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Track of The Week - Kevin Crawford / The Clare Connection ( Reels )

This weeks Track of the Week is taken from Kevin Crawford's solo album called Carrying The Tune. This was released last year and was a stunning album on every level. The album comprises 14 tracks, each containing lesser known tunes that now demand to be added to the common repertoire. Reels, jigs, airs, horos (yes I said horos) and self-compositions make up the…


Added by TradConnect on July 5, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Traidphicnic, Spiddal, Galway. This weekend 5th and 6th July

Traidphicnic takes place in Spiddal, Galway this weekend 5th and 6th July.  The lineup this year includes some big names including Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, Johnny Connolly and a whole lot more.

It is, however, much more than a concert, visitors can expect music, art, and cultural workshops. The beautiful Connemara landscape will form your backdrop…


Added by TradConnect on July 4, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Album of the Month for July 2013 - Yvonne Bolton & Alan Jordan / Silver Threads

Our album of the month for July 2013 is a great duet album featuring Yvonne Bolton and Alan Jordan. "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 …


Added by TradConnect on July 3, 2013 at 23:00 — No Comments

Comhaltas Seisiún Show Áras an Mhuilinn

The Comhaltas 'Seisiún' Summer show for 2013 in Áras An Mhuilinn, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath starts tonight, July 3rd@8 30pm. Top class traditional Irish music, song, dance and stories from Ceoltóirí an Mhuilinn the resident group for the first half with invited guests and participation from the audience in the second half. This Wednesday Ceoltóirí an Mhuilinn will be: Enda Seery (whistle, flute), Sarah Hennessy (button accordion), Ruth Hennessy…


Added by Enda Seery on July 3, 2013 at 10:22 — No Comments

Much anticipated album release by Maurice Lennon - The Little Ones

Maurice Lennon's first solo fiddle release is now available at www.cic.ie Its called The Little Ones's and has been much anticipated.  The attached video shows his beautiful style on a well know jig called The Friar's Britches' recorded…


Added by TradConnect on July 2, 2013 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

Hand dexterity

Well, it has happened.  My worst fear as a string instrument player, let alone any other instrument.

A couple of years ago I had noticed some pain in my left hand and wrist area after playing any of my instruments for about an hour.  I would chalk it up as getting on in years, but this is not the case after all.  The accident I had to my left arm a few weeks ago did not help the situation

After numerous tests over the past year, since 2012, and a lot of therapy, it seems I am…


Added by Albert Wrigglesworth on July 2, 2013 at 16:30 — No Comments

Caitlín Nic Gabhann - Tour dates and new track from her award winning album

Caitlín Nic Gabhann won our Album of the Year award  in 2012 with her debut release simply called Caitlín. 
Throughout July and August 2013 she will be doing a number of concerts in Ireland with various…

Added by TradConnect on July 2, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

Track from Cara's "Long Distance Love" album

This is a track from Cara's Long Distance Love album that we have recently added to our Soundcloud file.  It is an album by a group that should get more recognition this side of the water and is an album we return to again and again.

With members from Ireland and Scotland they should…


Added by TradConnect on July 1, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

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