Featured Blog Posts – July 2015 Archive (39)

Title track from the new Freya Rae and Louis Bingham album - 8th August

Updated : Freya Rae and Louis Bingham have announced the release of their debut album this October 2015. Freya (flutes, whistles, clarinet) and Louis (guitars, banjo, bouzouki, bodhrán) present an exciting and original album exploring unusual traditional and new compositions based on Irish and Breton dance music. The…


Added by TradConnect on July 30, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Andy Lamy announces Irish tour in August for "The New Blackthorn Stick" (Starts August 7th )

Dear Friends.  Here are updates on "The New Blackthorn Stick".  Below is our August in Ireland 5-city launch tour with live national broadcasts.  Please spread the word to friends in Ireland and beyond.  We already have RSVP's from France and the UK to attend these concerts!

Our tour will take in venues in Dublin, Kinvara,…


Added by TradConnect on July 29, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Competition : 5 Copies of the new compilation album "The Wild Atlantic Way" to give away ( Closes today 29th August )

We have 5 copies of a new outstanding compilation album of traditional Irish music to give away to our readers.  The album is called The Wild Atlantic Way - A Journey in Irish Music and its goal is to "tells stories, invite reflection and capture the sense of fun that is an essential part of any trip along THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY.

It features…


Added by TradConnect on July 28, 2015 at 17:30 — 31 Comments

Crossing the Sea by Fiona Howell now available for download

Press Release : Crossing the Sea, the first album by Fiona Howell, flutist and Sean-Nos singer, is now available as a CD and download . All of the songs are traditional Irish songs and tunes, except for the first track, Cathain, written by Ronan O' Snodaigh of Kila. The 10 tracks include…

Added by TradConnect on July 28, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Four 'Worldwide Album Launches' coming up on Tradconnect

Over the next fortnight we will have four new album Worldwide Album Launches on Tradconnect.  All four albums will also be added to our new Download Centre where radio broadcasters can download them for free. You can read about the advantages of this new way of launching albums…


Added by TradConnect on July 26, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Songwriter Showcase entry 'A Band of Gold' to be recorded by Shantalla

In February this year we concluded our first Songwriters Showcase which was a collaboration with the legendary Christy Moore. It provided an outlet for composers and writers to showcase new material and was an outstanding success. In addition to the winning song by The Jeremiahs there were another 60+ entries, including some great new…


Added by TradConnect on July 26, 2015 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Ian Carr & Karen Tweed / SHHH

SHHH was first released in 1995, and has been unavailable for the last decade or so.  Karen Tweed was a founding member of The Posies and later played with Ian Carr as part of the Kathryn Tickell Band. They had previously met at a festival and Carr’s distinctive guitar style had impressed Tweed. This is a digital re-issue and the merits…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on July 25, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

FolkFest Killarney Starts Today - A Playlist of 16 Artists Performing

The inaugural FolkFest Killarney takes place this weekend, July 24th - 26th in Killarney, County Kerry. They have an outstanding lineup that includes both established and up and coming artists.  Many of those appearing have been covered here on Tradconnect over the last number of months.  Here is a playlist of some of the…


Added by TradConnect on July 24, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Fleadh TV - Broadcasting 13th - 16th August

Last year FleadhTV enjoyed a strong share of viewership and reached over 850,000 people in the course of the three nights. It also ranked in the end of year Top 10 TG4 programmes of 2014. Building on this success, TG4 have extended the show to a four night run and to three hours of live TV each night. Traditional music is back in the forefront of Irish…


Added by TradConnect on July 23, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Scottish Artist of the Month - Malinky

Malinky are presently featuring as artist of the month on Scotland’s Hands Up For Trad.  “Since forming out of the Edinburgh session scene of the late ’90s they have for the past 15 years, been the leading group focusing on traditional Scots song. With four acclaimed albums under their belt and an extensive…


Added by TradConnect on July 22, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

New track from Liz Carroll's 'On The Offbeat' album

Liz Carroll has released a new track from her recent album 'On The Offbeat' and we include it below. We reviewed the album some time back and you can read the review here.

​We also …

Added by TradConnect on July 21, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Alan Kelly Gang with Eddi Reader & John Douglas - Whelan's Dublin 3rd September

Powerful, emotive and critically acclaimed Traditional Irish band, Alan Kelly Gang reunite with Scotland’s mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader (of Fairground Attraction fame) and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas, performing all new material from their latest album The Last Bell. Sheer musical synergy in its most natural…


Added by TradConnect on July 21, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Custy's Interview Series - Music Video #129 - Bryan O'Leary & Colm Guilfoyle

This is the latest in the Custy's Interview Series.  It features Bryan O' Leary and Colm Guilfoyle who have recorded a debut album called 'Where The Bog Is'. On the accompanying background notes Bryan states that "Ciarán MacMathuna made many a visit to Sliabh Luachra where he recorded and collected the music of local legends Padraig O’Keeffe,…


Added by TradConnect on July 20, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Top 20 Traditional Tracks - June 2015

The growth of our Soundcloud file over the last 12 months is starting to provide statistical information that is useful for both artists and fans alike.

At the moment we have passed the 210,000 mark for total plays received and are now achieving in excess of 4,000 plays a week. We can now look at the information in a bit more depth over a monthly period…


Added by TradConnect on July 20, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Song of the Day : Shannon Heaton Quintet / The Snows They Melt The Soonest

Here is a track from Boston resident Shannon Heaton and her new Quintet which she describes as "resonant chamber trad for Irish flute, voice and strings. She will be joining the Jeremy Kittel Trio as part of the Burren Backroom Series on Wednesday, July 22nd. She says that this new project "nestles stirring traditional melodies in a sublime…


Added by TradConnect on July 19, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Worldwide Album Launch - Dylan Foley & Dan Gurney / Irish Music from the Hudson Valley

Welcome to Tradconnect’s Worldwide Album Launch series. For these launches we are working with over 50 radio broadcasters globally, making new traditional releases available for immediate free download through our…


Added by TradConnect on July 16, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Join the Virtual Trad Orchestra at Hawk's Well Theatre Sligo as part of Fleadh Ceoil 2015

The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo has launched details of an innovative Irish Traditional Musical project that will bring together musicians from all over the world, digitally, to perform the ballad ‘The Salley Gardens’. The Virtual Trad Orchestra is a groundbreaking initiative that will premiere as part of the theatre’s Fleadh Cheoil na…


Added by TradConnect on July 16, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Supporting FullSet and their Kickstarter Campaign ( 3 days to go )

As a music site we normally get behind new funding campaigns to help artists raise the necessary finance to complete albums​.  We have covered FullSet on Tradconnect before ​and also recently launched band member Teresa Horgan's duet album with Matt Griffin. You can check that album out …


Added by TradConnect on July 15, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Torcán live at the South County

This is a live recording from Torcán who are an instrumental traditional Irish music group based in Cork. They draw together various styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Dance, Cajun and traditional Irish. They adapt classical pieces and compose some of their own tunes. The band are Jason Turk,(accordion, whistles & saxophone), Robin Turk, (acoustic guitar &…


Added by TradConnect on July 14, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Insight : Tríona Marshall on her new album Between Two Ways

“I wanted to create an album which reflected the experiences and people who have had an impact on my musical journey to date.”

With the release of her new album called Between Two Ways, harpist Tríona Marshall spoke to us about her earliest experiences, the people that inspired her and the work…


Added by TradConnect on July 13, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

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