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Eddie Butcher - In his own words. Book Publication

All the days of his life: Eddie Butcher in his own words: songs, stories and memories of Magilligan, Co Derry’ is the latest publication in the Studies in Irish traditional music / Taighde ar cheol dúchais Éireann series from the Irish Traditional Music Archive. 

This illustrated record of the life and songs of Eddie Butcher (1900–1980), an outstanding singer from…


Added by TradConnect on January 25, 2012 at 22:20 — No Comments

The Westmeath Hunt - William Mullaly - The First Irish Concertina Player

This might be on interest to concertina players who want to delve back into time and discover some historical information regarding Irelands First recorded concertina pplayer. ‘The Westmeath Hunt: William Mullaly: The First Irish Concertina Player on Record’, a CD and booklet of the historic 1926 & 1927 New York concertina recordings of William Mullaly from…


Added by TradConnect on January 25, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Caladh Nua / Happy Days

As debuts go this establishes Caladh Nua as a band of the future. I love an album that kicks off with an energetic set of tunes, giving you a real sense of what the rest of the album will be like. This is Caladh Nua's first album and this is their first set. It's a set of reels called The Windmill Reel Set, and by the end of it you know where you stand. Little wonder…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 24, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments

Now thats busking

A sort of cool thing happened on the way to our gig in Liege. Raphael DeCock and I were cutting our Northern Lights stickers on the train and I was telling him about my new song, Captain Rock, and so I sang it for him. A woman sitting besides us on the train was looking at us and noticed the stickers, and asked if we had an album, and bought one. -first impressions eh! Captain Rock isn't…

Added by Lorcán Mac Mathúna on January 24, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Davy Rogers Book Of Original Tunes due for release

In the next few weeks Davy Rogers will release his first book of traditional tunes called "108 Original Compositions in the Traditional Irish Style"

Davy has  been working on it for quite some time now. He says he has been composing tunes since 1974 and when he reached number 108 he thought to himself "It's about…


Added by TradConnect on January 23, 2012 at 23:00 — 1 Comment

An album to look out for - Brendan Hendry & friends

This is one album I am looking forward to if this sound clip is anything to go by. You will all be aware of how many times I have gone on about Brendan's playing, on this blog and elsewhere on Facebook. He is fast becoming a favorite. It's a delight to…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 23, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

Paddy Keenan, London Irish Centre – Friday, 3 February 2012

Paddy Keenan – Friday, 3 February 2012 When it comes to Irish piping, there is simply no-one to touch Paddy Keenan – he’s the Jimi Hendrix of piping! Right back to his years with the genre-defining Bothy Band, Paddy’s playing has electrified listeners both on recordings and on stage. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Paddy in the intimate surrounds of The…


Added by TradConnect on January 23, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

The Chieftains celebrate 50 years with star studded Voice of Ages due February 21st, 2012


The Chieftains, the world's most celebrated traditional Irish band, will mark their 50th anniversary with the release of Voice of Ages on February 21st 2012 (Hear/Concord). An imaginative…


Added by TradConnect on January 22, 2012 at 23:30 — 1 Comment

Now that's what I call a concertina.

Ok, we are upsizing. Now that's what I call a…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 22, 2012 at 18:07 — No Comments

From the vaults - getting close to perfection

Thanks Russ for this little gem which is a cracking video and which I think is near perfect music. Brendan Hendry, Brendan Mulholland and Paul McSherry are in flying form in this piece of magic recorded for the Blas Ceol BBC series in 2007 in the Crosskeys Inn. I must look up some more of their music.

Visit their websites…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 22, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Paul McNevin launches

This is a fiddle site that has developed over the last year or so.  Some interesting blogs now added to it so worth checking out for any of you fiddlers.  TradConnect member Paul McNevin has launched the site last year and it is dedicated to the teaching and sharing of traditional Irish fiddle music through new media.

Paul McNevin has been teaching fiddle and…


Added by TradConnect on January 22, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Siún / The Blue-Eyed Rascal

One of TradConnect's goals is to give a voice to the hundreds of musicians across the globe who have a passion and love for the tradition, and who take the time and effort to go into a studio and record. This especially applies to our youth a lot of whom are studying at third level. Music for many is not a full time job so recording while studying, and carrying forth the…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 21, 2012 at 20:00 — No Comments

Danú US Touring Schedule 2012

Date Event    
02/25/2012 The Gathering…

Added by TradConnect on January 21, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Album Release - Adrian McAuliffe & Cathal Flood / Between The Strings

It's great discovering what sounds like great album releases that may just have just passed us by over the summer months of last year. There is a copy of this in the post to me and if you play banjo you should clap your ears around the sound clips on their website It sounds very tasty. The…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 21, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

A Guide To Irish Flute

Its always nice when you come across a website that someone had put a lot of effort into. Check out this site all about flute. This site is a resource for people who are interested in learning Irish music on the flute—particularly the simple-system (six-hole) transverse flute, sometimes referred to as the "Irish flute."

If you're new to the flute, you can check out a…


Added by TradConnect on January 20, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

~ Show For Sergio, Vicar Street, 25th February 2012 ~


~ A Fundraising Concert for Sergio O'Connor ~…

Vicar Street, Dublin


Added by Connie Rae Crone on January 20, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Paul McGlinchey / The Boys of the Town

There is no doubt that when talking about  Paul McGlinchey you are dealing with a musician to the very core. He speaks  from the heart about his music and says that it has "defined" who he is and it has provided the social interaction that is at the…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 19, 2012 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

Profile of Joseph Browne

On February 16th-18th this year the sixth annual Joseph Browne School of Traditional Music will take place in Kinvara, Co, Galway. It is worthwhile posting a little profile here of Joseph Browne from the music school site, as a way of providing background to Joseph as well as the music school that has been named in his honour.…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 19, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

The Jig of Slurs and the Atholl Highlanders

We wanted to post up these two tunes which originated in Scotland but have become a part of the regular Irish session repertoire. We hope that you like our version!

Added by Dulahan on January 19, 2012 at 9:30 — 4 Comments

First Packie Duignan Traditional week-end in Drumshanbo

1st Official Packie Duignan Traditional week-end, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

By Deirdre Parnell, PRO Comhaltas Drumshanbo


Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim would be best known in musical circles as the home of the Joe Mooney Summer School but it has added another string to its bow in the last few years.

Every January for the past…


Added by Deirdre Parnell on January 17, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

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