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The Gathering

The Gathering Traditional Music Festival  is regarded as being one of the best traditional events in Ireland - one review said it was "like The Willie Clancy Summer school under one roof!" 

The five day events includes concerts, céilí, instrument masterclasses, set dance & sean nos workshops, numerous free music sessions, a full education programme and much more. 

The concerts…

Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 14, 2012 at 15:25 — No Comments

For fans of John Carty - Pathway To The Well

You must know at this stage that I am a big fan of John Carty. This time he has joined up with the legendary Matt Molloy who has been a member of the Chieftains for more than 20 years, and who was one of the founding members of the great Bothy Band. They have just released a live album from Matt Molloys called Pathway To The Wellwith the great Arty McGlynn on guitar. Have a listen…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 14, 2012 at 15:19 — No Comments

Northern Lights music from the album Dubh agus Geal Loric

Submitted by Lorcán MacMathuna

Northern Lights brings a new program in which Traditional Irish music and…


Added by TradConnect on January 14, 2012 at 13:11 — No Comments

Bodhran Expert - Website and resource for learning the instrument

Thanks to member Julie Leduchowski who just joined and made us aware of this site whih looks like a great resource for bodhran players. 

The site was created by Michelle Stewart who has personally taught well over a thousand people how to play this instrument which…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 13, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

My goal

My Goal with this Blog is to try an post my my musical thoughts at least once a month, but hopefully once a week.  I figure I can come up with between 12 and 50 musical thoughts per year.

My thoughts this week:

I do not consider myself a professional musician... despite the fact I get payed when I'm playing in public more often than not.  I've been trying to figure out what differentiates me, who I don't consider professional from my husband, who I do consider a professional. …


Added by Jenni on January 12, 2012 at 23:07 — 1 Comment

Does anyone know the name of this dancer

Drumshanbo Comhaltas have been given this photograph of Packie Duignan playing for a dancer in a hostelry in Leitrim or Roscommon. We are wondering if anybody can help us identify the dancer. We have been told that she hails from possibly Tyrone.

Any help in identifying her would be…

Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 12, 2012 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Liz Carroll Touring Schedule

For any fans of Liz Carroll Stateside check out her upcoming schedule

Wednesday, January 18 – Saturday, January 21

  • Montana: Liz appears with Ensemble Galilei
  • Five concerts…

Added by TradConnect on January 9, 2012 at 14:26 — No Comments

Instrumentalists vs. Musicians

People often mistake those people who are very proficient with their instruments as musicians.  Yet, people who are only barely proficient at their instrument are often overlooked for their contribution to overall sound.  So, to clarify:

An instrumentalist is someone who is well studied in their instrument, and has gained a level of proficiency that most of us aspire to.  They may have won competitions, or they may simply just be "one…


Added by Jenni on January 8, 2012 at 20:01 — 4 Comments

Professional musicians with albums on TradConnect

I am looking to compile a list of members that have released an album and while I am aware of some of them I know there are others lurking in what is a growing number of members. With 1,300 + members is is getting hard to track everyone, especially some of our overseas members that I may not be personally familiar with ( shame on me ).

For those of you that have an…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 8, 2012 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Review : Caladh Nua - Next Stop

It is always great to hear new groups coming through, bringing their own style and flavours to the music, hearing how they interpret and bring the music to a new audience. Caladh Nua is one such group featuring TradConnector Eoin O' Meachair Attending…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 7, 2012 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

New Classes - Sept 2012

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument? Come September 2012 we at The Brady Academy of Music hope to offer the following instruments at all levels (unless otherwise stated):



Uilleann Pipes

Guitar (DADGAD tuning)




Button Keyed Accordion (for beginners)





Added by Brady Music on January 5, 2012 at 20:47 — No Comments

Musical Resume

So, this will be where I put my music related thoughts.  I'm a high-school math teacher by trade, and musician only by avocation.

This post is my musical resume, starting way back at the beginning:

My mother was always into musicals, and many a road trip was passed singing songs from "My Fair Lady" at the top of our collective lungs.  Dad had a musical instrument collection, including two guitars, a banjo, a variety of percussion instruments, a fiddle, a flute, and more.  He…


Added by Jenni on January 4, 2012 at 20:48 — No Comments

Linnd violin shoulder rest review

The Linnd shoulder rest ( may be too modern looking for some traditional fiddlers but if they reject it for that reason they’re missing a great product. An interesting part of the design is a transverse bar between the fiddle and the section that fits on your shoulder, the bar takes a lot of stress off the fiddle compared to the death grip that most other rests…


Added by Richard Sutor on December 27, 2011 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Miss Fogartys Christmas Cake - added by Mark Gilston

Song Miss Fogartys Christmas Cake added by Mark Gilston

Added by TradConnect on December 25, 2011 at 16:31 — No Comments

Happy Holidays...

Happy Holidays! I've had a few requests this past week for a song I recorded with Robbie O'Connell many years ago called "Christmas in the Trenches" so I put it up on my website. Also, my late father, Jimmy "Horse" Keane, who celebrated his birthday on Christmas Eve was a great sean-nos singer so I also put a track of him singing "An Caisideach Bán" (Fair Cassidy) too. Hope you enjoy!

Added by Jimmy Keane on December 25, 2011 at 14:18 — No Comments

Thanks, Merry Christmas and what a year it's been.

Firstly to all our members, a very Merry Christmas and New Year. And what a year it's been. It was this time last year that myself and a couple of flute players who had been playing together every now and again decided to try and do a weekly practice, get a few more players involved and start a session. All with the goal of improving from where we were at and playing some…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 23, 2011 at 11:35 — 1 Comment

Merry Christmas!

I wish everyone here at Tradconnect a very merry christmas, and big thanks for the fantastic career so far!
Tony, you're the man!
And all participating members - you're the men and women! :)

Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on December 23, 2011 at 9:04 — 3 Comments

Session TV - Session Barber and Tattoo Shop, Blackrock

There is no end to the many ideas that can be generated to promote music. At a local market beside me in Blackrock, Co. Dublin we have the wonderful idea thought up by the local barber. They came up with the idea of sessions in their barber and tattoo shop. They simply brought bands and musicians in and gave them a platform to perform and called it Session TV, creating a…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 22, 2011 at 16:52 — No Comments

Happy Winter Solstice

Anyone lucky enough to get into Newgrange this year?

Added by Liam on December 21, 2011 at 8:24 — No Comments

New free traditional music on

Today saw the launch of the fourth Free Music Monday posting on We're very happy to have Cady Finlayson back on the site. Cady is an American fiddle player based in New York city.  She has performed at venues including Caramoor Center for the Arts, the Blackstone Celtic Festival, and the Great Irish Fair. You can check out the music she has kindly offered for download here …


Added by Liam on December 20, 2011 at 6:00 — No Comments

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