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Debut album by Brien Friel

Following the Swedish influence with the Sea Stallions recent album we have similar influences here. Karusell is the debut album from Brian Friel. Official release was on November 18th at St Johns Theatre Listowel,Co Kerry. Brian is joined on the album by friends and fellow musicians Kieran O Loughlin (Guitars), Mick McAuley (Solas,Box),Perry Stenbäck( Nyckelharpa,Dobro),Paddy…


Added by TradConnect on December 16, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

Arrival of new flute!

Today i got my new flute from Rob Forbes , a short foot Pratten-esque D- flute in Delrin.

Intonation is lovely, sound is strong and resonant, the flute buzz between your fingers! :)

Only had it for a few hours, but i am impressed so far! A bargain for the price, really!…


Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on December 15, 2011 at 22:00 — 2 Comments

What it takes to win an All Ireland Fiddle title

Ever wondered what was involved in winning an All Ireland Fiddle title. Here is Mac Dara Ó Raghallaigh competing in 1990. He didn't win that year but came back in 1992 to take the title. Little bit of a wait at the beginning but its worth it

Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 15, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

Josephine Keegan - Now and Then

I have long been a fan of Josephine Keegan having many years ago bought some old tapes which I still have and still listen to. It simple and uncomplicated music, but oh so wonderful. She has a new album out called Now and Then. Listen to the sound clips below and see if you agree. Its an album that I will invest in. Check it out.…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 15, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

We Banjo Three Win Awards

We Banjo 3 have just a Music Network Award for being one of the brightest yound music ensembles.

Featuring 3 tenor banjos, mandolins, tenor guitars, guitars, banjolin and vocals We Banjo 3 combine Irish music…


Added by TradConnect on December 15, 2011 at 12:10 — No Comments

Derek McGinley & Tara Connaghan - The Far Side of the Glen

Came across this album which sounds great . Its an album that focuses  solely on the fiddle music from the south west area of Donegal and is called the The Far Side of the Glen. It was launched at this year’s Ennis Trad Festival.

The album  features two well respected Donegal fiddle players, Derek McGinley from Mín A’Chearrbhaigh, in the…


Added by TradConnect on December 15, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

New flute tutor book by Cónal O'Grada

Based on the premise that ‘If you can’t hear it, you can’t play it’, Conal takes a progressive approach to building the students flute technique (What does it Sound like...How is it Done...Where is it Used), starting with the basics (Holding the flute, Breathing, Cuts etc.) and working up to more advanced techniques (Glottal Stops, Rolls and…


Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on December 14, 2011 at 16:00 — 5 Comments

A site, might Interest Folk's on here...

Here Is a Great Site, and  might Interest Folk's on here, and is Good for Learning Tunes. Especially Guitar Melody in Irish Traditional.. And he has done a Mighty job with some of my own Compositions.. '' Really Worth a Look ! ''


See Link -…


Added by Jim McAuley on December 12, 2011 at 23:30 — 2 Comments

Album Review - Anton Emery / Noone Lasses

Delivering an album of Celtic fingerstyle guitar is as difficult a task as any in the Irish tradition. Doing it on your own, with your skill stripped bare for all to see is an even more daunting task. Maintaining the highest of  standards throughout the album takes a player of some technical skill and in…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 12, 2011 at 22:00 — No Comments

Types of music -- maybe not quite true but pretty funny.

Old Time and Celtic songs are about whiskey, food and struggle. Bluegrass songs are about God, mother and the girl who did me wrong. If the girl isn't dead by the third verse, it ain't Bluegrass. If everyone dies, its Celtic.

Old Time and Celtic bands have nonsense names like Flogging Molly, Fruit Jar Drinkers and Skillet Lickers while Bluegrass bands have serious gender-specific name like Bluegrass Boys, Clinch Mountain Boys and Backwoods Babes.

The most common Old Time keys…


Added by Richard Sutor on December 11, 2011 at 22:52 — No Comments

Christmas 1861

Christmas 1861

From"The Irish Brigade and its Campaigns" by David Power Conyngham 

Near one of the huge fires a kind of arbour was nicely constructed of the branches of trees, which were so interwoven on one another as to form a kind of wall. Inside this, some were seated on logs, some reclining in true Turkish style.
 Seated near the fire was Johnny Flaherty, discoursing sweet music from his violin. Johnny hailed from Boston; was a musical genins, in his way, and though…


Added by Wes Merchant on December 10, 2011 at 0:13 — 2 Comments

Song from Ireland

That's the name of my radopshow on :


is an Irish music programme on Radio Rijnwoude,

the local radiostation for Rijnwoude in the west

of The Netherlands.               

Wim van Gent is the presenter of the show:

"Every week I dedicate a few hours of my time to

Irish music by putting a new show together…


Added by Willem P. van Gent on December 9, 2011 at 20:07 — No Comments

Profile - John Carty

There is no doubt that John Carty can be described as one of our greatest living traditional musicians on the circuit at the moment. His roots go back a long way from an upbringing in London where he was born and where he began his musical adventure. His father was a member of the Glenside Ceili Band in London in the early '60's where they played extensively in London and the…


Added by TradConnect on December 9, 2011 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Na Píobairí Uilleann video tutor

Check this out, the piper of the "Sea Stallions", Leo Rickard teaching tunes over the net at Na Píobairí Uilleann

Added by Peter "Puma" Hedlund on December 9, 2011 at 16:33 — No Comments

The Sea Stallions - Halsingland To Howth

Halsingland to Howth is the result of a collaboration between Ralph Doyle,  Peter Puma Hedlund and Leo Rickard that has been in the making for over 20 years. Finally they have recognised that this journey needed to be recorded to bring their unique take on the tradition to a wider audience.…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 8, 2011 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Fiddlers Corner - Helpers/Administrators wanted

I thought it might be useful to set up a group for fiddlers and all things fiddle related. More of resource center actually taking all the best from YouTube and other places. The idea is to compile only good material, videos, links to articles, sites etc.

Some help with this would be appreciated so if you are interested let me know and I can make you an administrator on…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 5, 2011 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

MIZENHEAD have arrived!

Our new band Mizenhead made our debut last night and we are happy to say that we went down a storm. Thanks to everyone involved and especially Ian Stock for organising everything. Here's to many more

Added by Bob Tracey on December 3, 2011 at 20:31 — No Comments

A tip for the timber-killing winter ahead.

Bought one of these, and it arrived today:


A case humidifier from Oasis humidifiers

I removed some padding from the lid of my flute case, stuck the steel holder, with adhesive back in the lid and attached the humidifier.

Might be overkill for a flute case,…


Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on November 30, 2011 at 20:43 — No Comments

Dulahan Irl - Airs & Gracenotes

The music that I most fondly remember has always been the late at night, behind locked doors type. When everyone has gone home bar the last few stragglers. Instruments have been put away in preparation for home, yet something says the night is not quite over. Fond memories linger of such nights when you may have a solo fiddle or accordian. Maybe someone doing some backing with guitar, maybe not. There is…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 29, 2011 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

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