August 2011 Blog Posts (36)

Arcady - Many Happy Returns ( Peter Fairbairn )

Hard to believe this is only the second recording from such a great band. Between albums there have been some changes, most notably in personnel. Frances Black is forging ahead with her…


Added by TradConnect on August 26, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments

The Busy Bee Always Gets His Way

  Once you find the momentum you should never abandon it. That's one of the great lessons I learned in life. As the old saying goes: strike while the iron is hot. Momentum doesn't last forever. there are moments of complete stand still. This is normal. We all have that. I am glad I am persistent in making blog posts because this is the thing that gives me…


Added by Baxter Labatos on August 26, 2011 at 16:47 — 6 Comments

A Gem of an Album - Deiseal / The Long Long Note

This may well be the best kept secret or the worst kept secret in traditional music. When Cormac Breatnach, Niall Ó Callanáin and Paul O’Driscoll went into the studio all those years ago they really created something special with this album. They brought…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 25, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

Los Angeles House Session

I am looking to start a house session in the LA area, USA  (Pasadena actually).  

I envision a three part format for the event.

1.  Learning/ Teaching (30-60 min.)

2.  Standard Tunes warm-up  (20-30 min.)

3.  Session (no restrictions) (90-120 min.)


I envision this with no written music or music stands.  The teaching/learning portion could be done by a live teacher who could be present or on Skype, and by video and/or audio recording.  The first…


Added by John on August 24, 2011 at 19:32 — 5 Comments

Exciting package in the mail today!

Kid brothers to iMpempe B/Bb combo arrived today. Lovely D with Eb-tube this time.

Can only recommend Ian Turnbulls whistles!

Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on August 23, 2011 at 9:46 — 3 Comments

Carmel Gunning - Corran Hill ( Music Traditions Review )

The topography of her native Sligo informs a large part of what Carmel Gunning does, and this disc is no exception.  As well as two self composed tunes, both named after local landmarks, three of the five songs in English are by local song makers.  Of these, two are place name songs, a genre which does not always earn plaudits for poetic quality.  However, while the sentiments of these two are fairly…


Added by TradConnect on August 22, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Back again..

from Kalmar, after the funniest, craziest weekend in a long time.

Played two gigs with Eamonn O'Riley, live recordings at local pub/café, great craic with great people! Hopefully there will be more gigs in the future!

Here are the lads, me, Markus Tullberg, concert flute, Eamonn O'Riley, vocals, guitar and Paddy Lawless,…


Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on August 22, 2011 at 7:55 — 2 Comments

Josephine Marsh - Self Titled ( Alex Monaghan )

Another excellent debut album from another brilliant young Irish musician. Josephine Marsh is a box-player from County Clare. This is not another Sharon Shannon: Josephine's music doesn't have the attack of the first lady of Irish accordion. What it does have is a warmth and…


Added by TradConnect on August 21, 2011 at 15:20 — No Comments

John Carthy - I Will if I Can ( Earle Hitchner / Alex Monaghan )

John Carty has quietly but quickly become one of Irish music's leading players. An astonishing fiddler, the London-born musician is equally gifted at banjo, flute and tenor guitar. He has three acclaimed solo fiddle albums, two banjo albums and two band albums already under his belt, and his musical sparring partners include such trad giants as Matt Molloy and Arty McGlynn. In the last… Continue

Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 21, 2011 at 13:38 — No Comments

Images of Fleadh 2011 in Cavan


Some selected images of Fleadh 2011 in Cavan that I took yesterday.



Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 21, 2011 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

I am writing a new article and my focus is PEACE

  I am asking statements from musicians to post on my site with a corresponding link to the websites. It is called Peace: what it is for me, and what can we do to achieve it?


Feel free to contribute.

Added by Baxter Labatos on August 20, 2011 at 19:16 — 4 Comments

John Carthy - At It Again ( Irish Herald )

“At It Again” is the third CD in a series of outstanding traditional Irish music CDs from John Carty, each as good as the last, if not better.

This third traditional CD from Shanachie also features John’s brother James, a wonderful flute player well-known in the London trad music…

Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 18, 2011 at 13:22 — No Comments

Summer's End

OK, so another summer is nearly over and our 6 week move to our mobile home down in Ballymoney Wexford is nearly over. It's time to pack the bags and head up to Cavan for the weekend to get a flavour of the Fleadh. Not much music these last few weeks in Wexford apart from checking into TradConnect twice a day on a crappy laptop in an area with little or no reception. Apologies if the approval process has slowed down a bit. No music but plenty of swimming, kayaking, a bit of golf. Lots of…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 18, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments

Star of the County Down

Hmm... We can't post videos with singing in the video section, but no explanation why. 

OK. Let's try it here.

When I came up with this arrangement of SotCD I wanted to do something different from everything else. Let me know what you think.

Hammered dulcimer - TradConnect member Jim Rathbun and his 10 year old student Noah Jefferies

6 string Banjo - Greg Kaiser

Fiddle - Kelly Kaiser

Guitar and vocal - Bruce Evans…


Added by Bruce Evans on August 18, 2011 at 0:56 — 4 Comments

Truths of life, part 1

You'll find that single girls are slimmer than married women..
That's because a single girl comes home, goes to the refrigerator and sees what's in it and goes to bed..
A married woman comes home, goes to the bed and sees what's in it and goes to the refrigerator.

Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on August 17, 2011 at 17:56 — No Comments

New versions of Tunepal



Just to let you know there are new versios of Tunepal now available:

The latest Android version has the following new features:

  1. Install to SD card option
  2. Reorganised tabs, so that the record tab is first
  3. Offline tune searches (tags are stored and can be resubmitted when you go back online)
  4. A pause button on the tune display screen
  5. Tune playback now loops
New versions Tunepal and Tunepal HD were…

Added by Bryan Duggan on August 17, 2011 at 7:44 — No Comments

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