August 2012 Blog Posts (42)

Tradconnect members Tom McElvogue and Des Hurley on short UK Tour

TradConnect members Tom McElvogue and Des Hurley are commencing a UK tour  with Karen Tweed and Chris O' Malley. They have joined forces to bring…


Added by TradConnect on August 31, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

Beginner Whistler

My want to whistle  has been nagging me many a year.  I remember watching and listening to an old school friend playing a tune with the local Trad group. Darren is a long time member, he plays Whistle, Banjo, Guitar and Fiddle and  all incredibly well I might add. Less isn't expected as he's been at it from before his teen years with some regrettable absences (his own thoughts) Whistle playing at his…


Added by J.D. Lemonhead on August 31, 2012 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

Patrick D'Arcy's debut solo CD "Wallop The Spot"

Hi Everyone!

I'm delighted to announce my debut solo CD "Wallop The Spot". It's now available from Na Píobairí Uilleann, Claddagh, Ossian USA and for digital download on CDBaby at

Thanks for the support!


Added by Patrick D'Arcy on August 30, 2012 at 17:29 — No Comments

All Praise for Katie Davis Henderson and her New Tune a Day

All praise for Katie Davis Henderson and her New Tune a Day. We are slightly in awe of this TradConnect member and her musical output. What a project to undertake.  She has just recently finished a learning a new tune everyday…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 30, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Culture Night, Tonight - 21st September

Music Network Announces Line-up for Culture Night - An evening of free live music at The Coach House, Dublin Castle on Friday 21st September

Music Network today announced an exciting…


Added by TradConnect on August 30, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Album Release - Nuala Kennedy - Noble Stranger

Although her repertoire is rooted in the traditional music of her native Ireland and adopted homeland of Scotland, Nuala Kennedy has also gained critical attention for her eclectic cross-genre work, featuring liltingly beautiful vocals, adventurous instrumentation, and an imaginative mix of influences. For her Noble Stranger album release tour, her American band accompanies…


Added by TradConnect on August 29, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Documentary on 34th O’Carolan Harp Festival 2012 (Irish

This documentary footage was sent to me by Tradconnect members, The O’Carolan Harp Festival. I’ve posted a copy into the Carolan group but feel that this needs a higher profile amongst our general membership. The film shows some of the events and attractions of the festival held in Keadue (County Roscommon) and gives a great flavour of…


Added by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme on August 28, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

The South Donegal Fiddle

This programme explores a unique strand of traditional music in Ireland: the fiddle tradition of Donegal.

Part 1

Part 2…


Added by TradConnect on August 28, 2012 at 15:59 — No Comments

Chance of a Start - Patrick Clifford Supporting Tradconnect member Patrick Clifford

Now this is something that is at the heart of Tradconnect and some day if we have enough members we may start our own "Trad Fund" on this very site. For now meet member…


Added by TradConnect on August 27, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Electric Picnic - Trad Concert streamed online on &

A special online webcast from this year’s Electric Picnic Festival will be streamed on on Saturday September 1st 2012 from 18:00-20:00 GMT+1 (Time Conversion …


Added by Micheál Ó Domhnaill on August 27, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Celebrating our Fleadh Champions 2012 - Niall Ó Murchú - Fiddle

It is always worth admiring and aspiring to the levels achieved by our All Ireland Champions. For 2012 the  Senior Fiddle winner was Niall Ó Murchú.

On this clip he plays a well known south Sligo reel in the Senior Fiddle competition at the 2010 Cavan…


Added by TradConnect on August 27, 2012 at 9:09 — No Comments

Super Cool Band, Super Cool Video....I Draw Slow

Dublin roots band I Draw Slow present a mixture of Alt-country, folk, roots, old-time, Americana drawing on traditional Irish music as well. Killiney Hill never looked so good

They have been drumming up enthusiastic reviews in Ireland since the release of their top 10 selling second album, Redhills. Irish national broadcaster RTE made Redhills album of the week and Redhills has been welcomed to the playlists of stations across the…


Added by TradConnect on August 25, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

New vPipes EP released plus free download

If anyone is interested i have just released a new cd of music on the vPipes which are only out a few weeks, 

vPipes-Uilleann is a unique electronic uilleann bagpipes emulator that uses revolutionary technology resulting in a real-life experience in terms of sound quality, fingering and ornamentations. It…


Added by Kavan Donohoe on August 24, 2012 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Award and Tour Dates for We Banjo 3

We Banjo 3 have just been granted the prestigious Music Network Young Musicwide Award, a professional development award for the best and brightest young music ensembles. This with the release of their first album Roots of The Banjo Tree makes for an exciting time for one of the hottest talents around.

Featuring 3 tenor banjos,…


Added by TradConnect on August 23, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

At First Light - Tour Update & News

At First Light will embark on their first tour of the North of Ireland for some time, visiting Strabane, Limavady, Downpatrick and Belfast. They will no doubt be playing lots of music from their album Idir. Check out our …


Added by TradConnect on August 22, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2012 - Competition Results

Celebrating the musicians who have given their all to compete at the very highest level in the instrument of their choice at the Fleadh Cheoil 2012 which took place again for the third time in Cavan. From across the globe they have gathered and it is worth celebrating some of the…


Added by TradConnect on August 20, 2012 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Top Ten Traditional Irish Albums - August 2012

Jack Talty and Cormac Begley still hold the No.1 spot on our Top Ten for August 2012. Only one new entrant into the top ten this month and that is Damien Mullane with his album 13.

Check out the attached and see how many you have in your collection. Lots of great music.

1. Jack Talty & Cormac Begley - …


Added by TradConnect on August 20, 2012 at 8:31 — No Comments

Let' get behind Máirtin de Cógaín and his Kickstarter campaign

Let' get behind Máirtin de Cógaín and his Kickstarter campaign.

In 2010, he released From Cork with Love as the Máirtín de Cógáin Project. It’s an album filled with songs,…


Added by TradConnect on August 17, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Marie Reilly / The Anvil - A Dedication to Michael Reilly

Sometimes you don’t have to dig too deep to find musical inspiration. For Marie Reilly it was very close to home indeed.  The music of South Leitrim and Longford was handed down by her late father Michael Reilly.  The main source of the material for…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 16, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

We Banjo 3 announce US Tour in August and September 2013

We Banjo 3 have just released details of a US tour starting at the Dublin Irish Fest in Ohio on August 2nd - 4th and finishing up in late September in Wisconsin in The University of Whitewater.

You can read a review of their Album Roots of the Banjo Tree  …


Added by TradConnect on August 15, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

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