August 2012 Blog Posts (42)

Solas Live in Long Beach

A good video of Solas with some behind the scenes interviews etc. The band performs live in Long Beach, CA on St. Patrick's Day 2012. Filmed and recorded by Voltage Productions. Special interviews and live footage of the band performing at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.…


Added by TradConnect on August 14, 2012 at 19:20 — No Comments

Damien Mullane to launch new album at Fleadh Cheoil

This is an exciting prospect and by the sound of Emma's Waltz below we are in for a treat. "In a short space of time Damien Mullane has a musical cv that any veteran musician would be proud of. Still only 26, he has been described as a virtuoso with an avant-garde style of playing. Damien won numerous All-Ireland titles on both accordion and melodeon and began his…


Added by TradConnect on August 13, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

Music Workshop in the West of Ireland with John Carty, Arty McGlynn and Others Announced for October, 2012

Now here is a great end of year opportunity to learn from the masters of their art. If you are a fan, as we are, of John Carty and Arty McGlynn it will hold extra appeal. Connemara Ireland Workshops is pleased to announce a 5-day /4-night traditional Irish music workshop for October 19-23, 2012. Hosted by and held at the award-winning country…


Added by TradConnect on August 13, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Fiddler Marie Reilly launches debut fiddle album.

Fiddler and TradConnect member Marie Reilly has just released a debut album called The Anvil which is a fantastic compilation of tunes from the Longford  and South Leitrim area. Inspired by the fiddle playing and music of her late father Micheal Reilly it is an inspiring album of new compositions.

The album is on our iPod at the moment and we…


Added by TradConnect on August 11, 2012 at 12:53 — No Comments

Introducing .......Cara.

We have Cara on our iPod at the moment and are about to do a review of their album Long Distance Love. Cara are something new to us and are worth checking out

Its a very accomplished album and they are a band capable of fantastic arrangements and interpretations of songs. Cara was formed in 2003, rooted in Irish and Scottish traditional music, but with…


Added by TradConnect on August 10, 2012 at 11:15 — No Comments

The Wonderful JPTrio

We hope these guys are still gigging.  We have added a new Soundcloud track to this blog and you still gotta wonder are we ready for the JP Trio. Listen to the track below and you know we are entering some new and wonderful territory. Magical and trance inducing. We have been waiting for someone to break the mould and pop their heads a little bit above…


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

Sounds from .the olllam .....a classic album

We have updated this blog with some tracks from this amazing album that we reviewed last year. For any of you that have not discovered it to date here is your chance to check it…

Added by TradConnect on August 9, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Danny & Aki - Irish, American and Nordic Traditions

It is worth checking out Danny and Aki who are "a Dublin-based fiddle-accordion duo. Their repertoire is a fresh mixture of music from Irish, American and Nordic traditions. Danny’s open-tuned fiddle and Aki’s modified button accordion together create a unique drone-rich, sparsely ornamented style that brings out the elegant simplicity and timeless beauty of these…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 7, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Soldiers' Songs: The Irish Abroad and Soldiering

Corkmen Máirtín de Cógáin and Jimmy Crowley have given their whole lives to the promulgation and nurture of the ballad. Both men hail from the rebel county of Cork and now reside in America. Máirtín and Jimmy proudly speak the Irish language and have won degrees in the subject from the University of…


Added by TradConnect on August 7, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Séamus Begley & Oisín Mac Diarmada / Together - Le Chéile

Séamus Begley and Oisín Mac Diarmada get down to business from the off here with a rip roaring set of slides called The Scartaglen/Trasna na dTonnta to open up this, their first duet album.  It's like a buddy cop movie with the older more…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 6, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

Dublin 2012

Expending august in Dublin, I would like take part in any sessions or to connect with other musicians. Tomorrow I'm going to Urban Fledah. Any more? all suggestions are wellcome

Added by Jordi Ferran on August 5, 2012 at 22:33 — No Comments

Book Review - Traditional Notes : A Celebration of Irish Music and Musicians by Stephen Power

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others”,  or so said Jonathan Swift.  All too often we are truly invisible to the mood and atmosphere of what we see.  Its impact on us and the manner in which it shapes, informs and gives meaning to our lives is significant.  It surrounds us in moving real time images  Photography can capture these moments like no other…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 5, 2012 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Phil Callery / Landscapes of the Past

Phil Callery has taken a break from his work with the Voice Squad to release a solo album. It's an impressive collection chosen from what must be a vast repertoire.  His well of inspiration is deep as his career spans decades, from his…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 4, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - Gorey, 1962

The ITMA have just released a series of photo's from Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 1962 in Gorey. It's an interesting collection.  The annual all-Ireland competitive traditional music festival of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, was first held in 1952, in Co Monaghan. Ten years later, by June 1962 when it was held in the town of Gorey, Co Wexford, the fleadh had grown…


Added by TradConnect on August 4, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Young Traditional Musician of the Year.

Tuam Trad festival have just announced details of their YOUNG TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2012. Entries are now being accepted. Eight finalists will be selected by the Judging Panel and invited to perform in a live final at this years festival held in Tuam on September 15th 2012. The competition will be judged on Traditional…


Added by TradConnect on August 3, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Fergal Scahill, Séan McCarthy, David Howley / Freewheel

Freewheel is the new vehicle for Séan McCarthy, better known for his work with Fullset.  This is a tight ensemble with Fergal Scahill on fiddle, bodhrán and guitar and David Howley on vocals, guitar and banjo.  All multi…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 3, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Tis what it is CD from Mick Conneely and David Munnelly

The new Cd from Mick and myself was launched last month 

Available from

Added by David Munnelly on August 2, 2012 at 14:12 — No Comments

The Morning Sun

I wrote "The Morning Sun" almost 20 years ago, to be part of an album that would eventually become Four to the Bar's Another Son. I suppose we'll tell that long tortured story at some…


Added by Patrick Clifford on August 2, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

Documentary - From Shore To Shore

This is a documentary that is well worth watching. This is a two minute trailer. You can watch the full movie at

Using New York City as its focus, this video examines both the continuity and the changes that have affected Irish traditional music since the turn of the…


Added by TradConnect on August 2, 2012 at 9:50 — No Comments

Album Review - Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke

Displaying a delicate and sensitive touch Dermot Byrne has brought his accordion into new territory with a definite French twist on this duet album with Floriane Blancke. Every note has a sweetness to it and every track glistens as they dance and weave their instruments in a harmony of traditional Irish and French music.  The opener Monaghan Jig/The…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 2, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

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