August 2013 Blog Posts (52)

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Added by Irish Traditional Music Archive on August 16, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

New Irish Fiddle Book and CD by Tom Morley

We haven't seen many new Irish Fiddle Tutorial book of late so this new one simply titled Irish Trad Fiddle by Tom Morley will no doubt be a good addition.  We may follow up with a review if we get our hands on a copy.  "Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle is a collection of 50 classic Irish jigs, reels, polkas and other tunes with playing hints, counting tips,…

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Added by TradConnect on August 16, 2013 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Sean Walshe / Traditional Harmonica, The Wicklow Way

Harmonica albums of Irish traditional music are rare enough commodities and this is only the second one to feature here on TradConnect.  Sean has been playing music for close to 50 years and with the encouragement of friends and family he finally got himself into a studio to record these 15 tracks of some well know traditional tunes.  He is known as one…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 15, 2013 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Best New Song dealing with Emigration - Rise Up by The Rattling Kind

Now we will be honest from the get go that this is strictly not traditional Irish.  We received these tracks through from Dublin band The Rattling Kind and as always we listen to everything.  A lot of the music we get falls outside the traditional remit that we have set for ourselves.  In this instance we are going to make an exception…

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Added by TradConnect on August 15, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

16 Year Old Cork Fiddler Mairéad Hickey develops "Irish Fiddler" App

Mairéad Hickey is the winner of eight All Ireland Fiddle Championships and at the age of 16 she has created her own App for smart phones that is now available for purchase on iTunes.  She began learning the traditional Irish fiddle just before she turned 3 and has started to compile a database of tunes that you can now start to learn on this…

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Added by TradConnect on August 14, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Mick O'Brien, Emer Mayock, Aoife Ní Bhriain / Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts

I haven’t been seeing as much Irish trad music sourced from old archives these days, but that just might be owed more to the state of my inbox than anything else. Regardless, these three young Irish musicians – fiddler Aoife Níhave produced a gem of an album by going way back to an early source: the Goodman manuscripts. Here’s how Nicholas…

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Added by Devon Leger on August 14, 2013 at 3:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Childsplay / As the Crow Flies

New England fiddle super-group Childsplay always needs a bit of an explanation. Not musically, but conceptually: the group is formed of stringed instrumentalists who are all playing instruments made by renowned violinmaker Bob Childs, hence the name…

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Added by Devon Leger on August 14, 2013 at 3:00 — No Comments

Album Review - The Paul McKenna Band / Elements

I kind of think of The Paul McKenna Band as a Scottish version of Solas. Maybe it’s just me, but their tight-as-roofing-nails arrangements, adventurous choice of songs that will stick with you, and hell-for-leather instrumental tune…

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Added by Devon Leger on August 14, 2013 at 2:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Battlefield Band / Room Enough For All

Battlefield Band have been the flagship band of Scottish traditional music for what feels like years now. Literally. The band has been around since 1969 and has over 30 albums released. No original members remain at this point, as the band's basically been adopted by a new generation of Scottish…

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Added by Devon Leger on August 14, 2013 at 2:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Les Chauffeurs à Pieds / Les chats jaunes ne meurent jamais

Technically this album came out in 2012, but since it wasn’t released outside of Canada, I figure it counts as new. Les Chauffeurs à Pieds have long held the torch as one of the best bands of young traditionalists in Québécois roots music. Their newest album,…

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Added by Devon Leger on August 14, 2013 at 2:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Barrule / Barrule

Released in 2012, but not yet released stateside, this album is a pure delight from start to finish. Anyone schooled in the Celtic lands knows that Manx music, or music from the Isle of Man, figures into the Celtic cultures, but until now I’d had really no chance to hear this music. On their debut album, the three lads in Barrule – Tomás Callister on…

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Added by Devon Leger on August 14, 2013 at 2:30 — No Comments

OAIM ( Online Academy of Irish Music ) now offers online Harp Course

OAIM ( Online Academy of Irish Music ) have added yet another course to their ever growing database of music tutorials.  In this course Lisa Canny teachers twelve tunes specifically chosen to help improve and master different techniques on the harp. Lisa is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and composer from Co. Mayo. "She…

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Added by TradConnect on August 13, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Capercaillie release 30th Anniversary Album - At The Heart of It All - 12th August 2013

Today Capercaillie release the bands new 30th Anniversary Album called At the Heart of It All.  Even three groundbreaking decades after Capercaillie first performed as teenagers in their native Scottish Highlands; even as they continue the worldwide musical journey that’s taken them from the Brazilian rainforest to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, not to…

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Added by TradConnect on August 12, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

In Their Own Words.....Jacob McAuley on their new album "Nua"

In their own words features excerpts from our discussions with musicians on their latest albums.  This is what Jacob McAuley had to say about Nua's new album. "Each of the four tunes on this EP are progressively modern in their composition. They represent a great snapshot of where we want to take their music. Basically since every tune on the EP is…

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Added by TradConnect on August 12, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Some Glorious Barndance's from Edel Fox and Niall Byrne

Some beautiful tunes from Edel Fox and Niall Byrne who's album The Sunny Banks we have just reviewed.  An outstanding album it is as well.  You get an immediate sense of their beautiful melodic style on these tunes.  If you like this the…

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Added by TradConnect on August 11, 2013 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Tony McManus releases new album Mysterious Boundaries

It is worth watching this video by acclaimed guitarist Tony McManus who has been called “the best Celtic guitarist in the world,” by legendary English guitarist John Renbourn.  In 2012, Mike Marshall, an esteemed mandolinist in his own right, challenged McManus first to learn a Bach Prelude, then a Bach Chaconne, and McManus, never one to turn down a challenge,…

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Added by TradConnect on August 11, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

New Video from Goitse - The Burst Togs

We have become big fans of Goitse who are presently touring in the US.  Here is the brand new video from them with a track called The Burst Togs.  The set is named after an incident in a water park where a certain Bodhrán player ripped his swimming shorts down the back.  Paddy Fahey would have a few things to say about that if he had ever met the band.  He…

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Added by TradConnect on August 9, 2013 at 21:00 — No Comments

Debut release from Papilio called Taking Flight

We are delighted to announce the debut release by Papilio who are a neo-celtic/world contemporary/traditional trio based in Nova Scotia.  They feature Tradconnect members Phil Schappert and  …

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Added by TradConnect on August 9, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Track of The Week - Réalta / Gathering Mushrooms

Track of the Week goes to a song taken from the excellent Réalta album Open The Door For Three which was released last year.  Réalta feature Conor Lamb on uilleann pipes and whistles, Deirdre Galway on…

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Added by TradConnect on August 9, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Poetry, Music & Song featuring Niamh Parsons, Colm Tóibín & Scullion - 18th August Kilkenny

The Kilkenny arts festival gets under way on 9th August and features a very interesting evening of Poerty, Music and Song featuring Tradconnect member Niamh Parsons. Folk rock band Scullion rounded off the 2011…

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Added by TradConnect on August 8, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

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