September 2012 Blog Posts (42)

The Tune Makers Tour - September/October 2012

The Tune Makers tour brings together some of the most prolific composers in Irish traditional music for the first time to showcase their own tunes as well as performing material from other well-known tune writers. Liz Carroll was a junior and senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and has toured as a solo artist and with the Greenfields of America, Trian, String…

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Added by TradConnect on September 16, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Album Review - We Banjo 3 / Roots of the Banjo Tree

Considering the place that the banjo holds in old time and bluegrass music it would seem the most natural thing for someone to mix it in with traditional Irish.  We Banjo 3 have done just that.  The result is an invigorating and magical exploration.  It mixes North Carolina with North Sligo and southwards to the home of the Flanagan brothers…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on September 15, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

'Pure Dropin' trad mix

  Here is a DJ mix I made of Trad tunes and songs using a turntable and mixer.It has music by Sweeneys Men, Ray Fisher, The Bothy Band, Margret Barry, Planxty, Willie Clancy and more.

So go wet tae and enjoy the bit of Trad…

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Added by Danny Deepo on September 14, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

What we are listening to at the moment

It's getting difficult to decide what to put on the player these days with the quality of music that is being produced.  We are still getting a lot of albums coming through the door so lots of good music reviews coming up. The feedback is fantastic as well and shows that we are not alone in our estimation of the talent…

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Added by TradConnect on September 14, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Pervish.....pushing the boundaries.

It is always a pleasure when some new young and previously unknown artists join us here on TradConnect.  The name Pervish was not one that we were familiar with.   For those of you in the south, and especially in their home town of Limerick, you will know them quiet well. They have sent us a download of their first EP which at first…

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Added by TradConnect on September 13, 2012 at 8:44 — No Comments

The Sopranos of Trad..........Slide get creative,

We like this.  Like the Sopranos, Slide show what can be done with a handheld camera, a good soundtrack and a bit of creative spirit. There is something about journeys and music.  They seem to go together and help you create a larger landscape, a story, a journey. Slide produced this in support of their Kickstarter campaign which we posted about a couple of days ago.…

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Added by TradConnect on September 12, 2012 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

TradConnect member Niall Vallely and Buílle on short Irish Tour,

TradConnect member Niall Vallely and friends were so inspired by the success of a series of experimental concerts they did in 2011 that they will under the band name Buille unleash their new musical extravaganza on a 7-date tour across Ireland.…

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Added by TradConnect on September 11, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Damien Mullane / 13

Magical rhythms and pulsating beats with accompaniment from a stellar team of musicians. That's 13.  Damien Mullane has come of age with a subtlety of approach to his art that leaves you in awe of the…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on September 11, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

Top 10 Online Tips For Traditional Musicians

Tradconnect has been live for close to 18 months and in that time we have learned a little, observed a lot and now we are ready to feed some of that back into the online space, hopefully for the benefit of traditional Irish musicians.  In no particular order and with an emphasis on Tradconnect we point out some tips that may seem obvious but if followed through can…

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Added by TradConnect on September 10, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Support Slide and their Kickstarter Project

Between Kickstarter and Fund It a few Irish artists are now following this route in raising much needed funds for the production of their albums. Lets hear what Slide have to say.

The best part of this is that you are not giving your much needed funds away for the sake of it.  It is the same as buying an album, all be it…

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Added by TradConnect on September 10, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

Guitar & Whistle

http://youtu.be/yFQv2I4aLOY?hd=1





Tune (Slow Air):

  • Óró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile,

Whistle: 

  • Susato Kildare SB (D),

Guitar: 

  • Godin Seagull S6 Folk Cedar…
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Added by J.D. Lemonhead on September 8, 2012 at 20:30 — 8 Comments

The Outside Track release new album Flash Company

In a world of international music festivals, arts centres and traditional music academies, it shouldn’t be surprising that a new generation of roots musicians have arisen to push the boundaries and explore common ground between old musical traditions.

The Outside Track is just such a group. Formed by five virtuosic artists from Ireland,…

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Added by TradConnect on September 7, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

Buy & Sell Traditional Irish Instruments

We are starting to build up a nice Buy and Sell section for Traditional Irish instruments on TradConnect. And why not. We now have thousands of members and non members visiting our site on a monthly basis. So if you have a traditional Irish instrument to sell,  it may be well worth your time to post it on tradconnect. We are still a growing site but do have a very dedicated…

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Added by TradConnect on September 6, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Alan Kelly Gang - September 2012 tour with Eddi Reader and John Douglas

Well we said that when we reviewed The Alan Kelly Gang's fantastic album…

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Added by TradConnect on September 6, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Deep End of the Ford / An Táin

Lorcán Mac Mathúna's latest musical project The Deep End of the Ford explores An Táin which is drawn from the text of The Book of Leinster.  "An Táin has a place amoungst the epic myths of the world.  Its relevant and contemporary lessons have echoed throughout…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on September 5, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

Introducing ....Éamonn de Barra and Slide

We are big fans of Éamonn de Barra here on Tradconnect and are glad that he has joined our merry bunch of musicians. We had the pleasure of hearing Eamonn playing with Paddy Keenan recently. Apart from his work with dozens of our top…

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Added by TradConnect on September 5, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album review - Mick Conneely & David Munnelly / 'Tis What It Is

'Tis what it is indeed. The coming together of Mick Conneely and David Munnelly brings with it a joyous and feverish selection of tunes that bristle with energy and pace.  It is definitely more in the style of early…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on September 5, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Exciting new fiddle album from Eileen O' Brien

This is an exciting prospect from Eileen O' Brien, a Tipperary fiddler with a background that you could say is truly steeped in the tradition.  Her father Paddy was instrumental in establishing the B/C style of button accordion playing as we know it today.  Paddy was also one of the most prolific composers of traditional music. Dinny O'Brien,…

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Added by TradConnect on September 4, 2012 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Cara /Long Distance Love

When you get a copy of Long Distance love and start to look at the history of Cara, a German based group that has been touring extensively in Europe and the USA, you start to realise the quality of music that operates beyond these shores.  With members from Ireland and Scotland they should rightly feature among the list of great groups of our day. They don't tour here and…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on September 3, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' on my whistle :)

I mentioned in my last blog post that I was making an effort to get Cuts & Taps/Strikes combined into the "Roll".  Today to make practice  a bit more interesting for me and the eventual listener I made a recording with 3 different whistles a Susato Kildare, Tony Dixon Trad and a Clarke Sweet Tone. 

I'm working on the technique about a week…

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Added by J.D. Lemonhead on September 3, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

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