October 2013 Blog Posts (68)

Track of the Week - Socks in the Frying Pan / Aoife Johnsons Freakout

This week Socks in the Frying Pan released two new sounds from their debut album of the same name that was released last year.  In was in our final selection for album of the year in 2012 and you can read our review here. This track is called…

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Added by TradConnect on October 13, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Double CD Launch - The Sunny Banks & Lá ag Ól Úisce

There will be a double CD launch of two of the years best albums next weekend. The Sunny Banks by Edel Fox and Neill Byrne and Lá ag Ól Uisce by Sean and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail and Tomas Ó Gealbháin.  The albums have a number of things in common.  Caoimhín Ó Fearghail appears on both and they were both recorded in Donal Clancy's Waterford Studio

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Added by TradConnect on October 13, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Inspiration : Enda Seery on the music that has inspired him

Enda Seery has this year released his second whistle album called Peace of the Countryside and has had a busy summer with launches, gigs and concerts.  Its a follow up to his debut the Winding Clock from a few years…

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Added by TradConnect on October 12, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Kickstarter Campaign for Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection, Volume Three!

I’m delighted to announce a Kickstarter campaign to help cover costs of the third volume of the Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection: A Personal Treasury of Irish Traditional Music.

Twenty years ago, I began recording as much of my repertoire as I could remember. Since I never learned to read music, I have to remember all the tunes. It helps to think…

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Added by Paddy O'Brien on October 12, 2013 at 1:50 — No Comments

Live Review : Bernadette Morris / At The Folk Club Dublin. 8th October 2013

The Grand Folk Club that operated in The Grand Social in Dublin has moved to The Mercantile Bar on Dame Street, Dublin. It will be known as The Folk Club. Jonny Tenant, he of the Traditional Arts…
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Added by TradConnect on October 11, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Best New Trad Music Playlist # 3

Best new tracks from our Soundcloud followers over the last week or so. Follow us and we will Find You. Tradconnect

Added by TradConnect on October 11, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

The Willis Clan Announce April 2014 Tour of Ireland...with fans.

Here is a novel idea. Organise a tour of Ireland and bring you fans along for the ride. Its a bit like the Joanie Madden Folk N Irish Cruise without the ship. Following the success of their first season on TV in their own programme called The Willis Clan ( runs on GAC TV in the US ) that same family are organising an…

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Added by TradConnect on October 10, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments

First Listen : Maurice Lennon / The Little Ones

A number of albums have come to us in the last while and this is one of them. Its Maurice Lennon's first solo fiddle release although he did feature in a number of collaborations over the years. This album shows classic Maurice Lennon in action.  For any of you that were fans of his great…

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Added by TradConnect on October 10, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments

Album Review - David Doocey / Changing Time

Changing Time is one of the surprise fiddle hits of the year.  As an album it succeeds because David Doocey has managed to combine the elements of a classic fiddle sound with twists and turns that are polished and modern. Accompanists Patrick and Kevin Doocey, Stephen and Kevin…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on October 9, 2013 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Album Release - Acoustically Irish / Neil Byrne & Ryan Kelly

We have received and listened to the new release by Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly called Acoustically Irish.  If you want to hear a reworking of some Irish standards in an acoustic setting then this album may be for you.  They also include some more modern songs such as Don't Go by the Hothouse Flowers and Captured by…

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Added by TradConnect on October 9, 2013 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Talkin' Trad : Skipper's Alley on their formation and influences.(Updated Nov. 2014)

[This is a reposting of an interview we did with Skipper's Alley in October 2013, with updated audio. They are back in the news as a result of their new album, released in November 2014].

As a platform Tradconnect is all about discovering new music and bringing it to the attention of our many members and readers.  New groups and artists at the…

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

October 2013 Traditional Irish Music Festival Guide

Féile Frank McGann was established to honour the memory of one of Ireland’s best loved traditional Irish musicians, Frank Mc Gann. This music weekend kicks off this Friday 11th and runs to Sunday 13th October. Frank, a bodhrán player born in Lisalway, Co.…

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Added by TradConnect on October 8, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Member Music Reviews at The Wild Geese.

Many of The Wild Geese's members are serious musicians -- and music reviewers. One of our best is Bit Devine, who recently reviewed Mary Courtney's newest, "Live From the 33rd County. " You can read Bit's review by following the excerpt and link below.

 If you'd like a member to review your album, or would like to discuss your muse with…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 8, 2013 at 1:00 — No Comments

An Irishman in Britain Gathers the Chords of Home

Another site we would recommend for music is Pat Kehoe’s Irish Music Daily, formerly called Irish Music Forever.  We interviewed Pat a while back.  Here is an excerpt and a link to our entire Q&A.

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 8, 2013 at 1:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Shane McAleer / Long Time No See

Shane McAleer returns to the limelight with an outstanding new album called Long Time No See.  It’s a mellowed out affair with some outstanding music played to the backdrop of Eamon Mc Elholm on guitars, keyboard and cello, Eamon Murray on Bodhrán and Ryan O' Donnell on Bouzouki. His playing is stripped back to the essentials, making it a real fiddle players’ album.…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on October 7, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Talkin' Trad : Bernadette Morris on her album and Dublin Gig on 8th October

Bernadette Morris will play The Mercantile in Dublin on Tuesday 8th October and will be playing songs from her debut album called All the Ways you Wander.  The title comes from a composition by John Spillane, which…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on October 6, 2013 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Track of the Week - April's Fool / Ensemble Ériu

This week has seen the release of a new album of contemporary traditional Irish music by a group called Ensemble Ériu.  It headed up by Jack Talty and Neil O' Loghlen and we reviewed it earlier in the week. This weeks track of the week is taken from it.

Its a reworking or a tune written by Chicago accordion player Jimmy Keane called…

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Added by TradConnect on October 6, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

First Listen : Leonard Barry / New Road

Leonard Barry has just released his second piping album and he has brought along an impressive array of guests including the Sligo Mafia of Rick Epping, Cathy Jordan, Andy Morrow, Seamie O' Dowd as well as John Carty, Conor Byrne, Tony Byrne and Cyril O' Donoghue.  Unlike recent piping albums he has decided not to make it a solo effort, filling out the tracks and adding…

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Added by TradConnect on October 5, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Dusty Windowsills / Whelan's From "Dance the Flagstones"

Find below a sample track taken from our newly released album called Dance the Flagstones by Michael Benn and Matthew Ring.  Its a compilation of traditional music and song featuring some well known tunes and traditional standards that we have been playing over the years.  We finally got around to recording them on this album.  Check out our Soundcloud…

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Added by michael benn on October 4, 2013 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Best New Trad Music Playlist # 2

Best new tracks from our Soundcloud followers over the last week or so. Follow us and we will Find You.

Added by TradConnect on October 3, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments

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