November 2013 Blog Posts (53)

Water Song

During the week we discovered a very talented writer Called Harris Tobias who has become a new member on tradconnect. He had penned some lyrics for a song and asked if anyone might put music and singing to it.

We were very taken by the gentle humour in the song and he kindly let us work on it. When we did we found we couldn't stop until we had finished. This is what we came out with. We hope you…


Added by Dulahan on November 30, 2013 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Best New Trad Music Playlist #8

This is a selection of the best tracks that we have discovered on Soundcloud over the last week or so.  Some have been featured on the site and some not.  Follow us on Soundcloud and we will discover your music.Tradconnect on Soundcloud…


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

First Listen : Canadian group Nua and their new album Bold

Canadian group Nua have just released a number of tracks from their debut album called Bold.  The album is a collaboration between Jacob McCauley on bodhrán, James M Law on fiddle and guitarist Graeme McGillivray.…

Added by TradConnect on November 29, 2013 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

First Listen : New solo flute album from John Blake - The Narrow Edge

John Blake has taken a break from recording albums to well, record an album.  This time its his own. More recognised these days as the man behind the controls in his Lion's Den studio in Raheny, Dublin or providing sound engineering at the many gigs around the capital, this record should raise his profile. …

Added by TradConnect on November 27, 2013 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

From the East to the West - A Tribute To Tradition - 5th - 7th December, Dublin.

From the East to the West will take place in Dublin, from the 5th - 7th of December. It consists of a series of events that will demonstrate common themes in traditional music and dance practices from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Celtic World. Interesting themes that will be explored are songs and circle dances,…


Added by TradConnect on November 27, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

DIT honours Chieftains for outstanding contribution to music

DIT ( Dublin Institute of Technology) has conferred an honorary doctorate on music legends The Chieftains, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Irish music nationally and internationally and their role as cultural ambassadors for the country.  Members of the traditional music group, which was formed…


Added by TradConnect on November 26, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

First Listen : Track from Canadian fiddler Chrissy Crowley album "Last Night's Fun"

Canadian fiddler Chrissy Crowley has released a couple of tracks from her new album titled Last Nights Fun, released in March this year.  Its a follow up to her 2010 album The Departure and displays a musician grounded in the music of Cape Breton.  Her music is in her own words taking "a new direction; a path of…


Added by TradConnect on November 26, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Matt Molloy to launch "A Complete Guide to Learning The Irish Flute" by Fintan Vallely, 27th November 2013

On Wednesday 27th November, Matt Molloy will launch Fintan Vallely's  new book A Complete Guide to Learning The Irish Flute at the Harcourt Hotel in Dublin at 6pm.

"This is a unique visual and descriptive ‘method’ for all levels of learning and playing on the keyed and unkeyed ‘Irish’ wooden flutes. Tried and tested, this is a greatly…


Added by TradConnect on November 26, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Perspectives 2014 : Tradition Now - A new series of concerts at NCH, Dublin

In 2014, some of the finest musicians from Ireland and abroad, will perform in a new flagship series at the National Concert Hall entitled ‘Perspectives 2014’. The announcement of this new year-long series will offer audiences a calendar year of concerts that will get you thinking, open your mind, stretch the imagination and…

Added by TradConnect on November 25, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Talkin' Trad : An Interview with Edel Fox and Neill Byrne

Chatting to Edel Fox and Neill Byrne is quite an enjoyable experience. The bright and lively characteristics that exists within their music also seems to apply to them as individuals. They have just completed a busy Summer/Autumn promoting their new album called, appropriately enough, The Sunny Banks.…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 25, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Spotlight : New documentary on the music of Caladh Nua

This is a newly released 30 minute programme on the group Caladh Nua. It was shown on TG4 earlier in the month and is a great insight into their formation, history and music.  We have featured the group on Tradconnect over the last few years but they have been quite of late.  Caladh is an old Irish word meaning "Harbour" or "Shelter…


Added by TradConnect on November 24, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

First Listen : Peter Carberry & Padraig McGovern / Forgotten Gems

If this track is anything to go by then the album it is taken from called  "Forgotten Gems" by Peter Carberry and Padraig McGovern will be a must have recording.  It is simply outstanding music with a flow that seems in sync with your own natural rhythms, drawing you in with it sheer unadorned beauty.  It is…


Added by TradConnect on November 23, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week : Stephen Doherty & Patrick Doocey - Mossy Banks / Ravens Rock

This track by Stephen Doherty and Partick Doocey is taken from their album called The Foxford Way. It was released late last year we think and has somehow passed us by. Stephen Doherty is from Foxford, Co. Mayo in the West of Ireland, and is a busy touring musician. He continues to tour with Gráda, Irish Legends, Slide, Atlantic Steps and various…


Added by TradConnect on November 23, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Lets Get Behind the Moxie Fund it Campaign ( 2 days to go )

We have had some good success of late with the various Kickstarter campaigns with Paddy O' Brien, The Yanks, Kyle Carey all funded.
This time we are really going to get behind the…

Added by TradConnect on November 22, 2013 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Listen to samples from Dáimh's new album "Tuneship"

Scottish group Dáimh have released their fifth album called Tuneship, a follow up to their 2010 album Diversions.  They have been twice nominated for Scottish Folk Band Of The Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards with singer Calum Alex twice nominated for STMA Gaelic Singer Of The Year. Dáimh "fuse together music from across the Celtic diaspora in a…


Added by TradConnect on November 21, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Morga Live Tracks from 2013 Tour + New Album

We caught up with the Mórga on their recent Irish tour and did a review of the gig.  It was upstairs in The Grand Social…


Added by TradConnect on November 21, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

First Listen : Stolen Notes / Highway To America

This is a track taken from the new album by Spanish group Stolen Notes. The album is called The Loot and on the basis of this they must be the best Spanish group playing Traditional or Celtic music at the moment. Its extremely cohesive and tightly arranged music.

The group are from…


Added by TradConnect on November 20, 2013 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Nights in Shanaglish Revisited

Nights in Shanaglish was an album released in late 2012.  It was essentially a recording of a pub session in Whelan's in Shanaglish, Gort, Co. Galway.  The goal was to record their local session in as natural a setting as possible.  Despite what the purists might think they also included elements of country and western because that also forms a…


Added by TradConnect on November 20, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Introducing "Cua" and their Jazz, Americana influenced music.

Here is another sample of some crossover music, this time with a sprinkling of jazz thrown into the traditional pond.  It's a self composition called Hornpipe 1. The group is called Cua and we came across them some time back with their  impressive mix of genres and styles. Cua are a duo and they have just released…


Added by TradConnect on November 19, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Classic Traditional Albums – “The Bothy Band 1975”

  RED!  Funny how some “classic” albums are associated with colours – Planxty’s first is commonly described as the “black” album (a title actually used by Metallica and Prince),  the Beatles had their White Album, and so on.  The Bothy Band’s debut recording, simply titled “The Bothy Band 1975” was issued with a red cover, and, almost 40 years later,…


Added by Mark Lysaght on November 18, 2013 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

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