December 2011 Blog Posts (26)

Linnd violin shoulder rest review

The Linnd shoulder rest ( may be too modern looking for some traditional fiddlers but if they reject it for that reason they’re missing a great product. An interesting part of the design is a transverse bar between the fiddle and the section that fits on your shoulder, the bar takes a lot of stress off the fiddle compared to the death grip that most other rests…


Added by Richard Sutor on December 27, 2011 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Miss Fogartys Christmas Cake - added by Mark Gilston

Song Miss Fogartys Christmas Cake added by Mark Gilston

Added by TradConnect on December 25, 2011 at 16:31 — No Comments

Happy Holidays...

Happy Holidays! I've had a few requests this past week for a song I recorded with Robbie O'Connell many years ago called "Christmas in the Trenches" so I put it up on my website. Also, my late father, Jimmy "Horse" Keane, who celebrated his birthday on Christmas Eve was a great sean-nos singer so I also put a track of him singing "An Caisideach Bán" (Fair Cassidy) too. Hope you enjoy!

Added by Jimmy Keane on December 25, 2011 at 14:18 — No Comments

Thanks, Merry Christmas and what a year it's been.

Firstly to all our members, a very Merry Christmas and New Year. And what a year it's been. It was this time last year that myself and a couple of flute players who had been playing together every now and again decided to try and do a weekly practice, get a few more players involved and start a session. All with the goal of improving from where we were at and playing some…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 23, 2011 at 11:35 — 1 Comment

Merry Christmas!

I wish everyone here at Tradconnect a very merry christmas, and big thanks for the fantastic career so far!
Tony, you're the man!
And all participating members - you're the men and women! :)

Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on December 23, 2011 at 9:04 — 3 Comments

Session TV - Session Barber and Tattoo Shop, Blackrock

There is no end to the many ideas that can be generated to promote music. At a local market beside me in Blackrock, Co. Dublin we have the wonderful idea thought up by the local barber. They came up with the idea of sessions in their barber and tattoo shop. They simply brought bands and musicians in and gave them a platform to perform and called it Session TV, creating a…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 22, 2011 at 16:52 — No Comments

Happy Winter Solstice

Anyone lucky enough to get into Newgrange this year?

Added by Liam on December 21, 2011 at 8:24 — No Comments

New free traditional music on

Today saw the launch of the fourth Free Music Monday posting on We're very happy to have Cady Finlayson back on the site. Cady is an American fiddle player based in New York city.  She has performed at venues including Caramoor Center for the Arts, the Blackstone Celtic Festival, and the Great Irish Fair. You can check out the music she has kindly offered for download here …


Added by Liam on December 20, 2011 at 6:00 — No Comments

Whistle Tutor - Online flute and whistle lessons

This is a site we have highlighted before that provides some great tutorials on whistle and flute.  You can also check out the You Tube Channel.  Its been set up by a musician called Sean Cunningham. According to the site it was " created out of an interest in playing traditional Irish music and an interest in web design. The site went live on December 2nd, 2000, although it…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 18, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments

Debut album by Brien Friel

Following the Swedish influence with the Sea Stallions recent album we have similar influences here. Karusell is the debut album from Brian Friel. Official release was on November 18th at St Johns Theatre Listowel,Co Kerry. Brian is joined on the album by friends and fellow musicians Kieran O Loughlin (Guitars), Mick McAuley (Solas,Box),Perry Stenbäck( Nyckelharpa,Dobro),Paddy…


Added by TradConnect on December 16, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

Arrival of new flute!

Today i got my new flute from Rob Forbes , a short foot Pratten-esque D- flute in Delrin.

Intonation is lovely, sound is strong and resonant, the flute buzz between your fingers! :)

Only had it for a few hours, but i am impressed so far! A bargain for the price, really!…


Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on December 15, 2011 at 22:00 — 2 Comments

What it takes to win an All Ireland Fiddle title

Ever wondered what was involved in winning an All Ireland Fiddle title. Here is Mac Dara Ó Raghallaigh competing in 1990. He didn't win that year but came back in 1992 to take the title. Little bit of a wait at the beginning but its worth it

Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 15, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

Josephine Keegan - Now and Then

I have long been a fan of Josephine Keegan having many years ago bought some old tapes which I still have and still listen to. It simple and uncomplicated music, but oh so wonderful. She has a new album out called Now and Then. Listen to the sound clips below and see if you agree. Its an album that I will invest in. Check it out.…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 15, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

We Banjo Three Win Awards

We Banjo 3 have just a Music Network Award for being one of the brightest yound music ensembles.

Featuring 3 tenor banjos, mandolins, tenor guitars, guitars, banjolin and vocals We Banjo 3 combine Irish music…


Added by TradConnect on December 15, 2011 at 12:10 — No Comments

Derek McGinley & Tara Connaghan - The Far Side of the Glen

Came across this album which sounds great . Its an album that focuses  solely on the fiddle music from the south west area of Donegal and is called the The Far Side of the Glen. It was launched at this year’s Ennis Trad Festival.

The album  features two well respected Donegal fiddle players, Derek McGinley from Mín A’Chearrbhaigh, in the…


Added by TradConnect on December 15, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

New flute tutor book by Cónal O'Grada

Based on the premise that ‘If you can’t hear it, you can’t play it’, Conal takes a progressive approach to building the students flute technique (What does it Sound like...How is it Done...Where is it Used), starting with the basics (Holding the flute, Breathing, Cuts etc.) and working up to more advanced techniques (Glottal Stops, Rolls and…


Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on December 14, 2011 at 16:00 — 5 Comments

A site, might Interest Folk's on here...

Here Is a Great Site, and  might Interest Folk's on here, and is Good for Learning Tunes. Especially Guitar Melody in Irish Traditional.. And he has done a Mighty job with some of my own Compositions.. '' Really Worth a Look ! ''


See Link -…


Added by Jim McAuley on December 12, 2011 at 23:30 — 2 Comments

Album Review - Anton Emery / Noone Lasses

Delivering an album of Celtic fingerstyle guitar is as difficult a task as any in the Irish tradition. Doing it on your own, with your skill stripped bare for all to see is an even more daunting task. Maintaining the highest of  standards throughout the album takes a player of some technical skill and in…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 12, 2011 at 22:00 — No Comments

Types of music -- maybe not quite true but pretty funny.

Old Time and Celtic songs are about whiskey, food and struggle. Bluegrass songs are about God, mother and the girl who did me wrong. If the girl isn't dead by the third verse, it ain't Bluegrass. If everyone dies, its Celtic.

Old Time and Celtic bands have nonsense names like Flogging Molly, Fruit Jar Drinkers and Skillet Lickers while Bluegrass bands have serious gender-specific name like Bluegrass Boys, Clinch Mountain Boys and Backwoods Babes.

The most common Old Time keys…


Added by Richard Sutor on December 11, 2011 at 22:52 — No Comments

Christmas 1861

Christmas 1861

From"The Irish Brigade and its Campaigns" by David Power Conyngham 

Near one of the huge fires a kind of arbour was nicely constructed of the branches of trees, which were so interwoven on one another as to form a kind of wall. Inside this, some were seated on logs, some reclining in true Turkish style.
 Seated near the fire was Johnny Flaherty, discoursing sweet music from his violin. Johnny hailed from Boston; was a musical genins, in his way, and though…


Added by Wes Merchant on December 10, 2011 at 0:13 — 2 Comments

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