December 2012 Blog Posts (52)

Seven Tradconnect members with albums in the Top Ten

It is worth celebrating the Tradconnect members that have albums in the Top 10 at the moment as compiled by Custys.  Eamonn Cotter and his wonderful flute album takes up the top spot with The Knotted Chord. In second and third spot we…

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Added by TradConnect on December 15, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

Checking out....The Fuchsia Band

As they say themselves, they are four lads from Cork who play, dance, sing and generally have a good time.  Whatever about having a good time they seem to have produced something really good on this album.  Its a great mix of vocal and astonishingly well produced traditional music.  

The band include Máirtín de Cógáin (Vocals/Bodhran), Mick Heffernan…

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Added by TradConnect on December 15, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

An in depth look at Jacob McCauley's involvement in the new trad trio NUA

As a follow up to our album review of NUA, the first release by a new Canadian group featuring Jacob McCauley we thought it would be interesting to look in some detail at the four tracks on the EP.  They…

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Added by TradConnect on December 14, 2012 at 0:30 — No Comments

Christmas Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums - December 2012

With Christmas around the corner you may want to look at the top ten traditional albums at the moment when deciding on some stocking fillers.  We have a new No.1 this month with Eamonn Cotter and his Knotted Chord album taking the top spot. New entrants this month also include Colin Nea's, Between the Jigs and the Reels, an album we are about to review, Belfast…

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Added by TradConnect on December 13, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Nua!

This is an EP which features Tradconnect member Jacob McCauley, James M Law and Graeme McGillivray and introduces us to their new group called NUA. It consists of 4 tracks and is their first official release. Rooted in traditional Irish and Scottish music from a very young age they have…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 12, 2012 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire / A Winters Solstice Celebration

If you want something a little festive you would not go too far wrong by giving A Winters Solstice Celebration by Hanz Araki and Kathryn Claire a spin. As featured in their very successful touring shows, it’s the first in a series of four recordings reflecting the music of the seasons. In their notes to the album they state that "the longest night of…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 12, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

Stevie Dunne talks to TradConnect about his new album Banjo

With the release of his new album on the shelves we caught up with…
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Added by TradConnect on December 11, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

New recording of Tommie Potts fiddle music

Paddy Glackin has just completed a major research project on legendary fiddle player Tommie Potts, resulting in a new recording of his music. The collection is made  up of digitally re-mastered recordings sourced from tapes held by the RTÉ Sound  Archive, with  additional  material  provided from  private  collections. In total there are 42 tunes gathered from the period…

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

Last Night's Fun (for fiddle) With music from Dulahan

Added by Dulahan on December 9, 2012 at 18:12 — No Comments

Last Night's Fun (for Irish tenor banjo) Tabs and music from Dulahan

Added by Dulahan on December 9, 2012 at 18:07 — No Comments

Album Review - Demaris Woods / With a Banjo on my Knee

I had the pleasure many years ago of listening in to sessions which included Damaris Woods and her mesmerising banjo playing.  Memories such as dates and locations may have faded, but what will not fade is the music or the talent that was, and still is so evident.  She was born in Luton and was part of what could be described as a ‘golden generation’ of young…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 9, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

THE ROAD FROM CASTLEBARNAGH is here!

Memoir ~ The Road From Castlebarnagh

My musical memoir, THE ROAD FROM CASTLEBARNAGH, has just been released by Orpen Press in Ireland! Still waiting on news of a US distributor; we will keep everyone posted on that front as it develops…

In the meantime, it’s available at…

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Added by Paddy O'Brien on December 9, 2012 at 0:00 — No Comments

Michael Coult and Karen Hickey

Some fantastic tracks here from Michael Coult and Karen Hickey that we came across recently. We don't as yet know a lot about the artists other then they studied at UL some time back.  Great music. When we find a link to their websites we will add it in. For now enjoy their music.…

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Added by TradConnect on December 8, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Facinating

I came across this film clip on my FB page tonight and thought I would share it.  As a Luthier and multi-instrumentalist I am humbled by the tenacity, love of music, and imagination by these young folk.  I wonder if the "pedigree" of our instruments we play really matters, especially in this day and age.…

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Added by Albert Wrigglesworth on December 8, 2012 at 4:00 — No Comments

Celebrating some of our members ...Tomoyuki Koshi

Very often there are members on Tradconnect that make a major contribution to the music and fly very much under the radar. Tomoyuki Koshi is one such member.  Unless you visit his page here on Tradconnect or visit his blog or…

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Added by TradConnect on December 7, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

Checking out ....Emma Sweeney

Yes we do like our fiddle music here on TradConnect.  Check out this exciting track from the rising talent that is Emma Sweeney, taken from her debut album, Pangea.

"Emma’s trad Irish background is the cornerstone of this exciting debut, but the Manchester-based fiddler integrates a select fusion of world influences that accentuate her…

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Added by TradConnect on December 7, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

Checking out ....Emma Sweeney

Yes we do like our fiddle music here on TradConnect.  Check out this exciting track from the rising talent that is Emma Sweeney.  Its taken from her album  Pangea.



"Emma’s trad Irish background is the cornerstone of this exciting debut, but the Manchester-based fiddler integrates a select fusion of world influences that accentuate her truly unique style and approach. Pangea…

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

Dreamtime Revisited - A Film by Dónal Ó Céilleachair and Julius Ziz

This was added as a video to the site by Peadar Ó Riada who provided the soundtrack and is worth highlighting here in case it gets missed.  Worth looking out for. Dreamtime, Revisited is a new film about Irish writer John Moriarty and was released…
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Added by TradConnect on December 7, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

An Irish Christmas Soundscape - Oisín Mac Diarmada & Séamus Begley

Tradconnect member Oisín MacDiarmada has for some time been playing with Séamus Begley and earlier in the year we reviewed their debut album…

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Added by TradConnect on December 6, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

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