Featured Blog Posts – December 2012 Archive (41)

Our January 2013 Album of The Month

We have had a bit of a "Sock" invasion of late with lots of "Sock supporters" signing on in response to our posted discussion Help Us Pick Traditional Album of the Year .  We do like people to get…


Added by TradConnect on December 31, 2012 at 9:21 — No Comments

The Mike Harding Folk Show....Starts today, Sunday 30th December at 5pm

Looking through new members it is a great pleasure to have Mike Harding join our merry bunch here on Tradconnect.  This veteran musician and presenter has done great work over a long career in promoting new music and artists in general.  Whilst best know for…


Added by TradConnect on December 30, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

Introducing The Murphy Beds

We have become regular readers of Daniel Neely's music column in The Irish Echo and it is great to have him here on Tradconnect as well. Apart from being a writer on Irish music he is also a banjo player and must get the award for artist with…


Added by TradConnect on December 29, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

As Long As You Remember - Ályth McCormack and Triona Marshall

Here is a beautiful song from Ályth McCormack from her duet album with Triona Marshall called…


Added by TradConnect on December 28, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Happy Christmas to all our members

I'd like to wish all our members a very happy Christmas and good health and happiness for the new year.  I hope you are all surrounded by your families, friends and those close to you.  If you have family home from abroad it's an extra Christmas treat so really enjoy it.  Thanks for your continued support for the great community that has developed and grown here on…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 24, 2012 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

In Memory of Pecker Dunne ( 1932 - 2012 )

In tribute to Pecker Dunne who passed away this week aged 80. He was a banjo player, folk singer and storyteller.  A member of the Traveller community he was born in Mayo in 1932.  Probably best known for O' Sullivans John which was also recorded by the Dubliners and others. 

Dunne became well known from his regular busking at GAA sporting fixtures, particularly in…


Added by TradConnect on December 21, 2012 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Killarney, featuring Katie Davis Henderson & Colin Botts

Nice track that we came across featuring Katie Davis Henderson. We reviewed the album earlier in the year when we discovered that Katie is one half of Killarney which also features …


Added by TradConnect on December 21, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

An Nuacht: December 2012 (Christmas Edition)

The Irish Voice Names Chance of a Start

One of the Year's Best Irish Albums!

How cool is that? Don't answer; it's rhetorical. The correct answer is "Unbelievably cool."

NOW I'll bet you're happy you bought one of those exclusive copies of the signed and numbered…


Added by Patrick Clifford on December 21, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

New album from Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

Tradconnect member Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh has just released a new album called "Ar Uair Bhig an Lae : The Small Hours"  Listening to the sound clips on her website www.muireann.ie it sounds like an interesting…


Added by TradConnect on December 20, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Calum Stewart & Lauren MacColl / Wooden flute & Fiddle

It's not too often that I get an album of all Scottish fiddle tunes, so this new album from wooden flute player Calum Stewart and fiddler Lauren MacColl is a very nice treat. Their instruments mesh beautifully, and there's something deeply satisfying about this kind of hand-made traditional music…


Added by Devon Leger on December 19, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

Patrick Clifford and The Auld Triangle

Hear is a track from an album by member Patrick Clifford that we really like called Chance of a Start.  Even since our review we have given it a good few more plays and its starting to grow even further on us.  Its traditional…


Added by TradConnect on December 19, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Patrick D'Arcy / Wallop The Spot

Originally from Dublin, Patrick D'Arcy has spent most of his musical life in California.  He tours regularly in the US as well as being the founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club and creator of UilleannObsession.com. Getting around to recording has been put on…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 18, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Steeple Sessions Dublin continue with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Hass

The Steeple Sessions in Dublin continues this week with some great names doing master classes and  concerts.  Tuesday 30th July will see Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Hass with The Voice Squad taking to the stage on Thursday 1st August.…

Added by TradConnect on December 18, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Irish Music Awards - Support Tradconnect members up for awards

With the 2012 Irish Music Awards around the corner we should look to supporting our Tradconnect members who are up for awards as there are quite a few of them this year. We have already highlighted that Lilt are up for two awards, Top Duo in a Pub, Festival,…


Added by TradConnect on December 17, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

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