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Album Review - MacDara Ó Raghallaígh / Ego Trip

MacDara Ó Raghallaígh has created a live album of outstanding fiddle music on his debut Ego Trip.  Powerful, driving, invigorating and passionate fiddle playing that is very reminiscent of a young Brendan McGlinchey on his…


Added by Tony Lawless on April 21, 2012 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Tradconnect - Tip 1 : View Your "My Page" As a Website

As Tradconnect grows we are looking at presenting members with some tips on how to best make use of Tradconnect, especially for professional artists. We will do a few tips every now and again and then collate them together on the home page.

Our first tip is for members to start to view their "My Page" as they would their own website. As we grow…


Added by TradConnect on April 20, 2012 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

Traditional Irish Music Festivals Planned For May 2012

For festival lovers we are entering the warmer months now and there are a number of festivals coming up in May…


Added by TradConnect on April 20, 2012 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Michael Curran: Today’s Irish Youth in the Trad Scene

This post originally appeared in The Celtic Music Fan and I am sharing it here because this is all about Trad Music!

1. How does it feel to share the space with other talented musicians in the field of traditional Irish music?…


Added by Baxter Labatos on April 19, 2012 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

ITMA Post Tunes of Munster Pipers

To mark the first anniversary of the public launch of the Irish Traditional Music Archive’s revamped website, the ITMA has posted here the Scorch files of the first 100 tunes from the first ITMA book publication Tunes of the…


Added by TradConnect on April 19, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Tradconnect Members "The Outside Track" Release Charity Single

Never short of innovative ideas in their music, Celtic band, The Outside Track, are taking it a step further by becoming the first traditional music group to release a charity single.  The single, The Mountain Road, is released on Monday 23 April and all the proceeds are going to charity.

 The band’s harp player, Ailie Robertson, explains:…


Added by TradConnect on April 19, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Enda Seery / The Winding Clock

The Winding Clock is the debut album by Enda Seery from Streamstown in Co. Westmeath. We are well aware on Tradconnect of his abilities both as a musician and as a composer.  From the opening notes of the first tune on the album…


Added by TradConnect on October 24, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

Begley & Cooney Shine At Harcourt Sessions - 16th April 2012

Live Review - Brendan Begley & Steve Cooney. Harcourt Sessions. 16th April 2012

Nothing like getting the week off to a good start and no better way to do that then to hop on the LUAS and get dropped outside the door of the Harcourt Hotel in Dublin.  No car, no parking and the friendly face of Mary…


Added by Tony Lawless on April 17, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Ciarán Ó Maonaigh & Caitlín Nic Gabhann in Bewleys 17th April 2012

TUESDAY, 17 APRIL 2012     A magical evening of music promised in the company of fiddler CIARÁN Ó MAONAIGH from Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal, former TG4 Young Musician of the Year and member of the group ‘Fidil’ & CAITLÍN NIC GABHANN from Co. Meath on concertina, a…


Added by TradConnect on April 17, 2012 at 7:56 — No Comments

Carolan on Autoharp

Last week I was at a music event, taking part in an autoharp course taught by John Hollandsworth, who is a bluegrass/old time player from Virginia.  And one evening I watched an extraordinary duet, involving John and Heather Farrell-Roberts, my own autoharp teacher.  Heather has developed a very personal style of autoharp playing - very lyrical and English, like Delius.


To find a…


Added by Patrick O'Sullivan on April 17, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments

Tradconnect's 1st Anniversary

Tradconnect celebrates it 1st anniversary today. Twelve months and over 2,100 members. A great start and a big thank you to all our members for your support. Our goals remain the same. Connecting musicians across the world and providing an online space for the promotion of this great music. What has been great about our development over the last year is that fact that a lot of…


Added by Tony Lawless on April 15, 2012 at 20:30 — 9 Comments

Leitrim County Fleadh Cheoil, Drumshanbo 26th to 29th April 2012.

Fleadh Cheoil Liatroma – Drumshanbo – 26th to 29th April 2012.


This year Drumshanbo in County Leitrim will host the County Leitrim Fleadh Cheoil from 26th to 29th April.     The…


Added by Deirdre Parnell on April 14, 2012 at 20:00 — No Comments

The Outside Track - April Tour - USA

We're delighted to be on the road again in the USA this month. We had our first gig down in MD, and tonight we're in East Lansing, Michigan, playing at the 10 Pound Fiddle. 

We were absolutely delighted to get this message from a new fan on our Facebook page: "You were absolute brilliant in Takoma Park last night! I can't remember the last time I heard such a wonderful band. Last night felt…


Added by The Outside Track on April 13, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

The Ferryman

Pete St. John is one of modern Ireland's great songwriters. Within the past 40 years or so, he's created many of those songs that you probably imagined your great-grandparents sang on the boat coming over-- including "The Rare Old Times" and "The Fields of Athenry." This timelessness is the gold standard of folk music, and Pete St. John has met and exceeded it time and…


Added by Patrick Clifford on April 12, 2012 at 14:58 — No Comments

Discovering Great Lost Albums

Discovering great albums that may have passed you by can be a real treat. Albums and artists that you may not have known about, or albums that simply went off the radar and got lost in the mass market that we now have to deal with. At the moment we have been doing reviews on current albums which we view as a way of providing good content, helping promote artists and most of all trying…


Added by TradConnect on April 12, 2012 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Colm Phelan / Full Circle

Colm Phelan, also a member of Goitse, has gathered some exceptionally talented musicians around him for this his first solo album.  Solo might be a wrong description because we are treated to a number of duo and trio sets that allow his…


Added by Tony Lawless on April 11, 2012 at 22:00 — 2 Comments

The Road to My Second Solo Album! Blog 2: by Enda Seery

The Road to My Second Solo Album

Blog 2: by Enda Seery

At this stage, the layout and plan for the new album is complete. I have planned meticulously to work out a varied structure for this recording. The Winding Clock album was quite…


Added by Enda Seery on April 11, 2012 at 0:00 — No Comments

39 minutes of Micheal O' Raghallaigh

Some material that is loaded onto Tradconnect needs to be resurected from the video vaults such is it's quality. Cuisle Cheoil had a recording of 39 minutes of Micheal O' Raghallaigh which has since been taken down off Youtube.…


Added by TradConnect on April 9, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

Understanding the Importance of your "My Page" in promoting your music

Your My Page is a very important feature on Tradconnect. It is so important that you add as much information as possible and that you upload a couple of mp3's of your music, add a few blogs, videos,  links to your website and any other items that you think are important. You should provide information about what you are doing, gigs, your time in the…


Added by TradConnect on March 28, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

40th Anniversary of Radio Na Gaeltachta

To celebrate 40 years of Radio Na Gaeltachta, RTE are putting together some concerts featuring the best of Traditional Irish Music. Here are the details and the line-up for one of these concerts which is being held in the Cultúrlann, Derry City on Thursday, April 19th 2012. 

Ceolchoirm sa Chultúrlann i nDoire Cholmcille le:

A concert in An Chultúrlann in Derry…


Added by Dónal Mc Cague on April 7, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

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