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Profile of Joe Burke

Joe Burke is among the greatest exponents of traditional Irish Music. His sheer musical brilliance, his knowledge and love of his land, its music and culture has earned him an immortal place in the history of Irish music and Folklore. His technical virtuosity is unique, but that is just part of his great artistry. Joe traces the sources and melodic forms of Irish Music back to…

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Added by TradConnect on April 7, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

MacDara Ó Raghallaigh and his Ego Trip - Master Fiddle Playing Unplugged

We have just got our hands on MacDara Ó Raghallaigh's album Ego trip and words at this early stage escape us. What a powerhouse of an album. A kind of MacDara Ó Raghallaigh unplugged for the non MTV trad loving generation. It just goes to show what you can do with a few microphones, a thousand or so people and a bucket load of talent.

Live and raw with no editing of any…

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Added by TradConnect on April 6, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

Stephen Foster, Hard Times Come Again No More

Thought the community might like to see this, a note I have been sending out, with a link to our little virtual project. I play a small part in it, a musical partnership with contributions from all over the USA, Australia, the Isle of Man, and here in Yorkshire...

It is our version of the Stephen Foster song, Hard Times Come Again No More - published in 1854. If you do the Youtube search you will find many other versions, and connections made with the…

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Added by Patrick O'Sullivan on April 5, 2012 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Fullset / Notes at Liberty

We highlighted Fullset as a group to watch out for in 2012 and they certainly do not disappoint on their debut album "Notes At Liberty".  They produce an exciting, lively and refreshing take on the music.  The band include Séan…

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Added by Tony Lawless on April 5, 2012 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Siún / The Blue-Eyed Rascal

One of TradConnect's goals is to give a voice to the hundreds of musicians across the globe who have a passion and love for the tradition, and who take the time and effort to go into a studio and record. This especially applies to our youth a lot of whom are studying at third level. Music for many is not a…

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Added by Tony Lawless on January 21, 2012 at 20:00 — No Comments

CCE Irish Music and Dance Week in Washington DC area

The Washington DC area is gearing up for "MAD" week (Irish Music and Dance). A workshop July 9 -13 at Cedar Lane in Bethesda, with a stellar lineup, sessions, workshops and concerts. Don't miss it ! 

Are you mad for trad? Are you a violinist, a fiddler, a guitarist or a flutist wanting to explore and earn more about traditional Irish music? Are you an…

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Added by Tina Eck on April 3, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend June 14-17, 2012

Things are hotting up with the festival season starting to kick off. Here is one that might be worth checking out.

The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend is a unique festival presented by the Center for Irish Music that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with youth and adult learners for a weekend of workshops, lectures and a rare and virtuosic…

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Added by TradConnect on April 3, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

ITMA and Inishowen Traditional Singers Circle Collaboration

This is an Internet partnership project which is bringing the traditional songs of the Inishowen peninsula, Co Donegal, to a local audience in Donegal, to a national audience throughout Ireland, and to an international audience in all corners of the world.

The once-remote rural peninsula of Inishowen in north-east Co Donegal has a rich living…

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Added by TradConnect on April 3, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Eoin Duignan / Timeless

There are times when you need to be transported to another place, a place where your imagination and spirit can take its own path and you can live in the moment. Eoin Duignan is one musician that can take you there with his musical world of…

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Added by Tony Lawless on April 2, 2012 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

3-Triúr - In Search of Musical Form

3-Triúr (In Search of Musical Form)' is a creative documentary on the ongoing collaboration between 3 of Ireland’s most distinguished musicians - Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh - in an intimate portrait of "the act and art of making music". It offers an opportunity to explore the music in an intimate and…

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Added by TradConnect on April 1, 2012 at 22:45 — No Comments

The Road to My Second Solo Album! Blog 1: by Enda Seery

The Road to My New Album

Blog 1: by Enda Seery

As a musician said to me before, once one album is finished, it’s time to start thinking about the next one. A sporting image comes to my mind too. I remember Jose Mourinho after winning the Champions…

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Added by Enda Seery on April 1, 2012 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

New Band Tremolo to launch

Just came across the news on the Tradconnect Latest Activity feed that musicians Karl Nesbitt, Donall Donnelly, Stijn Van Beek and Donncha Moyihan working on a new album for a new band that they are calling Tremolo.

Great name and by the sound of this clip and interview some great music coming our way as…

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Added by TradConnect on March 31, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

Teaser from Patrick Olwell documentary

It's been a while since we reached our Kickstarter goal, but we're starting to get some great footage. Next up is a trip to Patrick's workshop in a couple of weeks for several days of filming. Check out this teaser and let me know what you think...Jem

This past week Blayne Chastain and I set off on our first road trip to interview flute players. We flew to Portland, OR,…

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Added by Jem Moore on March 31, 2012 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Celebs take up trad instruments - Faoi Lán Cheoil

Hi Everyone,

Came across this on Youtube and thought some of you might like to watch it if you missed it when it was aired was aired.   A few Irish take up different instruments to learn Irish trad music.  It's entertaining and the teachers are top class.

John Creedon learns the flute…

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Added by Erica on March 30, 2012 at 16:30 — 4 Comments

Reaching out to all you Irish bloggers

With a growing membership we are reaching out to all members that have blogs elsewhere on the net, just to let you know that you are welcome to post blogs from elsewhere here on Tradconnect, with a link back to your own blog or website. It is a great way to bring people into your own blog or site elsewhere. In addition on Tradconnect we simply want to share great stories and…

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Added by TradConnect on March 30, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Séamus Begley Joins Téada

Hot off the Twitter machine is the news that Séamus Begley is to join Téada. He has been working recently with Oisín Mac Diarmada and we recently did a…

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Added by TradConnect on March 30, 2012 at 9:24 — No Comments

Members Dulahan Irl and Michael Orme's Visit Go Global

It is interesting to note that World Irish have picked up on Tradconnect and have run a piece that includes a recent composition by our very good members Joe and Adele better know as Dulahan Irl. They state…

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Added by Tony Lawless on March 29, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

The Power of the Blog on TradConnect

Content is king for forums like TradConnect and I want to encourage as many people as possible to use the blog facility on TradConnect. You all know that our aim as a community is to connect as many musicians as possible and you will have read this earlier…

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Added by Tony Lawless on January 17, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Profile of Enda Seery

Enda Seery is currently a member of new ensemble ‘Thar an Uisce’ (Over the Water) and on the MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance course at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Limerick, whistle fanatic and flute player Enda Seery hails from the heart of Ireland in…

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Added by TradConnect on March 28, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

An Appreciation of Michelle O' Brien & Laoise Kellys's, The Wishing Well

This is not so much a review as an appreciation of what is a truly great album. I say that as a lover of fiddle music and have to add that the harp playing of Laoise Kelly is equally as outstanding. However not being a harp player my focus is on fiddle. What get's me on this subject is a visit I had today to…

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Added by Tony Lawless on March 27, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

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