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Album Review - Brendan Mulholland / Jean's Hill

Within his cover notes Antrim flute player Brendan Mulholland informs us he was ‘talking about this CD for years’ and clearly the end product is a labour…


Added by Tony Lawless on March 19, 2012 at 23:30 — No Comments

Michael Orme's Visit (slow air)

We composed this slow air to mark the occasion when we met with traditional musician and fellow tradconnect member Michael Orme in Oundle, Northamptonshire. The photos are of Oundle village.

Added by Dulahan on March 19, 2012 at 21:05 — 5 Comments

One to Watch in 2012 - FullSet

We have Fullset's new album Notes At Liberty on the iPod at the moment and what a cracker it is turning out to be. We should get a review out shortly. However it is worth reminding ourselves about what an exciting group Fullset are and where they can take it…


Added by TradConnect on January 30, 2012 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Noreen O' Sullivan and The Quiet House

Its a delight to have Noreen O' Sullivan on Tradconnect and the sound clips from her new album, The Quiet House,  sound great. Can't wait to get our hands on a copy of the album. We have already had the pleasure of Carmel Gunning and…


Added by TradConnect on March 18, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

The Sea Stallions - Halsingland To Howth

Halsingland to Howth is the result of a collaboration between Ralph Doyle,  Peter Puma Hedlund and Leo Rickard that has been in the making for over 20 years. Finally they have recognised that this journey needed to be recorded to bring their unique take on the tradition to a wider audience.…


Added by Tony Lawless on December 8, 2011 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Denis Liddy & Elvie Miller / Tradaree

Denis Liddy and Elvie Miller have crafted a captivating album of traditional Irish music. It has substance, quality and likability stamped all over it. It features Denis on fiddle and Elvie on piano and accordion and they have…


Added by Tony Lawless on March 17, 2012 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Profile of Jimmy Keane

Its great to hear the piano accordion popping up on more and more albums these day. We had the great Small Towns and Famous Nights by Alan Kelly and we are now listening…


Added by TradConnect on March 17, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Sharon Shannon New Album Flying Circus on Release

Sharon Shannon has just released her new album Flying Circus which features the RTE Concert Ochestra. Its an album of mostly new music and has been a long time in the making. Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips....literally! The accordionist from…


Added by TradConnect on March 15, 2012 at 8:57 — No Comments

New Composition

This is a recently composed polka by ourselves entitled " The Rock Of Dunamase" which we were inspired to write after a visit there. We also took some photos of the castle and its views.

Added by Dulahan on March 14, 2012 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Master Classes In Traditional Music - Martin Hayes 23rd - 25th March 2012

Martin Hayes will be giving a weekend masterclass at the OaC, Clare Institute For Traditional Studies. In the class he will be working on phrasing, rhythms, variations and interpretation of tunes. The class will involve practical learning of tunes and techniques alongside discussion, which can cover many other areas of the music.

Although there…


Added by TradConnect on March 14, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Presidential Proclamation -- Irish-American Heritage Month, 2012

March 2012 gives us all the opportunity to celebrate the contribution made by millions of Irish Americans and Obama has announced March as Irish-American Heritage month.



For centuries, America and Ireland have built a…


Added by TradConnect on March 13, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Leading Irish Musicians call on Irish Music Community to join the love:live music movement

A host of leading Irish and Ireland based musicians were on hand today to launch love:live music presented by Music Network in association with RTÉ Lyric fm. The love:live music movement will take place on the Summer Solstice, Thursday 21st June as part of celebrations for…


Added by TradConnect on March 13, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Kevin Crawford / Carrying The Tune

The virtuoso flute and whistle player Kevin Crawford has gifted us once again with a superb exposition of the finest in flute and tin whistle playing with his latest solo album…


Added by Tony Lawless on March 2, 2012 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Concertina Tunes from North Antrim!

Concertina players in here, might like to know that I've just launched a new Concertina Blog, where I'm planning on posting MP3 versions of tunes from this area, played on a variety of Concertinas. So if you are looking for some less familiar tunes for your repertoire, you might like to check them out.


Although I launched this site with a few studio recordings, with me playing a C/G Concertina, I really love playing the more…


Added by Dick Glasgow on June 13, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

Profile of Banjo Player Adrian McAuliffe

As banjo players go Adrian McAuliffe is up there with the great and the good. After many a year learning his trade he finally got round to making a album, and he did do in the company of Cathal Flood. What a fine album it was too. They called it Between the Strings and we…


Added by TradConnect on March 11, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Top Ten Traditional Albums - March 2012

1. Na Fir Bolg

Jack Talty and Cormac Begley

Read Tradconnect…


Added by TradConnect on March 10, 2012 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Exploring The World of The Mountain Dulcimer - Profile Mark Gilston

Over the past while at Tradconnect we have become a little bit facinated by this rather unknown instrument, the mountain dulcimer that has been showing up recently in the able hands of member Mark Gilston. In the busy lives that we lead it sometimes takes something as interesting…


Added by TradConnect on March 10, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Album review - At First Light / Idir

At First Light are back in fine form with their second album Idir, released close to six years after their debut release. 

The band was established in 2001 when ‘Lúnasa’ founders John McSherry and Michael McGoldrick released their critically acclaimed collaborative album, ‘At First Light’. The line up has changed since then with the addition of Uilleann piper and bodhrán…


Added by Tony Lawless on November 21, 2011 at 19:00 — 3 Comments


At one of the busiest times of her life, Julie Fowlis is putting Hollywood on hold and taking herself off to a deserted Scottish island.

The Gaelic singer is to appear at this year’s Hebridean Celtic…


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

Album Review - Jack Talty & Cormac Begley / Na Fir Bolg

Sometimes you simply have to sit back and bask in the glory of someone else's creation.  Take in the view, sample that fine wine or listen to that song one more time and think, how did they do that.  This is one such moment and for this you may need headphones, settle in and let's begin.…


Added by Tony Lawless on March 7, 2012 at 20:30 — No Comments

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