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Album Review - Dan Gurney / Traditional Irish Music on the Button Accordion

Dan Gurney's debut album is an impressive and worthy recording that shows this New York born accordion player as a musician with the Irish tradition embedded into his very…

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Added by Tony Lawless on February 22, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

Deluce's Patent

Weaving a combination of musical inspirations, Deluce’s Patent are a foursome from Counties Kerry, Limerick and Cork who have a unique sound which is a consequence of varying musical experiences, influences and their shared friendship. Singer Evelyn O’Connell’s voice is lyrical and sweet and deeply rooted in…

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Added by Deluce's Patent on February 20, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Dempsey's Beautiful People Documentary Due for Screening

"Not expecting anything but a few hours of mingling at the post screening party of our last film, Welcome To Academia, I walked into Dempsey's Pub on Second Avenue and was struck immediately by its dreamlike atmosphere. It looked and felt just right for a project that had…

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

New Station set to Revolutionise the Music Industry & Arts in Ireland

A new project which is set to rejuvenate The Arts industry in Ireland kicked off with a mass meeting this month  at The Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

The project, entitled ‘A Time For Change’, will be a National Radio Station, Demo Recording Studio, Art Gallery, Video Studio and Website, located in the center of Ireland.

The brainchild of several Musicians & Artists, ‘A Time For Change’ will be dedicated to showcasing and promoting unsigned Irish…

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Added by TradConnect on February 19, 2012 at 14:53 — No Comments

Best of luck to Lilt, up for two awards in tomorrow nights Wammies

Best of luck to Tradconnect members Lilt who are up for two nominations in tomorrow nights Wammies, both as a Duo/Group as well as for Traditional Recording for their album Onward which we have just …

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Added by TradConnect on February 18, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Lilt / Onward

Lilt present a very appealing ramble through the tune list of their lives on their album Onward. …

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Added by Tony Lawless on February 16, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

I will never pay for the “privilege” of playing for the public.

More than once, I have been asked to play my Great Highland Bagpipes at a fund raising event, only to show up at the gate and be asked to pay the cover charge to get in. Fortunately, in each case, I was able to get hold of someone in charge and bypass the gate fee. In each case though, at least a few of the other musicians seemed to think I was being arrogant and insisting on some special accommodation. One fellow musician even came up to me and told me I was…

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Added by Jenni on February 16, 2012 at 0:59 — 4 Comments

Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music

Amazing day at the Joseph Browne Spring School today!! Numbers of students way up from last year and the music around the school was absolutely lovely to listen to. Ged Foley (from Patrick Street) joining our fiddle teaching team tomorrow and we're all looking forward to a great concert in Johnsons Hall on the main street in Kinvara tomorrow night also. Doors open 8pm for 8 30. Come early and get a good seat! Special thanks to Tradconnect…
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Added by Máire O'Keeffe on February 16, 2012 at 20:59 — No Comments

Album Review - Gavin Whelan / Homelands

Gavin Whelan is quite prolific as an artist with this being his fourth studio album. It's called Homelands and on it he features some of his long time playing partners in the form of Deirdre Smith on…

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Added by Tony Lawless on February 16, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Light Touch Dancing Bow / The Music of Joseph Browne

Organising traditional music festivals is not easy in the present climate, especially at a time when funding is not available. In Kinvara, County Galway this weekend we have the Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music, commemorating Joseph Browne who was from the area. We have posted previous…

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Added by Tony Lawless on February 15, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

The Chieftains instruments travel to Space

With St Patricks day approaching again it is worth looking again at this great video. Irish-American astronaut Cady Coleman has not forgotten her Emerald Isle roots, the NASA astronaut marked St. Patrick's Day in space by playing a solo on Paddy Moloney's pennywhistle and Matt Molloy's 100-year-old Irish flute.…

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Added by TradConnect on February 15, 2012 at 12:17 — 1 Comment

The Magic of Paddy Keenan Live - Harcourt Hotel, Dublin 13th Feb 2012

There is a certain magic in the air when Paddy Keenan takes to the stage. This veteran Bothy Band member seems to be constantly touring the world weaving his own spell of musical magic as he goes. He kicked off a new season of gigs in the Harcourt Hotel in Dublin last night in the company of James Riley on Guitar…

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Added by Tony Lawless on February 14, 2012 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Album Release - Carrying The Tune / Kevin Crawford

It's great to have Kevin Crawford on board on TradConnect and it's even better news to know that he has a brand new album out this month. Kevin’s…

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Added by TradConnect on February 12, 2012 at 0:00 — No Comments

St. Helens, Merseyside

Hi. I'm based in St. Helens, Merseyside and play the 10-string cittern. I've been a part of the Merseyside Irish music scene for the best part of 40 years. My Dad was from Killawalla in County Mayo and in fact a lot of my family are still there - the rest are in Oughterard, County Galway. People I've performed with include most of the Black Family, Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunn, Garva, Ildanach and I was once asked by Christy Moore to sing harmonies on one of his albums ( it never happened…

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Added by Tony Gibbons on May 16, 2011 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Last Nights Fun

We took  a short trip to Dublin last night and had some tunes with Tradconnect host Tony Lawless.

It was a wonderful night of music. Tony and his fellow musicians made us feel right at home from the very beginning.  They had a wonderful selection of tunes which were expertly played and the night went by all too quickly for us!

We are happy to report that Tradconnect does exactly what it says on the tin by giving us the opportunity to meet up with people who share a common…

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Added by Dulahan on February 10, 2012 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

My Concertina Videos ~ 17!

Here are the Concertina videos I've posted on YouTube so far.…

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Added by Dick Glasgow on May 7, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

Patrick Olwell documentary

Hi, my name is Jem Moore, and I'm starting a feature documentary on legendary flute maker Patrick Olwell. It is a great story, and worthy of preserving, and sharing, for years to come. I am also a musician, and I've been playing one of Patrick's flutes for more than twenty years, and have stayed in touch…

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Added by Jem Moore on February 2, 2012 at 5:00 — 1 Comment

Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle - Len Graham Workshop 11th February 2012

Workshop 11th February 2012. 2-4pm. County Antrim born, Len Graham has been a full-time professional traditional singer since 1982.  From the early 1960s Len sought out and recorded older singers such as Eddie Butcher and Joe Holmes. His musical friendship with Joe Holmes resulted in two…

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Added by TradConnect on February 9, 2012 at 10:47 — No Comments

Máirtín O'Connor in Concert

March 2nd - Friday - 8:00 pm. Traditional Irish Music Concert featuring the unique accordion music of Máirtín O'Connor…

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Added by Breandán Ó Loinsigh on February 8, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music Feb 16 -18

Update for the Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music taking place in Kinvara Feb 16 - 18th

Tutors confirmed to date for three mornings classes (10am to 1pm)  fiddle: Eileen O'Brien, Denis Liddy, Áine McGrath, Cath Taylor, Accordion: Dermot Byrne, Concertina, Jack Talty, Pipes Padraic Keane (…

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Added by Máire O'Keeffe on January 27, 2012 at 0:00 — No Comments

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