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The Westmeath Hunt - William Mullaly - The First Irish Concertina Player

This might be on interest to concertina players who want to delve back into time and discover some historical information regarding Irelands First recorded concertina pplayer. ‘The Westmeath Hunt: William Mullaly: The First Irish Concertina Player on Record’, a CD and booklet of the historic 1926 & 1927…

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Added by TradConnect on January 25, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Caladh Nua / Happy Days

As debuts go this establishes Caladh Nua as a band of the future. I love an album that kicks off with an energetic set of tunes, giving you a real sense of what the rest of the album will be like. This is Caladh Nua's first album and this is their first set. It's a set of reels called The Windmill Reel…

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Added by Tony Lawless on January 24, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments

Now thats busking

A sort of cool thing happened on the way to our gig in Liege. Raphael DeCock and I were cutting our Northern Lights stickers on the train and I was telling him about my new song, Captain Rock, and so I sang it for him. A woman sitting besides us on the train was looking at us and noticed the stickers, and asked if we had an album, and bought one. -first impressions eh! Captain Rock isn't…
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Added by Lorcán Mac Mathúna on January 24, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Davy Rogers Book Of Original Tunes due for release

In the next few weeks Davy Rogers will release his first book of traditional tunes called "108 Original Compositions in the Traditional Irish Style"

Davy has  been working on it for quite some time now. He says he has been composing tunes…

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Added by TradConnect on January 23, 2012 at 23:00 — 1 Comment

Paddy Keenan, London Irish Centre – Friday, 3 February 2012

Paddy Keenan – Friday, 3 February 2012 When it comes to Irish piping, there is simply no-one to touch Paddy Keenan – he’s the Jimi Hendrix of piping! Right back to his years with the genre-defining Bothy Band, Paddy’s playing has electrified listeners both on recordings and on stage. Don’t…

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Added by TradConnect on January 23, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

The Chieftains celebrate 50 years with star studded Voice of Ages due February 21st, 2012

BON IVER, THE DECEMBERISTS, THE CIVIL WARS AND MORE CELEBRATE THE LEGENDARY IRISH GROUP ON THE PADDY MOLONEY AND T BONE BURNETT PRODUCED 50TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM VIA HEAR/CONCORD

The Chieftains, the world's most celebrated traditional Irish band, will mark their 50th anniversary with…

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Added by TradConnect on January 22, 2012 at 23:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Dónal McCague / Bits 'N' Pieces

Dónal McCague - Bits 'N' Pieces

Well we all knew this album was on the way from TradConnect member Dónal McCague. I first heard a soundbite on Twitter…

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Added by Tony Lawless on August 9, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments

Paul McNevin launches IrishFiddle.ie

This is a fiddle site that has developed over the last year or so.  Some interesting blogs now added to it so worth checking out for any of you fiddlers.  TradConnect member Paul McNevin has launched the site last year and it is dedicated to the teaching and sharing of traditional Irish fiddle music…

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Added by TradConnect on January 22, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Album Release - Adrian McAuliffe & Cathal Flood / Between The Strings

It's great discovering what sounds like great album releases that may just have just passed us by over the summer months of last year. There is a copy of this in the post to me and if you play banjo you should clap your ears around the sound clips on their website…

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Added by Tony Lawless on January 21, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

Profile of Joseph Browne

On February 16th-18th this year the sixth annual Joseph Browne School of Traditional Music will take place in Kinvara, Co, Galway. It is worthwhile posting a little profile here of Joseph Browne from the music school site, as a way of providing background to Joseph as…

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Added by Tony Lawless on January 19, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Deadly Buzz | Aoibhinn Crónán

Listening to this new album a.t.m. Absolutely brilliant stuff (as you would expect) The combination of flat set of pipes and fiddle (also flute on a couple tracks) is pure magic, If you haven't already - run along and get this album!

All the…

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Added by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on July 15, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

Kavan Donohoe - Kavan From Cavan

Kavan Donohoe - Kavan from Cavan

This has to be a first. A traditional album that starts off with Clocks by Coldplay. If you were unaware of who Coldplay were you would not pass much remarks such is the skill by which the set evolves into the better known Hunter's Purse.

For 19-year-old UCD student Kavan, this CD-launch will mark another milestone in his fast-moving…

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Added by TradConnect on September 23, 2011 at 17:30 — 4 Comments

First Packie Duignan Traditional week-end in Drumshanbo

1st Official Packie Duignan Traditional week-end, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

By Deirdre Parnell, PRO Comhaltas Drumshanbo

 

Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim would be best known in musical circles as the home of the Joe Mooney Summer School but it has added another…

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Added by Deirdre Parnell on January 17, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Killarney / Pull the Knife

I have just discovered that our own Katie Davis Henderson is one half of Killarney which also features Colin Bott's, another Tradconnector, on octave mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass and vocals. Indeed you may not know this but Katie herself is a fine singer and features on a number of tracks on the album. On TradConnect we have had the pleasure of her New Tune a Day which we have used extensively on our…

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Added by Tony Lawless on January 16, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

Album Release - The Alan Kelly Gang - Small Towns and Famous Nights

The Alan Kelly Gang - Small Towns & Famous Nights

This sounds like an exciting prospect from the Alan Kelly Gang and I look forward to getting my hands on a copy of it.

The band is fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro, described by New York’s Irish Voice as ‘in league…

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

Teetotaller's Tour Dates Announced

The three greats of Irish music, Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford and John Doyle are starting their Irish tour off. Get in early as tickets are going like hotcakes, for what is a much anticipated set of gigs.…

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Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2012 at 14:19 — No Comments

Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music Feb 16th - 18th 2012

This year TradConnect will be giving some assistance to one of our members, Máire O' Keefe in the promotion of the Joseph Browne Spring School of Music, which is on February 16th-18th this year.

By background the Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music was initiated in February 2007 in…

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Added by Tony Lawless on January 15, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Paddy O' Brien Tune Collection Launched

TradConnect member Paddy O’Brien of County Offaly has just released a second volume of his ground breaking tune collection. Paddy is an All-Ireland accordion champion renowned as one of the most powerful and passionate players of Irish traditional music today.

The collection is called The Paddy O’Brien Tune…

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Added by TradConnect on January 14, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

John Doyle Releases Shadow & Light

For fans of John Doyle who has just teamed up with Martin Hayes and Kevin Crawford under the name the Teetotallers, you can catch is latest release called Shadow and Light, This is his second solo effort and the follow up to Wayward Son(2005), Doyle establishes…

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Added by TradConnect on January 14, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Linnd violin shoulder rest review

The Linnd shoulder rest (http://www.linnd.co.uk/) may be too modern looking for some traditional fiddlers but if they reject it for that reason they’re missing a great product. An interesting part of the design is a transverse bar between the fiddle and the section that fits on your shoulder, the bar takes a lot of stress off the fiddle compared to the death grip that most other rests…

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Added by Richard Sutor on December 27, 2011 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

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