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Notes from the Road : Lúnasa - October 2017

Well well well, that was quite the summer of touring, recording, teaching and general non stop fun and games.

We had the good fortune to play at some of the great festivals on the circuit this summer including our very own Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis. Tremendous support for what I deemed a kind of homecoming gig given my 25 years living in this incredible…


Added by TradConnect on February 21, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

This is Julie Fowlis.. a new Spotify playlist

This is Julie Fowlis. This playlist has been added to Spotify by Julie herself, as an introduction to her music. In a Facebook post she said: "Today's news - my back catalogue is now finally available on Spotify. I'll be making some playlists in the weeks to come but to start with I have selected 90 minutes of my own music as an intro to who I am for those who don't know…


Added by TradConnect on October 26, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Over 120 Broadcasters now using Tradconnect's 'Download Centre' to access new albums

In 2015 we announced a major new partnership with Irish radio broadcasters around the world.

This initiative allows radio broadcasters to download newly released traditional albums for immediate airplay.

At present 120 broadcasters are participating.…


Added by TradConnect on June 23, 2015 at 9:30 — 6 Comments

Two tracks from the new Martin Hayes album released 27th October 2017

The following is a first listen to music from the new Martin Hayes project called “The Martin Hayes Quartet.’ It expands on many of the musical ideas pursued by Martin in his longstanding partnership with Dennis Cahill. “The melody still remains central but now with an added range of sonic possibilities provided by the bass clarinet…


Added by TradConnect on October 5, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Celebrating the music of Eddie Kelly on Éilís Crean's new album 'Searbh Siúcra'

Humanity has revered creativity throughout time, from the ancient Greeks to modern-day painters, poets, writers and musicians. It’s one of those ineffable wonders that is extremely hard to define but you absolutely know it when you see it. Or hear it in this case. Eddie Kelly was born in 1933 near Eyrecourt, Co. Galway and is a preeminent…


Added by TradConnect on September 12, 2017 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat to live stream this years concerts

This year the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat will be live streaming their instructor concerts in a new move that is sure to gain interest.  They will stream the concerts live from the Chapel at Camp Hoblitzelle each night of the retreat featuring some of the top performers in the Irish music tradition.  And if you are unable to watch…


Added by TradConnect on October 20, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Tell Us A Bit About Tommy Potts

In this Myles O'Reilly film, Irish traditional fiddle player Liam O’Connor pays tribute to legendary fiddler from The Coomb in Dublin’s inner city, Tommy Potts. Filmed at a house session hosted by the esteemed Irish traditional accordion player Tony MacMahon.…


Added by TradConnect on October 19, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Introducing Trio Dhoore + UK tour dates

Trio Dhoore are a young and talented band of musical brothers from Flanders in Belgium. Their extensive repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes is punctuated by song and many of their own compositions. This mix all goes to provide their audiences with a soundscape where traditional and contemporary music, melancholy melodies and intuitive interplay merge to unique effect. The…


Added by TradConnect on October 19, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

New track from The Living Stream - A modern folk album with a fresh new sound

In late 2015 we covered a new folk band that had just formed in Galway called The Living Stream. What started out as a rather simple project to record some demo tracks in a Galway studio, developed into something much more involved. Brian Kelly was the driving force behind the project and explained that “the plan was to record a handful of tunes with a…


Added by TradConnect on March 24, 2017 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Youthful energy from progressive Philadelphia trio 'Poor Man's Gambit'

Poor Man's Gambit is a trio of traditional artists comprised of Corey Purcell (button accordion, cittern, vocals, bodhrán, dance), Dylan Richardson (guitar, tenor banjo, bouzouki, vocals), and Genevieve Gillespie (fiddle, vocals, dance). The band's roots can be traced to…


Added by TradConnect on October 12, 2017 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Dublin date included on the 'The Young'uns' UK and Ireland tour - 24th October 2017

Hailing from the North-East of England, The Young’uns are rather unique folk artists as they tackle songs of conscience with warmth and insight in a thoroughly contemporary way. They have been the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Best Group”…


Added by TradConnect on September 30, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

October 2017 tour for a new trad super-group 'Atlantic Arc Orchestra'

Atlantic Arc Orchestra is a specially commissioned Irish collaborative project that brings together some of the world’s most respected traditional musicians. The group is a traditional collaboration with artists from Ireland, Scotland and Brittany and they are about to embark on a 5 date tour of Ireland supported by the Arts Council's Touring…


Added by TradConnect on September 23, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Karen Tweed and Tom McElvogue find the heart of the music on 'Luckpenny'

Luckpenny is the first recording collaboration between Karen Tweed (piano accordion) and Tom McElvogue (flute) and embraces the music they grew up playing – Irish Traditional reels, jigs and hornpipes. The album…


Added by TradConnect on October 9, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Ye Vagabonds and Myles O’Reilly reunite on their new single 'Half Blind'

Ahead of their highly anticipated debut album due out Friday 13th October, brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, who form Ye Vagabonds, have released the second single from the album, “Half Blind”.

Accompanying the single release is a new video…


Added by TradConnect on October 9, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

The Palace Sessions: Live recording from Foley & Alderson with proceeds going to Mexico/Puerto Rico charity

Dylan Foley and Isaac Anderson have release a live album of traditional music with all proceeds from online sales going to those affected by the recent disasters in Mexico and Puerto Rico. On their Bandcamp Page they write: "This album was recorded over two sessions in a tiny little apartment known affectionately…


Added by TradConnect on October 8, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

Listen to a classic Gael Linn reissue from 1985 - The Keane Family

Gael Linn continue their series of album reissues with a classic recording from 1985 by “The Keane Family”. It features music and song from Dolores and Seán Keane, their siblings, their parents Matt and Bridie, and their aunts Rita and Sarah. Truly, a family album of music and song! It is a bilingual album with tracks that include Cill…


Added by TradConnect on October 3, 2017 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Top 10 Irish Traditional Albums - September 2017

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for September 2017.  Each month we feature the top 10 albums, write follow up articles and present sounds from all new releases. 

Don't forget that if you have an album on release check out our …


Added by TradConnect on October 4, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Competition : Win tickets to Lankum, Beoga and The Rolling Wave - 'Tradition Now' NCH Dublin

Be in with a chance to win tickets for the 'Tradition Now' festival of concerts that will take place at The National Concert Hall, Dublin between 3rd and 8th October 2017.

The festival a collaboration between The National Concert Hall and the Arts Council. Details on how to enter this competition are detailed at the bottom of this article.

With a focus on…


Added by TradConnect on September 19, 2017 at 9:30 — 4 Comments

Digital reissue of Classic Traditional Albums on Tradconnect

Over the coming months we will be revisiting some classic traditional albums from yesteryear as part of a new series of digital reissues.

We will be working with Gael Linn on the reissue of The…


Added by TradConnect on September 29, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

First listen to the debut album from 'Ye Vagabond's'

Buoyed by the success of their debut EP Rose & Briar in 2015, and continuing support from respected musicians like Lisa Hannigan, Roy Harper and Glen Hansard; brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, who form Ye Vagabonds, have announced their highly anticipated debut album, due to be released on Friday 13th October 2017 on Inglenook…


Added by TradConnect on September 28, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

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