Tradconnect Reviews's Blog – January 2012 Archive (18)

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 Set, and by the end of it you know where you stand. Little wonder…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 24, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments

An album to look out for - Brendan Hendry & friends

This is one album I am looking forward to if this sound clip is anything to go by. You will all be aware of how many times I have gone on about Brendan's playing, on this blog and elsewhere on Facebook. He is fast becoming a favorite. It's a delight to…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 23, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

Now that's what I call a concertina.

Ok, we are upsizing. Now that's what I call a…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 22, 2012 at 18:07 — No Comments

From the vaults - getting close to perfection

Thanks Russ for this little gem which is a cracking video and which I think is near perfect music. Brendan Hendry, Brendan Mulholland and Paul McSherry are in flying form in this piece of magic recorded for the Blas Ceol BBC series in 2007 in the Crosskeys Inn. I must look up some more of their music.

Visit their websites…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 22, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

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 full time job so recording while studying, and carrying forth the…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 21, 2012 at 20:00 — 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 http://www.adrianandcathalmusic.com/ It sounds very tasty. The…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 21, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Paul McGlinchey / The Boys of the Town

There is no doubt that when talking about  Paul McGlinchey you are dealing with a musician to the very core. He speaks  from the heart about his music and says that it has "defined" who he is and it has provided the social interaction that is at the…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 19, 2012 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

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 well as the music school that has been named in his honour.…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 19, 2012 at 18:30 — 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 Tradconnect Reviews on January 17, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

All praise Ed Harris and this great version of Si Bheag Si Mhor

Sometimes it is worth dipping into the video vault and extracting videos that can get easily lost. For any budding guitar player this is a great great version of Si Bheag Si Mhór and one that I keep returning to every now and again. In fact I sent a link to our own session guitar player and said , now learn that by Thursday. I think he is still working on it.

Thanks Ed for this great version. Nice to see your fancy new website as well. It looks great. Members…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 16, 2012 at 22:15 — 2 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 Tradconnect Reviews on January 16, 2012 at 14:00 — 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 response to the tragic and untimely death of nineteen year-old Joseph…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 15, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

The Gathering

The Gathering Traditional Music Festival  is regarded as being one of the best traditional events in Ireland - one review said it was "like The Willie Clancy Summer school under one roof!" 



The five day events includes concerts, céilí, instrument masterclasses, set dance & sean nos workshops, numerous free music sessions, a full education programme and much more. 

The concerts…
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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 14, 2012 at 15:25 — No Comments

For fans of John Carty - Pathway To The Well

You must know at this stage that I am a big fan of John Carty. This time he has joined up with the legendary Matt Molloy who has been a member of the Chieftains for more than 20 years, and who was one of the founding members of the great Bothy Band. They have just released a live album from Matt Molloys called Pathway To The Wellwith the great Arty McGlynn on guitar. Have a listen…

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

Bodhran Expert - Website and resource for learning the instrument

Thanks to member Julie Leduchowski who just joined and made us aware of this site whih looks like a great resource for bodhran players. 

The site was created by Michelle Stewart who has personally taught well over a thousand people how to play this instrument which…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 13, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Does anyone know the name of this dancer

Drumshanbo Comhaltas have been given this photograph of Packie Duignan playing for a dancer in a hostelry in Leitrim or Roscommon. We are wondering if anybody can help us identify the dancer. We have been told that she hails from possibly Tyrone.



Any help in identifying her would be…

Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 12, 2012 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Professional musicians with albums on TradConnect

I am looking to compile a list of members that have released an album and while I am aware of some of them I know there are others lurking in what is a growing number of members. With 1,300 + members is is getting hard to track everyone, especially some of our overseas members that I may not be personally familiar with ( shame on me ).

For those of you that have an…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 8, 2012 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Review : Caladh Nua - Next Stop

It is always great to hear new groups coming through, bringing their own style and flavours to the music, hearing how they interpret and bring the music to a new audience. Caladh Nua is one such group featuring TradConnector Eoin O' Meachair Attending…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 7, 2012 at 12:30 — 3 Comments

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