Tradconnect Reviews's Blog – January 2013 Archive (11)

Album Review - Dusty Banjos - Live at the Crane ( Tutorial CD )

We have just received a copy of Dusty Banjos "Live at the Crane" CD as well as a book of tunes published on their 10th anniversary.  Dusty Banjos was started in September 2002 by local musicians Mary…
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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 28, 2013 at 20:30 — No Comments

Live Review - Crossharbour, City Hall Dubin, 26th January 2013

In a week that saw The Temple Bar Trad Fest take on an international flavour with performances from overseas artists, it should be no surprise that one of the highlights came from new London band Crossharbour.  Performing as part of the London Calling show Crossharbour are a new five piece that comprise of Órlaith McAuliffe -…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 27, 2013 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

Live Review - Pride of New York , City Hall Dublin, 25th January 2013

In one of  the grandest halls in the land The Pride of New York came out to play.  The hall for all its beauty is not acoustically designed to host events like this and while it took  the musicians, the audience and the sound engineer a couple of sets to get comfortable, the show settled in very nicely…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 27, 2013 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Mary Dillon / North

North is the much anticipated new album from Mary Dillon who has been absent from the music scene for a number of years. As a former member of Déanta in the 1990s, the Derry singer had developed quite a following. This release will very quickly bring her back to the mainstream…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 26, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Emma Sweeney / PANGEA

Pangea as an album is high on imagination and creativity. It is modern traditional and displays the music of the artist who should be more of a household name.  This album may bring about a change on her horizon, but for now her present landscape looks fine to me.  It's the touches, the intros and the little sparks of magic that make a track or an…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 24, 2013 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Stevie Dunne / Banjo

Compared to other instruments there has been a shortage of banjo albums in the last year or so. While accordions, flutes and fiddles dominate the Tradconnect review archives we have, to date only reviewed three banjo albums.  Check the latest releases on the main retail sites and again…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 22, 2013 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Peadar Ó Riada, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes / Triúr Arís

The music on Triúr Arís can be best described in the words of Martin Hayes from the sleeve notes when he says "Each time I play with Peadar and Caoimhín I feel as though I'm revisiting the…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 16, 2013 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Make The Circle Wide

Irish music recording has for some time been going down an avenue of collaborative ventures with mainstream musicians turning up in various groups and duets. In addition to the mainstream albums there is a significant amount of music being recorded by various artists under independently funded recordings. On Make The…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 11, 2013 at 10:54 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Colin Nea / Between the Jigs & the Reels (With New Audio)

For anyone who has attended the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann finals that take place every year in Ireland you will no doubt be familiar with the feeling of sitting in on various competitions in awe of the raw talent that exists in this country.  The standards that are now being achieved from the age of 12, 15 and upwards is…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 10, 2013 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Interview - Robbie MacGowran about his music and album "Basically"

If you scratch the surface of traditional Irish music you can start to see the effect that the tradition and its music can have on people across several decades. The music can take a hold from a very young age and not let go for some considerable time.  It effectively becomes a soundscape to your life, providing points of interest along the rocky…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 9, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Bringing the Céilí back to the people - Traditional Arts Collective

I was reflecting recently on the trad scene in Dublin and how rare it is to find traditional dancing in pubs, confined as it is to Comhaltas centres, formal shows or Céilís. I recall returning from London in the early 90's searching the pubs of Dublin for some good traditional music.  In the end we found Hughes' pub beside the Four Courts which was as old style as you could…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 5, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

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