Tradconnect Reviews's Blog – May 2015 Archive (7)

Album Review - Andy Lamy / The New Blackthorn Stick

New York clarinetist Andy Lamy has assembled an array of high profile musicians for this innovative recording - the first full album featuring the clarinet.  Mary Bergin, Brian Conway, Dermot Byrne, Kevin Crawford, Jerry O’Sullivan, John Whelan, Gabriel Donohue, and Donie Carroll to name a few.  The support team…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 27, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Brendan McAuley / The McCartney's of Pennyburn

This is an impressive recording by Belfast born Brendan McAuley.  It features mostly new compositions that tell the story of The McCartneys of Pennyburn. Brendan’s great, great grandfather bought the lease to the Pennyburn estate, just outside Derry city in 1865 and restored the old Pennyburn windmill that existed there at the time.…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 20, 2015 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Anna Falkenau / Féileacán na Saoirse

Anna Falkenau has just released an album of traditional fiddle music.  It features tunes from the Irish and American old-time music traditions, as well as some original compositions.  Contributors to the record include Ged Foley and Kevin Hough (guitar), Holly…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 19, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Socks in the Frying Pan / Return of the Giant Sock Monsters...

An imaginative approach to marketing has given Socks in the Frying Pan a larger than life public persona. They do indeed get noticed, and their debut album in 2012 showed that as a trio they pack quite a musical punch, with their high energy traditional music. This recording is a continuation of that debut. Constantly striving for change is…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 15, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Paddy O'Brien, Nathan Gourley & Dáithí Sproule / Bright and Early

This is a sprightly album featuring two stalwarts of traditional music and one of New York’s best up and coming fiddlers.  The names Paddy O’ Brien and Dáithi Sproule need no introduction. We have also covered Nathan Gourley earlier in the year as he delivered one of the best fiddle duet albums you are likely to encounter…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 12, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Rhoda Barfoot / Across The Sea To Ireland

Each year one vocal album manages to stand out from the crowd, and set itself apart on creative and musical grounds.  Across the Sea To Ireland may just be that album. To be able to say this about a recording that includes standards like Amazing Grace, Caledonia, Galway Bay and Mo Ghile…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 6, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Unfolding / Young Music From East Clare

Unfolding is an album by a group of young musicians associated with The Music Room in Tulla, East Clare and in particular their concertina teacher, Mary Mac Namara. The album was produced as a fundraiser for music exchanges which proved successful, with the album receiving…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on May 5, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

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