Tradconnect Reviews's Blog – June 2014 Archive (8)

Interview with The Friel Sisters

Prior to 2014 I knew very little of the Friel Sisters.  I had known their names but not their music.  Their album arrived in the post and I put on my headphones and played it.  It’s a little like the old days when you would try out an unknown artist at the listening post in HMV.  In the space of 2 minutes you would know if you liked the album and the decision whether…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 27, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Lynched / Cold Old Fire

Folk music can still be innovative and exciting as shown by this debut from Dublin band Lynched.  A variety of styles and influences have collided on Cold Old Fire to make it the most exciting album of traditional Irish song in decades. It’s the raw, punk injected delivery of some traditional songs that make Lynched such a potent force.  Their sharp nasal Dublin…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 23, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Interview with Matt and Shannon Heaton

Boston residents Matt & Shannon Heaton have just released their 5th album called Tell You In Earnest.  We featured it on Tradconnect on 1st…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 23, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Interview with Michael Mc Cague in advance of his Album Launch - 16th June, Crane Bar , Galway

On Monday 16th June Michael Mc Cague will launch his new album The Waylaid Man in The Crane Bar, Galway. We gave the album an online launch earlier in March and also spoke to Michael about the experience.…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 15, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album Review - CrossHarbour

London has not seen too many new traditional groups in recent years.  A vibrant city deserves a vibrant and forward thinking band and CrossHarbour fit that bill.  They are the Facebook generation - young talented and brimming with ideas. Their music is modern traditional, reflecting the cosmopolitan environment which surrounds them.  Their arrangements are more complex than…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 14, 2014 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Robbie Mac Gowran / The Irish Way

Robbie Mac Gowran has been back in the studio early in 2014 for another whistle album called The Irish Way.  It’s his 3rd album and features 15 tracks of what could be considered traditional standards. Tunes like Out on the Ocean,…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 10, 2014 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - John Sherman & Randy Clepper / Finally Tuned

We have not been overloaded with fingerstyle traditional guitar albums of late and so this outing by John Shermanand and Randy Clepper is a welcome addition.  Its a very accomplished recording of some demanding tunes.  It's includes some classic sets such as Rolling Waves/Market Town/Scatter The Mud from the  Kevin…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 9, 2014 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Interview with Australian band Sásta

I came across the music of Sásta a year or so ago when they had their first self-titled album on release.  I had a Skype interview set up with guitar player Mick Hughes but the time difference introduced some difficulties and that interview went on the back burner. It is a sign of the times and a sad reflection of our economic woes that we are now once again…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on June 4, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

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