Tradconnect Reviews's Blog – August 2012 Archive (8)

All Praise for Katie Davis Henderson and her New Tune a Day

All praise for Katie Davis Henderson and her New Tune a Day. We are slightly in awe of this TradConnect member and her musical output. What a project to undertake.  She has just recently finished a learning a new tune everyday…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 30, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Marie Reilly / The Anvil - A Dedication to Michael Reilly

Sometimes you don’t have to dig too deep to find musical inspiration. For Marie Reilly it was very close to home indeed.  The music of South Leitrim and Longford was handed down by her late father Michael Reilly.  The main source of the material for…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 16, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Danny & Aki - Irish, American and Nordic Traditions

It is worth checking out Danny and Aki who are "a Dublin-based fiddle-accordion duo. Their repertoire is a fresh mixture of music from Irish, American and Nordic traditions. Danny’s open-tuned fiddle and Aki’s modified button accordion together create a unique drone-rich, sparsely ornamented style that brings out the elegant simplicity and timeless beauty of these…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 7, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Séamus Begley & Oisín Mac Diarmada / Together - Le Chéile

Séamus Begley and Oisín Mac Diarmada get down to business from the off here with a rip roaring set of slides called The Scartaglen/Trasna na dTonnta to open up this, their first duet album.  It's like a buddy cop movie with the older more…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 6, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

Book Review - Traditional Notes : A Celebration of Irish Music and Musicians by Stephen Power

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others”,  or so said Jonathan Swift.  All too often we are truly invisible to the mood and atmosphere of what we see.  Its impact on us and the manner in which it shapes, informs and gives meaning to our lives is significant.  It surrounds us in moving real time images  Photography can capture these moments like no other…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 5, 2012 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Phil Callery / Landscapes of the Past

Phil Callery has taken a break from his work with the Voice Squad to release a solo album. It's an impressive collection chosen from what must be a vast repertoire.  His well of inspiration is deep as his career spans decades, from his…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 4, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Fergal Scahill, Séan McCarthy, David Howley / Freewheel

Freewheel is the new vehicle for Séan McCarthy, better known for his work with Fullset.  This is a tight ensemble with Fergal Scahill on fiddle, bodhrán and guitar and David Howley on vocals, guitar and banjo.  All multi…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 3, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke

Displaying a delicate and sensitive touch Dermot Byrne has brought his accordion into new territory with a definite French twist on this duet album with Floriane Blancke. Every note has a sweetness to it and every track glistens as they dance and weave their instruments in a harmony of traditional Irish and French music.  The opener Monaghan Jig/The…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on August 2, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

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