Tradconnect Reviews's Blog – November 2012 Archive (9)

Live Review - Zoë Conway and John McIntyre in Whelan's 26th November 2012

The album by Zoë Conway and John McIntyre titled Go Mairir I Bhfad_Long Life To You is good, very good.  The live experience on the other hand takes it off…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 27, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Zoë Conway and John McIntyre / Go Mairir I Bhfad_Long Life To You

Concept albums within the traditional Irish genre would not be the norm and the inspiration that brought Zoë Conway and John McIntyre to this project must be commended. Zoë's interpretive spirit and high regard internationally as a musician…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 25, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Socks In The Frying Pan

These boys are rocking and rolling new life and texture into traditional jigs and reels with a very accomplished debut album.  It's a definite contender for one of the liveliest albums that I have heard in quite a while, and with some really tight arrangements it packs a punch. The name Socks in The Frying Pan turned up as a new tune composition on an earlier album called…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 21, 2012 at 20:00 — 3 Comments

Album Review - Michelle O' Brien & Laoise Kelly / The Wishing Well - Live at The Dock ( Updated with audio )

On the strength of Michelle O' Brien's and Laoise Kelly's new album "The Wishing Well - Live At The Dock", you would wonder whether you need to go into a recording studio at all.  The quality of this album in terms of recording, production and mastering would suggest that side stepping the studio may be a more viable option for established artists.…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 14, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Shane Hayes / Small Towns in Built-up Areas

The name Shane Hayes will loom large on your musical horizon in the very near future.  There is a tune on this album called Socks in the Frying Pan. Remember that name because it is the name for a new band featuring Shane Hayes on accordion, Fiachra Hayes on fiddle/banjo and Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals.  Their debut album will be out…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 8, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

Album Review - John McEvoy / Traditional Irish Fiddle

John McEvoy has called his new album "Traditional Irish Fiddle".  It's a straightforward, no nonsense description that perfectly describes what is in store for you the listener. This is his third recording, with previous releases including critically acclaimed albums ‘The Kilmore Fancy’ with his sister Catherine McEvoy and ‘Pride of the West’ a…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 6, 2012 at 20:00 — No Comments

Album Review - The Olllam

Belfast-born uilleann piper John McSherry and Detroit natives Tyler Duncan and Michael Shimmin have been planning this album for some time. In early 2012 they got together, not in a studio or rehearsal space as you would expect but over the Internet.  They composed and wrote the music and then tick tacked back and forth across the Atlantic divide via…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 4, 2012 at 23:30 — No Comments

Following the Patrick Olwell story.

It's great when you come across stories and can follow them through their life cycle from idea to reality. You get to know the characters involved and the process that has to be gone through.  We have followed the story of the Patrick Olwell documentary for a little while now, from its early beginnings on Kick Starter where Tradconnect members…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 4, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Nuala Kennedy / Noble Stranger

This is Nuala Kennedy’s third solo album and is a superb exploration of traditional music mixed with the best of the folk tradition, all wrapped up with a catchiness that some pop stars would die for. To say that the arrangements are adventurous would be an understatement.  They are imaginative, well constructed and layered with vocal harmonies and…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 2, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

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