Tradconnect Reviews's Blog – December 2014 Archive (9)

Album Review : Eithne Ní Uallacháin / Bilingua

This is a wondrous recording that revisits the work of Eithne Ní Uallacháin, a founding member of Lá Lúgh with husband Gerry O'Connor in the early ‘90’s. The album itself is a collection of newly-composed and traditional songs that were recorded in the three years before her untimely death in 1999. Gerry O'Connor and son…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 22, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Album Review : Martin Tourish / Under a Red Sky Night

Under a Red Sky Night is unlike any album that has been released this year.  It is a breath-taking study of music from the tradition and beyond, that spreads its wings over a vast repertoire. My fascination led to an interview with Martin Tourish in which he says that his musical journey has taken him into a wide array of genres which are always…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 18, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

'An Godfather' - Screening at RADA Studios, London - Sunday 25th October at 5.30pm

Sónta Films & Irish Music and Dance in London have announced that they will screen the landmark documentary called 'An Godfather' in London on 25th October 2015.  Actor Brendan Gleeson uncovers the extraordinary story of the life and music of the man…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 17, 2014 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Portherhead

Portherhead are the latest in a line of young, energetic traditional groups that mix some high energy traditional music with what could be considered non traditional songs.  This divergence into more contemporary material reflects more accurately the music that people are actually listening to.  We had it recently with Socks in the Frying Pan, Tonnta Ceoil and Clare…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 16, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

Album Review - JigJam / Oh Boy!

JigJam are the latest in a number of crossover artists that are combining elements of Irish and American genres to great effect. Groups like We Banjo 3, The Henry Girls, I Draw Slow and others have paved the way.  At a time when traditional music can struggle for a live audience, artists whose musical interests lie beyond pure trad can find wider commercial…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 15, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Mary Mac Namara / Note for Note

In 1994 Mary Mac Namara released the classic concertina album Traditional Music From East Clare.  It won many people over to the beauty of concertina music, and her latest album called Note for Note follows in much the same vein.  Mary more than anyone can make listening to solo concertina music one of the most glorious things in the world. Her…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 13, 2014 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha / Draíocht Na Feadóige

The one thing that can be said about albums put out by Cló lar-Chonnacht is that they are resplendent in their presentation and detail. It takes you back to the days of old vinyl where you had something of quality to read or browse as the music unfolded before you.  And boy does the music unfold.  21 tracks that display…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 8, 2014 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - John O' Shea / Irish Guitar

It is rare to encounter a traditional guitar album that has the ability to free itself from some of the constraints that are normally associated with fingerstyle guitar. This album simply called Irish Guitar has managed to do that and in the process John O'Shea has succeeded in combining sensitive and emotive styles of playing with grittier…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 3, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album Review - The Trí-Tones

This debut excels with tight, carefully crafted and exceptionally well played traditional music. Its outlook is modern with a vibrant interplay between the three musicians also finely balanced. Stephen Rooney, Tara Breen and Conor Moriarty make up the trio with guests Sean Óg Graham and…

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Added by Tradconnect Reviews on December 1, 2014 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

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