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Album Review - Aodán Coyne / If We Only Knew

Aodán Coyne has stepped out of the shadow of Socks in the Frying Pan to deliver a solo project with a fresh, clean sound.

His vocal and guitar work are impressive and the whistle and pipes of Sean McCarthy add an important layer to the arrangements. In addition John Bridge provides bass and Niall Preston…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on March 18, 2015 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Album Review - NoCrows / Waiting for The Tide

With an international line up and a world inspired mix of folk music, NoCrows are an undefinable and potent mix.  This confluence of disparate styles sets them apart from anyone else around. They deliver an eclectic mix of styles and music that is quite spectacular.  From the Russian Gypsy inspired Heyka to Waterboys fiddle virtuoso…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on March 15, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Album Review : Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch / Rolling On

The enduring appeal of Sliabh Luachra music is once again brought to light admirably by Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch on this their second recording together.  They released The Living Stream to critical acclaim in 2010 and this recording is built on the same solid foundation.  It’s called Rolling On, and it places clarity of expression very much to the fore…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on February 12, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Ian Carmichael - Ten Years On

This is a beautifully observed recording featuring the 5-String Banjo of Ian Carmichael, on a journey of exploration through the American, Irish and Scottish traditions. It moves through moments of full out swing with America on its mind, to reflections from the Scottish highlands and time spent in Ireland. Memories of old tunes return and are…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 29, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Qristina & Quinn Bachand / Little Hinges

There is a depth of inventiveness on Little Hinges by Qristina and Quinn Bachard that will raise their profile far beyond their Canadian homeland. Traditional tunes and songs are layered with an array of technical embellishments to give them a modern and funky setting. Artistically it excels by taking base material that…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 27, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

The Gathering Festival 2016 : An interview with Matt Cranitch who appears on 21st February

This year Matt Cranitch will once again appear with Jackie Daly at The Gathering Festival on 17th- 21st February 2016. He appeared last year and we interviewed him in connection with the festival, which we re-feature again.  

"The Gathering Traditional Music Festival takes place in Killarney,…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 22, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Album Review : Pádraig Rynne's Notify & Pauline Scanlon

Ambient melodies, traditional compositions and groovy beats with layers of electronic sounds.  This is Pádraig Rynne, his band Notify and Pauline Scanlon at their experimental best. This time it’s more refined, more observed and with its traditional core more intact.…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on January 12, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

Album Review - Dan Possumato / Tunes Inside

Tunes Inside is the new album by Dan Possumato and it is a rather joyous celebration of a long life in music. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he has moved around quite a bit over the years, ending up back in his hometown.  This is ‘bringing it all back home’ in many ways. The music is honest and authentic with a real session feel to it. The…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on November 13, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Album Review : Justin Bonar-Bridges / Truth Be Told

We covered this debut album earlier in the year when we spoke to Justin as part of an official online album launch. In the main, this is an album of solo fiddle music played with relaxed ease by a musician who was inspired by…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on October 28, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Rónán Regan and Irene Guckian /Drumshanbows

Rónán Regan and Irene Guckian must take great delight in the musical entwinement of their fiddles as they explore the music of Leitrim and the surrounding hinterland.  Their interest in this area has formed the basis of an MA thesis by Irene, with her research covering the South Leitrim and Longford area which is historically known as Conmhaicne.  They…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on October 24, 2014 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Four Star Trio / Magnetic South

Magnetic South by Four Star Trio is the second album by musicians Con Fada Ó Drisceoil, Johnny McCarthy and Pat “Herring” Ahern.  The music of Sliabh Luachra is centre stage as you can imagine. If you like your slides and polkas, then this group unravel a gem of an album that paints a vivid picture of the music, the area, and the people that inhabit it. As a listening…


Added by Tradconnect Reviews on October 21, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

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