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Navá - A magical exploration of the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia on Tapestry

The exploration of new traditional sounds continues apace with the release of Tapestry, a new collaboration by Navá, a group of young musicians who explore the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland…

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Added by TradConnect on December 7, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

Avenging and Bright by Damien O'Kane due for December 8th release

Commercial: Last year, Damien O’Kane’s ground-breaking, highly acclaimed album Areas of High Traffic was not surprisingly nominated for Album of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Radical and revelatory, Damien’s first album in five…

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Added by TradConnect on December 7, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Notes From The Road : Kíla - December 2017 News

A Chairde. We have just announced dates for our December tour around Ireland!! Details are below.

Pota Óir (Pot of Gold)

And we have exciting news! We hope to have an hour long film by maestro director, Anthony White with us on the road as a dvd. There's a certain need for stars to align with this but so far we're all on…

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Added by TradConnect on December 5, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Niamh Parsons, Ciarán Tourish, Liam Kelly & John Doyle on Tour - January 2018

Time to come in from the cold and gather round as four leading lights of Irish trad join forces in what promises to be an unforgettable tour. At the forefront of the Irish music scene for over 25 years, they’ve performed in every corner of the globe. Leading the charge is Arcady’s Niamh Parsons, a peerless balladeer with one of the most distinctive…

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Added by TradConnect on November 29, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

Exclusive listen to a track from Scáthanna by Fíona Nic Conmara and Tim Doyle

Dublin duo Tim Doyle and Fíona Nic Conmara have released their debut album ‘Scáthanna’; an album of traditional Irish music on fiddle and concertina, with tracks featuring the uilleann pipes and tin whistle.

The album features a wide variety of traditional dance music…

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Added by TradConnect on November 23, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Listen to a stream of the new Christy Moore album 'On The Road"

You can now listen to a live stream of Christy Moore's new album called On The Road on Spotify with an embed included below. In a recent post on his website Christy said "I’m happy to announce that the double CD “On The Road” will be released next Friday, November 17th. It features new live recordings of the most…

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Added by TradConnect on November 20, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Ye Vagabonds announce album launch tour

Carlow brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, who form Ye Vagabonds, released their highly anticipated debut album last month, on their own label: Inglenook Records. Following sold out album launch shows in Dublin and Carlow in October, and a brief jaunt in Sydney with Culture Ireland, where they performed for…

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Added by TradConnect on November 17, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Traditional music video of the year 2017 from Event Horizon?

Could this be the traditional music video of the year for 2017? The creative force behind this video and track is Austrian whistle player and piper Geza Frank and French guitarist Jean Damei, both of whom are graduates from the University of Limerick.

The project is called ‘Event Horizon’ and…

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Added by TradConnect on November 16, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

New album and tour from Fermanagh duo Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland - November 2017

Originally from Belleek in Co. Fermanagh, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Fil Campbell has been a performing musician and singer since she was a teenager. She was brought up on the folk songs and music that was popular around the localities and townland's of Fermanagh and Donegal.  

Since the 90's Fil and her…

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Added by TradConnect on November 12, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

Get your 'Eyes on Pluto' with this great new Moxie single

Moxie are back on tour and have just released a new single called Eyes on Pluto. Their music, "deeply inspired and shaped by the surroundings of their home in the West of Ireland is merged with progressive, world and jazz influences making for a truly heady and distinctive sound. It is evident once again on this track and you…

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Added by TradConnect on November 8, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Powerful and expressive playing from Calum Stewart on 'Tales from the North'

Tales from the North is the much-anticipated new album from leading uilleann piper Calum Stewart. Inspired by his upbringing in Garmouth in the North of Scotland, the new album celebrates the legends, landscapes, adventures and people that all played an integral part in his childhood.…

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Added by TradConnect on November 8, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Song of the Week : Lankum / The Granite Gaze (7 November 2017)

Buoyed by the success of their debut EP Rose & Briar in 2015, and continuing support from respected musicians like Lisa Hannigan, Roy Harper and Glen Hansard; brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, who form Ye Vagabonds, have just released their debut album on Inglenook Records.

The first single from the album “…

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Added by TradConnect on November 7, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Death of the traditional album - NOTIFY abandon album format for individual digital tracks

The traditional album format is dead. NOTIFY, an Irish based instrumental ensemble featuring well-known concertina player Pádraig Rynne, Cillian King, Eoin Walsh, Davie Ryan and Cormac McCarthy have come to the realisation that the album format is no longer viable.

“We have decided not to release albums any…

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Added by TradConnect on November 7, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Armagh will be filled with the sounds of northern Spain - William Kennedy Piping Festival 16th November

The centre of Armagh will be filled with the sounds of northern Spain on Saturday 18 November, when a 22-strong pipe band from Asturias performs outside the Market Place Theatre.  The Asturian bagpipe, the gaita, has often…

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Added by TradConnect on November 7, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

The 'free-spirited, unadorned glory' of Falkenau and Ullman on 'I Can Hear You Calling'

Acclaimed fiddle player Anna Falkenau and five-string banjo virtuoso Lena Ullman have just released their new album "I Can Hear You Calling," with a launch taking place on November 12th at …

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Added by TradConnect on November 5, 2017 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

First listen to the new album by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh - Foxglove & Fuschia

This is a first listen to the new album by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh called Foxglove & Fuschia. After over 13 years with Irish traditional group Danú she has been back into the studio and this new release can be streamed by following this link.…

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Added by TradConnect on November 5, 2017 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

The Irish Memory Orchestra - breaking down musical boundaries

Via RTE CulturePaul O’Connor writes for RTÉ Culture about The Irish Memory Orchestra, a unique musical endeavour from composer Dave Flynn.

Imagine a large orchestra made up of talented musicians producing a powerful and thrilling sound with all the…

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Added by TradConnect on November 2, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week : Luke Deaton and Jayne Pomplas / The Harp & Shamrock

Dublin and New York unite on a new box and fiddle album called 'Mind will Never Be Easy', by Luke Deaton and Jayne Pomplas. The recording also features Brian Mooney on Bouzouki and Jack Talty on piano. It was recorded by Jack Talty in his studio in Lissycasey, Co. Clare.



Luke is a native Dubliner who grew up in Windy Arbour. He studied…

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Added by TradConnect on October 29, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

This is Julie Fowlis.. a new Spotify playlist

This is Julie Fowlis. This playlist has been added to Spotify by Julie herself, as an introduction to her music. In a Facebook post she said: "Today's news - my back catalogue is now finally available on Spotify. I'll be making some playlists in the weeks to come but to start with I have selected 90 minutes of my own music as an intro to who I am for those who don't know…

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Added by TradConnect on October 26, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat to live stream this years concerts

This year the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat will be live streaming their instructor concerts in a new move that is sure to gain interest.  They will stream the concerts live from the Chapel at Camp Hoblitzelle each night of the retreat featuring some of the top performers in the Irish music tradition.  And if you are unable to watch…

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Added by TradConnect on October 20, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

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