TradConnect's Blog – January 2014 Archive (44)

Top 10 Traditional Tracks of the Week

We are now receiving a steady stream of new tracks, old tracks and demo's through from members on Tradconnect and will try and feature the best of what we get.  This includes tracks that come into our news stream on Soundcloud.  If you have a new track on release simply email us and follow us on Soundcloud.  We should then be able to pick up on your…

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Added by TradConnect on January 31, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Win a copy of "Sheear" by Manx Gaelic singer Ruth Keggin

One of our goals for 2014 is to cover some more music from our Celtic cousins, and Ruth Keggin a Manx Gaelic singer from the Isle of Man with a new album on release fits nicely into that category. She will be releasing her debut solo album 'Sheear' (Westward) on 15th February 2014. It has already received airplay on…
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Added by TradConnect on January 31, 2014 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

New "Alan Kelly Gang" album to be released + US Tour starts 28th February

The Alan Kelly Gang have announced that they are back in the studio recording a follow up to their very impressive 2012 release Small Towns and Famous Nights.  We reviewed it at the…

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Added by TradConnect on January 30, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Tunes from Tom Delany & Caroline Keane's Framework EP

In our rush to cover albums in 2013 we missed out on a few EP's that were very worthy of comment.  One such EP was Framework by Tom Delany and Caroline Keane. 

A TG4 video featuring one of the tracks from that EP has just been…

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Added by TradConnect on January 30, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

UK - Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums - January 2014

Check out our Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums at the moment in the UK. This month The Outside Track with their Flash Company album from 2012 take the top spot.  A new entrant is Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke and their self titled album, with a new previously unreleased sound file added below. Leonard Barry's New Road album also features again.

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Added by TradConnect on January 29, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Little Sea Podcasts by Colleen Raney & Hanz Araki ( Podcast 3 added )

Little Sea Records is an independent record label in Portland, Oregon that has been set up by Tradconnect regulars Colleen Raney and Hanz Azaki.  We write repeatedly about artists being interesting and sharing some of the music that has inspired them down through the…

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Added by TradConnect on January 28, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Top 10 Irish Traditional Album Covers of 2013

Album cover design has made a bit of a resurgence of late.  Covers are getting smarter, more sophisticated, brighter, cooler.  Anyone who remembers buying the old LP's will also remember the covers that had impact, that made a statement.…
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Added by TradConnect on January 27, 2014 at 9:30 — 11 Comments

Competition : Win a copy of of Shane McAleer's " Long Time No See"

Shane McAleer made a return to the limelight in 2013 with a new album called Long Time No See.  We did a review and described it as a "mellowed out affair with some outstanding music played to the backdrop of Eamon Mc Elholm on guitars, keyboard and cello, Eamon Murray on Bodhrán and Ryan O' Donnell on…
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Added by TradConnect on January 26, 2014 at 12:00 — 11 Comments

Introducing Northern Irish Band "Athrú"

Picking up on some new artists Athrú are a 5 piece contemporary Irish trad band that released an EP last year and the tracks below are taken from it.  They "draw upon influences from Northern Ireland and beyond" according to their Facebook page producing music that is "dynamic and fresh."  They have started to build quite a following and…

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Added by TradConnect on January 26, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Noel Battle & Roisin Broderick - Street Player /Cul Fada

It's not too often that you hear concertina and harmonica together so this week we are featuring a track by Noel Battle and Roisin Broderick called Street Player/Cul Fada/Limerick Lasses.  It's taken from their debut album called Up and About in the Morning which we will be reviewing next week.  Noel and Roisin met up on a…

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Added by TradConnect on January 25, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Talkin' Trad : The Teatotallers on WTJU radio

We understand that the Teetotallers will be releasing an album early in 2014.  Here is an interesting studio interview that they carried out with the radio station WTJU in Charlottesville, USA  a while back.  It was part of their US tour at the time and they play a few tunes and talk about their music and formation.  John Doyle also sings…

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Added by TradConnect on January 24, 2014 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Album Review - Peter Carberry & Pádraig McGovern / Forgotten Gems

From the opening notes of Joe Kilmurray's slip jig you know you are in the twilight zone of traditional music.  Accordionist Peter Carberry and piper Pádraig McGovern have moulded from their intuition and respect for the music, one of the year’s best albums.  Peter's accordion playing is mellow and…

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Added by TradConnect on January 23, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

Commemorating The Battle of Clontarf - Temple Bar Trad Fest - Friday 24th January

Deep End of the Ford are an "avant-garde improvisatory compositional collective whose interest in Old-Irish mythology and the oral prose tradition of pre-Christian Ireland is synonymous with their development as an improvisatory collective".

On Friday…

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Added by TradConnect on January 23, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Irish - Top Ten Traditional Irish Albums - January 2014

Check out our Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums at the moment. There are a number of new entrants this month with Peter Carberry & Pádraig McGovern's Forgotten Gems taking the top spot.  John Blake, The Gloaming and Pádraig Rynne also enter the Top 10.  

Check out the attached and see how many you have in your collection. Lots of great music.

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Added by TradConnect on January 20, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Celtic Colours Live 2013 - Samples from the Album

Hot on the heels of another very successful event, the Celtic Colours International Festival is releasing a compilation album of music recorded live during the 2013 festival. They have professionally recorded ten concerts in their entirety last October. The production team then sifted through nearly 27 hours of fantastic music…

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Added by TradConnect on January 20, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Celebrating The Gloaming debut album....released 21st January 2014

In celebration of The Gloaming debut album to be released on 21st January.  Magnificent music that should be watched in full.  It don't get much better.

Added by TradConnect on January 19, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

First Listen : The Friel Sisters debut album

We have just received this album by The Friel Sisters and it features our track of the week which is the Humours of Ballyloughlin/Rakes of Clonmel/The Kilkenny Jig.  The press release states that the album was "recorded in the summer of 2013 and  hosts a mixture of tunes and song with guest musicians Gearóid Mooney and…

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Added by TradConnect on January 18, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Notes from the Road : Goitse in China

Hi Everyone.  We would like to wish all of you a very happy new year and hope that you have had a great start to 2014. Today we reached the four week mark on our Chinese  tour which started before Christmas on the 18th of December. We all missed being at home for arguably the best time of the year but having the chance to see China and play some gigs was…

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Added by TradConnect on January 18, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Musicians from Leonard Barry's New Road album form new group.

We covered Leonard Barry's New Road album from last year on Tradconnect.  According to a press release from Conor Byrne the success of this collaborative album featuring as it did many Sligo based players has…

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Added by TradConnect on January 17, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

The Olllam January Tour 2014

Trance-like melodies, stunning instrumental virtuosity and a magical marriage of tradition and technology, somewhere between Plaid and Planxty: Trad meets Tortoise with the ambient emotionalism of Nick Drake or Explosions in the Sky: in January the olllam make their long-awaited debut appearances in England and…

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Added by TradConnect on January 16, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

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