TradConnect's Blog – January 2014 Archive (44)

Seán Tyrrell's Fund It Campaign ( 6 days to go )

Seán Tyrrell has found new inspiration in some older songs, and plans to record them this spring.  It will feature many old standards that he previously would have viewed as not reflective of modern Ireland. We are talking about songs like Galway Bay, Danny Boy and the Black Velvet Band.  You could probably pick out another dozen.  Yes they have been sung to death over the years, but still somehow…
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Added by TradConnect on January 16, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Skippers Alley - New Track from their debut EP

We covered Skippers Alley and their 4 track EP late in 2013.  They are a new group of musicians that have come together with some ideas and a bunch of tunes and songs. Its straight and contemporary traditional, mixed in with some folk elements. When we did our …

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Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Introducing Accordion Samurai featuring David Munnelly

Accordion Samarui was an recording that we were planning to review in 2013.  We had a Dropbox link to the album but it disappeared somehow.  On the basis of the tracks below taken from the album and released just yesterday we missed out on something rather good.…

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Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Patsy Reid - The Brightest Path - Playlist

Here is a playlist of tracks from the new album by Patsy Reid. The album was released in February 24th and is called "The Brightest Path". Patsy Reid is from Knapp in Perthshire.  She has released a number of albums over the years including her debut "With Compliments" in 2002, "Bridging The Gap" in 2008 and a live recording with Mhairi Hall in…

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Added by TradConnect on January 14, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Best New Trad Music Playlist # 11

This is a selection of the best tracks that we have discovered on Soundcloud over the last week or so.  Some have been featured on the site and some not. 

Follow us on Soundcloud and we will discover your music.Tradconnect on…

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Added by TradConnect on January 14, 2014 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

First Listen : Sounds and background on "The Quarter Mile "

The Quarter Mile consists of members Ger Furlong ( Guitar & vocals ), Anne Marie Furlong ( bodhrán & vocals ) and Colm Keane ( fiddle & vocals ).  In wondering where the name…
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Added by TradConnect on January 13, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Ryan Kelly and Neil Byrne - "Acoustic by Candlelight" Tour 2014 + Win Copy of album

Celtic Thunder's Ryan Kelly and Neil Byrne are bringing their "Acoustic by Candlelight" show on tour during January and February 2014.  Ryan Kelly from the Moy, County Tyrone and Neil Byrne from Bray, County Wicklow have been performing their live show together called "Acoustic by Candlelight" for two years and…
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Added by TradConnect on January 13, 2014 at 9:00 — 5 Comments

Something different for Sunday morning. Emma Ni Fhioruisce "Níos Fearr le Chéile" ( Jack Johnson )

Something a bit different for your Sunday morning listening pleasure.  According to her Soundcloud page Emma Ni Fhioruisce "translates classics and chart songs from English to Irish and sings traditional Irish music also". Here she sings Jack Johnson's "Better Together." She is from "Gweedore and is influenced by both local traditional…

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

Track of the Week : Pádraig Rynne / May's Smile

A taster from the Notify album by Pádraig Rynne that will be launched in earnest in January/February this year. For Notify, Pádraig teamed up with Tyler Duncan, Michael Shimmin and Joe Dart who were part of the Olllam project in 2012. If you liked the Olllam then you will love this.  11 tracks of progressive traditional…

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

The Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads : A Kickstarter Campaign

The following is the introduction from Kevin Ferguson's Kickstarter Campaign to raise €98,000 to complete a film on the historic Catskills summer resort and it impact in Irish-American life. 

"My name is Kevin Ferguson and I’m the director of ‘The Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads,” a full-length documentary on a place in time…

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

Leonard Barry - New Road - new track released 10th September

The Limerick Lasses/Johnny McGoohans is a newly released track from the 2013 piping album by Leonard Barry called New Road.

This is Leonard's…

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Added by TradConnect on January 8, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

New track from Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones

One group that we have not featured recently on Tradconnect is Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones.  We did however do a review of Demaris Woods solo banjo album called With a Banjo on My Knee in 2012.  She…

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Added by TradConnect on January 8, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Introducing new group Tonnta Ceoil from North Clare

Tonnta Ceoil which means waves of music, is a new group from North Clare that will release their debut album on 20th April 2013 in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co. Clare. This video is taken from the excellent series of video interviews…

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Added by TradConnect on January 7, 2014 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Arts Council January Newsletter

The following is the January newsletter as issued by the Arts Council.…

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Added by TradConnect on January 7, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill to play Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill are back in Dublin for a concert at The Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire Dublin.  Never before have two musicians raised the profile of the Irish tradition and Clare music in particular, like Martin and Dennis. They met in Chicago in the 1980's where they formed a…
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Added by TradConnect on January 6, 2014 at 12:19 — No Comments

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill to play Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill are back in Dublin for a concert at The Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire Dublin.  Never before have two musicians raised the profile of the Irish tradition and Clare music in particular, like Martin and Dennis. They met in Chicago in the 1980's…
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Added by TradConnect on January 6, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Winners of Scots Trad Music Awards 2013

The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards celebrated its 11th year in style in December with a glittering awards ceremony which was the biggest and best yet!

Broadcasted live on BBC ALBA, the awards-…

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Added by TradConnect on January 6, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

6 Unmissable Acts at Temple Bar Trad Festival, 22nd - 26th January 2014

T he Temple Bar Trad Festival kicks off the new year on 22nd January and runs until 26th January 2014.  There will be over 200 events taking place in the heart of Dublin City.  It will also be a family friendly festival with lots to keep the kids happy as well. Here are 6 traditional Acts that…
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Added by TradConnect on January 5, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

A Classic in the Making - Peter Carberry & Pádraig McGovern's Forgotten Gems

Forgotten Gems is one of those quiet unassuming albums that will go down as a classic of its time. The title refers to the tunes, but will very easily refer to the album, should anyone forget it.  We haven't done a full review yet and will do so shortly.  Daniel Neely in a recent article in The Irish Echo said…

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Added by TradConnect on January 5, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

New track from Colleen Raney's "Here This Is Home" album - The Cruel Brother

Colleen Raney has released a couple of track from her outstanding album called Here This Is Home.  This track is called The Cruel Brother and Colleen learned it from the singing of Maeve MacKinnon. …

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Added by TradConnect on January 4, 2014 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

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