TradConnect's Blog – January 2015 Archive (44)

New album "Irish Old Style" from Mike O' Laughlin

Mike O'Laughlin is a leading author and publisher of Irish genealogy and history. His love for Sean Nós singing is well known to anyone that reads these pages.  He has organised and performed in many Irish language shows in the midwest and is at the heart of The Irish Roots Cafe which mixes books, songs and blogs. In his liner notes to this, his second album of…

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Added by TradConnect on January 17, 2015 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

A Playlist of all 65 Songs in our Songwriter Showcase with Christy Moore

These are all the songs submitted as part of our Songwriters Showcase which is a collaboration with the legendary Christy Moore.  There are 65 songs in total, which is double the amount of entries that we expected to get.  Our goal with this showcase was to highlighted some of the great new writers and performers. We are honored to have Christy listening to this…

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Added by TradConnect on January 16, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Gathering Festival 2015 : A track from Dan Brouder and his album 'The Lark's Air'

We are compiling a playlist of artists that are appearing at The Gathering Festival on 18th-22nd February at the INEC and Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry.  

We had to include a track from this great 2012 album by Dan Brouder.  The Lark's Air is described by Dan as "an album…

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Added by TradConnect on January 16, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Tradconnect's : Top 10 Traditional Album Covers of 2014

This year we once again celebrate the increased level of detail that is going into the design of album covers.  From over 100 covers we have narrowed it down to what we consider the best 10 and have used an independent panel of members, unconnected with the artists, to give us their opinion. This award refers only to the cover and not to the overall liner notes or album package. …

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Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Zoë Conway talks about the new Féile Na Tána music festival - 4th February, Carlingford, Co. Louth

Getting a new festival funded and organised is always a demanding task and we spoke to Zoë Conway about the new Féile Na Tána festival that is now in its second year. The festival plans to bring the best of Irish traditional music to the heart of the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth. It starts on 4th February and features a very strong line up of artists. Zoë Conway and…

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Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Irish - Top 10 Traditional Albums - January 2015

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for January 2015.  Each month we feature the top 10 albums and write follow up articles and present sounds from all new releases. If you have a new album on release send us a copy to these contact details.

Why not also add a track to…

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Added by TradConnect on January 14, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

First Listen to Blackie O' Connell and Cyril O' Donoghue's album - Friars Green

This is Track 1 of the 2014 album 'Friars Green' by Blackie O' Connell and Cyril O' Donoghue.  Blackie provides some outline notes to the tunes in the liner notes.  

On this set he says.  'Friars Green is a tune composed by Carlow piper Ciarán Byrne. I've known Ciarán for a few years…

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Added by TradConnect on January 13, 2015 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Bernadette Morris - Playlist from 'All The Ways You Wander'

All The Ways You Wander was the debut album from Tyrone songstress Bernadette Morris.  It was one of the highlights of 2013 when it was released.  Its title is taken from the John Spillane song of the same name which is also included on the album. This is vintage Spillane indeed and Bernadette re-imagines it in her own individualistic way. Bernadette…

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Added by TradConnect on January 13, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Custy's Interview Series - Music Video #118 - Aíne Heslin

The Tunes Foundry is the new album from Co. Clare based flute player Áine Heslin.  On this video she talks about the album and her background in music growing up in Clare.  Aíne has been immersed in the music of west Clare from childhood and takes her musical  inspiration from the locality that has been so much a part of her life. Playing led to…

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Added by TradConnect on January 12, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Album Review : The Burren Backroom Series Vol.1

This live album is a compilation of performances from the renowned Burren pub in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts. Live albums of traditional music are a rare thing these days and this series, if they continue, will be a…

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Added by TradConnect on January 11, 2015 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Custy's Interview Series - Music Video #115 - Danny Diamond

This is video #115 in the Custys video series featuring Danny Diamond who talks about his background, influences and his new album Fiddle Music.  

Before this solo album, the fiddle music of Danny Diamond was hidden deep within the high energy music of Mórga as displayed on their recent 2013 …

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Added by TradConnect on January 10, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Competition : Win a copy of Caladh Nua's new album "Honest to Goodness"

Honest to Goodness is the new release by Waterford based band Caladh Nua.  It’s their third release since 2009 when their debut Happy Days was released to critical acclaim. They followed that debut in 2011…

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Added by TradConnect on January 10, 2015 at 10:00 — 12 Comments

Songs # 61 - 65 - Songwriter Showcase with Christy Moore

These are the final songs in this  Songwriters Showcase which is a collaboration with the legendary Christy Moore.  Providing an outlet for composers and writers is an essential goal of Tradconnect and it is hoped that this showcase has highlighted some great new writers and performers. We are honored to have Christy listening to this material and…

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Added by TradConnect on January 9, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

"Irish music is in safe hands with Cúig" including interview and exclusive track.

In the words of Gino Lupari of the much travelled Four Men and a Dog "Irish music is in safe hands with this new and exciting band.”  The band is Cúig and Gino states that they are “young musicians that are at the cutting edge of the music.  The band are Miceál Mullen (Banjo/Mandolin), Rónán Stewart (Fiddle/…

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Added by TradConnect on January 9, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Jimmy McHugh Memorial Concert celebrates 16 Years - 10th January 2015 - Glasgow

This year The Jimmy McHugh Concert Weekend enters its 16th year and takes place on 10th January 2015 at Woodside Halls in Glasgow. In this years brochure the organisers state that "Over fifteen glorious years, we have been able to bring the very finest of musicians from the world of Irish and Scottish traditional music to perform at The Jimmy McHugh…

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Added by TradConnect on January 8, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Announcing a new ‘folktronic’ collaboration – Pádraig Rynne's NOTIFY & Pauline Scanlon

At the crossroads of Traditional Irish Music and ambient electronica, collaborators PAULINE SCANLON & PÁDRAIG RYNNE with his band NOTIFY announce the release of an EP on January 16th and an Irish tour.  This specially commissioned touring project is the result of a 6 month writing collaboration to be…

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Added by TradConnect on January 8, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

New festival Féile na Tána for Carlingford and Cooley Peninsula, Co. Louth - 7th February 2015

A new festival called Féile na Tána starts on 7th February this year and plans to bring the best of Irish traditional music to the heart of the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth.

Artistic directors Zoë Conway and John Mc…

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Added by TradConnect on January 7, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Songs # 56 - 60 - Songwriter Showcase with Christy Moore

This Songwriters Showcase is a new collaboration with the legendary Christy Moore.  Providing an outlet for composers and writers is an essential goal of Tradconnect and it is hoped that this showcase will highlight some great new writers and performers. We are honored to have Christy listening to this material and giving his…

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Added by TradConnect on January 5, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Tradconnect : Top 10 Trad Videos of 2014

2014 saw a significant increase in the development of video as a way of supporting an artist, album or campaign.  

In recognition of that work we have been keeping track of videos that have come across our desk and have picked 10 that show some imagination and flair when it comes to this most powerful of art…

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Added by TradConnect on January 5, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Impressive duet album from Nathan Gourley & Laura Feddersen - Life is all Checkered

Life is all Checkered is the new duet album by Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen.  Its strapline reads 'Traditional Irish Music on Two Fiddles' and it is the surprise recording from the end of 2014. The US produced some great recordings last year and this is top of the pile.  It shows that new life exists within many an old…

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Added by TradConnect on January 3, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

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