TradConnect's Blog – February 2012 Archive (28)

Come on Members - Get Blogging

We are trying to encourage as many members as possible to get blogging and let us know what's happening in your world.

We have a global audience here on TradConnect and it is great to discover new talent, new perspectives on this great tradition, things that are happening for you etc. In addition for our professional musician members why not promote yourself and your…


Added by TradConnect on February 28, 2012 at 18:14 — No Comments

What's Hup! Dylan. Dylan Foley in the spotlight

His new album is going down a storm and he is as busy as ever as we enter festival season. Its always a pleasure to come across talent like this. 

As a fiddler Dylan Foley is one great musician. A 3-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Dylan was a student of the great Rose…


Added by TradConnect on February 28, 2012 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Album Release - Danny O' Mahony / In Retrospect

Danny O’ Mahony is a traditional button accordionist from Ballyduff in North County Kerry, recognised for his unique and virtuosic style of solo playing. In 2011, Danny released his long awaited and highly acclaimed debut solo recording ‘In Retrospect’. This album features Danny playing alongside Patsy Broderick on piano, Cyril O’ Donoghue on bouzouki and Johnny ‘Ringo’…


Added by TradConnect on February 28, 2012 at 7:14 — 1 Comment

Andy Irvine at The Grand Social 28th February 2012

Following a successful Autumn/winter season, the Liffey Banks Sessions starts 2012 off  with great pride with one of the most respected current folk singers, the acclaimed Andy Irvine. Founder member of legendary bands including Sweeney’s Men, Planxty and Patrick Street, Andy continues to pursue new combinations and styles of…


Added by TradConnect on February 28, 2012 at 7:11 — No Comments

Tommy Makem Recieves Nomination for Irish American Hall of Fame

Tommy Makem has recieved a nomination for the American Hall of Fame.

Called "The Bard of Armagh" and widely considered the Godfather of Irish Music.  Born in Keady, County Armagh, emigrated to the U.S. in 1955 before settling in Dover, New Hampshire. Tommy Makem was an ambassador of Irish music and storytelling and poetry. He brought his knowledge, love and wit of these…


Added by TradConnect on February 26, 2012 at 11:23 — No Comments

Dempsey's Beautiful People Documentary Due for Screening

"Not expecting anything but a few hours of mingling at the post screening party of our last film, Welcome To Academia, I walked into Dempsey's Pub on Second Avenue and was struck immediately by its dreamlike atmosphere. It looked and felt just right for a project that had been buried in my sub conscious for a while. I felt like I had stepped…


Added by TradConnect on February 19, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

New Station set to Revolutionise the Music Industry & Arts in Ireland

A new project which is set to rejuvenate The Arts industry in Ireland kicked off with a mass meeting this month  at The Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

The project, entitled ‘A Time For Change’, will be a National Radio Station, Demo Recording Studio, Art Gallery, Video Studio and Website, located in the center of Ireland.

The brainchild of several Musicians & Artists, ‘A Time For Change’ will be dedicated to showcasing and promoting unsigned Irish…


Added by TradConnect on February 19, 2012 at 14:53 — No Comments

Best of luck to Lilt, up for two awards in tomorrow nights Wammies

Best of luck to Tradconnect members Lilt who are up for two nominations in tomorrow nights Wammies, both as a Duo/Group as well as for Traditional Recording for their album Onward which we have just …


Added by TradConnect on February 18, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

John Carthy Live UCD TONIGHT, 16th February 2012

Don't forget that the master of fiddle himself John Carty plays in UCD, Dublin on Thursday 16th. Don't pass up the opportunity.

There is no doubt that John  can be described as one of our greatest living traditional musicians on the circuit at the moment. His roots go back a long way from an upbringing in London where he was born and where he began his musical…


Added by TradConnect on February 15, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments

Manchester concert in aid of Michael Davitt film

A special traditional Irish music concert in aid of a film on Michael Davitt will be held on Friday, March 2, at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester. The film, which will cover the life and times of Mayo’s most famous son and leader of the Land League, is the brainchild of Irish musician Donal Maguire and film maker Paul Vernon Lydiate. The special concert, which…


Added by TradConnect on February 15, 2012 at 12:44 — No Comments

The Chieftains instruments travel to Space

With St Patricks day approaching again it is worth looking again at this great video. Irish-American astronaut Cady Coleman has not forgotten her Emerald Isle roots, the NASA astronaut marked St. Patrick's Day in space by playing a solo on Paddy Moloney's pennywhistle and Matt Molloy's 100-year-old Irish flute. When she launched toward the space station in December on a…


Added by TradConnect on February 15, 2012 at 12:17 — 1 Comment

Next Up at the Harcourt Sessions - Guidewires 27th February 2012

Following a fantastic launch of their new season of gigs at the Harcourt with Paddy Keenan and friends on 13th February, next up we have Guidewires.

With their high-energy performances, breathtaking arrangements and their infectious melodies, its no wonder that this band are being described as "The freshest sound in Irish music".

With four members…


Added by TradConnect on February 14, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Album Release - Carrying The Tune / Kevin Crawford

It's great to have Kevin Crawford on board on TradConnect and it's even better news to know that he has a brand new album out this month. Kevin’s musical output has been outstanding over the years, showing a mastery…


Added by TradConnect on February 12, 2012 at 0:00 — No Comments

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh music festival kicks off 15th - 19th February

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh is a 5 day Traditional Music School paying particular attention to the music, style and of the Corca Dhuibhne peninsula in Co. Kerry, Ireland. The next Scoil Cheoil will run from Wednesday the 15th to Sunday the 19th of February, 2012. We hold about 25 classes in a wide range of instruments as well as sean-nós singing workshops and a sean-nós dance…


Added by TradConnect on February 11, 2012 at 19:24 — No Comments

Altan's New Album Due For Release Feb 28th

For all Altan fans the good news is that their new album, The Poison Glen will be released on February 28th 2012.

Over those years they have established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the World stage. The Boston Globe has described them as “The hottest group in the Celtic realm!” Altan have toured all…


Added by TradConnect on February 11, 2012 at 19:05 — No Comments

Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle - Len Graham Workshop 11th February 2012

Workshop 11th February 2012. 2-4pm. County Antrim born, Len Graham has been a full-time professional traditional singer since 1982.  From the early 1960s Len sought out and recorded older singers such as Eddie Butcher and Joe Holmes. His musical friendship with Joe Holmes resulted in two albums being recorded. As a founder member of the group Skylark in 1986…


Added by TradConnect on February 9, 2012 at 10:47 — No Comments

Paddy Keenan - Irish Tour Continues Hardcourt Hotel TONIGHT 13th February 2012

A quick reminder that Paddy Keenan continues his Irish tour this Monday at the Hardcourt. Event details were pasted here. To many Paddy is a ledgend and he has a very devoted…


Added by TradConnect on February 8, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

Ceílí House Live in Concert - 17th March 2012. NCH

Get in early and get your tickets for St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy a traditional evening of the best of Irish music and song this St. Patrick’s Day with Céilí House live in the regal setting of our National Concert Hall.  The stellar line-up will be a magnificent showcase of the many exciting practices alive in traditional music today.  The Voice Squad will impress with their…


Added by TradConnect on February 7, 2012 at 9:46 — No Comments

Top Ten Traditional Albums - January 2012

1.The Shores of Lough Graney

P.J. Hayes and Martin Hayes accompanied by Mark Gregory and Dennis Cahill

2. Deadly Buzz

Mick O' Brien and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh

3. Na Fir…


Added by TradConnect on February 7, 2012 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Liz Carroll "Collected" now on sale

For fans of Liz Carroll and I know there are many out there you wll be glad to know that her long-awaited book of original compositions is now available for purchase. Published originally by Liz in 2010 she has had  launches at major music festivals throughout 2010 and 2011. It's now available only through her website…


Added by TradConnect on February 6, 2012 at 10:47 — No Comments

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