TradConnect's Blog – March 2014 Archive (47)

Colleen Raney's "Here This is Home" - All Tracks

Colleen Raney has just released all the tracks from her album Here This is Home to stream on Soundcloud.We include them on a playlist below. The album herald's a development of her sound and reputation as one of America’s best traditional singers.

She recorded it in Dublin in the Summer of 2013 with production by Aidan…


Added by TradConnect on March 19, 2014 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Introducing the Tradconnect Online Album Launch

From next month we will be commencing a series of "Online Album Launches".  We have long held the belief that new albums deserve a little bit more of a fanfare when it comes online launches. Its an important moment when you share that first sound and introduce your fans to your new music.  Watching online activity we…

Added by TradConnect on March 19, 2014 at 10:00 — 2 Comments

First National Concertina Convention on 10th-12th April 2014 in Co.Clare

For lovers of all things concertina be aware that the first National Concertina Convention, will take place in Ennis, Co Clare on 10, 11 & 12 April.  According to their press release "Consairtín is a celebration of the concertina in traditional Irish music.…


Added by TradConnect on March 18, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

First Listen : East Lancashire band "Drop The Floor" debut release

East Lancashire band Drop The Floor have released their debut album called Raise The Roof.  They got together in 2012 having met on the busy session circuit in England's North West. "In late 2011, the four friends took a trip to Co. Clare as part of a larger collective of friends and musicians under the…


Added by TradConnect on March 17, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Top 10 Tracks of the Week

10 tracks that you should hear.  Compiled from our Soundcloud News Stream and from tracks sent to us during the week.  

Follow us on Soundcloud and we will pick up on your music.  …


Added by TradConnect on March 16, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Notes From The Road : "At First Light" Spring News

Well Spring has sprung and we thought we'd let you know what the band have been up to of late....

We recently featured on TG4's Geantrai na Nollaig, alongside some brilliant artists such as Dónal Lunny, Mairtín O'Connor, John Spillane, The High Kings, Zoe Conway and…

Added by TradConnect on March 15, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Trad Musicians - How to ensure more people see your Facebook posts

If as an artist you think that Facebook and their "Pages" are the solution to your marketing needs then you may need to think again.  Everything you post is not seen by the people that have Liked your page and this may be seriously undermining your marketing and promotion efforts. 

More people will engage with…

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

Win a Copy of Mórga's "For The Sake of Auld Decency" album

We have copy of Mórga's new album For The Sake of Auld Decency to give away to one lucky reader.  We reviewed the album in February and included the track below as part of the review. "They formed originally in 2008 and played and released an album before other projects impinged on their progress as a…

Added by TradConnect on March 13, 2014 at 16:00 — 4 Comments

Album Review : The Ultimate Guide To Irish Folk

The Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk is a new double CD compilation album produced by ARC Music Productions Ltd. In all 34 tracks are included with meticulous notes by music journalist John O' Regan. His insightful knowledge on such matter makes for very good reading in a very detailed 32 page booklet that is also…


Added by TradConnect on March 12, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Exclusive Offer: Win a "1 week Student Pass" worth $480 to Acadia Trad School - Maine, USA, for June 2014

We are delighted to announce that in association with the Acadia Trad School summer program in Bar Harbor, Maine ( USA) we have a 1 week Student Pass worth $480 to give…


Added by TradConnect on March 11, 2014 at 11:30 — 19 Comments

UK - Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums - March 2014

Check out our Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums at the moment in the UK. This month Leonard Barry with his New Road album from 2013 take the top spot.  A new entrant  is Dónal Clancy with his Songs of a Roving Blade album. John McEvoy and his Traditional Irish Fiddle album also make a welcome return.

Check out the attached and see how many you have in your…


Added by TradConnect on March 11, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Gradam Ceoil TG4 : Interview with Harry Bradley

One thing that can be said about Harry Bradley is his unyielding dedication to traditional music.  From his childhood in Belfast in the 70’s and 80’s when playing traditional music would have taken extra resolve compared with the present day,  he…


Added by TradConnect on March 10, 2014 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

New track from New York based girl band GIRSA

This is the new track taken from the upcoming EP to be issued by New York based group GIRSA. The EP will be called Just A Thought and the track is called Rocket to The Moon.  Its a blending of traditional and folk with a dash of pop for good measure. The song was written by Scottish group Runrig.  The seven female…


Added by TradConnect on March 10, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Cavan all set to enjoy main Nyah 2014 weekend

THE main events of Nyah 2014 take place this weekend with an action-packed programme of varied events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday that should get everyone in the right frame of mind for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations on Monday. Fleadhs may come and fleadhs may go, but Cavan’s long-running Nyah festival guarantees top cultural and musical events throughout the year,…


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

New video from At First Light - Live on RTE

Here is a new video of At First Light that featured on RTE at Christmas.  It features new member Ciara McCrickard on vocals singing Aird Uí Chuain.  Ciara is a native of Castlewellan in County Down and is steeped in the Ulster singing tradition.  The name At First Light came from an album released by ‘Lúnasa’ founders John McSherry…


Added by TradConnect on March 9, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Masters of Tradition USA Tour commences on 21st March 2014

Renowned Irish fiddler Martin Hayes is Artistic Director of the ensemble, inspired by the festival he curates each year in Bantry, Co. Cork. He is joined on stage by six of the most compelling artists in Irish music today.

“These are artists who have found their…


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

New York Session Listing - 27th September 2019

The following is a session listing for New York City.  It has been supplied via Maureen Donachie at and is a useful snapshot of some of the session and events taking place over the coming…


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

Arts Council of Ireland : Newsletter

The Arts Council’s strategic review is now underway and the steering group chaired by Terence O’Rourke, has already turned its attention to how dialogue with the arts sector and the wider public can best assist its deliberations and final report.

 To this…


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

In their own Words : Enda Seery on "Peace of the Countryside"

"My playing is not an awful lot different on this record, but there are definite changes to my style. I got to pick up a good few tips in Limerick when I met some of the greats like Mary Bergin, Sean Ryan, and Kevin Crawford, all truly brilliant musicians. I suppose I picked up various bits and pieces from them. …


Added by TradConnect on March 6, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

David Doocey releases new track from Changing Time album

David Doocey has released a new track from his Changing Time album from last year.  Its an album that has received critical acclaim and features Patrick and Kevin Doocey, Stephen and Kevin Doherty and Ryan Molloy.  They add significantly to the feel and atmosphere of the recording making it one of the best fiddle…


Added by TradConnect on March 6, 2014 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

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