TradConnect's Blog – April 2014 Archive (37)

Live Review : The New Leitrim Equation is a Breath of Fresh Air by Shane Meehan

The new Leitrim Equation is a breath of fresh air. What makes this Leitrim Equation residency stand out is that the four members are all from Leitrim. Each member – Eleanor Shanley, John McCartin, Padraig McGovern and Dave Sheridan – possess great personality. At the launch last Wednesday in the Dock, Carrick on Shannon, it…

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Added by TradConnect on April 30, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Leitrim County Council launches Leitrim Equation 4 Traditional Music Residency

Following on from the three previous very successful Leitrim Equation Residencies, the most recent of which comprised Dónal Lunny, John Carty & Séamus Begley, the county is now prepares to welcome the fourth group to take up the role of Leitrim Equation traditional musicians in residence.…



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Added by TradConnect on April 29, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

"Official Online Album Release" - Aoife Granville / Sáimhín Só

Welcome to the Tradconnect Official Album Launch series.  For members and readers this series of articles will introduce you to a new traditional album for the first time. We are working with artists to bring a little bit more excitement to the “online launch”.  The first time you share a track from a new…

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Added by TradConnect on April 28, 2014 at 19:00 — 4 Comments

2 new tracks from Portherhead's debut album

Galway based band Portherhead released their debut album this summer.  They describe their sound as traditional Irish music with a touch of blues, and we came across these tracks via twitter.  They have a pretty tight sound that is more traditional than blues it must be said.  They came together in 2011 and the band consists…

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Added by TradConnect on April 27, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

A trio of album launches next week - Aoife Granville, Goitse and ALDOC

Next week we will have a trio of album launches on Tradconnect.  Aoife Granville will release her new album Sáimhin Só on Tuesday 29th April 2014. The album features a number of new compositions by present day musicians including Joanie Madden, Caitlín NicGabhann, Billy…
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Added by TradConnect on April 27, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week - I Draw Slow / Valentine

We are venturing ever so slightly off the trad road with this track of the week, but when the music is this good, you gotta say something.  They are Irish but in the more bluegrass / old-time mold and their new album ( which we have and will review ) is worth a listen. Its a must have and has been getting great reviews.  This track is…

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Added by TradConnect on April 26, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Irish - Top 10 Traditional Albums - April 2014

Check out our Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums at the moment with audio where they are available to us. Naomh Pádraig Céilí Band this month take the top spot with their 3 In A Row album. Some new entrants this month with Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello also included.

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

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Added by TradConnect on April 24, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Best New Trad Playlist #13

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 April 22, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Traditional/Celtic Music Festivals - May & June 2014

With the festival season upon us here are a list of the Irish festivals taking place in May and June 2014.  If you know of others that are not listed below simply add a comment below and we will update this list. 

For a full list of festivals throughout the year visit our…

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Added by TradConnect on April 21, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

The Trad Albums of 2014......so far

Here is a selection of tracks that we have gathered up from this years traditional album releases so far this year. If you know of other albums ( especially those with a Soundcloud link ) then simply add a comment to this blog below.…

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

Gradam Ceoil Traditional Irish Music Awards - Easter Sunday 20th - TG4 at 21.30

On Easter Sunday night at 9.30 pm TG4 will broadcast the Gradam Ceoil Traditional Irish Music Awards for 2014.  It’s the highlight of the traditional music calendar and will feature a broad range of musical talent performing for one night only in front of a packed University Concert Hall in Limerick.  The concert was recorded last…

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Added by TradConnect on April 19, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week :Louise Mulcahy / The Cabin Hunter / Jim Kennedy's Favourite

This week's Track of the Week goes to Louise Mulcahy and is taken from her solo album Tuning the Road.  We launched the album last week on Tradconnect and in one week it has gained 2,100 views which is quite impressive. The album features 14 tracks of inspired traditional music that demonstrates her…

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Added by TradConnect on April 18, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

USA Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums - April 2014

Check out the USA top 10 selling traditional albums at the moment. In the No.1 spot this month is Paddy Homan with his new album The Hard Way Home.  It features a blend of traditional Irish and contemporary songs.  Its his second album and is produced by Dennis Cahill.  Lots of great traditional albums from last year as well.

Check out the attached and…

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Added by TradConnect on April 18, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

New Uilleann Piping album from Jimmy O' Brien Moran - Take Me Tender

This is an album that has not been getting much coverage. We are trying to get a track from it, so for now visit Jimmy's website.  Take Me Tender is the new CD from Jimmy O'Brien Moran. It is a tribute to the music of Paddy Conneely, a blind piper who lived in Galway. The darling of his age, Conneely gained…

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Added by TradConnect on April 17, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Ensemble Ériu - Live concert Dublin Unitarian Church, 2nd November 2014

Ensemble Ériu will play their biggest concert to date in the beautiful surroundings of the Dublin Unitarian Church. They released their debut album late last year, and we covered it here on Tradconnect.  According to their Facebook page…
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Added by TradConnect on April 17, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Jimmy Keane & Pat Broaders "bohola" concert on 19th April on Concert Window

bohola featuring Jimmy Keane and Pat Broaders have announced a live online concert on the Concert Window platform.  It will take place on 19th April at 9pm EDT, 8pm CDT or 2am GMT. In a recent press release Jimmy thanks his many fans for their support and as part of their 15th Anniversary…

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Added by TradConnect on April 16, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

New album release from Poitín called "Wish"

Poitín featuring Tradconnect member Jeremy King on vocals and bodhrán have just released a new album called Wish. They play Celtic/ Breton music and the album is a mixture of traditional and songs. Included below is a sample track…

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Added by TradConnect on April 15, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Competition : Win a copy of "Forgotten Gems" by Peter Carberry & Pádraig McGovern

Here is your chance to pick up a free copy of one of last years best traditional albums.  It's 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.  Daniel Neely in a recent article in The Irish Echo said of the…

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Added by TradConnect on April 14, 2014 at 9:00 — 12 Comments

John Carty on the new Michael Mc Cague album "The Waylaid Man" + new sound samples

On 31st March we did an Official Album Launch on Michael Mc Cagues the The Waylaid Man which you can read here. It has received close to 1,000 views at this stage and is part of an ongoing series…

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Added by TradConnect on April 13, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Matt & Shannon Heaton / Gallant Hussar

This weeks track of the week is taken from Tell You In Earnest by Matt & Shannon Heaton.  Last week we had the official launch of their album on Tradconnect and gave everyone their…

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Added by TradConnect on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

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