TradConnect's Blog – June 2015 Archive (38)

Rediscovering the songs and melodies of John Matheson - Laura MacKenzie / From Uig to Duluth

This is a first listen to a track from a beautiful new collection of songs that have been compiled by Laura MacKenzie.  Laura has been recognised as a Master Folk Artist in Minnesota where she lives and performs. Prior to this she released two recordings "Evidence" and "Laura and The Lads". This recording…


Added by TradConnect on June 16, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

First Listen to 'Skorsa:The Riddle of the Earth' by Susan Grace Bates

This is the first listen to a track from the debut album by Susan Grace Bates who is a multi-instrumentalist from Co. Antrim. The album is called Skorsa: The Riddle of the Earth and is a mix of traditional and contemporary tunes from Ireland and Scotland.  It also includes a number of original compositions.  Guests…


Added by TradConnect on June 15, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Festival Guide for June and July 2015

Find detailed below a list of festival taking place in Ireland and beyond throughout the months of June and July 2015. 

To assist us and our members please comment on this blog with any festival that has been omitted.  

This will allow us to update it year on year as the most complete festival listing around.  

You can also see our 2015…


Added by TradConnect on June 15, 2015 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Track of the Week : Breaking Trad / Spike Island Lassies

Our track of the week for the second week running with 270 plays is by Breaking Trad. The band features Dónal Murphy (accordion), Niall Murphy (Fiddle) and Mike Galvin (Guitar, bass and percussion). Guesting on the album is Singer/songwriter, Lisa Canny from Mayo. Also playing banjo and harp, she has toured…


Added by TradConnect on June 14, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Video Premiere - Connla / Saints and Sinners

Connla are a new group on the traditional scene and feature the talents of Ciaran Carlin (Whistles, Flute), Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes, Whistles), Emer Mallon (Harp), Ciara McCafferty (Vocals, Bodhran) andPaul Starrett (Guitar). They have just released their debut EP and included below…


Added by TradConnect on June 13, 2015 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Welcome to 'oldternative music' - Stuart Mason and his new release 'Tradition'

This album came to us via Stuart Mason who we first encountered through Colleen Raney and Scottish/Irish band Molly’s Revenge.  This is not Irish traditional but is the type of material that is turning up more and more on traditional albums. The advent of We Banjo 3, I Draw Slow, JigJam and others are changing the mix of music that Irish…


Added by TradConnect on June 12, 2015 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

The future (or not) of Return to Camden Town Festival…and the Irish Hooley in Islington - 28th June 2016

A great gathering of many of the finest exponents of Irish Music, song and dance in London.  This event is a fundraiser for ‘Irish Music and Dance in London’ (IMDL). It is also a fundraiser towards staging of the Return to Camden Town Festival. This concert, in the beautiful surrounds of the Islington Assembly Hall, will feature The London Lasses and Chris O'Malley, Le Chéile, CrossHarbour,…


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

2015 in Review : Interview with Rhoda Barfoot - Across The Sea to Ireland

Last month we reviewed the new album by Rhoda Barfoot called Across The Sea to Ireland.  We said that "each year one vocal album manages to stand out from the crowd, and set itself apart on…


Added by TradConnect on June 10, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

New guitar album from Jens Kommnick - 'redwood'

'redwood' is the new album release by musician, arranger, composer, producer and author, Jens Kommnick.  He has been playing acoustic guitar for 35 years and is considered to be a leading exponent of the Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar.  He integrates other musical influences including Jazz, Classical and Rock into his style very…


Added by TradConnect on June 9, 2015 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Top 20 Traditional Tracks - May 2015

The growth of our Soundcloud file over the last 12 months is starting to provide statistical information that is useful for both artists and fans alike.

At the moment we have passed the 160,000 mark for total plays received and are now achieving in excess of 4,000 plays a week. We can now look at the information in a bit more depth over a monthly period to…


Added by TradConnect on June 8, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Tribute Day to Denis Sweeney - Randalstown - 13th June 2015

A special tribute day will be held in Randalstown on Saturday 13th June to honour the memory of the wonderful Co. Antrim fiddle player Denis Sweeney who died a year ago.

The venues are O’Kane’s Bar and the adjoining Arches Community Centre and there will be music classes for over 18’s from 10.00 a.m. onwards.

A highlight of the…


Added by TradConnect on June 8, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Video Premiere : Breaking Trad / Spike

This is the new video by Breaking Trad and is taken from the album of the same name. The band features Dónal Murphy (accordion), Niall Murphy (Fiddle) and Mike Galvin (Guitar, bass and percussion). Guesting on the album is Singer/songwriter, Lisa Canny from Mayo. Also playing banjo and harp, she has toured…


Added by TradConnect on June 6, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Behind the Song - Pete Mullineaux / The End of the World

My song, ‘The End of the World’ is about modern day migration around the world, and unusually for songs about emigration, focuses on migration into Ireland and takes in the recent tragic stories of people lost at sea.

It comes directly out of my work with Afri (Action from Ireland) where we…


Added by TradConnect on June 5, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Sounds From The Cloud - New releases worth hearing - 4th June 2015

Sounds from the great cloud in the sky. Sounds that may pass you by.  Sounds worth hearing. 

A selection of tracks that came across our desk over the last week or so.

If you have music that needs to be heard then simply send it to us on Tradconnect, Facebook, Soundcloud or good old…


Added by TradConnect on June 4, 2015 at 18:30 — No Comments

Spraoi Chiarraí returns for Summer 2015

Press Release : Summer is finally here. Spraoi Chiarraí are back. This Killarney based Irish Traditional Music, Song & Dance performance collective is presenting a feast of entertainment with the finest young local performers. They had great success over the last ten summers. They are very happy to report all sponsors are again onboard this year making…


Added by TradConnect on June 4, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

First listen to a track from Maestro : The Music of Bobby Casey

“Maestro” is one of the most anticipated releases of 2015 and was launched at Fleadh Nua this year. A large number of people turned out to join Bobby’s family and friends in Glór on Sunday, 24th May 2015 as they commemorated a truly iconic figure of traditional music. The recording has been produced by Cois na hAbhna…


Added by TradConnect on June 3, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Behind the Song - John Leo Carter / Jester's Hope

Following the huge response that we received to our recent Songwriter Showcase with Christy Moore, we are going to continue with a series of articles that will showcase artists and their songs. These articles will be…


Added by TradConnect on June 3, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

An interview with The Onlies from Seattle on their new album 'Long Before Light'

The Onlies are a trio of musicians from Seattle and they have just released their second album called ‘Long Before Light’.  It features 15 original and traditional songs and is a follow up to their critically acclaimed debut called ‘Setting Out to Sea’ released in 2013.  Even though quite young at 16 years of age, they have been playing together since they were…


Added by TradConnect on June 2, 2015 at 6:30 — No Comments

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