TradConnect's Blog – October 2012 Archive (31)

Christine Wheeler and Friends - Rain In The Mountains

With close to 3,000 members it can be hard to track everyone so we depend on members to pop their head above the parapet a bit every now and again.  In that way we can find out about members and their music.  Here is a member that has been with us since virtually the beginning and it is only this week that we are…


Added by TradConnect on October 31, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

Whats buzzin....Traditional Sounds of the Week

So whats buzzin. Some sounds that have been occupying our time, on our IPod or generally have been getting played a lot.  Some we have covered already on album reviews.  Others have been emailed to us, or added to our Facebook group or …


Added by TradConnect on October 27, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

So tell me this, who are Thalla ?

Its not often we discover some great music and then cannot find out much more about an artist.  So who exactly are Thalla, and where have they been hiding.  They all hail from Scotland, that we know. This is exciting music and is a combination of Thalla tracks as well as some tracks by Michael Ferrie.  The jigs are by Thalla and Lexy's is by Michael who is a member of said band and plays…


Added by TradConnect on October 26, 2012 at 20:30 — No Comments

Video Short - Tola Custy on traditional music

A short but interesting little clip of Tradconnect member Tola Custy talking about music. Starting the school day with a tune, a dance and a prayer.  Its no wonder Clare is the hear beat of music.  The music is about people he says and how very true.  That is what we are trying to achieve here, connecting people and…


Added by TradConnect on October 26, 2012 at 8:40 — No Comments

Debut album "Wallop The Spot" from Patrick D'Arcy

We have just discovered that uilleann piper Patrick D' Arcy was a near neighbour to us here in Dublin before he upped sticks and headed for California.  He prefers to play his music in the sun rather than in the damp and cold -…


Added by TradConnect on October 24, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Lúnasa back in Studio, plus North American November Tour Dates

Lúnasa and Kevin Crawford have been busy in the studio with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra recording the tunes that they performed recently with them at the National Concert Hall back in June. This will be released as an album sometime in 2013. …


Added by TradConnect on October 23, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Song Demo from upcoming Crossharbour debut album

Came across this first song demo from what will be a much anticipated debut album from Crossharbour.  Crossharbour is a new London Trad band featuring Tradconnect member Órlaith McAuliffe who we are a big fan of,  as well as Sam Proctor on Fiddle, Philippe…


Added by TradConnect on October 21, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Check this out......Eoghann Neff

We do like a bit of experimentation in music, safe in the knowledge that the tradition is alive and well.  There are a number of artists at the moment taking us in new…


Added by TradConnect on October 19, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Willie Keane Memorial Weekend from 26th - 29th October 2012

Doonbeg, Co. Clare plays host to the 13th Annual Willie Keane Memorial Weekend from 26th - 29th October 2012.  They have a great line up this year with Four Men and a Dog and Seamus Begley and Jim Murray making an appearance. Willie Keane was Doonbeg's best known personality and a great exponent of traditional Irish dancing. He came to prominence with the Mullagh Set which won…


Added by TradConnect on October 18, 2012 at 8:35 — No Comments

Album Review - Eileen O' Brien / Aon le h'Aon

Aon le h'Aon has been a project in the making for Eileen O' Brien for some time. Wishes by friends and acquaintances to put down on record the music of her late father Paddy O' Brien have finally been granted.  The album, comprising  of 20 tracks is a collection of some of Paddy's many compositions.  For real music enthusiasts who…


Added by TradConnect on October 18, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Introducing Barrule ...from the Isle of Man

Here is something different from a band called Barrule who's traditional music from the Isle of Man shares a lot in common with our own.  Named after the famous hill where it is said the ancient Celtic God Manannan mac Lir once dwelled in his mighty fortress, Barrule is a mission undertaken by three musicians to take the unique sound of traditional Manx music to the…


Added by TradConnect on October 17, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Bernadette Morris Album Launch - All The Ways You Wander - 7th May 2013

We are listening to Bernadette's new album at the moment and hope to have a review out shortly, or at least in advance of her launch which takes place on 7th May 2013 at The John Hewitt Bar, Donegal Street, Belfast.

Impressive album with the title track provided by John Spillane.



Added by TradConnect on October 15, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

GROG featuring Carmel Gunning - CCE, Monkstown, Dublin 30th November.

GROG the new group featuring Tradconnect member  Carmel Gunning are performing probably one of their last gigs of the year at CCE Headquarters in Monkstown Dublin tonight.  The show starts at 8.30pm.  The new group includes Joe Grady on fiddle, John Regan on accordion and Seamus O' Kane on…


Added by TradConnect on October 14, 2012 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Bazuki Joe Meets Ivercoe - Mike Considine

This is pretty good music from Mike Considine and should appeal to all you bouzouki and tenor banjo players out there.  Have a listen to the tracks on his website as well.  Ingenious stuff that is very polished indeed.  Don't know why we haven't come across his name before, but now that we have we will have to explore a bit more.

Now based in…


Added by TradConnect on October 13, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

University College Cork Trad Society - Tune Book

There is an interesting development from UCC Trad Society Cork, both on their website and on Soundcloud whereby they are compiling a tune book.  They have uploaded a number of tracks played slowly the first time around, with an increase in tempo second time around. The UCC TradSoc is dedicated to the promotion of Irish Traditional Music in UCC and Cork City and is for…


Added by TradConnect on October 13, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Colm Gannon - Tunes from his new solo album

Another great accordion master that we have also recently reviewed here on Tradconnect.  Colm Gannon features on the track below giving his rendition of Maud Millar's and George Whites Favourite.  In overall terms it has been a great year for accordion albums and this is most definitely in the pick of the bunch.  The track below is from the album called The Rights of Man. …


Added by TradConnect on October 12, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Féile Frank Mc Gann Festival of Irish Traditional Music - 12th - 14th October

The Féile Frank Mc Gann memorial festival of Irish traditional music, song and dance starts today 12th October and runs until 14th October 2012, in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.  The ongoing success of the festival is due to the fact that Frank Mc Gann was a widely known and charismatic…


Added by TradConnect on October 12, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Temple Bar Trad Fest starting next week

The Temple Bar Trad Fest offers an oasis of traditional music in the midst of what could be a bleak mid winter.  Its the first festival of the new year and it is in the heart of the capital.  It has grown in every way possible since its inception in 2005 and has one of the strongest line ups in years.  Grant it, last year they had the…


Added by TradConnect on October 11, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Kieran Munnelly - Green Grows The Laurel

We will have to admit we don't know a lot about the music of Kieran Munnelly but it is definitely on our list of "things to get up to speed with".  This is nice.  Just loaded onto Soundcloud. If you are reading this Kieran maybe…


Added by TradConnect on October 11, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Scoil Cheoil na Botha, Monaghan, 12th - 14th October

For those of you with an appetite for some more festival music and workshops you should check out the following.  Now in its 6th year, Scoil Cheoil na Botha, through the generous assistance of Monaghan Co. Council and the Arts Council, continues to aim to provide access to traditional music of the highest calibre in the north Monaghan border region. Through the…


Added by TradConnect on October 10, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

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