TradConnect's Blog – October 2014 Archive (43)

Album Review : The Alt

Three household names in traditional music combine to form the new ensemble that is The Alt.  The musicians are John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O'Leary and on this debut, they deliver 11 outstanding tracks.  The dual guitar/bouzouki work of Doyle and O'Leary is ever so intricately constructed and contributes significantly to the…

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Added by TradConnect on October 16, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Album Preview : First Track & Chat with Robbie Harris on new Bully's Acre album "The Twelve Pins"

Bully’s Acre is an exciting new trio comprising of Peter Browne (accordion), Lucas Gonzales (Guitar), and Robbie Harris (Percussion).  They have just released a track off a forthcoming album and we spoke to Robbie Harris about what we can expect when it is released in November 2014.  …

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Added by TradConnect on October 16, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Exploring the Southern Appalachian musical landscape with Hog-eyed Man

For those of you that may want a little more American Old-time music here is a new release by Athens, Georgia duo Hog-eyed Man.  The duo is made up of Jason Cade (fiddle / banjo) and Rob McMaken (mandolin / mountain dulcimer). They describe their music as a long-term project that has just begun, with them "going into…

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Added by TradConnect on October 15, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh - Talks to Tradconnect on new album, Irish Tour & Exclusive Track

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s In My Mind - a solo fiddle and film show will be live onstage tonight in The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.  Its part of a 9 date countrywide tour.  

According to the tour description its “a unique journey to the heart of Irish music. His mission: to boldly explore the beauty…

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Added by TradConnect on October 14, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Album Preview : Gaelic Band Cruinn Release Second Album "Stóras"

Acclaimed Highland based Gaelic singing quartet Cruinn release their second album at the Royal National Mòd on Friday 17 October at Eden Court, Inverness. The band consists of four well known Gaelic singers who have all built up their own careers as solo singers and as members of other well known music acts. The band are James Graham from Lochinver,…

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Added by TradConnect on October 13, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Géza Frank & Jean Damei : Musical inspiration from the stars

For those of you that like the modern experimental music of the Olllam,  Alan Doherty and Pádraig Rynne here is a new project that you may enjoy.  It involves Géza Frank (Whistles, Pipes) and Jean Damei (Guitar) with Tyler Duncan of the Olllam on sound design and part production. Géza Frank (Austria) and Jean Damei (France) are…
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Added by TradConnect on October 13, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Track of the Week - The Boruma Trio - The Happy Man/Paddy Taylor's Reels

The significant growth of Tradconnect over the last few years now means that we can rely on some of our own statistics when it comes to what is being played and listened to.  

Our Soundcloud file has really taken off and in the next few week we will have achieved 100,000 plays.…

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Added by TradConnect on October 10, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album Preview : Eclectic influences and contemporary sound from The Lowground

Here is a taster of what to expect from Glasgow group The Lowground which features a combination of guitar, concertina and bodhrán.  The band members are Mohsen Amini, Kenny Rankin and David Foley.  They say that they have their our own styles and very eclectic influences adding that " we all draw on both Scottish and Irish traditions and the…

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

First Listen : Four Star Trio new album "Magnetic South"

We will get to a review of this gem of an album by Four Star Trio very shortly.  

For now enjoy this opening track that includes Thadelo's/My Love In The Morning/Behind the Bush in the…

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Added by TradConnect on October 9, 2014 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Songs # 16 - 20 - Songwriter Showcase with Christy Moore

This Songwriters Showcase is a new collaboration with the legendary Christy Moore.  Providing an outlet for composers and writers is an essential goal of Tradconnect and it is hoped that this showcase will highlight some great new writers and performers. We are honored to have Christy listening to this material and giving his…

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

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s In My Mind - a solo fiddle and film show.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s In My Mind - a solo fiddle and film show.  Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh sets off on a unique journey to the heart of Irish music. His mission: to boldly explore the beauty and humour of traditional music, aided and abetted by his 10-string fiddle, a film projector, and a host of “virtual” guests.…

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Added by TradConnect on October 8, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

What to expect from Four Winds on their debut album

As part of the buildup to the release of their new album, Four Winds have released a new video that gives some flavour of what to expect from these new kids on the block. It displays a energetic band that are not short on passion and the video includes the tunes The Flags Of Dublin/Ger Quigley's/Franks…

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Added by TradConnect on October 7, 2014 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

15 Best Trad Tracks from September 2014

The 15 best tracks from September

A playlist of some of the best tracks that we have featured on Tradconnect throughout the month of September…

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Added by TradConnect on October 7, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

First official track from new band Arum (Updated with 2nd track)

Updated with 2nd track. Arum is a new group on the traditional music scene and a recent track added to Soundcloud has gained over 1,200 plays in a very short period of time.  We caught up with the band to ask about their music and upcoming album, due to be released shortly.



"Each of us enjoy a wide range of musical styles so when we do…

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Added by TradConnect on October 6, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Mellow harmonies from Amsterdam duo, The Lasses

This is a track from the debut album by The Lasses released in 2012.  They are back in the news again as they are working on a follow up album.

We were quite taken by this track and the beautiful soulful harmonies that they create.  Supported by some restrained accompaniment they have all the right ingredients to make them stand out from the…

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Added by TradConnect on October 5, 2014 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Return to Camden Town - Starts Today 22nd October - 17 Track Playlist

Return to Camden Town (RtCT) is a Festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance including over 40 events: concerts, céilis, workshops, free performances and sessions. They have put together a playlist of 17 tracks from artists that will feature this year, including several tracks from the Tradconnect Soundcloud file.  This year the festival will feature many high…

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Added by TradConnect on October 5, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Féile na Sollán - Sallins, Co. Kildare, 17th - 19th October 2014

Féile na Sollán weekend cultural festival will return to Sallins in North County Kildare this October, thanks to local community group, Sult na SollánFéile na Sollán or Sallins TradFest, will see a weekend packed with activities for all ages, as part of a celebration all aspects of Irish traditional culture – language, music,…

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Added by TradConnect on October 5, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Portherhead / Winnie Hayes/The Swedish Jig/Soup Dragon

This debut album by Portherhead has been in our player this week and we are quite impressed by it.

Here is the first track from it as our Track of the Week.  

The band comprises Liam King (accordion), Joe Junker (guitar/vocal), James…

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Added by TradConnect on October 4, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Murali Ensemble - Ireland meets India

Here is something special once again from the man that brought us From Tallagh to Halle earlier in the year via ALDOC.  Beautifully balanced sound here with Ireland meeting India. It features Ravichandra Kulur - Flute,  Alan Doherty - Flute,…

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Added by TradConnect on October 3, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

New single from The Murphy Beds

It's good to hear the word single again when it comes to the release of new music.  Here is the new single by The Murphy Beds who last year released an outstanding debut album that really deserves more attention.  Its was self titled and you can check it out …

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Added by TradConnect on October 3, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

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