TradConnect's Blog – December 2012 Archive (27)

Our January 2013 Album of The Month

We have had a bit of a "Sock" invasion of late with lots of "Sock supporters" signing on in response to our posted discussion Help Us Pick Traditional Album of the Year .  We do like people to get…

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Added by TradConnect on December 31, 2012 at 9:21 — No Comments

The Mike Harding Folk Show....Starts today, Sunday 30th December at 5pm

Looking through new members it is a great pleasure to have Mike Harding join our merry bunch here on Tradconnect.  This veteran musician and presenter has done great work over a long career in promoting new music and artists in general.  Whilst best know for…

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Added by TradConnect on December 30, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

Introducing The Murphy Beds

We have become regular readers of Daniel Neely's music column in The Irish Echo and it is great to have him here on Tradconnect as well. Apart from being a writer on Irish music he is also a banjo player and must get the award for artist with…

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Added by TradConnect on December 29, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

As Long As You Remember - Ályth McCormack and Triona Marshall

Here is a beautiful song from Ályth McCormack from her duet album with Triona Marshall called…

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Added by TradConnect on December 28, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

In Memory of Pecker Dunne ( 1932 - 2012 )

In tribute to Pecker Dunne who passed away this week aged 80. He was a banjo player, folk singer and storyteller.  A member of the Traveller community he was born in Mayo in 1932.  Probably best known for O' Sullivans John which was also recorded by the Dubliners and others. 

Dunne became well known from his regular busking at GAA sporting fixtures, particularly in…

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Added by TradConnect on December 21, 2012 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Killarney, featuring Katie Davis Henderson & Colin Botts

Nice track that we came across featuring Katie Davis Henderson. We reviewed the album earlier in the year when we discovered that Katie is one half of Killarney which also features …

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Added by TradConnect on December 21, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

New album from Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

Tradconnect member Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh has just released a new album called "Ar Uair Bhig an Lae : The Small Hours"  Listening to the sound clips on her website www.muireann.ie it sounds like an interesting…

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Added by TradConnect on December 20, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Patrick Clifford and The Auld Triangle

Hear is a track from an album by member Patrick Clifford that we really like called Chance of a Start.  Even since our review we have given it a good few more plays and its starting to grow even further on us.  Its traditional…

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Added by TradConnect on December 19, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Steeple Sessions Dublin continue with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Hass

The Steeple Sessions in Dublin continues this week with some great names doing master classes and  concerts.  Tuesday 30th July will see Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Hass with The Voice Squad taking to the stage on Thursday 1st August.…
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Added by TradConnect on December 18, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Irish Music Awards - Support Tradconnect members up for awards

With the 2012 Irish Music Awards around the corner we should look to supporting our Tradconnect members who are up for awards as there are quite a few of them this year. We have already highlighted that Lilt are up for two awards, Top Duo in a Pub, Festival,…

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Added by TradConnect on December 17, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

Seven Tradconnect members with albums in the Top Ten

It is worth celebrating the Tradconnect members that have albums in the Top 10 at the moment as compiled by Custys.  Eamonn Cotter and his wonderful flute album takes up the top spot with The Knotted Chord. In second and third spot we…

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

Checking out....The Fuchsia Band

As they say themselves, they are four lads from Cork who play, dance, sing and generally have a good time.  Whatever about having a good time they seem to have produced something really good on this album.  Its a great mix of vocal and astonishingly well produced traditional music.  

The band include Máirtín de Cógáin (Vocals/Bodhran), Mick Heffernan…

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Added by TradConnect on December 15, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

An in depth look at Jacob McCauley's involvement in the new trad trio NUA

As a follow up to our album review of NUA, the first release by a new Canadian group featuring Jacob McCauley we thought it would be interesting to look in some detail at the four tracks on the EP.  They…

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Added by TradConnect on December 14, 2012 at 0:30 — No Comments

Christmas Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums - December 2012

With Christmas around the corner you may want to look at the top ten traditional albums at the moment when deciding on some stocking fillers.  We have a new No.1 this month with Eamonn Cotter and his Knotted Chord album taking the top spot. New entrants this month also include Colin Nea's, Between the Jigs and the Reels, an album we are about to review, Belfast…

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Added by TradConnect on December 13, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Stevie Dunne talks to TradConnect about his new album Banjo

With the release of his new album on the shelves we caught up with…
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Added by TradConnect on December 11, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

New recording of Tommie Potts fiddle music

Paddy Glackin has just completed a major research project on legendary fiddle player Tommie Potts, resulting in a new recording of his music. The collection is made  up of digitally re-mastered recordings sourced from tapes held by the RTÉ Sound  Archive, with  additional  material  provided from  private  collections. In total there are 42 tunes gathered from the period…

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

Michael Coult and Karen Hickey

Some fantastic tracks here from Michael Coult and Karen Hickey that we came across recently. We don't as yet know a lot about the artists other then they studied at UL some time back.  Great music. When we find a link to their websites we will add it in. For now enjoy their music.…

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Added by TradConnect on December 8, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Celebrating some of our members ...Tomoyuki Koshi

Very often there are members on Tradconnect that make a major contribution to the music and fly very much under the radar. Tomoyuki Koshi is one such member.  Unless you visit his page here on Tradconnect or visit his blog or…

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Added by TradConnect on December 7, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

Checking out ....Emma Sweeney

Yes we do like our fiddle music here on TradConnect.  Check out this exciting track from the rising talent that is Emma Sweeney, taken from her debut album, Pangea.

"Emma’s trad Irish background is the cornerstone of this exciting debut, but the Manchester-based fiddler integrates a select fusion of world influences that accentuate her…

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Added by TradConnect on December 7, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

Checking out ....Emma Sweeney

Yes we do like our fiddle music here on TradConnect.  Check out this exciting track from the rising talent that is Emma Sweeney.  Its taken from her album  Pangea.



"Emma’s trad Irish background is the cornerstone of this exciting debut, but the Manchester-based fiddler integrates a select fusion of world influences that accentuate her truly unique style and approach. Pangea…

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

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