TradConnect's Blog – December 2013 Archive (38)

Track of the Week - Lucie Périer - Josie McDermott's / The Snow Covered Hills

Our track of the week this week goes to Lucie Périer, a relatively new member of Tradconnect.  The tracks are Josie McDermott's / The Snow Covered Hills / The Turnpike and  Ned…

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Added by TradConnect on December 28, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Johnny Duhan - Winter

This is the first single taken from the  Johnny Duhan album called Winter.  It is right up to date dealing with this countries present economic woes.  Christy Moore has called Johnny “One of our greatest songwriters.” and  the late Ronnie Drew also described him as “one of my favourite songwriters.” Fine praise indeed.  His song "The Voyage" has become a…

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Added by TradConnect on December 28, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Album of the Month for January 2014 - Liz Carroll / On The Offbeat

Our Album of the Month for January 2014 will be the great new release by Liz Carroll.  Its called On The Offbeat and its Liz's first solo album in 11 years.  Her duet work with John Doyle, a hectic touring schedule, multiple collaborations, Grammy nominations and more have kept her very…

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Added by TradConnect on December 27, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Christmas Greetings & Best Wishes for 2017

Wishing all our members and readers a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and we hope you enjoy the festive season with your family and friends. A big thank you to everyone who has engaged with Tradconnect throughout the year, helping us grow and grow.

Thanks to…

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Added by TradConnect on December 25, 2013 at 0:00 — No Comments

Christmas Music : Home for Christmas Day by Solas

Written by Seamus Egan and Mick McAuley, this song imagines what a newly arrived immigrant to Butte, Montana might have felt facing his or her first Christmas in foreign land far from the warm embrace of family and friends. 

Another good year for Solas with their new album Shamrock City riding high in the charts.  Check it out if you wish on their website…

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Added by TradConnect on December 24, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

First Listen : Fionntán McDonald & Eoin Kearns

Their Facebook pages states that "The dynamic Lurgan duo of Fionntán McDonald and Eoin Kearns play an eclectic blend of Irish, American and contemporary instrumental music." They have just made a short 4 Track EP to mark their arrival on the scene and its pretty impressive. Fiddle with guitar, guitar with banjo, a tinge of old…

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Added by TradConnect on December 23, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Competition : Win Leonard Barry's "New Road" album

New Road is Leonard Barry's second recording and it is a follow up to his debut, released some 11 years ago called "Mind the Pipes".  Rick Epping joins Leonard on the recording as does Conor Byrne, Tony Byrne,…
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Added by TradConnect on December 22, 2013 at 12:00 — 6 Comments

Best New Trad Music Playlist #10

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 December 21, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Listen to all tracks from The Gloaming's first two albums



"THE GLOAMING dwells at a musical crossroads, enhancing traditional Irish music’s rich, melancholic tones with modern hues of jazz, contemporary classical, and experimental music. Steeped in traditional Irish music since birth, fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó…

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Added by TradConnect on December 20, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

First Listen : Mórga / For The Sake of Auld Decency

We have just got a copy of Mórga's new album For The Sake of Auld Decency and like a few other December releases it will have to form part of our 2014 Album of the Year poll. The one thing that can be said about Mórga is that they are unique. They have a distinctive sound that is all there own and combined with their vibrant approach…

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Added by TradConnect on December 19, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Trad Music Stars to Perform for the Philippines - Waterford 21st December

The cream of Ireland’s traditional musicians and singers will perform in a fund-raising concert in Dungarvan this weekend for the people of the Philippines struggling in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.



Feis for Philippines will take place in St Mary’s Church of Ireland,…

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Added by TradConnect on December 18, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Talkin' Trad : Paddy Groenland on Leafzang's Fund It Campaign and the need for your Support

Leafzang is a soulful and energetic acoustic sextet that has performed with increasing regularity in Dublin since 2010 according to their Fund It profile.  They are hoping to raise funds for their first studio album.  They say that they are "an unusual group"  mixing as they do…
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Added by TradConnect on December 17, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

New video from "Tunes in the Church" 2013 - Aidan Connolly & Ruairí McGorman

This video was recorded in 2013 as part of an annual summer concert series at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway, Ireland. Concerts are held in two other church venues; St. Mary's Church, Killarney, Co. Kerry, and the 'Holy Trinity Church', Westport, Co. Mayo.

For more information about this summer's series please visit…

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Added by TradConnect on December 17, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Dirk Powell, Michael McGoldrick, Brendan Gleeson and Francis Gaffney - Live 7th-17th January

Music Network's spring  season "gets off to a flying start as multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, piper Michael McGoldrick and guitarist Francis Gaffney are joined by actor Brendan Gleeson on fiddle in a musical road trip from Kentucky to Ireland via the Louisiana bayous. Join them on tour from 7 – 17 January…

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Added by TradConnect on December 17, 2013 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Irish Top 10 Traditional Albums - December 2013

Check out our Top 10 Traditional Irish Albums at the moment. Not much change from last month with Damien Mullane still at No.1.  This month we also have a couple of new entrants with Martin Hayes DVD Natural Grace also included as well as Up and About in the Morning from Noel Battle and Róisín Broderick.  

Check out the attached and see how many…

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Added by TradConnect on December 16, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

The Tradconnect Guide to the Traditional Sounds of 2013

To support our Album of the Year poll here is a playlist of the traditional sounds from 2013.  We have compiled 32 tracks from the albums that made the headlines throughout the year.  We would always encourage you to follow the links to the tracks that you like the most and download the album. …
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Added by TradConnect on December 15, 2013 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Track of the Week - John Blake - Cloone Reel/Pride of the Bronx + Launch details

This week's selected track is from the much anticipated John Blake solo flute album called The Narrow Edge.  There are 14 tracks in total with John playing Flute, Guitar, Piano and Whistle. Ruairí McGorman provides accompaniment on Bouzouki.



The album was released a few weeks ago and John will…

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Added by TradConnect on December 15, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Double launch for Doocey's "Changing Time" 16th & 19th December

Its our Album of the Month at the moment so it would seem appropriate to highlight a double launch.  The album is Changing Time and the artist is David Doocey.  American born and now living in Foxford County Mayo, David is part of the band Gráda when he is not doing solo albums.  The track below is one of the most…

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Added by TradConnect on December 14, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Sounds from the Cloud : New tracks to excite and delight

A selection of tracks that are coming to us via Soundcloud that need to be heard.  Some old and some new. Colm Gannon, Jesse Smith and John Blake from their 2010 album The Ewe with the Crooked Horn, and Fionntán McDonald and Eoin Kearns from what we think is a new…

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Added by TradConnect on December 13, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

Imeall TG4 Special on Christy Moore - Thursday 12th December

Imeall – TG4’s award-winning arts series – presents a special edition of the programme with presenter Tristan Rosenstock talking to Christy Moore about his journey through life and the songs he wrote along the way.



Marking the release of Where I Come From – a complete collection of Christy’s self-penned…

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Added by TradConnect on December 13, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

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