TradConnect's Blog – December 2014 Archive (35)

Album of the Month January 2015 - The Trí-Tones

Our album of the month for January 2015 is the outstanding debut by The Trí-Tones.

Earlier we wrote that it 'excels with tight, carefully crafted and exceptionally well played traditional music.

Its outlook is modern with a vibrant interplay between the three musicians also finely balanced. 

Stephen Rooney, Tara…

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Added by TradConnect on December 31, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Track of the Week - Burren Backroom Series Vol.1 + Charity launch 14th Jan, NCH Dublin

The most played track on our Souncloud file over the Christmas week was this track taken off the new Burren Backroom Series Vol. 1. live album.  It's a new recording from the now famous Boston venue run by Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello.  Both appear on this track with Sharon Shannon and Jim Murray.

The album will also be launched at The…
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Added by TradConnect on December 29, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Preview of 'The Godfather' which airs tonight at 8.30pm on TG4 + worldwide online

This special one hour documentary literally brings us on a journey, to explore how Brian came from that smallholding near the border village of Kiltyclogher, amongst thirteen siblings to a seemingly familiar emigrant life working in construction in England’s capital. This is both a physical journey and a musical journey and as the story of his life unfolds so too will the story of…

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Added by TradConnect on December 29, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Vote : Readers Poll for Tradconnect 'Traditional Album of the Year 2014'

Welcome to the Tradconnect Readers Poll to select our Traditional Album of the Year 2014.
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Each year we ask our members and readers to vote for the album that they most enjoyed in 2014.  We combine this poll with the views of an independent panel of 10 judges to select our traditional album of the…
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Added by TradConnect on December 27, 2014 at 21:30 — 2 Comments

First listen to the new Kirsten Allstaff album 'Gallowglass

Kirsten Allstaff will be known to many people as one of the founders of The Online Academy of Irish Music, the online resource for learning traditional music. She teaches a number of courses on flute and whistle which are well worth checking out.  Gallowglass is her debut album and she is joined by a number of well know musicians including John Joe…

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Added by TradConnect on December 27, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

The Gathering's Rising Stars of Trad - Submit your video and appear at the festival in February 2015

On 18th-22nd February 2015 The Gathering traditional music festival will celebrate its 16th anniversary.  It takes place each year at the INEC and Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney and showcases the best in traditional music and dance. This year they have once again surpassed themselves with a line-up of some of the best…

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Added by TradConnect on December 22, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

Watch the new Kyle Carey Video - North Star

"Kyle Carey is back once again with a breezy laid back follow up on her Monongah debut from 2012. Intricately woven music provided by some household names in the traditional music world underscores her own brand of Gaelic Americana.  Seamus Egan produced the album with…

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Added by TradConnect on December 21, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Best Trad Videos 2015 - Submit your Video

As we approach the end of 2015 we will be celebrating all things traditional, looking back as some of the highlights of the year as well as some of the best albums of the year.  2015 has seen big improvements in the way that artists approach the commercial side of traditional music, right across social media.  Artists are slowly coming to grips with…

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Added by TradConnect on December 20, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

First listen to the new live album 'The Burren Backroom Series Vol.1' + 14th January launch, NCH Dublin

We have had a first listen to an outstanding new live album taken from The Burren Backroom Series of concerts, and include a track for you below.
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"These songs & tunes were recorded between October of 2011…
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Added by TradConnect on December 20, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

Listen to the latest single from the Alan Kelly Gang

This is the latest single from the new Alan Kelly Gang album called The Last Bell. According to the press release the Alan Kelly Gang are a "creative force all about tasteful arrangements, groove, energy and musicality of the highest order. Their new album, The Last Bell, which has been over a year in the making, is an…

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Added by TradConnect on December 19, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Irish - Top 10 Traditional Albums - November 2014

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for November 2014.  Each month we feature the top 10 albums and write follow up articles and present sounds from all new releases. If you have a new album on release send us a copy to these contact details.

Why not also add a track to…

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Added by TradConnect on December 19, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Studio video outtake from one of 2015's most highly anticipated albums

This is a studio outtake from one of next years most hotly anticipated albums.  It will feature the talents of London fiddle player Claire Egan who is presently in the studios of Jack Talty in County Clare.  Claire is one of the most highly rated fiddle players to come out of London in quite some time and while traditional at heart she has also studied and plays…

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Added by TradConnect on December 18, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

Songs # 51 - 55 - 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 support.

Other recording artists that…

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Added by TradConnect on December 17, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

First Listen to Aoife Ní Chaoimh & Paudie O' Connor's new album 'Didn't She Dance and Dance'

Paudie O' Connor and Aoife Ní Chaoimh both hail from County Kerry and have just released a new album with a strapline reading "Sliabh Luachra Music on Fiddle and Accordion.' The album is called "Didn't She Dance and Dance" and it's now on general release.  Paudie's playing follows in the traditions of…

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Added by TradConnect on December 17, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

Shyma Smiled for Me

The following was posted on Facebook by Karen Ryan. It captures the spirit of this piece perfectly. "I am so proud of the amazing voluntary work that my great friend (Donegal musician and songwriter) John Cutliffe is doing in visiting hospitals in Gaza, bringing things in for and comforting the wounded.…

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

Christmas Single from 'The Outside Track' - Get Me Through December

The Outside Track released their new album, Light up the Dark earlier in the year and it included this Christmas single. According to band member Ailie Robertson "Get Me Through December is a song that we first heard on Natalie MacMaster's 1999 'In My Hands' album. It was one of the first songs that we…

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

Winners announced for MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2014

The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards celebrated its 12th year in style on Saturday 13th December with a glittering awards ceremony which was their biggest and best yet – with a record breaking figure of over 100,000 public votes deciding the award recipients.

Broadcast live on BBC ALBA, the prestigious awards – organised by Hands Up for Trad – saw…

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Added by TradConnect on December 15, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Celtic Colours Festival Update + Celtic Colours Live Vol.2

Source : Celtic Colours Newsletter.  The board, staff and volunteers of Celtic Colours extend warm wishes to you this holiday season. Whether you joined us this year in person or in spirit, tuned into our live streams or watched our podcast series we hope you…

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Added by TradConnect on December 13, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

1,000 plays in a day - Niall Murphy and Seamus Gibson's Reel

With close to 1,000 plays in one day here is Seamus Gibson's Reel played by Niall Murphy from County Armagh.  He is also the fiddle player with The Cara Dillon Band, Breaking Trad and Reel It In. We covered Breaking Trad in a previous post which you can read here.  He…

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Added by TradConnect on December 12, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Trad Music Statistics for November 2014 - Most Played, Countries, Cities

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 100,000 mark for total plays received and are now achieving in excess of 3,000 plays a week. We can now look at the information in a bit more depth over a monthly period to show…

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Added by TradConnect on December 12, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

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