Fiddler Brian Rooney has won the honour of musician of the year in the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards. We are big fans of Brian's here on TradConnect and he is a vry worthy winner. Brian was born in 1951 and hails from the townland of Derragoon, near Kiltyclogher, in north Leitrim, one of fourteen children born to Jack and Mary Rooney. His father played…
Added by TradConnect on February 3, 2012 at 9:00 —
The Chieftains, six-time Grammy winners and world-renowned Irish traditional folk ensemble, have announced a UK tour to celebrate 50 years of their music!
Grammy-winning Irish musical group founded in 1962, The Chieftains are best known for being one of the first bands to make… Continue
Added by TradConnect on February 2, 2012 at 9:07 —
2012 heralds the release of a new album featuring 7 tracks, each lasting at least 6 minutes long, including 2 songs, new compositions and re-worked traditional tunes according to Cormac's website. We are big fans of Cormac here on TradConnect so this will be an eagerly awaited release
The new CD will be called ‘… Continue
Added by TradConnect on February 1, 2012 at 12:57 —
TradConnect are delighted for the team in Derry responsible for the work put into winning the fleadh.
Culture Company 2013 Chief Executive, Shona McCarthy, has highlighted the success of Derry-Londonderry’s bid to host the All-Ireland Fleadh in 2013 as evidence of what can… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 30, 2012 at 21:38 —
We have Fullset's new album Notes At Liberty on the iPod at the moment and what a cracker it is turning out to be. We should get a review out shortly. However it is worth reminding ourselves about what an exciting group Fullset are and where they can take it from here or what they can become is up to them.
Added by TradConnect on January 30, 2012 at 21:00 —
TradConnect and Kíla member Colm Ó Snodaigh can rest because they have finally completed and released the Kíla book of tunes. This includes over 100 of Kíla's tunes in the staff and ABC notation. The book has over 200 pages and is lavishly accompanied by photographs by,… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 29, 2012 at 22:00 —
Londonderry has won its bid to host the All-Ireland Fleadh in 2013.
Members of the central executive of traditional Irish music body Comhaltas met in Dublin to decide the venue on Saturday.
Sligo was also in the running to host the fleadh. Ennis had withdrawn its bid.
The festival attracts up to 300,000 visitors… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 28, 2012 at 12:30 —
The venue for the 2013 All-Ireland Fleadh will be decided on Saturday in south County Dublin when the members of the 31-strong central executive of Comhaltas cast their vote.
There is a lot at stake for each of the venues in the running - Londonderry, Sligo and Ennis.
Namely, the economic pay-off.
The fleadh,… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 27, 2012 at 10:16 —
Don't for get folks that Dublin’s biggest and best festival of Irish Music and Culture, the Temple Bar TradFest has just kicked off and runs January 25-29th 2012. The 2012 festival will include headline concerts in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City Hall and The Button Factory. Other highlights include over 200 free events, music trail, singers club, open sessions, two… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 26, 2012 at 8:30 —
All the days of his life: Eddie Butcher in his own words: songs, stories and memories of Magilligan, Co Derry’ is the latest publication in the Studies in Irish traditional music / Taighde ar cheol dúchais Éireann series from the Irish Traditional Music Archive.
This illustrated record of the life and songs of Eddie Butcher (1900–1980), an outstanding singer from… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 25, 2012 at 22:20 —
This might be on interest to concertina players who want to delve back into time and discover some historical information regarding Irelands First recorded concertina pplayer. ‘The Westmeath Hunt: William Mullaly: The First Irish Concertina Player on Record’, a CD and booklet of the historic 1926 & 1927 New York concertina recordings of William Mullaly from… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 25, 2012 at 10:00 —
In the next few weeks Davy Rogers will release his first book of traditional tunes called "108 Original Compositions in the Traditional Irish Style"
Davy has been working on it for quite some time now. He says he has been composing tunes since 1974 and when he reached number 108 he thought to himself "It's about… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 23, 2012 at 23:00 —
Paddy Keenan – Friday, 3 February 2012 When it comes to Irish piping, there is simply no-one to touch Paddy Keenan – he’s the Jimi Hendrix of piping! Right back to his years with the genre-defining Bothy Band, Paddy’s playing has electrified listeners both on recordings and on stage. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Paddy in the intimate surrounds of The… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 23, 2012 at 14:00 —
BON IVER, THE DECEMBERISTS, THE CIVIL WARS AND MORE CELEBRATE THE LEGENDARY IRISH GROUP ON THE PADDY MOLONEY AND T BONE BURNETT PRODUCED 50TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM VIA HEAR/CONCORD
The Chieftains, the world's most celebrated traditional Irish band, will mark their 50th anniversary with the release of Voice of Ages on February 21st 2012 (Hear/Concord). An imaginative… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 22, 2012 at 23:30 —
This is a fiddle site that has developed over the last year or so. Some interesting blogs now added to it so worth checking out for any of you fiddlers. TradConnect member Paul McNevin has launched the site last year and it is dedicated to the teaching and sharing of traditional Irish fiddle music through new media.
Paul McNevin has been teaching fiddle and… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 22, 2012 at 10:30 —
Added by TradConnect on January 21, 2012 at 15:30 —
Its always nice when you come across a website that someone had put a lot of effort into. Check out this site all about flute. This site is a resource for people who are interested in learning Irish music on the flute—particularly the simple-system (six-hole) transverse flute, sometimes referred to as the "Irish flute."
If you're new to the flute, you can check out a… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 20, 2012 at 9:30 —
The Alan Kelly Gang - Small Towns & Famous Nights
This sounds like an exciting prospect from the Alan Kelly Gang and I look forward to getting my hands on a copy of it.
The band is fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro, described by New York’s Irish Voice as ‘in league with the best piano accordionists in the world’, and with three of… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2012 at 20:30 —
The three greats of Irish music, Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford and John Doyle are starting their Irish tour off. Get in early as tickets are going like hotcakes, for what is a much anticipated set of gigs.
Added by TradConnect on January 15, 2012 at 14:19 —
For fans of Solas you can catch them on the second part of their Irish tour at the moment where they are getting great reviews. This tour celebrates their latest recording Shamrock City which has a great story behind it.
"This project is somewhat of a milestone for us. It marks the first time in our 15 year history that we are making an album without the support of a… Continue
Added by TradConnect on January 14, 2012 at 17:00 —