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Flanagan Brothers influence on new Mayo Quartet - Round #1 from 'Boxing Banjo'

Boxing Banjo is a new traditional group from County Mayo featuring Dara Healy (accordion), Mick Healy (banjo), Joseph McNulty (fiddle) and Sean O’Meara (guitar).

Their debut…


Added by TradConnect on August 17, 2018 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

“Islander Presents” series continues with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh - Autumn 2018

The acclaimed fiddle player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is to embark on a select few dates around Ireland this Autumn to test out brand new material with his trademark 10-string hardangar d’amore fiddle and electronics.

Taking time away from his other groups: The Gloaming and This is How we…


Added by TradConnect on August 15, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

New release from Dublin-based band Slow Moving Clouds - 'Starfall' + Live dates

Dublin-based band SLOW MOVING CLOUDS combine roots in the Irish and Nordic folk traditions with post-punk drones, baroque strings, and soaring falsetto vocals – creating an immersive, atmospheric sound, unlike anything you’ve heard before.

Building on the success of their 2015 debut album Os, the group…


Added by TradConnect on August 14, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

A landmark recording by Séamus McGuire & John Lee - The Legacy of Stephen Grier

The Legacy of Stephen Grier is a landmark recording of carefully selected tunes from one of Ireland’s treasured (but as yet unpublished) nineteenth-century collections. This is a long-awaited follow-up by Séamus McGuire (fiddle) and John Lee (flute) to The Missing Reel (Gael Linn,…


Added by TradConnect on August 14, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

An outstanding duet album from Mike McGoldrick & Dezi Donnelly - Dog in the Fog

The Dog In The Fog, the first ever album by Manchester’s Dezi Donnelly on fiddle and Mike McGoldrick on flute and uilleann pipes.  Making an album of traditional tunes – their ‘bedrock’ - with just the two of them is…


Added by TradConnect on August 9, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

A new 12 track solo piping album from Scotland's John Mulhern

Pipes is the brand-new 12 track solo album from piper John Mulhearn. Well known as a performer, composer and full-time teacher at Scotland's National Piping Centre, John will release his latest album on Monday 13 August.

Pipes is John’s first full length album since 2009 and a complete departure…


Added by TradConnect on August 9, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

FleadhTV returns to our screens on 16th-19th August

Produced by the double IFTA Award-winning team at Gifted Empire Productions, FleadhTV is going from strength to strength this summer. The shows from the four provinces of Ireland, the Connacht, Leinster, Munster & Ulster Fleadh’s have been topping the TG4 ratings in the month of…


Added by TradConnect on August 9, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Travelling to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - Bus Options From Dublin

This year's Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will take place in Drogheda, Co Louth on 12th - 19th August, and with it there is the opportunity for traditional music fan’s in the Dublin region to consider a day trip to the festival. In addition to public services which you…


Added by TradConnect on August 7, 2018 at 12:00 — No Comments

Legendary Irish fiddler Tommy Peoples dies aged 70

Legendary fiddler Tommy Peoples has died at the age of 70. Born in St Johnston, Donegal he "moved to Dublin in 1965 and his involvement in traditional music led to participation in groups such as the Green Linnet Céilí Band, 1691, and The Bothy Band, as well as solo performance. He lived in County Clare for over 30 years where he…


Added by TradConnect on August 4, 2018 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Dublin's history and folklore celebrated on 'The Old Grey Cobblestone' by Barry Kinane

“The Old Grey Cobblestone” is the new album by Wicklow born songwriter Barry Kinane. After a period with rock band Glyder, he developed an interest in local history which culminated with him winning the prestigious Sean McCarthy Ballad writing competition in Listowel, Co. Kerry in 2014. This was…


Added by TradConnect on July 30, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

New Music in August 2018 - Playlist

Your guide to the best new traditional Irish, Scottish and Celtic music in August 2018. If you have tracks that you want included or featured on Tradconnect them email them to us.…


Added by TradConnect on July 30, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

Listen : The new album from Tommy Fitzharris & Dónal McCague - The Bank of Turf

This is the first track available from the new album by Tommy Fitzharris and Dónal McCague. The album is called The Bank of Turf and the track include the jigs Paddy in London, Jackie Smalls and The Reaper. More to follow.…


Added by TradConnect on July 30, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Progressive take on the music of a bygone era - 'To Belfast' with Conor Caldwell

“To Belfast...' is a progressive take on the music of a bygone period. Stark solo playing is coupled with electronics and loop pedals to unveil new perspectives on the musical foundations of Belfast. Based on extensive study of the collections of Edward Bunting (1773–1843), the recording is old music,…


Added by TradConnect on July 27, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

Top 10 Irish Traditional Albums - June 2018

Detailed below are the Top 10 traditional Irish albums for June 2018.  Each month we feature the top 10 albums, write follow up articles and present sounds from all new releases. 

Don't forget that if you have an album on release check out our …


Added by TradConnect on July 27, 2018 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Notes From The Road : Lúnasa - July 2018

Hi all, summer has got off to a great start with a great month of gigs in Ireland, France Spain, and Switzerland. The Doolin Folk festival, Ortiguiera and Corberyier were a great introduction to the summer touring season.

The big focus of this summer is another run of gigs in Ireland to promote our new album “Cas”. We will be enjoyed by the…


Added by TradConnect on July 25, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

A resounding, resplendent, back-of-the-net success from Michael McGoldrick on ARC

Don’t be deceived by Michael McGoldrick’s scant solo output: instead, be excited - be very excited - at the arrival of his new album, Arc: his first since 2010, and only his fifth in 22 years. Such unhurried intervals make any McGoldrick release an auspicious event, with each both cementing…


Added by TradConnect on July 24, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

'Ye Vagabonds’ Tour of the Islands takes them to the Aran Islands, Arranmore and Cape Clear

Having kicked off their tour of the small islands around Ireland with performances on Sherkin Island and Clare Island recently, Ye Vagabonds set sail for Arranmore, Cape Clear and all three of the Aran Islands throughout July and August. The tour is a part of…


Added by TradConnect on July 24, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

What do these 150 traditional artists have in common?

What do these 150+ traditional artists have in common? What one thing connects them and ensures that their music receives the most airplay across the globe? The answer is a lot simpler than you may imagine.

All of these artists have released new albums over the last three years and all…


Added by TradConnect on July 13, 2018 at 12:30 — No Comments

Introducing vibrant six-piece Scottish band HEISK

Vibrant six-piece HEISK are a powerful new force on the folk scene. Their relentlessly energetic music stems from their roots in Scottish traditional music and combines it with punchy riffs and grooves. They recently launched their debut track VIRR. Recorded by Mattie Foulds at Caribou recording their idea behind the video was to…


Added by TradConnect on July 13, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

A New Festival Celebrating the New Wave of Irish Folk & Traditional

Islander presents ‘Quiet Lights’, an exciting new small-scale festival with a big heart, which aims to shine a light on the new wave of Irish folk and traditional talent that are quietly forging new paths, recollecting old tales and making new stories.

From Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September, music from…


Added by TradConnect on July 12, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

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