We have reached the 2,000 member mark. Thanks to everyone for your great support which is very much appreciated. We are still a new and young site and have not as yet reached our true potential. Our central goal is still to connect musicians across the globe and to do that we will need lots and lots more members. Our short term goal therefore is to continue to grow.

Tradconnect is still a great place for musicians to promote their music as we have a lot of traffic. One recent discussion topic "Importance of tone in Irish Fiddling" is approaching 1,000 views and a recent album by Dónal McCague has had over 200 views and counting.  The amount of page views per month is growing strongly as well.

We still think musicians can do a lot more to promote their music by posting good blogs about what they are up to, on the road, recording etc. As a way of showing how this can be done we are looking to work with a selected artist in the near future to help with this process so if you are interested contact us by email.

Sharing stories is a great way for musicians to give a broader view of their music and tell some of the stories behind the album or the tour. We were recently impressed by Tom McElvogue's website www.tommcelvogue.com where there was a lot of interesting information about the album, the compositions, outtakes etc. Sharing some of this information with your fans is a great way to promote your music and keep us informed about what you are doing. Enda Seery is getting the hang of it and is now posting up a new composition of his each month. Include an image or a video and we will feature it on the home page and re feature it from time to time. All of your blogs will reside on your My Page and will provide a very interesting history of your music for your fans.

As a site we want to put the musician at the heart of what we are about, both professional and amateur and provide an interactive environment for everyone. As we grow the offline opportunities will also start to grow. We have met a number of musicians from the US and UK already in Dublin already and I am sure as other musicians travel they will likewise have members and sessions that they can meet up at.

We are also starting to look at ways to use the power of this community to capture the heart of this tradition by getting members to interview our older generation of musicians and dancers that were around in the 40's , 50's etc to extract their stories of the music and dances and share them with the world. There is a wealth of great information out there and we want to bring it into the 21st Century. We will post more about this later but if you have any ideas let us know.

So thanks to you all, keep coming back and keep telling your friends. The more we have the more we can connect. Press the big green button on the home page and help us along.

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Comment by Connie Rae Crone on March 25, 2012 at 0:47

Congratulations Tony! The vision for this website is a wonderful idea... it's so heartwarming to see it growing by leaps and bounds!  I've met so many very wonderful people here - including you and a host of others;  I've learned a lot about music in the Irish traditional style.  Thanks again for your vision... and I am looking forward to seeing the 3,000th member soon!

All the best xxx,

Connie

Comment by Dick Glasgow on March 24, 2012 at 10:47
Sometimes you really can have quantity ... & quality! ;-)

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