What a start to the year we have had here on Tradconnect. In late 2011 we started doing album reviews as a way of helping SEO, providing original content and supporting member albums and it has turned into quite a success. While we may struggle in the near future to review everything that comes through our doors, for now we are covering it. If we can't do a full review we will still be able to feature what we receive, so if you want to be included please keep sending your CD's in to us and we will do what we can. Maybe at the the end of the year we can have an album of the year. For now check out what we were listening to in January. Click on image for full review



A good start to the year when we discovered that our own Katie Davis Henderson is one half of Killarney which also features Colin Bott's, another Tradconnector, on octave mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass and vocals.

Katie herself is also a fine singer and features on a number of tracks on the album.

Well done guys on Pull The Knife.




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What an album from Paul McGlinchey. All-Ireland senior flute champion for three consecutive years in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and prior to that runner-up in 1990 and 1992. Born and bred in Omagh Co. Tyrone, both his parents had a deep interest in Irish music. This defined the man and provided the bedrock on which his love for the music flourished.

He definitely built upon that and produced an album of great quality that we waxed lyrical about.

A must have album.

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The band was established in 2001 when ‘Lúnasa’ founders John McSherry and Michael McGoldrick released their critically acclaimed collaborative album, ‘At First Light’. The line up has changed since then with the addition of Uilleann piper and bodhrán player Francis McIlduff (of the famous McPeake clan) bringing a new mix of dual pipes to their live gigs. Shortly after the name At First Light was adopted.

Check it out

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Caladh Nua make a firm statement on Happy Days. We are here and we ain't going anywhere for some time. If Caladh Nua keep this quality up they will have a very bright future indeed. Production values, fine arrangements and great vocal performances are all here in abundance. It's a great debut album that brings an energy so necessary in traditional music. It displays five musicians on top of their game and having a fun time in the process.

No wonder they have been picked up by a big agency.

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Siún comprise sisters Siobhán and Úna Hogan. Both are natives of Kilnaboy Co.Clare and their music reflects the hearty music of the North Clare region. They started learning their music at an early age from Garry Shannon who is also a TradConnect member and who is also involved in the Meitheal festival. Siobhán is also an All Ireland Champion on whistle as well as winning the senior flute in 2005.

They are doing a lot of gigs as well so if you have the chance, go and see them.

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