Top 10 Traditional Tracks of the Week

We are now receiving a steady stream of new tracks, old tracks and demo's through from members on Tradconnect and will try and feature the best of what we get.  This includes tracks that come into our news stream on Soundcloud.  If you have a new track on release simply email us and follow us on Soundcloud.  We should then be able to pick up on your music.




1. The Friel Sisters - Rosses Highland/Jolly Tinker/Sailing into Walpole's/Flower of Red Hill

Glasgow based but with strong connections to Donegal, sisters Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel pack more artistic punch than the Kilfenora and Tulla Céilí bands combined on their debut recording. Their versatility on a range of instruments including uilleann pipes, flute, whistle and mouth organ adds depth to the recording.


2. Damien Mullane - The Orphan

This track has clocked up close to 10,000 plays and keeps showing up in our news stream.  If we were to revisit any album for a new review this might just be it.


3. Athrú - The Last Pint

Athrú are a 5 piece contemporary Irish trad band that released an EP last year and the tracks below are taken from it.  They "draw upon influences from Northern Ireland and beyond" according to their Facebook page producing music that is "dynamic and fresh."  They have started to build quite a following and are a band that we will no doubt hear more from in 2014.



4. Mark A. Pierse

Mark describes himself as a North East UK based amateur musician who records in his spare time. He only follows people who make music in the folk idiom. Its ok Mark, we still follow you.  Nice simple but tasty folk song.



5. Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke

This was an outstanding album from Dermot and Floriane back in 2012.  The album also features in the UK top 10 albums at the moment.  Traditional Irish music with a French twist. You can read our review here


6. Ben Sands - Warm Songs for Cold Nights

He hasn't been on our radar for a while.  This song has just been released on Soundcloud and with its simple but catchy refrain it grabs you.


7. Tom Delany & Caroline Keane

Taken from their 2013 EP called Framework we were awoken to the great music of this duo following the release of a TG4 video featuring another set of tunes from that same EP. Powerful music.


8. John Sherman & Randy Clepper

Included in our backlog of albums from 2013 that we are still hoping to get to is this fine album by John and Randy.  You don't often hear too many guitar and bouzouki albums these days.  This one stands apart. This track was inspired by the great Kevin Burke and Míchaél Ó Domhnaill album called Portland.  Its a classic album and this is a fine version.


9. Ruth Keggin

Hot off the press Ruth is a Manx Gaelic Singer with a passion about bringing Manx music and language to a wider audience.  This is taken from her upcoming debut album Sheear.


10. Dáimh - Banjo's Favourite

Dàimh are based in Lochaber in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; an area as much renowned for its scenic beauty as for its rich musical and cultural heritage. A long‐established favourite at folk festivals in Scotland, Ireland and across Europe, twice nominated for Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Traditional Music Awards, Dàimh are also regulars on BBC television. Ruth Keggin will also be performing with them in February in Ireland.



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