VOTE : With a €3,000 Award from INEC Killarney - Cast Your Vote

Welcome to the Tradconnect Readers Poll to select our Traditional Album of the Year 2016. This year the award is sponsored by The INEC Killarney and the winning artist will receive a cheque for €3,000, as well as the opportunity to appear at one or both of the music festivals organised each year by The INEC.

These include the hugely popular The Gathering Festival that takes place on 22nd- 26th February 2017 as well as Folkfest Killarney that takes place on 7th-9th July 2017.

An outstanding lineup has already been announced for The Gathering that includes Dervish, Fullset, John Carty Festival Band and many more. Visit for the latest news.

Our Album of the Year award is a celebration of all the great music released in during 2016 and we are delighted that The INEC have come onboard.

Managing Director of The INEC Patrick O’Donohue said “New albums are the lifeblood of trad music, be they of new compositions or reworkings of ancient songs which might otherwise disappear. We are therefore delighted to sponsor this important award.  We use events like Folkfest and The Gathering to showcase the very best in trad music and are keen to support this industry in any way we can.”     

This year we have received well over 160 albums, which we list below to remind you of the many albums. We combine this poll with the views of an independent panel of 10 judges to select our traditional album of the year, with the winner announced in February.  This poll will remain open throughout January 2017.

To vote simply follow the link below. Remember you need to be a member of Tradconnect to vote, and membership is free.

Our software only allows one vote per PC/iPad/Device so if you have other family members that want to vote they will have to use a different device.  

POLL NOW CLOSED - Thanks to all those that voted


Here is a reminder of all the albums we featured throughout the year, and all are included as an option in our poll.


Aidan Coffee - The Corner House Set

Aidan Connolly - Be Off

Alison Perkins & Nicolas Brown - All Covered with Moss

Amala - Resonance

Andrew Finn Magill - Roots

Andrew Finn Magill - Branches

Ann Kirrane - Behind Yon Mountain

Anne Rynne

Aoife Scott - Carry the Day

ARUM - Self-titled Debut

Atlas - Affinity

Beltaine - Tilly's Jig

Beoga - Before We Change Our Mind

Birlinn Jiarg - Seamount

Brenda Castles - Indeedin You Needn't Bother

Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman - Living Roots

Bríd O'Gorman with Eoin O'Neill - Bluebells are Blooming

Caladh Nua - Free & Easy

Caoimhin Vallely - Self-titled

Cara - Yet We Sing

Cathal Hayden - Hooked on Banjo

Cathal O Neill - Inherited

Catherine John - iFandango Bragh!

Cavan Bucks

Charlie Lennon - Áille na hÁille / A Terrible Beauty

Charlie O;Brien - Where Splendour Falls

Christy Moore - Lily

Ciarán Somers with Nicolas Quemener - Now

Cillian Vallely - The Raven's Rock

Clanú - Long Way Round

Connla - River Waiting

Conor Caldwell & Danny Diamond - North

Crepuscule - Horizon

Cuig - New Landscapes

D'Bize - Storm Party

Dan Possumato - Mostly Accordion

Danny Maidhcí - Buail do phuc is Liúigh

Daoirí Farrell - True Born Irishman

David Power & Willie Kelly - Apples in Winter

Davy Spillane - Between Longing and Belonging

Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones - Call of Erin

Des Cafferkey - Trad with a Twist

Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde - Sona do Cheird

Dónal Clancy - On the Lonesome Plain

Donie Nolan - The Banks of Abha Bán

Dubhlinn - Live

Ed Harris - The New Bern Seisiúns

Edel Vaughan - Spreagtha

Eileen Ivers - Beyond The Bog Road

Ensemble Ériu - Imbas

Eoin Dillon - Pondelorum

Fiana Ni Chonaill - Dathanna an Cheoil

Fintan McHugh - Wait Till The Clouds Roll By

Four Men and a Dog - And The Band Played On...

Fr. Charlie,Tony and Margaret Coen - Around The Turf Fire at Coen's

Frank Harte - When Adam was in Paradise

Frankie Gavin, Paddy Keenan and Junjii Shirota - Éire Japan

Fullset - Notes Between The Lines

Gailfean - Won't You Come Out Tonight

Gatehouse - Tús Nua

Geraldine Cotter - Piano +

Goitse - Inspired By Chance

Gretchen Koehler & Daniel Kelly - The Waxwing



Iontach - A New Journey

Jack Talty - In Flow

Jennifer Licko - Sing

Jesse Smith, Sean Gavin , John Blake - Music From the Lost Continent

JigJam - Hello World

John & Maggie Carty - Settle out of Court

John Leo Carter - No Monsters Only Toys

John McSherry - The Seven Suns

John Redmond - Box Sets

John Walsh - Noreside

Johnny Óg Connolly - Siar

Josh Dukes & Dylan Foley - The New York Connection

Josie Nugent - Modal Citizen

Kern - False Deceiver

Kevin Burke & John Brennan - The Pound Ridge Sessions

Kevin Rowsome - Cuisle Cheol na bPíob

Kevin Ryan and Fu Akamine - Díséad Live at Malachy's

Laoise Kelly and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn - Ar Lorg na Laochra

Lasairfhíona - One Penny Portion

Laurence Nugent - White Island

Lorcan Mac Mathuna - Visionaries 1916

Luka Bloom - Frúgalisto

Macro Fabbri - Crossroads

Maraeinn Dwyer - Stolen Hearts

Marcus Hernon - Kindle The Fire

Mary McNamara & Sorcha Costello - The Lady's Cup of Tea

Mary McPartlan - From Mountain to Mountain

Matt Molloy, John Carty & Arty McGlynn - Out of the Ashes

Matthew Horsley - Australian Waters

Matthew Olwell - Cybertrad

Maurice Leyden - The Tern and the Swallow

Maurice McGrath - Winsome Ways

Michael Sheehy - The Cat's Rambles

Micheál Ó hAlmhain - The Flowing Tide

Michel Balatti - The Northern Breeze

Mick Hanley - Homeland

Mick McAuley - Highs & Bellows

Mick, Louise and Michelle Mulcahy - The Reel Note

Mike Butler, Aidan McMahon & Michael Landers - Yield Up The Night Time

Mollys Revenge - Lift

Na Mooneys

Nathan Gourley & Joe Abarta - Copley Street

New Road - Stone Walls & Street Lights

Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne - Kind Providence

Notify - InConcept

Nua - Flow

Nuadan - Lá Laindí Lugha

Nuala Kennedy - Behave the Bravest

Out The Gap - Let Loose

Paddy McMenamin & Friends

Padraig O'Neill & Ian Kinsella - When The Prescription Runs Out

Pat O'Connor and Eoghan O' Sullivan - Conversation at the Crosses

Patrick Cassidy - The Irish Rebellion 1916

Paul Moran - Moran's Fancy

Pauline Connelly - All Because

Pauline Scanlon - Gossamer

Peadar O Riada - ONÓIR

Planxty - Between The Jigs and the Reels - A Retrospective

Project West

Randall Stephen Hall - Rewired & Random

Raw Bar Collective - Ag Fogairt An Lae

Realta - Clear Skies

Robert Doyle  - Lig Amach

Roisin McGrory - the Brae Road

Ruaile Buaile - This Very Moment

Runa - Live

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin - Roithleán

Seán Keane - New Day Dawning

Shannon - Crowded Head

Síle Denvir - Caitréim

Siobhán O'Donnell - Beautiful Affair

Socks in Frying Pan - Without a Paddle

Solas - All These Years

Sophie & Fiachra Trio - Un Canadien errant

Srutháin Cheoil

String Theory


Tara Howley - Take 1

The Celtic Fiddle Festival - Storm in a Teacup

The Fiddle Case - Audio Incense

The Gloaming 2

The High Kings - Grace & Glory

The Hydes - Green & Blue

The Macalla Suite

The Maguires - Little Giants & Other Oxymorons

The Truckley Howl

The Tulla Céilí Band - 70th Anniversary Celebration

Tom O' Dwyer & Friends - No Guiding Light

Tom Walsh - Fired Up

Tommy Peoples - Live at Fiddler's Hearth

Tony McMahon - Farewell to Music

We Banjo 3 - String Theory

Zoe Conway, Dónal Lunny, Mairtin O'Connor - In Full Sail

2002 - Celtic Fairy Lullaby

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