We have been remiss in closing out a number of competitions and actually giving away the albums.  This competition will therefore close on Friday 22nd May 2015.  We have 5 albums to give away to some lucky member of Tradconnect.  From Goitse's Tall Tales to Runa's Current Affairs.  Also included is Sinéad Healy's Shuffle the Deck, John Sherman & Randy Clepper's Finally Tuned and Séan Ó Riada's Port na bPubaí.  All you have to do to win the lot is answer the question below. Simply add your answer as a comment to this blog below and your name will go into the draw.

Question : What instruments do John Sherman & Randy Clepper play?


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Goitse / Tall Tales and Misadventures

Port na bPúcaí is a major new album that features previously unreleased material from Séan Ó Riada's final concert recorded in 1971.  This was just five months before his untimely death at the age of 40.  In addition to recordings from this concert there are a number of additional tracks from March 1971 and also from 1966.  O' Riada weaves his usual magic spell as he presents these works on piano and harpsichord. It includes some classic versions of great airs like Do Bhí Bean Uasal, Carraig Donn and Sliabh na mBan as well as other airs that Ó Riada himself introduced to Irish audiences , such as Aisling Gheal, the title track Port na bPúcaí.  This is an important addition to the works of Séan Ó Riada who played a major role in the popularisation of Irish music in the twentieth century. Read full review

Sinéad Healy / Shuffle the Deck

The gentle swing of a Jerry Holland hornpipe called Mary Claire’s introduces this piano accordion debut by Sinéad Healy. An All-Ireland winner in 2007, she has in place all the right credentials to deliver an impressive first recording. There is a light and breezy Breton feel to a large part of the album.  After the opening pair of hornpipes she takes us into a beautiful French waltz called Breton Lullaby and from there into a set of Breton Reels. There is also a big band feel to many of the tracks with strong percussion, bass and keyboards driving many along. Read full review

Runa / Current Affairs

Current Affairs is the latest release from Philadelphia based RUNA.  Band members include vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle.  They describe their sound as Irish-American roots and say they draw “equal inspiration from both the deep and ancient roots of the Celtic tradition and the modern reality of the Irish in America”.  Within this they incorporate traces of bluegrass, soul and even pop with a traditional Scots-Gaelic lullaby like Aoidh, Na Déan Cadal Idir sitting comfortably alongside Black River by Amos Lee. Read official launch

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John Sherman & Randy Clepper / Finally Tuned

We have not been overloaded with fingerstyle traditional guitar albums of late and so this outing by John Shermanand and Randy Clepper is a welcome addition.  Its a very accomplished recording of some demanding tunes.  It's includes some classic sets such as Rolling Waves/Market Town/Scatter The Mud from the  Kevin Burke and Míchael Ó Domhnaill Portland album of the same name.  In addition to that you have Christmas Eve, Moving Cloud, I Buried My Wife.., Golden Keyboard and many more.  Unlike other albums where you may tire of the standards, here you get to appreciate how a duo on strings might approach them. Read full review
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Séan Ó Riada / Port na bPucaí

Port na bPúcaí is a major new album that features previously unreleased material from Séan Ó Riada's final concert recorded in 1971.  This was just five months before his untimely death at the age of 40.  In addition to recordings from this concert there are a number of additional tracks from March 1971 and also from 1966.  O' Riada weaves his usual magic spell as he presents these works on piano and harpsichord.
It includes some classic versions of great airs like Do Bhí Bean Uasal, Carraig Donn and Sliabh na mBan as well as other airs that Ó Riada himself introduced to Irish audiences , such as Aisling Gheal, the title track Port na bPúcaí.  This is an important addition to the works of Séan Ó Riada who played a major role in the popularisation of Irish music in the twentieth century.

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Comment by TradConnect on May 29, 2015 at 16:56

Congrats to Pat O' Driscoll who was the first name out of the hat for this prize. 5 Albums on their way to you. 

Comment by Doug Persson on May 21, 2015 at 14:42

guitar, everyone else has said the rest

Comment by Betty O'Shea on October 30, 2014 at 21:51
guitar, banjo and bouzouki...
Comment by Philip Walsh on October 26, 2014 at 18:26
Both are instrumentalist musicians
Comment by Alan Woods on September 30, 2014 at 10:45

Randy Clepper plays cittern/bouzouki, acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, and hammered dulcimer.

John Sherman plays guitar, bouzouki, fiddle, banjo and highland bagpipes.

Comment by Willem van Gent on September 29, 2014 at 14:33

As follows: they play guitar, tenor banjo and bouzouki on their album.  Beyond that, John Sherman plays: guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin, and Randy Clepper plays: cittern/bouzouki, fingerstyle acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, and hammered dulcimer.

Comment by KATE SARSFIELD on September 26, 2014 at 16:22

Randy Clepper plays cittern/bouzouki, acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, and hammered dulcimer while John Sherman plays guitar, fiddle, bouzouki, banjo and Highland bagpipes.

Comment by Anita Lock on September 26, 2014 at 13:36

While both John and Randy play a variety of instruments, John's primarily instrument is guitar and Randy's is the Irish bouzouki.

Comment by Pat O'Driscoll on September 26, 2014 at 13:06

Randy Clepper plays guitar, cittern/bouzouki, tenor banjo, and hammered dulcimer.
John Sherman plays guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin.

Comment by Shaun on September 26, 2014 at 11:12

Randy Clepper plays bouzouki, guitar, & banjo.  John Sherman plays guitar, fiddle, bouzouki, banjo and Highland pipes

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