New Releases: Traditional and Folk Music (April 2018)

The Gloaming (Photo: York Tillyer)

New Releases: Traditional and Folk Music (April 2018)

A round-up of new and recent traditional and folk music releases.

Featured below: The Gloaming, The Drunken Gaugers, Landless, Connla, and Heidi Talbot and John McCusker.

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The Gloaming: Live at the NCH
Real World Records
2 March 2018 (LP released 6 April)

To mark a run of seven sold-out performances at The National Concert Hall, The Gloaming released a live album of highlights from across the band’s appearances at the venue. The release coincides with a concert film of the final night of the residency, directed by Philip King and broadcast on RTÉ on 1 April (watch on RTÉ player). 



Patrick Doocey/Dylan Foley/Kevin Crawford: The Drunken Gaugers
Upstate Boys Records
29 March 2018

Lunasa’s Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán), Dylan Foley (fiddle) and Patrick Doocey (guitar) are each based in New York. Their debut album as a trio features traditional tunes as well as newly composed pieces.

Landless: Bleaching Bones
Humble Serpent
16 March 2018

Bleaching Bones is the debut album from both the unaccompanied voice quartet and the new Irish record label Humble Serpent. Landless perform traditional songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America, and their album was recorded by John ‘Spud’ Murphy inreverberent spaces around Ireland, such as old churches and underground tunnels. 


Connla: The Next Chapter
6 April 2018

Connla area five-piece contemporary folk band from Armagh and Derry. The Next Chapter is a follow-up to 2016’s River Waiting, a pop/folk crossover with arrangements of traditional and new folk songs with flutes, with traditional instruments paired with pop production. 


Heidi Talbot & John McCusker: Love Is The Bridge Between Two Hearts
Under One Sky Records
20 April 2018 

This six-track album is the first duo release by frequent collaborators singer Heidi Talbot and fiddler John McCusker. They will be joined by Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich and Paul Meehan for an 11-date Irish tour with Music Network from 8 to 20 May.

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The High Seas Debut Album Fundraising Campaign
The High Seas trio – Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and Cathal Ó Curráin – are fundraising for their debut album. Contribute to the campaign before 4 May.  Visit

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Published on 25 April 2018

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