Since the release of “Beyond the Borders” in 2010, life on the road has brought Tradish together not only with audiences apparently hungry for their eclectic approach to Irish music, but also with many diverse and innovative musicians within the vibrant Irish music scene that’s scattered throughout Europe, providing new ideas and fresh material for the new album, “Roots and Shoots”.

Tradish are:
John Pilkington: vocals, guitar, bouzouki, stepping
Louise Ring Vangsgaard: fiddle, viola, vocals
Brian Woetmann: bodhrán, percussion, vocals, stepping

The band
As part of a living tradition, Tradish are interested in exploring ways to connect the old and the new, the past and the present, respecting the roots yet keeping the music fresh and alive. Every member of Tradish has spent the best part of their lives playing everything from small pub sessions to concert and festival performances, giving Tradish the ability to not only satisfy the hardcore trad. crowd, but also to reach out to a wider audience who might not otherwise listen to traditional music.

The history
Irish Traditional Music has a long and fascinating evolution. With the hub of activity centred of course in Ireland, it’s sometimes forgotten that many of the great developments in the tradition haven’t been confined to within the borders, but owe a huge debt to musicians either born outside Ireland, or born in Ireland and subsequently emigrating to other parts of the world, taking their music and their culture with them and allowing it evolve.
Over the past 200 years, Traditional Irish Music has grown into a mighty tree with branches stretching around the world. A combination of Irish emigration and the sheer passion of its traditional music has blossomed into what can only be described as a truly global phenomenon.




The journey
“Roots and Shoots” consists of traditional and self-written material, and takes us on a journey that draws on the energy that flows from the roots of Irish music. It starts with a crazy trip through Galway, and ends up going out to wherever Irish music is loved and nurtured.

Tradish have now released their second album “Roots and Shoots”, which has gathered some enthusiastic reviews from around Europe (see message board). and led to Tradish being were chosen as one of the 10 bands representing Denmark as part of the “Danish Roots –Growing in the world” music export project.

Following up on the CD release, with tours planned to Norway and Germany, 2018 continues to be an exciting year.

Click here for a recent interview with "Folk World"