Tradish celebrate their 10-year anniversary this year with the release of their third album "Handmade tales":
15 tracks, handcrafted for acoustic instruments, each with its own story, each telling its own tale. It’s a distillation of the band’s special sound, combining their own original numbers with traditional material from Ireland and beyond.

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

Over the past 10 years, Tradish have been travelling around telling stories with their music to hundreds of audiences around Europe open to their eclectic embrace of Irish music. As part of this great living tradition, Tradish are interested in exploring ways to connect the old and the new, the past and the present, respecting the roots while still keeping the music fresh and alive.

Traditional Irish music has grown into a mighty tree over the past 200 years, with branches stretching around the world. The band’s second album Roots and Shoots, takes us on a journey that starts with a crazy trip through Galway, and then out into the world beyond, drawing on the energy that flows from the roots of Irish music; 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. Enthusiastic reviews from around Europe led to Tradish being chosen as one of the 10 bands representing Denmark as part of the “Danish Roots – Growing in the world” music export project.

This year , Tradish release their third album, Handmade tales: a snapshot of the way Tradish’s distinctive sound has evolved after 10 years of playing together: the sound of 3 voices and 6 hands picking, bowing and beating instruments handmade from wood, strings and goatskin.

Three tours in Greenland have provided the opportunity to soak up inspiration from some the Greenlandic song tradition. “Nuilersup Qilaap Seequinersuata”, a beautiful Greenlandic song, became a feature of their concert repertoire and is included on the album.


The past 3 years has also seen a series of acclaimed concerts with Gunilla Odsbøll, a phenomenal stepdancer and winner of the European Irish Stepdance Championship. Gunilla’s stepping adds a new element to the Tradish sound, with Gunilla’s feet featuring on one of the album’s dance numbers.

Following up on the release of Handmade tales, Tradish continue with their busy schedule of concerts and festivals both within Scandinavia and beyond. 2020 is going to be an exciting year.

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