The Celtic Music Fan

Staying true to the roots while having a firm grip on the present!

LiveTrad:Streaming Traditional Irish Music to the World(Interview) is a new, interactive website streaming Traditional Irish Music webcasts online.

LiveTrad is a media miracle in traditional Irish music. For the first time, people from all around the globe, those in the Irish diaspora have the chance to see  live performances as they happen in real time! My friend Jimmy (who is a huge Celtic music promoter and musician) showed me a clip and he said that it’s live streaming. I was amazed. I added LiveTrad to my facebook account and soon I got updates of what’s happening or about to happen.

The challenges are the same as for anyone starting something, especially where new technology is involved.

It is great to witness something huge that is talking place and which continues to grow. With LiveTrad, we discover new artists and festivals from around Ireland. Something so wonderful as this has to have amazing people behind it. Who are these guys?I found out soon.  I got hold of Mike(Micheál Ó Domhnaill) who answered my questions.


Mike(Micheál Ó Domhnaill) at Livetrad stand AOIFE conference

Mike(Micheál Ó Domhnaill) at Livetrad stand AOIFE conference

Live Trad is the only live streaming site I know right now dedicated to traditional Irish music. What’s the need behind to put this up? 

Yes, is the only web streaming service for traditional Irish music. We established the website because we have a background in both broadcasting and computing, and we had the contacts necessary to build the website into the platform that it is rapidly becoming.

What is the state of traditional Irish music in Ireland right now, based on your opinion and observation? 

Traditional Irish music has probably never been in a better place in terms of people playing music. There are more young people learning to a high quality, and there are probably more bands out there than ever before. That’s great for websites like, because we have a wide-spread of musicians to webcast, and the musicians also love the worldwide exposure they get through, not to mention the access to video archive we provide.

Who are the people involved in Live Trad? (I mean who am I talking to right now?) And the functions of each one. has a core crew of 4 people who look after the operation. The two producers names are Mike and Neil (I’m Mike), and we look after the day-to-day running of the operation, from booking acts and venues, through to planning the gigs, and pre and post production elements.

Nice to meet you Mike! What are the big things that you look forward to before this year ends? 

The next webcast takes place on September 16th at 10pm Irish time and features a concert we recorded last night with Cherish the Ladies. Have a look at this link for a sample clip: 

Also, we are doing a live web broadcast from the island of Inishbofin in Galway on Sep 30th at the same time. Further dates are to be announced for October until December.

Neil Davitt at AOIFE conference. Finishing line in sight!

Neil Davitt at AOIFE conference. Finishing line in sight!

What were the challenges in putting up LiveTrad and what inspires the four of you to continue expanding this wonderful thing you started? 

The challenges are the same as for anyone starting something, especially where new technology is involved. Live web streaming is still relatively new, especially in Ireland, but we’re really happy with the reaction we’ve received so far about, and this gives us great hopes for the future.

What’s your best advice to people who are doing the same thing you do in general? 

If you’ve got a dream, go for it.

3 comments on “LiveTrad:Streaming Traditional Irish Music to the World(Interview)

  1. Chris B
    September 13, 2011

    Just watched the Cherish the Ladies clip…WOW! What a source for great Irish traditional music!


    • Baxter Labatos
      September 13, 2011

      Thanks Christi. They have a lot planned before this year ends and I am sure we will enjoy them :)


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