Reddit is a website with a simple idea: people post up things they think are interersting, and there’s an ‘up’ button and a ‘down’ button to vote with. The idea is the best stuff floats to the top.
The site is made up of thousands of niche interest subreddits, and there are some truly great ones for musicians. You can sign up for an account and ask questions, comment on links, and share knowledge.
And there are many more. You can search for topics and subreddits using the search bar in the top right.
Apart from being one of the best ways to find a teacher, Comhaltas sells books and CDs and runs an education programme for teachers.
TradConnect is a kind of social network fro trad students and teachers. The site aims to connect musicians to others near them, to open up opportunities for forming sessions, or finding students or a teacher.
Irish Music Magazine:
Irish Music Magazine is pretty self-explanatory. It covers news and events from the trad world, including upcoming festivals and listings, and interviews with major players. But it also has recommended listening and album reviews - very useful for those starting out to train their ear.
TunePal iPhone app:
TunePal is an app that will record a piece of music being played, compare it to a database, and try to guess what it's called. It can tell you what the likelihood is, and even provide links to the notes if you want to play it. Unfortunately it's not free, and it's only for iPhone, but could be very useful in a session.
This selection of resources is only the tip of the iceberg. The internet is enormous, and there are a thousand opportunties out there to meet like-minded people. Explore, and find a community that works for you.