August/September 2009

The Beat of a Big Heart

The Beat of a Big Heart

The Beat of a Big Heart

Tony MacMahon remembers Joe Cooley, the larger-than-life musician that set him on his musical journey, and also discusses the music of Frankie Gavin and Martin Hayes, and traditional-music broadcasting.

Published on 1 August 2009

Tony MacMahon is a traditional musician and former television producer in RTÉ, where he produced The Pure Drop, The Green Linnet, Aisling Gheal, The Long Note, The Blackbird and the Bell and many other series. He has made two solo recordings, Tony MacMahon (1972) and MacMahon from Clare (2000), and recorded I gCnoc na Graí (1985) with Noel Hill and Aislingí Ceoil (1994) with Noel Hill and Iarla Ó Lionáird.

Around the World for Sport

Around the World for Sport

Around the World for Sport

Ciaran Carson remembers how we was driven by music when he had no car...

Published on 1 August 2009

Ciaran Carson is a poet, prose writer, translator and flute-player, and the author of Last Night’s Fun, a book about Irish traditional music. He is is Professor of Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast.

A Missionary Spirit

A Missionary Spirit

A Missionary Spirit

In an extract from his forthcoming biography of Irish Times music critic Charles Acton (1914–1999), Richard Pine discusses the role of the critic from the 1950s up to the 1980s.

Published on 1 August 2009

Richard Pine, Director of the Durrell School of Corfu, is a former Concerts Manager in RTÉ. He is the author and editor of books on Irish music history and of definitive studies of Oscar Wilde, Brian Friel and Lawrence Durrell.

What Rock Is

What Rock Is

What Rock Is

What is rock, really?

Published on 1 August 2009

Peter Rosser (1970–2014) was a composer, writer and music lecturer.

He was born in London and moved to Belfast in 1990, where he studied composition at the University of Ulster and was awarded a DPhil in 1997. His music has been performed at the Spitalfields Festival in London, the Belfast Festival at Queen’s and by the Crash Ensemble in Dublin.

In 2011 the Arts Council acknowledged his contribution to the arts in Northern Ireland through a Major Individual Artist Award. He used this award to write his Second String Quartet, which was premiered in 2012 by the JACK Quartet at the opening concert at Belfast's new Metropolitan Arts Centre (The MAC).

Peter Rosser also wrote extensively on a wide range of music genres, with essays published in The Journal of Music, The Wire, Perspectives of New Music and the Crescent Journal. 

He died following an illness on 24 November 2014, aged 44.

Festivals

Festivals

Ireland   Ballinamore Family Festival Stradermot, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim 9.8.09 – 16.8.09 ballinamorefestival.ieBallyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival Ballyshannon, Co.

Published on 1 August 2009

Live: Ry Cooder

Live: Ry Cooder

The Olympia Theatre, Dublin10–11 June 2009Ry Cooder’s career has included so many reinventions it has been hard to keep track.

Published on 1 August 2009

Kevin Stevens is is a Dublin-based novelist and writer on history, literature, and jazz.

Live: Fennesz / Somadrone

Live: Fennesz / Somadrone

Andrew’s Lane Theatre, Dublin6 May 2009The latest incarnation of Somadrone is as a duo comprising its architect Neil O’Connor with Glenn Keating, both playing synthesisers.

Published on 1 August 2009

Seán Ó Máille is a freelance critic, photographer and full-time secondary teacher in Dublin.

Live: London Improvisers Orchestra

Live: London Improvisers Orchestra

Harry Beckett (trumpet), Ian Smith (flugelhorn) Robert Jarvis, Alan Tomlinson (trombones), Andrew Robinson (recorders), Neil Metcalfe (flute), Terry Day (reed pipes & recorder), Lol Coxhill, Adrian Northover, Evan Parker (soprano saxes)

Published on 1 August 2009

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and a director of the record label and music production company Ergodos.

Live: West Cork Chamber Music Festival: Trio Mediaeval

Live: West Cork Chamber Music Festival: Trio Mediaeval

Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Østrem Ossum (sopranos), Arve Henriksen (trumpet) St Brendan’s Church, Bantry, Co. Cork1 July 2009I got spectacularly lost on the long drive down to Bantry.

Published on 1 August 2009

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly is a composer and a director of Ergodos, a production company and record label. schlepperconnolly.com

Live: Beyond the Wall

Live: Beyond the Wall

London Symphony Orchestra, Lang Lang (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun (conductor), Wu Man (pipa), Kronos Quartet, Mamer, Hanggai, FM3, Xiao He, Yan Jun, Wu Na, WhiteBarbican, LSO St Luke’s and Union Chapel; London21 March – 16 May 2

Published on 1 August 2009

Stephen Graham is a lecturer in music at Goldsmiths, University of London. He blogs at www.robotsdancingalone.wordpress.com.

Inbox

Inbox

Dirty DesireDaniel Robson, Japan, writes:Daniel Robinson raises some interesting points (‘Dirty Desire’, June–July), if a little narrow in scope.

Published on 1 August 2009

Online Radio

Online Radio

Classical/Early   CD Review Andrew McGregor Sat, 9:00am bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview/Classical Collection Sarah Walker Mon–Fri, 10:00am bbc.co.uk/radio3/classicalcollection Composer of the Week Donal Macleod Mon–Fri,...

Published on 1 August 2009

Book: Tuned Out

Book: Tuned Out

Fintan VallelyTuned Out: Traditional Music and Identity in Northern IrelandCork University PressTuned Out is the story of Irish traditional music in Northern Ireland and its transformation there into a cultural form associated mainly with N

Published on 1 August 2009

Larry Polansky

Larry Polansky

The Theory of Impossible MelodyNew World Records (80684-2)A scholar in medieval literature was talking to me recently about the Anglo-Saxon word for poet: scop (pronounced ‘shop’). It’s derived from the Anglo-Saxon verb scieppan – ‘to...

Published on 1 August 2009

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and a director of the record label and music production company Ergodos.

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis

Slow DynamoVF Records (VF1)With Slow Dynamo, Valerie Francis is introducing herself to the pantheon of Irish female singer-songwriters with a firm handshake and steady eye, armed with a brand of alt-folk which seems as informed as much by t

Published on 1 August 2009

Anna Murray is Assistant Editor of The Journal of Music. Her website is www.annamurraymusic.com.

Mark McKnight

Mark McKnight

OvernightReMark RecordsOver the last couple of years, the young Belfast guitarist Mark McKnight has been quietly building on a stateside jazz education in New York and Boston, completed in 2006.

Published on 1 August 2009

Kevin Stevens is is a Dublin-based novelist and writer on history, literature, and jazz.

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson

Double TrioDiatribe Recordings DIACD006Double Trio is the product of Ian Wilson’s year-long residency in the Glencullen electoral area south of Dublin.

Published on 1 August 2009

Michael Quinn is a freelance music and theatre journalist based in Co. Down.

Reelan

Reelan

The Crooked Picture, A Selection of Original Irish MusicSPCD001It would not be too inaccurate, if a little ungenerous, to say that band recordings of traditional Irish music tend to feature virtuosic boys showing off their rolls with middle

Published on 1 August 2009

Niall Keegan is a traditional flute player and Associate Director at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Hiccup

Hiccup

VariousHiccupRTÉ lyric fm CD123Hiccup makes a timely appearance as newspaper headlines sound alarm bells about the financial difficulties facing RTÉ.

Published on 1 August 2009

Michael Quinn is a freelance music and theatre journalist based in Co. Down.

Sunn O)))

Sunn O)))

Monoliths and DimensionsSouthern Lord RecordsThe beautiful ambient/minimalist electronica of Australian anti-guitarist Oren Ambarchi has been one of the discoveries of the last five years for me.

Published on 1 August 2009

Ian Wilson is a composer

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

SweetwoodCló Iar-Chonnachta CICD 179As a founder member of Dervish, one of the most successful, consistent and long-standing groups on the traditional circuit, Liam Kelly is no stranger to the recording studio.

Published on 1 August 2009

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in traditional music at Maynooth University.

Live: Grisey / Rameau

Live: Grisey / Rameau

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Soloists of Ensemble Intercontemporain, Le Concert Français, Pierre Hantaï, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Susanna Mälkki Cité de la Musique, Paris 9–11 May 2009 The analogy between Jean-Philippe...

Published on 1 August 2009

Radar

Radar

Radar

U2 Donate 5M Euro to Music EducationMusic education in Ireland is to benefit from a substantial philanthropic gift of €5 million by U2 along with a further €2 million pledged by the Ireland Funds.

Published on 1 August 2009

From the Editor

From the Editor

Arts funding continues to look vulnerable in this economic recession, but it always has been, and we have to seriously look at why this is.Arts communities have continually put forward economic, cultural and social arguments for funding for

Published on 1 August 2009

Toner Quinn is Editor of The Journal of Music. His website is www.tonerquinn.com.