August/September 2010

Chuig an Eroctez

Chuig an Eroctez

Chuig an Eroctez

Patrick Pearse’s classic short story about a sean-nós singer who walks to Dublin could never happen today – or could it? by Breandán Ó hEaghra

Published on 1 August 2010

Breandán Ó hEaghra is a member of the contemporary Irish language group Rís and Director of Meas Media.

The Raw Bar

The Raw Bar

The Raw Bar

Ciaran Carson cherishes the moments when listening is important.

Published on 1 August 2010

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.

No Reviving What Never Died

No Reviving What Never Died

No Reviving What Never Died

Peter Rosser finds how American folk music revivals have been bound to the country’s social history

Published on 1 August 2010

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.

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Across folk, classical, pop and exploratory music, the sense of exile from Eden is key to the progress of British music in the twentieth century, writes Rob Young.

Published on 1 August 2010

Rob Young is a music journalist and former editor with Wire magazine. His book on his journey through British folk music, Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music, is published by Faber and Faber. www.electriceden.net

Empty Space

Empty Space

Empty Space

Commissioned to compose a work in response to 9/11, John Adams confronted the question: can modern classical music still be the transcendental force we need it to be? by Barra Ó Séaghdha

Published on 1 August 2010

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music.