January/February 2008

The Little Ponies that Beat the Mare: Thomas Moore and his Irish Melodies

The Little Ponies that Beat the Mare: Thomas Moore and his Irish Melodies

The Little Ponies that Beat the Mare: Thomas Moore and his Irish Melodies

A range of commemorative events will mark the two hundreth anniversary of the publication of Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies. Una Hunt looks at his life and work and Moore’s legacy today.

Published on 1 January 2008

Una Hunt is a pianist and has recorded several CDs featuring the music of neglected Irish composers.

Editorial: Spread the Word

Editorial: Spread the Word

One of the Forum for Music in Ireland’s most important roles has been its highlighting of the slow development of music education in Ireland. It does this through its bi-annual meetings, its website and its campaigns.

Published on 1 January 2008

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

Live Reviews: The Necks / Paul G. Smyth

Live Reviews: The Necks / Paul G. Smyth

Live Reviews: The Necks / Paul G. Smyth

Daghdha Space, Limerick3 November 2007Chris Abrahams’ hands rest silently on the piano keys, hesitate, reconsider, retreat. A second attempt to begin reveals a single tone, repeated with a silver care, racing ahead and pulling back.

Published on 1 January 2008

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

Live Reviews: DEAF

Live Reviews: DEAF

Various venues, Dublin25-29 October 2007Confucius said: ‘Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.’ After last year’s focus on Ireland, this year’s Dublin Electronic Arts Festival turned its gaze eastwards, its theme being...

Published on 1 January 2008

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

Live Reviews: Cork Jazz Festival

Live Reviews: Cork Jazz Festival

Various venues, Cork26-29 October 2007The Cork Jazz Festival, held as usual over the October bank holiday weekend, celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, giving jazz fans and more casual attendees its customary selection of challenging

Published on 1 January 2008

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

Live Reviews: Eliza Carthy

Live Reviews: Eliza Carthy

Spiegeltent, Queen’s University, Belfast21 October 2007The woman who was going to drag English folk music into the twenty-first century was at the Belfast Festival at Queen’s in Autumn, but watching the middle-aged and middle-class – that..

Published on 1 January 2008

Robert MacMillan is Irish Language Editor with The Irish News in Belfast.

CD Reviews: Dervish

CD Reviews: Dervish

CD Reviews: Dervish

Travelling ShowWhirling Discs, Whrl 011Although their recent trip to Finland might not have gone as planned, Dervish’s tenth album doesn’t shy away from drawing attention to the importance of travel as a trope within traditional music.

Published on 1 January 2008

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

CD Reviews: Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington

CD Reviews: Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington

CD Reviews: Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington

The Merry Love to PlayCló Iar-Chonnachta, CICD 167This fine collection, the second collaboration between Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington, is full of high-spirited music making from musicians who, as the title says, clearly have a passion f

Published on 1 January 2008

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

CD Reviews: Jane O'Leary

CD Reviews: Jane O'Leary

CD Reviews: Jane O'Leary

In the Stillness of TimeCapstone Records CPS-8789A much overdue portrait of Jane O’Leary on disc takes an over-the-shoulder look at work composed during the last decade for a range of chamber-sized combinations, all of which the composer vo

Published on 1 January 2008

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

CD Reviews: Dorothy Murphy

CD Reviews: Dorothy Murphy

CD Reviews: Dorothy Murphy

CallingImprovised Music Company, IMCD 1019‘I don’t feel like I’m singing,’ Billie Holiday said. ‘It’s like I’m playing a horn.’ The great jazz vocalists use their voice as an improvising instrument, more...

Published on 1 January 2008

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

CD Reviews: Roger Doyle

CD Reviews: Roger Doyle

CD Reviews: Roger Doyle

The Ninth SetDie Stadt DS103The Ninth Set is Roger Doyle’s third volume of Passades, a series begun six years ago and which first saw the light of day as a free third anniversary covermount CD in the November 2003 issue of JMI.Subsequently

Published on 1 January 2008

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

One Man, Many Voices

One Man, Many Voices

One Man, Many Voices

Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill reads a book of essays in honour of Tom Munnelly.

Published on 1 January 2008

Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill is employed as a placenames researcher in the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Pádraig’s solo CD of traditional song, Amhráin na Séad /Jewels and Pathways was released in 2006.

In Praise of the Ceili Band

In Praise of the Ceili Band

In Praise of the Ceili Band

There’s a burst of applause before the band launches into a set of reels: the pace is immediately fast and furious, and you can hear the audience in the background, whooping and hurrahing above an excited buzz of conversation.

Published on 1 January 2008

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.

Notes

Notes

Notes

Rossa and Rónán Ó Snodaigh in Ceolchuairt on TG4 JMI Seeks Marketing ExecutiveJMI welcomes letters of application for the new post of Marketing & Promotions Executive. The position shall involve promoting the magazine at major music...

Published on 1 January 2008

Inbox: Aran Island Pipers

Inbox: Aran Island Pipers

Deirdre Ní Chonghaile, Cill Rónáin, Oileán Árainn, writes: On a point of information: as I understand it, there were five pipers in the Aran Islands in 1821, not seven as either Fred Johnston or Sean Donnelly suggested in...

Published on 1 January 2008

Deirdre Ní Chonghaile is a PhD student in UCC’s Music Department. Her thesis is on the music and song of the Aran Islands. 

Live Reviews: Rolf Hind (piano) & David Alberman (violin)

Live Reviews: Rolf Hind (piano) & David Alberman (violin)

Printing House, Trinity College, Dublin4 December 2007Theloosely-themed programme of New Sound Worlds in December focussed on the developments made in twentieth and twenty-first century violin and piano music, highlighting the distance trav

Published on 1 January 2008

Seán Clancy is a composer living in Dublin.

Resonant Air: The Music of Michael Alcorn

Resonant Air: The Music of Michael Alcorn

Resonant Air: The Music of Michael Alcorn

In the sixth article in his series on Irish composers, Bob Gilmore interviews Michael Alcorn, Director of the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Queen’s University.

Published on 1 January 2008

Bob Gilmore (1961–2015) was a musicologist, educator and keyboard player. Born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, he studied at York University, Queen's University Belfast, and at the University of California.

Between 2005 and 2012, Bob Gilmore published several articles in The Journal of Music, including seven significant profiles of Irish composers.

His books include Harry Partch: a biography (Yale University Press, 1998) and Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music (University of Illinois Press, 2006), both of which were recipients of the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP. He wrote extensively on the American experimental tradition, microtonal music and spectral music, including the work of such figures as James Tenney, Horațiu Rădulescu, Claude Vivier, and Frank Denyer. 

Bob Gilmore taught at Queens University, Belfast, Dartington College of Arts, Brunel University in London, and was a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent. He was the founder, director and keyboard player of Trio Scordatura, an Amsterdam-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of microtonal music, and for the year 2014 was the Editor of Tempo, a quarterly journal of new music. His biography of French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier was published by University of Rochester Press in June 2014.