January/February 2009

Player on the Black Keys

Player on the Black Keys

Player on the Black Keys

In an extract from a memoir in progress, musician Tony MacMahon remembers moments of inspiration, captivation – and terror.

Published on 1 January 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.

Online Radio Guide

Online Radio Guide

Classical/EarlyCD Review – Andrew McGregor, Sat, 9am, www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview/Classical Collection – Sarah Walker, Mon–Fri, 10am, www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/classicalcollectionComposer of the Week – Donal Macleod, Mon–Fri, 12pm,...

Published on 1 January 2009

Live Reviews: Crash Ensemble: Free State III / World View UK

Live Reviews: Crash Ensemble: Free State III / World View UK

Live Reviews: Crash Ensemble: Free State III / World View UK

Crash Ensemble, Darragh Morgan (violin), Alan Pierson (conductor)O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin27–28 November 2008Now well over ten years old, the Crash Ensemble has become a fixture of the new music scene in Ireland.

Published on 1 January 2009

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

Live Reviews: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: James Tenney Retrospective

Live Reviews: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: James Tenney Retrospective

Live Reviews: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: James Tenney Retrospective

Quatuor Bozzini; Rick Sacks (percussion), Eve Egoyan (piano), Miriam Shalinsky (double bass), local instrumentalistsHuddersfield, Yorkshire24–26 November 2008Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival’s James Tenney retrospective was the larg

Published on 1 January 2009

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

Live Reviews: At First Light

Live Reviews: At First Light

Live Reviews: At First Light

The Cherry Tree, Dublin14 November 2008When two string players and what looked dangerously like a percussionist came out on stage at the Cherrytree in Walkinstown with the piper and the fiddler, I’ll admit I felt a little tremor of pessimis

Published on 1 January 2009

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

Live Reviews: Anail Dé

Live Reviews: Anail Dé

Live Reviews: Anail Dé

Gavin Bryars (double bass), Iarla Ó Lionáird (voice), Leo Abrahams (guitar), Lisa Grosman (viola), Cian Ó Dúill (viola), Kate Ellis (cello)Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin14 November 2008Anáil Dé is an evening-length...

Published on 1 January 2009

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

CD Reviews: Charlie Lennon

CD Reviews: Charlie Lennon

CD Reviews: Charlie Lennon

Turning the TuneCló Iar-Chonnachta CICD 166One of a select number of traditional composers whose corpus of tunes enjoys a wide currency among musicians, and a highly-respected fiddler and piano accompanist in his own right, Charlie Lennon’s

Published on 1 January 2009

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

CD Reviews: Trihornophone

CD Reviews: Trihornophone

CD Reviews: Trihornophone

Breathing TimeDiatribe DIACD004 Since forming in Dublin four years ago, the lively, progressive quartet Trihornophone has been intriguing audiences with improvised music that is playful, open, and always fresh.

Published on 1 January 2009

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

The Thing Itself

The Thing Itself

The Thing Itself

How do we recognise the real thing in traditional music?

Published on 1 January 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.

Notes

Notes

Notes

Unlocking the Archive / Session with the Pipers /Music Recording / Casadh Arís / Temple Bar Trad / Música Nueva de Mexico / Outof Time / New Books on Music in Ireland / Winteriser / Happy to Meet, Sorry toPart / Dublin Philharmonic in USA /

Published on 1 January 2009

Editorial: MacMahon from Clare

Editorial: MacMahon from Clare

In 1996, for a speech given at the Crossroads Conference in Dublin, Tony MacMahon wrote the following: ‘Underlying the affection of a large section of the public for [traditional music and song] is a preconception – that apart from its ente

Published on 1 January 2009

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

Live Reviews: Dublin Electronic Arts Festival

Live Reviews: Dublin Electronic Arts Festival

Live Reviews: Dublin Electronic Arts Festival

Various venues, Dublin23–26 October 2008Electronic noise: either you view it as an irritating addendum to the intended functions of analogue technologies, or you take your lead from today’s sound artists and technophiles and celebrate it as

Published on 1 January 2009

Rob Casey is a Dublin-based musician and composer of electronic and acoustic music.

CD Reviews: Neill Lyons

CD Reviews: Neill Lyons

CD Reviews: Neill Lyons

Skins & SinsLyonsie Records NCLD001The life of a bodhrán player can be a lonely one: constantly searching for a musical partner; often maligned by instrumental prejudice; without session civil-rights; without much of a recorded history

Published on 1 January 2009

CD Reviews: Balfe

CD Reviews: Balfe

CD Reviews: Balfe

Shakespeare’s vainglorious corpulent knight Falstaff has proved an irresistible lure to composers over the centuries. Salieri, Mozart, Elgar, Holst, Vaughan Williams and, most memorably, Verdi, have all set the...

Published on 1 January 2009

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

A Lament for Arthur O'Leary

A Lament for Arthur O'Leary

A Lament for Arthur O'Leary

The first composition teacher of Charles Villiers Stanford, the ‘father’ of the renaissance in English classical music, came from Tralee.

Published on 1 January 2009

Raymond Deane is a composer, pianist, author and activist. Together with the violinist Nigel Kennedy, he is a cultural ambassador of Music Harvest, an organisation seeking to create 'a platform for cultural events and dialogue between internationals and Palestinians...'.

Open House

Open House

Open House

'Access' is now a guiding principle across music and the arts, but what does it mean in practice?

Published on 1 January 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 Wire, Perspectives of New Music and the Crescent Journal. 

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