July/August 2004

Must Music be Accessible?

Must Music be Accessible?

Must Music be Accessible?

The accessibility of music is a political issue, not an aesthetic one, writes composer Raymond Deane

Published on 1 July 2004

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...'.

For Two Euros More?

For Two Euros More?

Traditional musician Diarmaid Moynihan reports on some 'creative' attempts at publicity that his band witnessed during their recent trip to Germany.

Published on 1 July 2004

Diarmaid Moynihan is currently Regional Arts Coordinator for the Shannon region and a founder member of both Calico and The Red Hat Band.  

‘Powerless’ and ‘consenting’: A response to D. Vincent Twomey

‘Powerless’ and ‘consenting’: A response to D. Vincent Twomey

Art and Society: A response to Vincent Twomey.

Published on 1 July 2004

Benjamin Dwyer is a guitarist and composer and the author of 'Different Voices: Irish Music and Music in Ireland'. He is Professor of Music at Middlesex University's School of Media and Performing Arts.

Opening Up Hidden Fermanagh

Opening Up Hidden Fermanagh

A new book by Cyril Maguire on the music of County Fermanagh.

Published on 1 July 2004

Fintan Vallely lectures in traditional music at Dundalk Institute of Technology. He is author of several biographical and ethnographic books on the music, and is editor of the A-Z reference work Companion to Irish Traditional Music.

The Price of Happiness?

The Price of Happiness?

Has too much been sacrificed by Irish traditional music in embracing the values of modern Ireland? Barra Ó Séaghdha takes some snapshots of a country with 'societal amnesia' and wonders where all the slow airs have gone...

Published on 1 July 2004

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

Letters: Seán Ó Riada, his life and work

Letters: Seán Ó Riada, his life and work

Dear EditorI’m a little puzzled to see in Jürgen Simpson’s review of Tomás Ó Canainn’s Seán Ó Riada, his life and work that there is apparently little in the book about Ó Riada’s drink problem....

Published on 1 July 2004

Steve McGrail was a singer, musician and writer from Scotland. He wrote several articles for The Journal of Music and was a great supporter of the magazine from its very first issue. Steve sadly died on 11 May 2016, aged 69.