July/August 2007

In Safe Hands?

In Safe Hands?

Dermot McLaughlin discusses traditional music and the role of the Arts Council

Published on 1 July 2007

Dermot McLaughlin is a traditional fiddle player. Since 2003 he has been Chief Executive of Temple Bar Cultural Trust and before that (1986-2003) he worked with the Arts Council in a range of management positions, the first of which was Traditional Music Officer. He presents The Raw Bar on RTÉ 1 television.

Letters: Traditional Music in a Music Education Movement

Letters: Traditional Music in a Music Education Movement

Dr Evelyn Grant, Chair, Forum for Music in Ireland/Fóram don Cheol in Éirinn, writes:Your editorial in the May-June issue outlines ‘two movements’ in music education in Ireland. You refer to the Forum for Music in Ireland and Music...

Published on 1 July 2007

Evelyn Grant lectures in Community Music and Flute Performance at the Cork School of Music. She is involved in a wide-range of community music projects, including Cork Music Works which provides performance opportunity for people with learning disability. As musical director of the Cork Pops Orchestra, she performs to over 20,000 young people annually. She presents the ‘Lyric Pitch’ every Saturday on Lyric FM.

Letters: Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland

Letters: Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland

Dr Barra Boydell, Co-General Editor, Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, writes:I write on behalf of the editors and publishers of the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland to express our surprise that you saw fit in the March-April issue of JMI

Published on 1 July 2007

Barra Boydell is Senior Lecturer in Music at NUI Maynooth and currently holds a Senior Research Fellowship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is Hon. Secretary of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and has published widely on the history of music in Ireland. He is general editor, with Harry White, of the Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland to be published by UCD Press, Dublin. 

Notes

Notes

DOYLE WINS MAGISTERIUM AWARDIrish composer Roger Doyle has won the prestigious Magisterium Award at the Bourges International Electro-acoustic Music Competition in France for his work The Ninth Set.

Published on 1 July 2007

Tom Munnelly at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Clare, 1980

Tom Munnelly at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Clare, 1980

Tom Munnelly at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Clare, 1980

Traditional-song collector Tom Munnelly (second, left) with Clare traditional singers Tom Lenihan, Miltown Malbay; Kate Droney, Ballyvaughan; Martin Reidy, Connolly; and Michael ‘Straighty’ Flanagan, Inagh, at the Willie Clancy Summer Schoo

Published on 1 July 2007

Letters: John Adams at the RTÉ Living Music Festival

Letters: John Adams at the RTÉ Living Music Festival

Ronan Guifoyle, Artistic Director of the 2007 RTÉ Living Music Festival, writes:I would like to respond to a couple of points about the RTÉ LMF made in the last issue of the JMI. First off, with regard to Barra Ó Séaghdha’s...

Published on 1 July 2007

Bass-guitarist Ronan Guilfoyle is a performer and composer and head of the Jazz Degree program at Newpark Music Centre, Dublin.

Live Reviews: Galway Early Music Festival: The Irish Consort / Red Priest

Live Reviews: Galway Early Music Festival: The Irish Consort / Red Priest

The Life and Times of Grace O’Malley, the 16th Century-Century Irish Pirate Queen Augustinian Church, Galway, 17 May 2007Pirates of the BaroqueSt Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway, 18 May 2007 In spite of the Arts Council’s mind-numbingly

Published on 1 July 2007

Fred Johnston is a novelist, critic and musician. His novel set in Paris, The Neon Rose, has just been published.

Live Reviews: Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill & Bill Frisell

Live Reviews: Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill & Bill Frisell

The Hayes/Cahill brand has extended far beyond the conventional audience for traditional music, a fact that makes them natural candidates for crossover experiments such as the recent series of gigs with guitarist Bill Frisell.

Published on 1 July 2007

Pat Ahern is a musician and producer. He lectures in mathematics at Cork Institute of Technology.

CD Reviews: Ian Wilson

CD Reviews: Ian Wilson

VeerRiverrun Records RVRCD77The Callino QuartetWith a playing time of just one hour, this concentrated clutch of three string quartets and a suite of ‘elegiac pieces’ offers itself up as a clenched fist of a programme that the listener must

Published on 1 July 2007

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

CD Reviews: Donnacha Dennehy

CD Reviews: Donnacha Dennehy

Elastic Harmonic NMC D133 Joanna MacGregor, Tatiana Koleva, Crash Ensemble, ensemble Intégrales, Darragh Morgan, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Maloney The direction at the beginning of the score for Glamour Sleeper, the track that

Published on 1 July 2007

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

CD Reviews: Aoife Granville

CD Reviews: Aoife Granville

Sráid Eoin ShuffleAG001This solidly traditional album comes from an interesting musician – Aoife Granville is a typically bimusical traditional player, with a long history of involvement in art music in addition to her deep roots within loc

Published on 1 July 2007

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in traditional music at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

CD Reviews: Niamh Ní Charra

CD Reviews: Niamh Ní Charra

Ón Dá Thaobh/From Both SidesImeartas Records IMCD001An apt title reflects Ní Charra’s fluency and proficiency on both concertina and fiddle, as well as her ability to fluidly slide between different refractions of the music. The...

Published on 1 July 2007

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in traditional music at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

CD Reviews: Cór Thaobh a’ Leithid

CD Reviews: Cór Thaobh a’ Leithid

Cór Thaobh a’ Leithid, called for a hill that divides the parish of Gaoth Dobhair from Cloich Cheannfhaola in North-West Donegal, is described as a traditional Gaelic choir. Formed by Doiminic Mac Giolla Bhríde, a young local sean-nós...

Published on 1 July 2007

Lillis Ó Laoire is a sean-nós singer from Gort A' Choirce, Co. Donegal, who teaches courses in Irish language, folklore and Celtic Civilisation in the School of Irish, NUI Galway. His book On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean: Songs and Singers in Tory Island has just been published in Ireland by Cló Iar-Chonnachta in association with Scarecrow Press.